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.

Specialties:

Affiliation:

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

Location:

  • Evanston, IL

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    TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The trans fats found in your favorite junk foods aren't just clogging your arteries: New research shows they might also be messing with your memory.

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    TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Almost 8 million Americans have diabetes but don't know it, a new study shows.

    That's despite the fact that about two-thirds of those with undiagnosed diabetes have seen a doctor two or more times in the past year, according to the researchers.Full Article

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    FRIDAY, Nov. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many people gain weight at Thanksgiving because they eat too much and don't get enough exercise. But, a few simple steps can help you keep your weight under control while still enjoying the holiday, an expert says.

    A good place to start? "Remind y...Full Article

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    WEDNESDAY, Nov. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Taking vitamin B12 or folic acid supplements may not reduce seniors' risk of memory loss, according to a new study.

    Past research hinted that taking vitamin B12 and folic acid might help protect memory and thinking skills, according to backgrou...Full Article

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    TUESDAY, Nov. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There are plenty of famous-name diets for weight loss, but none stands out from the pack when it comes to lasting results, a new review suggests.

    Looking at a dozen clinical trials, researchers found that three big-name diets -- Atkins, Weight Wa...Full Article

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    TUESDAY, Nov. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Taking vitamins or other dietary supplements along with medication can be dangerous, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.

    Dietary supplements can alter the absorption and metabolism of prescription and over-the-counter medications, the FD...Full Article

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    WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Two-thirds of dietary supplements recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because they contained banned ingredients remained on store shelves at least six months after they were recalled, a new study finds.

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    TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Despite potential health benefits, chia seeds may pose a risk if they are not consumed properly, according to new research.

    The tiny, oval seeds -- a rich source of fiber, protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids -- should not be eaten in th...Full Article

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    FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Love to dine out? You could be at higher risk for becoming overweight and having poorer cholesterol levels than people who prefer to eat at home, a new study suggests.

    Researchers led by Ashima Kant of Queens College, City University of New York, ...Full Article

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    WEDNESDAY, Oct. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Obese young people may already be showing the warning signs of heart disease, German researchers report.

    The scientists found negative changes in the shape and function of the hearts of these children, compared to their normal-weight peers. It's...Full Article

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    WEDNESDAY, Oct. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Eating out might not be as bad for your waistline as you might think.

    New research shows that newer menu selections at many large chain restaurants in the United States now average 12 percent fewer calories than tradit...Full Article

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

    TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Every American over the age of 45 should be screened for both type 2 diabetes and prediabetes, a U.S. task force has recommended.

    "For people with abnormal blood sugar, changes in their lifestyle, such as eating healthier and exercising more often...Full Article

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    TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Folks who chug lots of coffee may have their genetics to thank for their java cravings, a new study says.

    Researchers have linked six genes to a person's coffee consumption. All of the genes are related to the body's response to caffeine, accordin...Full Article

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    FRIDAY, Oct. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When given to pregnant women, a common treatment for ulcerative colitis may inadvertently lower their baby's ability to fight off infections at birth, new French research suggests.

    The treatment, called anti-TNF therapy, is an injected, artificial ...Full Article

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    TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There's no genetic evidence that high levels of vitamin D can prevent type 2 diabetes, a new study says.

    Some previous research had suggested that elevated levels of vitamin D might protect people against type 2 diabetes, raising the possibility...Full Article