UPI Showcases Cutting-edge Nutrition Research on Brand New Public Health Feature

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UPI.com's new Public Health feature showcases cutting-edge research on the obesity epidemic from Joan Ifland, author of the book Sugars and Flours, and an expert on addictive nutrition. The feature represents a bold hybrid between expert advice and traditional news coverage, provided from UPI's venerable NewsTrack service.

We hope we can bring long overdue attention to the relationship between diseases and what we eat

As American Heart Month unfolds, UPI.com is pumping new life into its online news service with a brand new feature on Public Health.

"I'm excited to be working with UPI on overeating, the key issue facing the well-being of many countries," said Joan Ifland, author of Joan on Food, a column slated to appear regularly on the Public Health Feature. Ms. Ifland, an addictive nutrition expert and author of the book Sugars and Flours, will be penning her column alongside topical advice from health practitioners and top-flight health reporting from UPI's venerable NewsTrack wire.

UPI President Nicholas Chiaia praised Ms. Ifland's revealing writing on food addiction.

"We hope we can bring long overdue attention to the relationship between diseases and what we eat," said Chiaia.

The burgeoning online feature will integrate articles from health practitioners and experts through the use of the news company's interactive new UPIU platform. Through UPIU, talented students in health communication programs at universities across the country have begun submitting articles pertinent to health research and telling stories of personal triumph over disease.

In addition to Joan on Food, UPI's Public Health feature will deliver vital news coverage of health issues such as mental health, HIV/AIDS research, health policy, gerontology and traveler's health.

Ms. Ifland hopes for Joan on Food to have a chilling impact on the growing obesity epidemic.

"This Public Health feature will raise readers' expectations for a happy resolution to the food-related mess that has inflicted our culture," said Ms. Ifland.

Since 1907, UPI has been a leading content provider of critical information to media outlets, businesses, governments and researchers worldwide. Headquartered in Washington, D.C. and with offices throughout the world, UPI's content is distributed to thousands of new media, newspapers, magazines, policy groups and academic institutions worldwide. UPI's daily coverage includes domestic and international top news, entertainment, and sports. This year marks UPI's 102nd anniversary. Visit UPI.com for more information.

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