Toby Smithson

Bio

Toby Smithson is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian and national spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is a certified diabetes educator and holds a certificate of training in adult weight management. She is a past president of the Illinois Dietetic Association as well as the North Suburban Dietetic Association. Toby is the recipient of the 2009 Outstanding Dietitian of the Year for the state of Illinois, and was the Recognized Young Dietitian in 1994. She won the Young Public Health Worker of the Year in 1996.

For the past twenty years, she has worked as the Community Dietitian with a large County Health Department. Toby’s responsibilities include a wide variety of nutrition education programs ranging from teaching children about eating healthy to educating women about osteoporosis. 

Toby’s expertise in diabetes management is unmatched. Beyond her professional credentials to practice as a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, she has effectively managed her own Type 1 diabetes for over 40 years to achieve a “text book” personal health status. This hard earned credibility makes her an invaluable resource to individuals, community groups and media.

Toby recently founded DiabetesEveryDay.com, an online technical and lifestyle support resource for people with diabetes scheduled to “go live” in June, 2011. DiabetesEveryDay.com will provide English-speaking populations constant access to Toby’s unique professional and personal diabetes management insights primarily through video segments featuring her. Video productions address food in diet planning and recipe preparation, as well as physical activity, medical management, diabetes lifestyle and motivation. A weekly menu, recipe database, “radio” interviews, news, events and diabetes-focused articles are provided as well. 

Over the past two and a half years Toby’s media work includes over 230 print media interviews; 32 television segments which includes 24 nutrition tips of the month aired each day; and 28 radio interviews. Toby writes a monthly column, “Eating Right, Living Well”, for the Daily Herald, a suburban-Chicago newspaper. She appears daily on the Health Focus cable show on LCTV in Lake County. Her interviews have appeared in both local and national newspapers, magazines, radio, and websites. Media outlet interviews include WebMD, about.com, CNN.com, Diabetes Forecast, Self, Real Simple, Diabetic Living, Better Homes and Gardens , Good Housekeeping, Weight Watchers Magazine, WGN Radio, 101.9-the mix, WVON, WCEV, 95 WILL Rock FM, Wauktown radio, the Chicago Tribune and the News Sun.

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  • DiabetesEveryDay.com; Spokesperson, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; Community Dietitian, Lake County Health Department & Community Health Center

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  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Nephrology:

    WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An occasional glass of wine might help keep your kidneys healthy, new research suggests.

    And for those who already have kidney disease, which puts one at higher risk for cardiovascular problems, moderate wine drinking might help the heart, the...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Ophthalmology:

    TUESDAY, April 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A drug used to treat glaucoma eye disease can also help people with vision loss linked to obesity, a new study reveals.

    Researchers examined the effectiveness of the inexpensive drug, called acetazolamide (Diamox), in women and men with the cond...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Nutrition & Dietetics:

    FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Restaurants near public housing developments tend to offer unhealthy meals, a new study finds.

    Researchers analyzed menus from 61 fast-food and 72 table-service restaurants within a half mile of 13 housing developments ...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Nutrition & Dietetics:

    FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many people ignore restaurant foods labeled "low-calorie" because they think they'll be unsatisfying, a new study shows.

    "People have come to expect low-calorie food to taste bad or not fill them up," wrote Jeffrey Parker, of Georgia State Univer...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Nutrition & Dietetics:

    FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Levels of healthy fats in people's diets worldwide increased over the past two decades, while their intake of harmful fats stayed about the same, a new study finds.

    Researchers analyzed data on consumption of fats and o...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Nutrition & Dietetics:

    THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Banning chocolate milk from schools may sound like a good move for kids' health, but efforts to do so haven't turned out that way, a small study found.

    Bans on chocolate milk in 11 Oregon elementary schools were linked to a big drop in the amou...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Nutrition & Dietetics:

    WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Creamy butter or ice cream versus a crunchy granola bar: A new study suggests that the texture of foods influences people's dieting choices.

    "We studied the link between how a food feels in your mouth and the amount we eat, the types of food ...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Nutrition & Dietetics:

    WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most schools meet a new U.S. government requirement to provide free drinking water for students during lunchtime, a new study finds.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's rule for schools in the National School Lunch P...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Psychology:

    TUESDAY, April 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The widely held belief that only women experience eating disorders delays men with these conditions from getting treatment, a new British study says.

    "Men with eating disorders are underdiagnosed, undertreated and under-researched," write a team ...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Rheumatology:

    MONDAY, April 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Milk may be a useful weapon against arthritis of the knee for women, but the same can't be said for yogurt or cheese, a new study says.

    The more low-fat or fat-free milk women drank, the slower the progression of osteoar...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Hepatology:

    THURSDAY, April 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Drinking coffee may reduce the risk of death from certain types of liver cirrhosis, a large new study suggests.

    The study included more than 63,000 Chinese people, aged 45 to 74, living in Singapore. Starting in 1993, they provided information ...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Endocrinology/diabetes/metabolism:

    THURSDAY, April 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The way your body digests carbohydrates may affect your risk for obesity, a new genetic study indicates.

    Researchers focused on a gene called AMY1, which is responsible for an enzyme in the saliva called salivary amylase. When food enters the mo...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Cardiology:

    THURSDAY, April 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For people with high blood sugar at risk of type 2 diabetes, losing weight and exercising may lessen their chances of dying from heart disease or other conditions, a new long-term study suggests.

    People enrolled in the study on diabetes preventi...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Sleep Medicine:

    WEDNESDAY, April 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Spending time in the bright morning light may help you slim down, new research suggests.

    The small study found that people exposed to more light earlier, rather than later, in the day tended to be leaner than their peers.

    "We were very...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Nutrition & Dietetics:

    TUESDAY, April 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Two new reports that analyzed research on vitamin D supplements found there's no reason to get excited yet about any possible health benefits.

    One review, from international researchers, found hardly any benefit. The other analysis suggested it m...Full Article