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Who wants to learn about new health/nutrition findings but doesn’t have the time to look? Who wants to be proactive about reducing mindless scrolling on social media? I got the solution for all of you, Listen to the “Nutrition Nerds” podcast! The Nutrition Nerds podcast is written and hosted by Jenn Baugh and Kelly Yates, who are dietetic students at Life University in Georgia You can find them on the Apple Podcast app, Stitcher, or SoundCloud. I discovered this podcast after stumbling upon their instagram. Ever since then, I’ve listened to about 20 episodes all in the time span of 2 weeks. I guess you can say I’m hooked?. Here are reasons why I’m a fan of this podcast:
1. The podcast doesn’t educate/inform you about basic nutrition information
As a upper division nutrition major, I don’t need to be re-taught basic nutrition concepts. I’ve tried to find several nutrition podcasts and some of them are focused towards teaching their listeners. Unfortunately, I’m not interested in that, sorry! Gimme them new research findings!! This podcast reviews new research, articles from popular health magazines, and debunks nutrition myths from social media.
2. They’re easy to listen to
Jenn and Kelly have a great dynamic with each other. Listening to their podcast makes it feel you’re included in their conversation. You can tell the podcast is meant to be casual, compared to other podcasts that make you feel like you’re listening to an audio textbook.
I interviewed the Nutrition Nerds to get an insight about what goes into making a podcast. Maybe sharing nutrition information and education through a podcast is your calling and a new hobby to take up. It can be a unique way to get involved, show leadership qualities, and educate the community. If you’re interested, here’s what they have to say:
1. Why did you want to start a podcast/what was the turning point that finally made you two pull through with the idea?
Kelli: “Jenn and I were always having these great conversations about nutrition and sharing new articles we had read with each other. I kept thinking about how our conversations reminded me of some of my favorite podcasts and brought up the idea to Jenn to start our own in December of 2017. Jenn was onboard and by January we had recorded our first episode!”
Jenn: “Kelli and I met in Chemistry class and have been lab partners ever since. We were usually talking about nutrition as we walked back and forth from classes. We texted each other articles that we found interesting all the time, early morning and even late at night! When Kelli asked me about co-hosting on a podcast, it just made sense. We were practically doing it already unrecorded. Also, we both struggled to find volunteer work that fit into our schedules. Our podcast is free as our way to give back. Podcasts are a great way to share information. I want to engage more people with nutrition and this reaches people outside my immediate social circle. The podcast challenges me to take what I learn from my classes and compare it to new research and media messages. Sometimes it helps me study and boosts my confidence to discuss nutrition.”
2. What is the most time-consuming part of creating an episode? Research, filming, commentary, etc?
Kelli: “For me, the most time-consuming part of each episode is editing. It takes me about 2.5 hours to edit a half-hour show! Second to that is choosing which articles to cover and writing out my notes.”
Jenn: “For me, I can go down a research hole pretty fast. I have to monitor myself for time. Some episodes will have topics on the lighter side so we can give ourselves time to study. I love it when I do have the time to dig deep into an issue, exploring both sides of an argument and finding points to make about a topic.”
3. How many hours does it take to develop 1 episode?
Kelli: “I spend about 8 hours a week on the podcast for 1 episode - this includes researching articles, recording the show, editing, creating the show notes, and posting on social media.”
Jenn: “I think our first episode took us 4 hours and the second one...just as long, ha! The beginning was a learning curve and we were also new to nutrition! Now we are a bit more seasoned. We are seniors and come prepared with a layout of notes for talking points. Now, an episode takes one to two hours depending on the depth of the topics. We probably could be faster, but I enjoy our laughter and interruptions from Jetta the cat.”
4. Do you have any advice for someone who wants to create their own podcast? (Ex: what to start with, equipment, etc.)
Kelli: “Starting a podcast can be super overwhelming! My advice would be to give yourself a month to research, record your first episode, learn how to edit, and put together your website. Don't take too much longer than that though - your first several episodes will NOT be perfect! We have improved so much and learned so much over this past year. Don't worry about having the perfect equipment - all you need is a computer, a free editing software like Audacity, and a pair of headphones with a microphone. The room your record in is probably most important - it helps to have a small space with a tapestry or curtains on the walls. And don't forget - you'll need a little bit of money set aside for website hosting and podcast file hosting!"
Jenn: ”You can spend whatever you want for a project, but for us, a quiet space, an apple headphones microphone, and free recording software has treated us well. Any project should have a mission statement so you can use it as a compass for how your time is spent. Always pick something that you are passionate about! Create small, reachable goals before you have big ones. And have fun!”