Don’t Worry, Be Appy with EaTipster

Texting on Phoneby Jessica Serdikoff

I had this dietetics professor in college who I wished I could shrink down and carry in my pocket. My friend and I joked that we wanted the Dr. L app for our phones, so that we would never have to be without her. She was bursting with knowledge, tips, facts, you name it – all about food, health, and nutrition. (Okay, and a lot more too – this woman was pretty phenomenal!)

Well, as far as I can tell, my professor hasn’t “app-ified” herself yet, but a few dietitians up in Canada have come pretty close.

eaTipster is a new (and free!) app compatible with the iPhone created by Dietitians of Canada that provides daily tips all about food and nutrition, giving you the answers to all of those questions you’ve been dying to ask – right in the palm of your hand. You can adjust the settings to receive the tips as frequently (0r not) as you’d like, plus you can mark the ones that really pop out at you as favorites so you can easily refer back to them later. You can also hop social media platforms and share the tips with your friends via Facebook, Twitter, and email.

It’s not often that I’m jealous of my iPhone-clad friends, but until this app comes out for Android, that’s exactly what I’ll be! I’m fascinated by the way dietitians are harnessing social media to reach the public and share their knowledge. From communities like Around the Plate and all of the bloggers involved with it, to all of these new apps for our high-tech phones; it’s truly incredible how communication and information transmission have changed.

Fellow RDs and RDs-to-be – what do you think of this trend toward social media? What are ways that you’ve incorporated technology into your career?

And to all of you who are just interested in healthy habits and good food – do you use these apps and technological tools on a daily basis? What’s your favorite?

Jessica Serdikoff is the chief blogger behind Floptimism, a blog where Jessica shares deliciously inspiring recipes and tales of life as a nutrition student. Follow Floptimism on Facebook and Twitter