Nutrition Talk Radio: Taking a closer look at the new MyPlate

By Sarah Gold

Nutrition Talk Radio, a program of the Tufts Nutrition Internet Radio Project, is a conglomerate of podcasts covering a variety of nutrition science, policy, and recent news topics. Each semester, students work with assistant professor Paul Giguere to develop an hour-long podcast similar to the format of the popular National Public Radio (NPR) program “This American Life.” Students work together throughout the semester to develop a topic, write a script, recruit experts for interviews, and edit the podcast to professional quality. Students gain knowledge in writing and editing radio scripts as well as editing in Apple’s garage band while earning a half-credit towards their degree.

This semester, I worked with Rachel Perez, Tracy Pui, and Utchima Spirachya-anunt to develop a radio program about the USDA’s recently released dietary icon, MyPlate.

In the latest episode of Nutrition Talk, host Rachel Perez explores the implications of MyPlate, the new image meant to represent the important messages of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines. She first talks with Dr. Robert Post, the Deputy Director of the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, about the agency’s communication plan for MyPlate. After that, Emily Biever, RD, a dietitian at the Tufts Floating Hospital for Children and owner of private practice Integralfuel, joins Rachel to talk about the different uses for MyPlate when meeting with clients at her dietetics practice. Lastly, Rachel talks with Dr. Chris Peters, Assistant Professor at the Friedman School, about the agricultural implications of MyPlate and the land needed to achieve the dietary recommendations.

To listen to this episode, visit the Nutrition Talk website or download the episode for free on iTunes (search Tufts Nutrition Talk).  If interested in Nutrition Talk as a directed study, contact Paul Giguere.

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Sarah is a second year student completing a dual degree in Nutrition Communication and the Didactic Program in Dietetics. Through her writing Sarah hopes to share her passion for nutrition, good food and exercise.  Sarah enjoys running, teaching spin, and testing out new recipes to share with friends and family! Read more from Sarah at

The Friedman Sprout is a monthly student run newspaper that aims to serve the student population at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, prospective students, and alumni. Our mission is to report on newsworthy information that affects the Friedman community including nutrition research, food policy, internship and volunteer opportunities, as well as school events. Our editorial slant is that of sustainability in food and nutrition.

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