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African nutritionist featured on “Appalachian Perspective” TV program

Gioyose_t.jpgBOONE – Africa suffers from what nutritionist Boitshepo Giyose calls the double burden of malnutrition: poverty and hunger in some countries, and overweight and obesity issues in the more westernized areas due to higher consumption of foods with fat and sugar. view video clip

“Many areas have McDonalds, KFC and other fast food restaurants now. People equate western diets with ‘doing better.’ They don’t eat the traditional, natural foods anymore,” Giyose says on “Appalachian Perspective,” the cable television program of Appalachian State University.

Giyose is senior food and nutrition security advisor for the African Union’s New Partnership for Africa’s Development. She also works with the United Nations and other organizations. Her job is to coordinate nutrition activities and provide policy direction for the entire continent – which contains about 14 percent of the world’s human population.

In the 30-minute program, she talks about the importance of good nutrition to the African people’s education and economic development, as well as prevention and maintenance of the continent’s No. 1 health concern: HIV/AIDS. She also discusses Africa’s need to develop its own solutions to its challenges, so that the African people can help themselves rather that rely on assistance from other parts of the world.

Giyose, a 1989 graduate of Appalachian, received Appalachian Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumna Award this spring for her achievements and dedication to improving nutrition in her homeland.

“We can’t have one solution for all the countries,” Giyose said of her work. “What’s challenging is how to split our resources to address undernourishment and resources to address the other side.”

Giyose, a native of Botswana, earned a bachelor of science in food and nutrition with a concentration in general dietetics from the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.

“I’ve always loved working with food, and much of that I learned from my grandmother,” she said.

Giyose recommends a balanced, diverse diet for people regardless of where they live, which includes eating lots of fruits and vegetables and avoiding French fries and other fried foods.

“Appalachian Perspective” is a 30-minute interview hosted by Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock. It airs in Watauga County on Charter Communication Channel 21 weekdays at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.; Channel 2 at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; and on MTN’s Channel 18 Thursdays at 5:30, 6:30, 9:30 and 10:30 p.m. and Fridays at 12:30 p.m. The episode “Nutrition in Africa” airs through mid-July.

For more information and to view video clips of “Appalachian Perspective” interviews, visit www.perspective.appstate.edu.

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