Getting Started with Twitter: A guide for nutrition students

I often get asked how I stay up to date with the latest nutrition & physiology information. What with a crazy teaching schedule, my clinical practice and various other side projects – not to mention keeping up with a two year old, gestating, lactating and putting healthy food on the table – things stay pretty busy around here.  Twitter is my favorite way to keep up with the field. After carefully selecting a list of people & organizations to follow, I can now scroll through the latest info any time I have an extra few minutes.


Here are a fifteen of my favorite “tweeps”, just to get you started. Links will take you to twitter homepages, where you can follow those of interest. These are people/organizations who consistently post information that may be professionally useful for nutrition students. Please feel free to add your favorites in the comments below!

Government agencies

  • News, tips, and recalls from, the US government’s one-stop-shop for food safety information.
  • USDA NutritionFNS provides children & low-income ppl access 2 food & nutrition education. Stay up 2 date w/ our latest news & info.

Schools of Public Health

  • Yale Rudd Center We’re a non-profit research and public policy organization devoted to improving the world’s diet, preventing obesity, and reducing weight stigma.
  • HarvardPublicHealthEducating new generations of global health leaders & taking innovative ideas from the lab to people’s lives

Advocacy & Info

  • Cornucopia InstitutePromoting Economic Justice For Family Scale Farming And Organic Foods
  • Slow Food USA  Building a good,clean and fair food system
  • Fooducate Scan & choose healthy groceries
  • Michele Simon JD MPH I am a public health lawyer specializing in the politics of food and alcohol. My book (and blog) about food industry tactics is Appetite for Profit.

News organizations/Journalists


  • Andrew Wilder Healthy foodie, leader of October #Unprocessed:
  • Andy Bellatti MS, RD Registered Dietitian with whole-food & plant-centric approach. Into sustainable agriculture and food politics. Love to call out food industry nonsense.
  • Lauren SlaytonFounder of Foodtrainers, a nutrition practice, in NYC & blogger. Trying to keep it fresh & fun & spur others to #TIDEI (tweet it don’t eat it) when necessary.
  • Dina RoseI am a Food Sociologist with a unique approach to teaching kids healthy eating habits…and by the way, it’s not about nutrition.
  • Yoni Freedhoff, M.D.Obesity MD, Assistant Prof. at U. of Ottawa, blogger, speaker, and author of Why Diets Fail And How To Make Yours Work (on shelves April 2013)

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Camille Freeman (she/her)

Hi there! I'm a clinical herbalist and licensed nutritionist specializing in fertility and reproductive health. I faciliate the Monday Mentoring community of practice and offer continuing eduation programs for highly trained herbalists & nutritionists. I'm also a professor in the Department of Nutrition at the Maryland University of Integrative Health, where I teach physiology, pathophysiology, and mindful eating.