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Vanessa Hoffman is a registered dietitian in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. She has worked with patients in clinical settings and individuals community settings. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and serves as Research, Education and Awards Chair with the District of Columbia Metropolitan Area Dietetic Association. She is currently a health policy fellow with the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, Health and Medicine Program in Washington, DC. She received her B.S. in nutritional sciences from Cornell University and M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
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Everyday Health and Wellness, Nutrition or Exercise, Skin or Beauty, Healthy Aging, Career and Networking, Preventative Care
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Diabetes, Heart Disease, Stress/Anxiety/Depression, Weight Gain
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I don't have enough time, Busy lifestyle
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Running, tennis, hiking, biking, reading, watching movies, cooking
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fresh fruit, greek yogurt, chocolate chip cookies, bok choi, wine

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3 Easy Ways to Eat More Vegetables

Posted on November 17, 2013 at 11:00pm 0 Comments

You’ve heard it before: “Eat more vegetables.” Maybe your mother always pleaded: “Eat your vegetables.” Food writer Michael Pollan boils down his nutrition advice to: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants”, in his book In Defense of Food. What’s so great about vegetables? Researchers in study after study find health benefits from eating more vegetables, like reducing your risk of cancer and chronic diseases like hypertension, diabetes and obesity. Vegetables are chock full of…


Are You Getting Enough Iron?

Posted on March 13, 2013 at 9:00am 4 Comments

A little while ago, a friend told me she went to donate blood but was told that her hemoglobin levels were too low, indicating anemia, so she was deferred. In the meantime, since iron deficiency is one of the most common causes of anemia she wanted to know about good food sources of iron so she could get her hemoglobin levels up and donate soon.

Anemia is a global problem that affects over 30% of the world’s population, reaching 2…


Snack Attack: 4 Quick Tips for Healthy Snacking

Posted on May 22, 2012 at 4:44pm 5 Comments

It’s 3 pm. You’re hungry now, but you ate lunch a few hours ago and are trying to hold out until dinner but your stomach is grumbling. What do you do? Eat the apple you brought with you? Turn to the vending machine? Take some cookies or doughnuts from the table in the break room? 

If that all sounds familiar it sounds like you could use some tips on healthy snacking. First of all, you’re not alone. In the United States,…


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At 5:09pm on March 25, 2012, jacquehealth said…

Welcome to the community Vanessa! What brings you to the HealthyWomen community?


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