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

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    TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Three out of four American adults have a heart that's "older" than their years, raising their risk for heart attack or stroke, federal health officials said Tuesday.

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    TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Want to enjoy a healthier old age? Try eating a little less each day.

    That's the suggestion from a new study led by researchers at the U.S. National Institute on Aging (NIA).

    The "results are quite intriguing," study co-author Dr. Evan H...Full Article

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    TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Avoiding middle-age spread could be one way to delay the onset of dementia, a new study hints.

    Researchers found that among 142 elderly adults with Alzheimer's disease, those who were overweight at age 50 tended to develop the memory-robbing diso...Full Article

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    MONDAY, Aug. 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Bad news for young coffee lovers: Gulping down lots of your favorite pick-me-up might raise your risk of heart attack if you've already got high blood pressure, a new study suggests.

    Italian investigators looked at 12 years of heart health data f...Full Article

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    MONDAY, Aug. 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The onset of cold weather is clearly a bummer for beach lovers, but two new studies suggest that it may actually pose health risks for some.

    One investigation, out of Taiwan, has identified a link between cold weather and a heightened risk of stro...Full Article

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    MONDAY, Aug. 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A New York City bill to improve the nutrition of children's fast food meals could reduce the average calories and improve the nutrition of these meals, a new study claims.

    The bill proposed by New York City Council membe...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism:

    FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Use of a class of widely prescribed medications for type 2 diabetes is tied to severe joint pain in some patients, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned on Friday.

    The drugs -- sitagliptin (Januvia), saxagliptin (Onglyza), linagliptin (Trad...Full Article

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    FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Repatha (evolocumab) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the second non-statin drug in its class approved to treat high cholesterol.

    The injected drug, among a new class called PCSK9 inhibitors, is sanctioned for people who...Full Article

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    THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a second drug that's part of a potent new class of medications that sharply cut levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol.

    Repatha (evolocumab), an injectable drug, works by blocking a protein tha...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Nutrition & Dietetics:

    FRIDAY, Aug. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Clearing areas of natural habitat around farm fields doesn't improve food safety, a new study shows.

    The practice began after a 2006 E. coli outbreak was traced back to packaged spinach from a California farm. That outbreak killed three people and...Full Article

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    THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Most U.S. schools are offering healthier meals that feature more fruits and vegetables, more whole grains and less salt, a new government study reports.

    "School meals are healthier now than ever before. We've made real progress, but there is muc...Full Article

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    WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Firstborn girls are more likely to be overweight or obese in adulthood than their younger sisters, results of a new study suggest.

    Firstborns had 29 percent greater odds of being overweight and 40 percent greater odds of being obese than sister...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatrics:

    WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More fruits and vegetables ended up in the garbage after the U.S. government introduced a rule requiring fruits and vegetables to be included with school lunches, a new study finds.

    What's more, the amount of fruits and vegetable eaten by kids ...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatrics:

    TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- American kids have a harder time controlling their weight than their counterparts to the north, a new U.S. study indicates.

    About 17.5 percent of U.S. kids aged 3 to 19 are obese, compared with 13 percent of Canadian children the same age, accord...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Geriatric Medicine:

    TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Neither exercise nor supplements such as fish oil don't seem to do much to help keep older folks mentally sharp, two new studies found.

    The reports, published Aug. 25 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, cast doubts on two ...Full Article