Teaching Nutrition Science and the Food Label: Sodium in the Diet
This Web Seminar took place on April 15, 2010 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Time. Presenting was
of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
In this Seminar, Ms. Rasnake explained the need for sodium in the diet and issues
with getting too much. She also explained related regulation and labeling information
from the FDA concerning sodium.
The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from
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This is the first of two Web Seminars scheduled as a follow-up to the Teaching Nutrition
Science and the Food Label Symposium that took place at the NSTA National
Conference on Science Education in Philadelphia, PA. In this program, Crystal Rasnake
talked about Americans getting to much sodium (salt) in their diets. She explained
the recommended amounts of sodium and showed that the American average far exceeds
this recommendation. Ms. Rasnake talked about the sources of additional sodium in
the diet and reminded people of how the food label can be used to help make wise
dietary choices. She also provided some educational links that can be used in the
Thirty-seven (37) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition
to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states
of Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota,
Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania,
Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington.
Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.
Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:
- “It is important to be aware of health/dietary issues concerning students (and
- “Provide background information for this semester's courses and am always looking
for new information to share.”
- “Reading labels was valuable and what different sodium levels on labels meant
was also helpful.”
- “I will use it to explain to my challenged students the need to read the label
and also to become a better consumer.”
Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!
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