About Shaun Riebl, MS, RD

Shaun K. Riebl, MS, RD PhD Student Virginia Tech Dept of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise (0430) Water INTERface: Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program (IGEP) Laboratory for Eating Behaviors and Weight Management 229 Wallace Hall Blacksburg, VA 24061 email: sriebl@vt.edu

Annual Bob Duncan Memorial 5K Saturday, April 27, 2013

The Bob Duncan Memorial 5K Run/Walk is scheduled for April 27, 9 am at the Virginia Tech cross country trail behind the vet school.  The registration form is attached and may be found at http://www.vetmed.vt.edu/development/duncan5k.asp. Many of you will have known Bob and recognize the legacy of his life: a life of generosity, service, and leadership.  [...]

Water scarcity-a threat to the food industry?

Paul Bulcke, the CEO of Nestle, recently addressed the importance of sustaining our water supply globally. The article mentioning Bulcke’s stance was posted on Processing Magazine’s website. He draws ties between water sustainability and the food industry, specifically how production of some foods are in danger if a solution for our water crisis is not [...]

Beverage CHOICE: Water vs diet beverages

A recent article  published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that water and diet beverage were associated with healthier eating patterns, as part of a trial where participants substituted non-caloric for caloric beverages. Results, obtained from the larger Choose Healthy Options Consciously Everyday (CHOICE) weight loss trial, revealed that participants in either the diet beverage [...]

Are we rethinking our drink?

We’ve done it! Our efforts paid off! A recent study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reports findings that soda consumption actually decreased from 1999-2008. Don’t celebrate so fast. Other sugar sweetened beverages (SSB) like sports and energy drinks increased…three-fold. Using NHANES data the investigators of the study assessed the [...]

Water types: What’s the difference?

Consumers may have noticed that they have several options for purchasing water…..they can choose from distilled, purified, or even spring water at the grocery store. Throughout my undergrad studies I remember pipetting distilled water into concoctions my professor was anxiously waiting for us to “cook up,” but never did I really think about the differences in [...]

Bottled water bans: Is boxed water the industry’s answer?

The Town of Concord, MA’s website states: “It shall be unlawful to sell non-sparkling, unflavored drinking water in single-serving polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles of 1 liter (34 ounces) or less in the Town of Concord on or after January 1, 2013.” Almost one month into the ban, the Boston Globe reports that many stores have followed [...]

Beverages: What we are purchasing is changing, but what are the implications?

According to a recent report on MarketWatch.com by The Wall Street Journal, American’s beverage purchasing patterns have been changing. Soda, juice, milk, beer, and powdered drink (e.g. instant breakfasts, iced teas, chocolate mixes, and protein shakes) sales have all declined since 2001. Interestingly, bottled water purchases have increased from about 17 gallons to 26 gallons [...]

Water issues and the New Zealand’s dairy industry – a student’s perspective.

Georgianna Mann, a graduate student in Food Science and Technology and student affiliated with the Water INTERface, travelled to New Zealand to investigate the issues of water availability and quality on the New Zealand dairy industry.  She spoke with farmers, a dairy cooperative, and dairy representatives at the New Zealand Field Days, the largest agribusiness [...]

University of Vermont students get a ban on selling of bottled water.

The students spoke and were heard. As of July 1st the University of Vermont (UVM) will no longer sell bottled water and offer more healthy options at vending machines campus-wide, according to a recent report. This will make UVM one of the first institutions in the nation to enact such a policy. Over the past four years, [...]

Brief reflection of GRAD 5134 from Fall ’12

Happy Holidays everyone! Check out this photo Dr. Davy recently posted over on our Facebook page. Brings back good memories of the Water INTERface Interdisciplinary Research class (i.e. GRAD 5134). This course was by far the best practical experience we could have had in cross-disciplinary research activities; we all worked hard and learned more about each other [...]