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Low Tech, But High Value

Low Tech, But High ValueWhile the Internet may be loaded with health and nutrition information, the Wall Street Journal reports that newsletters from universities like Tufts often offer the best information. Boston.

Boston [06.05.03] More and more people are relying on newsletters to bring interesting, useful and cutting-edge health information right to their mailboxes... their actual mailboxes. While a great deal of health and nutrition tips are available by email and the web, the Wall Street Journal reports that traditional newsletters produced by Universities - including the Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter - are often the sources of the best information.

"Newsletters give readers access to some of the top medical minds in the country and are surprisingly affordable," reported Wall Street Journal health columnist Tara Parker Pope. "The newsletters fill an information gap that even the vast resources of the Internet can't bridge. They offer a steady stream of credible, practical health information in a fast, easy-to-read and portable format."

Unlike some of the other sources for health and nutrition information, newsletters are reviewed by the people who know the information best - professors, researchers and other experts. "[And they] don't accept advertising," reported the Journal.

At Tufts, the staff of the Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter includes a registered dietician and all of the content is reviewed by Dr. Irwin Rosenberg, dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy - the only independent school of nutrition in North America.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Tufts newsletter is among the best.

"One of my favorites is the Tufts [newsletter]," reported the Journal's health columnist. "With its heavy focus on nutrition, the information is always useful and practical for everyday life, and the content is often quirky and surprising."

Typically published every month, newsletters are often more effective at keeping their readers current on a broad array of issues.

"I use a website if there's something specific I want to check on immediately, but I don't think you go to a website thinking, ‘Now I'll get a smattering of interesting information,'" Tufts' Larry Lindner, executive editor of the Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter told the Journal. "Newsletters are chock full of important information you need without having to wade through lots of other stuff."

A quick scan of recent issues of the Tufts newsletter highlights their broad reach.

"Past issues shed light on the ways people overeat, how the type of dentures you wear can affect your nutrition and a quiz to calculate your heart-disease risk," reported the Journal. The current issue even contains recipes for salmon marinades. Next month, the newsletter compares the nutritional breakdown of a donut to a bagel with cream cheese, noting that the bagel probably isn't as healthy as you think.

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