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Eating a Healthy Diet to Protect Against Pollution

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Eating a Healthy Diet to Protect Against Pollution

June 22, 2021

Interviewee: Dawn Brewer, Ph.D.

In this podcast, we’ll hear from Dawn Brewer, Ph.D., who discusses how a eating a healthy diet may protect against the harmful effects of pollution.

Eating a Healthy Diet to Protect Against Pollution

Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. They contain nutrients that can lower the risk of diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables may also counteract the negative effects of pollution on the body.

In this podcast, we’ll hear from Dawn Brewer, Ph.D., who discusses how a healthy diet can protect against the harmful effects of pollution. She also describes a nutritional intervention – called BerryCare – she launched with community partners to encourage Kentucky residents to eat more fruits and vegetables. Plus, she shares tips on how to get more produce on your plate.

Interviewee: Dawn Brewer, Ph.D.

Dawn Brewer, Ph.D.

Dawn Brewer, Ph.D., is a registered dietitian and an associate professor in the Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition at the University of Kentucky (UK). She also leads the Community Engagement Core for the NIEHS-funded UK Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center and is director of graduate studies for the UK Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition.

Brewer conducts community-engaged research focused on positive lifestyle changes, such as healthful nutrition and increased physical activity. She uses community interventions to increase fruit and vegetable consumption among vulnerable populations including rural Appalachians and older adults.

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