Journal Review: Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter

tufts-healthDiet and exercise are key components to staying healthy. Unfortunately, health science is often stunningly complex and poorly communicated to the general public.  Contradictory news reports, talk shows, diet books, and pseudoscientific advertising make it difficult for the health-conscious layperson to find reliable information about diet and exercise. If you are lucky enough to have access to quality peer-reviewed journals, like the many we have at Bellevue University, you might have a solution.  However, scientific articles can be difficult and time-consuming for the average person to interpret. 

Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter offers clear, scientifically accurate articles aimed at the general consumer.  First published in 1983 under the title, Tufts University Diet & Nutrition Letter, this monthly newsletter draws on the expertise of faculty and researchers at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy to articulate reliable and useful health information to the reader.

Issues of the publication feature 3-5 articles discussing current scientific research on health topics and offer “Take Charge!” advice for readers on how to apply this knowledge to their lives.  Headlines from 2016 issues have included, “Green Tea Extract Fails to Fight Fat or Boost Bones,” “Report: GMO Foods as Safe as Conventional Choices,” and, “New Evidence for Body and Brain Benefits of Walking.”   Other regular features include “Newsbites,” special reports, editorials, and healthy recipes (with nutrition facts included, of course).  Finally, each issue concludes with “Ask Tufts Experts,” where doctors, scientists, and professors answer reader-submitted questions on nutrition and health topics.

Typically only seven or eight pages long, each issue of the Tufts University Health & Nutrition Newsletter is an easily digestible serving of practical health information.  This is an excellent alternative to faddish health features in lifestyle magazines or dubious television doctors.  The library has electronic access to every issue of this publication from 1995-present in several databases, including the recently acquired CINAHL Complete.  If you are looking for scientifically sound information on ways to make positive diet and lifestyle choices, be sure to sample this newsletter. To find this publication, use the multi-search tool at the top of the library home page to search the A-Z Journal List by title for, “Tufts University Health & Nutrition Newsletter.”

Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter, More Than BooksV. 20 No. 1, Winter 2016.

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