As I was reading yet another article about new findings in the area of nutrition, I began to wonder if I would ever be able to stay abreast of the ever-changing world of food, nutrition and dietetics. In my job as the clinical editor, I need to know the latest happenings so I can provide cutting edge courses you will learn from and enjoy.
I recently saw a post from a new dietetics graduate who, six months after graduation, felt like she was already falling behind in her knowledge and wanted ideas from other professionals. If she fells that way just out of school, practicing dietitians and nutritionists, who have been out of school more years than we like to admit, must feel the same. Staying current is not an impossible task if you put your mind to it and spend just a little time organizing your flow of information. The best news is that it can be done for free or with a small investment.
3 Steps to Staying Current:
1. Decide what area of practice or knowledge you want. Give up the idea that you can stay current in all areas of nutrition. You can’t. Focus your efforts on knowledge you need (for work) and knowledge you want (your passion). Then fill in the gaps when you need to. This approach saves a lot of time. If you need information you do not have, you can get it in a hurry.
2. Join an organization(s). Many dietitians belong to the “Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics” for the sole purpose of joining practice groups that have listservs, newsletters, webinars, seminars and other events and resources in your area of interest. You can also join another organization that focuses on your area of interest, such as ASPEN, American Diabetes Association, the Obesity Society, the American Society for Nutrition and Wellcoaches Corporation to name just a few. Many of these organizations have daily or weekly newsletter that have links to new studies and important information. All you need to do is sign up for them.
3. Electronic updates from social media, free newsletters and blogs. I have to say, of all the social media, my favorite for nutrition information is LinkedIn. I love the groups on that site. It may take some time to find the groups that most interest you, but it is worth the effort. Joining is free and many of the groups get into heated debates, which teach you a lot about nutrition. Be careful, as some of the groups are less about nutrition and more about self-promotion. I also subscribe to a few daily newsletters.
A word of caution: don’t sign up for too much or you will find yourself spending too much time on sifting through the information and it can become overwhelming.
I am interested to hear from you what sources you use to keep yourself up-to-date. Please share, as I know many of the readers feel the same way and are looking for the best sources of information that are not a time drain.