(Atlanta, GA – June 7, 2011) – In a collaborative effort to tackle the increasing epidemics of malnutrition and excessive weight gain, Sharecare.com, an expert question and answer (QA) platform providing patients with answers to their health and wellness questions, today announced the addition of the American Dietetic Association to its robust network of trusted healthcare experts.
The world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, ADA will enhance Sharecare’s knowledge base by providing consumers the opportunity to consult registered dietitians through Sharecare.com. As the food and nutrition experts, registered dietitians can address many health and nutrition topics—from food safety and childhood nutrition to healthy eating plans and weight management—in order to help consumers make healthier lifestyle choices. For example, experts can now answer questions about how people can make healthier meal choices based on the government’s recently released new “MyPlate” icon, replacing the food pyramid. “ADA is committed to helping people live a healthy life in order to decrease the risk for developing life-threatening diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis,” said registered dietitian and American Dietetic Association President Sylvia Escott-Stump. “Through our collaboration with Sharecare, registered dietitians will be able to answer a broad spectrum of people’s nutrition and health questions.”
Online health searches are the third most popular web activity according to a recent survey conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. In addition to Questions of the Day, articles and daily tips are currently available through ADA’s website www.eatright.org. Through its collaboration with Sharecare, ADA will expand its reach and help consumers quickly find answers to their personal health questions, encouraging them to take the necessary actions towards healthier living.
“Empowering consumers with the necessary information and tools to improve their health by way of diet and nutrition is especially important during a time when unhealthy weight gain is at the crux of many debilitating diseases,” said Jeff Arnold, Chairman and Chief Architect of Sharecare. “With ADA joining our thousands of expert content partners, consumers now have access to valuable and life-saving information to incorporate into a more active health and wellness plan and to discuss with their doctors.”
Launched in 2010 and based in Atlanta, GA, Sharecare’s mission is to greatly simplify the search for high-quality healthcare information and answer the world’s questions of health. Created by Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz, in partnership with Harpo Studios, HSW International, Sony Pictures Television, and Discovery Communications, the Sharecare interactive social Q & A platform allows people to ask, learn and act upon questions of health and wellness. The company’s innovative approach provides a wide array of expert answers to each question ranging from hospitals to MDs to non-profits to healthcare companies to active health consumers, ultimately creating a community where healthcare knowledge is built, shared and put into practice.
About the American Dietetic Association
The American Dietetic Association is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. ADA is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. To locate a registered dietitian in your area, visit the American Dietetic Association at www.eatright.org.