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Teaching Nutrition Science and the Food Label: Sodium in the Diet
All web seminar participants use online tools that allow them to mark-up presenter's slides or share desktop applications in addition to engaging in chat with others online and answering poll questions

This Web Seminar took place on April 15, 2010 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Crystal Rasnake 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 the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.

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 classroom.

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 ourselves!)”

  • “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!

For more information contact webseminars@nsta.org

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