Dr. Jamie Baum

Dr. Jamie Baum, associate professor of nutrition for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

The time of coronavirus is no time to ignore diet and exercise.

A multimedia program from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is designed to help people focus on health and nutrition during COVID-19 isolation with video demonstrations, fact sheets and weekly open-forum online discussions.

The project is a collaboration of the Division of Agriculture’s Center for Human Nutrition and the University of Arkansas’ Exercise is Medicine program.

D-FEND — for Diet, Food, Exercise and Nutrition During social distancing — provides an open forum to discuss questions related to diet, food and exercise with scientific experts during COVID-19 isolation, said Jamie Baum, associate professor of nutrition for the Division of Agriculture and director of the Center for Human Nutrition.

The program will also feature “Fast Facts” videos and fact sheets that are designed to help with decisions related to diet, food and exercise during social distancing, Baum said.

“I think this will be a way for people to connect in this time of isolation while also finding important and useful information."

The open forum topics and “Fast Facts” are hosted or produced each week by Baum and University of Arkansas faculty and students from the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences’ department of food science and the College of Education and Health Professions.

Baum will lead the first forum Friday, May 15, with an introduction to D-FEND, followed by a question-and-answer session.

CLICK HERE to register for the forum.

Weekly topics so far include:

Venturing back out: shopping safely at the grocery

How to get your 10,000 steps at home

Get those Zzzzz’s: The importance of sleep

Exercising with your kids

Boost your immunity with diet and exercise

Budget bites! Snacks and meals that keep you full on a budget

Diet, exercise and mood

Kids in the kitchen: Cooking, eating healthy and food safety practices

Kids and exercise

Staying safe for the Fourth of July: Food safety, healthy recipes, physical activities

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