• By Julie Stefanski
  • In Uncategorized
  • June 10, 2019

PAND Research Spotlight: Amanda Kopetsky, MS, RD, LDN

By Alissa Smethers, PhD, RD Summer is almost here! For the month of June, the PAND Research Spotlight focuses on Amanda Kopetsky, MS, RD, LDN. Amanda is currently working towards her PhD, and shares her research journey below. Where do you live currently? Merion Station, PA Is there anything you love about where you’re located? […]


  • By Julie Stefanski
  • In Uncategorized
  • September 12, 2018

Harness the Power of Family Meals

by Karen Buch RDN, LDN Juggling jobs, kids and the demands of a busy, modern life often come at the expense of family mealtime at home. In fact, 63 percent of Americans decide what to eat less than an hour before eating. It’s easy to opt for take-out or fast food when schedules get hectic. But there’s science-based evidence to support […]


  • By Julie Stefanski
  • In 2018
  • June 6, 2018

The Blood Type Diet: Fact or Fiction?

By Zachari Breeding, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND The Diet based on the ABO blood group system has been around for over 20 years, and popularity has not decreased. This diet advises people to eat according to their ABO blood type, claiming to improve health and decrease risk of chronic disease such as cardiovascular disease and […]


  • By Julie Stefanski
  • In 2018
  • March 7, 2018

Where Will Your Food Take You?

By Caroline West Passerrello, MS, RDN, LDN What does go further with food mean to you?   Your answer will depend on your food and nutrition goals, where you are headed and where you’ve been.  I’ve included a few of the more common ‘places’ people are looking to go with food and some tips to arrive […]


  • By Julie Stefanski
  • In 2017
  • December 13, 2017

Holiday Food Traditions

By: Laura Ali, MS, RDN, LDN   I love the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.  It starts with decorating the house, baking cookies, and shopping to find special gifts for my favorite people.  The holidays are all about being together and food has always been one of the best parts of our celebrations.  […]


  • By Julie Stefanski
  • In Uncategorized
  • October 8, 2017

Pittsburgh Schools Aim for Less Waste & Better Nutrition with Smarter Lunchrooms Movement

By Michelle Algeo, RDN, PAND Media Team As the Health and Nutrition Coordinator for Pittsburgh Public Schools, Elizabeth Henry, MS, RD, LDN has a pearl of wisdom to offer any school district or other organization considering conducting a plate waste study: Do it. But be prepared to be floored by the results. “We did a […]


  • By Clancy Harrison
  • In 2017
  • August 9, 2017

“Nightshade” Vegetables + Inflammation

by Zachari Breeding, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND There is a lot of speculation out in the media, the internet, and in word-of-mouth conversation about nightshade vegetables and how they can contribute or worsen inflammatory conditions such as inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), arthritis, and even osteoporosis. But what are nightshade vegetables? They […]