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Nutrition Affairs by Laura Buxenbaum – Southeast Dairy Association

The brain has become a popular topic lately with studies around sugar cravings, fatigue and Alzheimer’s disease. Is science proving that the brain is the biggest determinant of consumers’ weight, nutrition and overall health?Laura Buxenbaum, M.P.H., R.D., L.D.N., can help your audience make sense of the latest research to help fight fatigue, be savvy about sugar use and keep their minds sharp.

Laura Buxenbaum, M.P.H., R.D., L.D.N.
Southeast Dairy Association

  • Feed Your Brain: Consumers consider brain health the second most important component in maintaining a healthy lifestyle after heart health. While there has been much research linking diet to heart health, we have had less information about diet and the reduction of dementia until recently. A study released this year showed it’s possible to reduce the risk of cognitive decline with a combination of a healthy diet, strength training, aerobic exercise, brain games, weight and blood pressure control. Additionally, researchers are finding that nutrients in specific foods such as berries, nuts and milk may reduce the effects of age-related conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. Laura can explain the research and provide tips on the best foods to boost brain power.
  • Are You Sugar Savvy?: According to the World Health Organization, America’s sweet tooth has grown 39 percent over the past five decades, with the average American now consuming three pounds of sugar each week (156 pounds a year). But for many, sugar has become public enemy number one and some parents have decided to eliminate sugar completely from their families’ diets. Unfortunately, this may have a backlash later as children grow up fixated on sugar. Laura can give your audience tips to be “sugar savvy” and techniques to manage sugar cravings when they hit.
  • Fight Fatigue with Food: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 10-15 percent of adults said they felt very tired, fatigued or exhausted. Most stated having too much to do and not enough time to do it, but often the true culprits are what we eat, how we sleep and how we cope emotionally. Laura will provide your audience with specific steps to take and foods that can help to fight fatigue!

Laura Buxenbaum is a registered dietitian and the assistant director of Nutrition Affairs for the Southeast Dairy Association with experience in clinical dietetics and nutrition education. She is responsible for developing and conducting nutrition education programs for health professionals and has appeared on numerous television and radio programs and in print interviews throughout North Carolina and Virginia. Laura received a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Guilford College and a master’s degree in public health and nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a Greensboro District Dietetic Association board member and an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition Group.
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