Magazine article Nutrition Action Healthletter

Behind the Scenes

Magazine article Nutrition Action Healthletter

Behind the Scenes

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I feel a little guilty every time a new issue of Nutrition Action comes off the presses. There's my picture and my thoughts on page 2, providing sort of a conversation (one-sided though it might be) between readers and Nutrition Action. In fact, it is my colleagues who do the great bulk of the work in putting together this publication. I thought I'd bring you backstage to meet some key, but unsung, staff members.

Next to me, Bonnie Liebman has worked at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (Nutrition Action's publisher) longer than anyone. She joined us in 1977 after earning a master's degree in nutrition science at Cornell University. For 30+ years, while raising three daughters, Bonnie has written most of our major articles on diet and disease, our Quick Studies page, and (with Jayne Hurley) our brand-name ratings.

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When we want to delve into a new topic, we often turn to David Schardt (another Cornell alumnus). He's been terrific at getting to the bottom of scientific controversies. He has written especially about dietary supplements--giving them credit when evidence supports their effectiveness, but, more often than not, skewering them because their advertising hype is based on lousy or no research. His three kids and interest in refereeing basketball and playing baseball have kept him very busy in the nearly 20 years he has written for us.

Our "food maven" since 1988 has been dietitian Jayne Hurley. She first gained fame in the 1990s when she conducted our groundbreaking studies of Chinese, Italian, and other restaurant foods, which led to our book Restaurant Confidential. …

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