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.

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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    THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Only one-third of American seniors with diabetes have their disease under control, a new study finds.

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    THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Only one-third of American seniors with diabetes have their disease under control, a new study finds.

    "This research gives us a good picture of diabetes control in older adults and gets us thinking about what it means ...Full Article

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    WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many heart patients are advised to receive an implanted cardiac defibrillator to keep their heart functioning properly.

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    WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to combat adult obesity.

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    WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Obese Americans struggling to shed pounds have a new weight-loss option: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved a temporary, implanted balloon device to treat obesity.

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Bariatric Medicine:

    WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Obese Americans struggling to shed pounds have a new weight-loss option: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved a temporary, implanted balloon device to treat obesity.

    The ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System (ReShape Dual...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Maternal & Fetal Medicine:

    TUESDAY, July 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women with an unhealthy weight in a first pregnancy could be at greater risk for complications in their next pregnancy -- even if they're at a good weight, a new study finds.

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    TUESDAY, July 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women with an unhealthy weight in a first pregnancy could be at greater risk for complications in their next pregnancy -- even if they're at a good weight, a new study finds.

    Most American women are not at a healthy weight when they first become ...Full Article