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

Activity

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Cardiology:

    MONDAY, March 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Extremely obese children -- such as those at least 100 pounds overweight -- are in deeper trouble in terms of heart disease risks than doctors have thought, new research suggests.

    In the study, about half the children suffered from high blood pres...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Nutrition & Dietetics:

    FRIDAY, Feb. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The availability of both alcohol and caffeine in powdered form that can be added to food or drinks has sparked public concern, but one expert says the substances don't pose equal risks.

    Several states, including Pennsylvania, have taken steps to...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatrics:

    THURSDAY, Feb. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Having good full-service supermarkets in poor neighborhoods doesn't mean children will have healthier diets, a new study suggests.

    "Low-income and ethnic minority neighborhoods are underserved by supermarkets relative to their higher-income coun...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Gastroenterology:

    WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A common ingredient in many processed foods might increase the risk of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and metabolic syndrome, a new study in mice suggests.

    Emulsifiers are used to improve food texture and to extend shelf life. In experiments ...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Nutrition & Dietetics:

    TUESDAY, Feb. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Beef, dairy, fruit and certain types of vegetables are among the most common sources for the four major types of foodborne illness that strike nearly 2 million Americans each year, a U.S. government report finds.

    More than 80 percent of E. coli O...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Sleep Medicine:

    WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Skipping just a single night of sleep leads to a shift in brain activity that seems to spark a desire to consume more fat the following day, a new study suggests.

    The study offers potential insights into the relationship between lack of sleep a...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatric Allergy & Immunology:

    MONDAY, Feb. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Giving peanut products to infants at high risk for peanut allergy may reduce the risk of developing the allergy by 80 percent, a new study suggests.

    For years, the conventional wisdom was to avoid giving peanuts to infants who were at risk for de...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Neurology:

    MONDAY, Feb. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People who are "resistant" to aspirin may be at risk for larger, more severe strokes, South Korean researchers report.

    Doctors often prescribe low-dose aspirin to people at high risk of stroke because the drug helps prevent blood clots. But for ab...Full Article

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

    MONDAY, Feb. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with low levels of vitamin D appear to have an increased risk for type 2 diabetes, even if they aren't overweight or obese, a new study suggests.

    The study included almost 150 people in Spain. Their vitamin D leve...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatrics:

    MONDAY, Feb. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The water used to mix baby formula plays the biggest role in whether formula-fed babies are exposed to increased levels of arsenic, according to a new study.

    Families that use well water instead of municipal water may need to check it for arsenic ...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatrics:

    MONDAY, Feb. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cutting junk food from kids' diets is important, but if a little sugar and fat helps them eat their veggies, that's a good trade-off, a leading group of pediatricians says.

    New recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics emphasize the ...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatric Allergy & Immunology:

    SUNDAY, Feb. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Exposing young children with peanut allergies to small amounts of the legumes shows promise as a treatment, researchers report.

    Known as oral immunotherapy, the idea behind the therapy is to slowly increase tolerance to ...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Nutrition & Dietetics:

    FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Stop chugging sugary soda and munching sweet treats. Cut back on red meats, butter and other sources of saturated fat. Lay off the salt shaker. Eat plenty of fruits and veggies. And don't worry about having an egg and an extra cup of coffee with your brea

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Neurology:

    FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women with multiple sclerosis (MS) have lower levels of important antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients than those without the disease, new research finds.

    "Since MS is a chronic inflammatory disorder, having enough nutrients with anti-infla...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Ophthalmology:

    WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A vision-robbing condition called diabetic macular edema can strike people with diabetes.

    Now, a new study compared three leading drugs for the condition -- Avastin, Eylea and Lucentis -- and found that Eylea came out on top, at least for pati...Full Article