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Nutrition expert launches new book in Champaign March 14

Published March 5, 2012
Nationally recognized nutrition expert and University of Illinois alum Roberta Larson Duyff will launch her new book, the American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide (4th ed.), at a presentation and book signing on Wednesday, March 14, at 6 p.m.

The event will take place in the Author's Corner on the second floor of the Illini Union Bookstore at 809 S. Wright St., Champaign, Ill. The presentation title is "Let's Talk Nutrition: Communicating the Positives," and a public question-and-answer session will be held at 7:30 p.m.

"March is National Nutrition Month, and I'd like to help persons in the nutrition field direct the food and nutrition conversation in ways that are positive, actionable, and science-based. Our goal should be to help consumers turn their nutrition self-talk into smart talk and food choices," she said.

Duyff's easy-to-read Complete Food and Nutrition Guide is filled with positive, practical information and tips for every age and stage of life. Another of her books, 365 Days of Healthy Eating, brims with tips for taking one easy step toward fitness at a time. She was also a guiding force behind--and a contributor to--the American Dietetic Association's regional cookbook Cooking Healthy across America.

In 2010, she wrote Food, Nutrition & Wellness, a textbook built on the concept that a solid food and nutrition education includes teaching kids how to make good food choices, how to shop wisely, and how to store, prepare, and serve healthful meals.

She has also written children's books on nutrition, including All Our Fruits and Vegetables and It's a Sandwich, and a textbook for teens.

Duyff has appeared in such popular national media as the CBS Early Show, Fox News's morning news program, USA Today, Parenting, Better Homes and Gardens, and Cooking Light. She also writes a weekly column for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"If you work in nutrition, you will certainly want to attend this presentation, and if you're interested in nutrition, please participate in the question-and-answer session at 7:30 p.m. It promises to be a very informative evening," said Faye Dong, head of the U of I Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, which is sponsoring the event.