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Healthy living bloggers talk shop on the newest episode of A Healthier Charlotte

Posted on 25 Oct 2011 by Bobby DeMuro

This week, on A Healthier Charlotte, we introduce you to a community of young women who write and blog about nutrition, fitness, and healthy lifestyles. You can watch this video here, or on YouTube.

Numbering in the thousands (and with many thousands more readers), healthy living bloggers have taken the Internet by storm, prompting considerable focus, discussion, and debate over their existence.

We are fortunate enough to have some of the biggest names in the healthy living blog field right here in Charlotte, and on this episode, we invited three thought leaders in the field to the WTVI studios to discuss everything related to healthy living blogs.

Topics up for debate on the show include how these bloggers balance public lifestyles developed from personal blogs, whether the writers should adhere to journalistic principles, and what responsibility these writers have for their large audiences of readers when promoting health information.

We also touch on a recent incident involving a major magazine critique of the community that’s prompted considerable discussion over the past few months.

Are they journalists, health care professionals, or somewhere in between? We discuss how these bloggers see themselves, and how their readers may see them and their posts.

We also explore the business side of blogging, content of some of these blogs, and what our three forum guests see to be the future of healthy living blogging.

Meet our forum guests:

Our guests for the blogger show! (photo courtesy: Brittany Dixon, AHealthySliceOfLife.com)

Caitlin Boyle (@CaitlinHTP)
Caitlin is the blogger, author, and motivational speaker behind Healthy Tipping Point, a healthy living blog based on making consistent health decisions add up to something great!

Caitlin is also the visionary behind Operation Beautiful, a movement dedicated to changing the self-talk of young men and women through positive messages — on sticky notes! Seriously, I was a skeptic on this, and looked through the site while preparing for the show — it’s a very cool message and movement.

Katie Levans (@sweettaterblog)
Katie is the founder of Sweet Tater Blog, a yoga aficionado, and a graduate student in Nutrition preparing to become a registered dietitian. Keep an eye on Katie — she’ll be back on the show to teach me how to cook!

Brittany Dixon (@AHealthySlice)
Brittany is the founder of A Healthy Slice of Life. She’s also a nutrition business owner and a proud new mother, having given birth just a few weeks before the show!

(Photo courtesy: Brittany Dixon, AHealthySliceOfLife.com)

After the show, visit A Healthier Charlotte for web extras from our blogger guests, behind-the-scenes footage, and more on healthy living bloggers, new media, and how health information consumption is changing!

Have any questions or comments? Write us below, or follow me on Twitter or Facebook — I want to hear from you about how we can make the show better every episode.

We’ll be back at WTVI Charlotte to film our next episode, which you can see exclusively on CLT Blog on November 8th. For that, we’ll discuss the state of cycling in Charlotte with city and county officials and several bicycle community leaders in the Queen City. Stay tuned!

Comments

  1. Tad Moorey 25 Oct 2011 at 7:34 PM

    I had no idea this community existed, very cool. Interesting show today!

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    Bobby DeMuro 25 Oct 2011 at 7:49 PM

    Thanks Tad! Pretty interesting community, huh? Definitely worthy of another look!

  3. Rebekah Nagy 25 Oct 2011 at 10:33 PM

    Great show! I appreciated Katie’s well articulated honesty and approach to the blogger/reader relationship. I admire all of these women for being a positive voices in a world so often lacking positivity.

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  5. Jamie MacDonalde 26 Oct 2011 at 10:15 AM

    This was really well done, I think Caitlin was really wellspoken. Is Operation Beautiful a company or a non profit organization or something?

  6. John Marsewalde 26 Oct 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Great work as always Bobby, good to see your career develop on TV!

  7. Katie (Sweet Tater) 26 Oct 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Love being a part of this. Thanks for the opportunity!

  8. Dustan Dole 26 Oct 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Great topic. My girlfreind reads these blogs all the time, interesting to think about the liability issues and their responsibility to readers!

    • Bobby DeMuro 26 Oct 2011 at 1:25 PM

      Absolutely, Dustan! Interesting to think that everyone can start a blog, and it’s important to understand and discern good information from bad.

  9. Sherry 26 Oct 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Really enjoyed the show and the information that the bloggers had to share. I have followed Brittany’s blog and now I look forward to checking out the others.

    • Bobby DeMuro 26 Oct 2011 at 1:26 PM

      Thanks for watching and the feedback, Sherry! Glad we could introduce you to a few new bloggers, too!

  10. Jen Leeuwe 27 Oct 2011 at 7:35 AM

    I think that’s an interesting idea, I wish you guys had covered it more — some of the ethical issues, what happens if somebody gets injured reading something on a blog like this? I like how Brittany said she likes to give readers some credit, but it’s still something to think about, who’s responsible if a reader gets injured or something doing a workout they read on a blog? (Or in a magazine for that matter). Is it important for bloggers to be health certified too?

    • Bobby DeMuro 29 Oct 2011 at 2:16 PM

      Interesting, Jen. Do you think bloggers should have some sort of certification process before they start writing on health? That’s kind of what we got at on the show (a little bit) — anybody can start a blog, so it can be difficult to determine effective vs. shoddy information. The blurred lines of new media and technology tools continue on…

  11. Kayley P. 31 Oct 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Great job on the show this week, guys. I didn’t know about Katie’s blog and now I really like it. She’s really funny ;) Definitely have these girl back on the show again!

  12. Kiran Sampson 1 Nov 2011 at 10:02 AM

    I think these women are all very good representatives for their blogs and for the community :-) Good job girls you did sooo well!

  13. Kyle Kendallson 1 Nov 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Great show. Can’t wait for the next one.

  14. Taron 1 Nov 2011 at 8:23 PM

    Great work on the show! I’m really glad we have this in clt, definately more than time for it.…

    Love your host, total hottie! And love the girls, i am glad I found Caitlin’s blog especially!

  15. N. W. 2 Nov 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Good work on that. Well-spoken young women, good host. Can’t wait for more!

  16. tom de see 4 Nov 2011 at 3:32 PM

    great stuff bobby! i actually watched the whole thing! that’s rare for me!

    • Bobby DeMuro 5 Nov 2011 at 5:49 PM

      Tom! Thank you, that means a TON! Wait until you see some of the stuff we’ve got in store!

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