Handy References for
Healthful Fish Eating
MERCURY | Seafood is an important part
of a healthy diet, but too much of certain kinds
can have harmful effects. Charles Santerre,
professor of nutrition science, studies the risks
from mercury- and PCB-contaminated fish
and the benefits of healthy fats on sensitive
populations such as pregnant women and nursing
infants, and has turned his findings into handy
Santerre has created a “Fish for your Health”
wallet card, which is being used by the Indiana
and Florida departments of health to educate
pregnant women on safe fish consumption.
The card is also being distributed to more
than 1 million people by hospitals and health
Santerre has also created an app for mobile
devices that can advise pregnant or nursing
women on healthful seafood consumption. His
colleague, Kathleen Hill Gallant (here and
p. 24) used the app during her recent pregnancy.
Fish4Health was the winner of the Babble Top 25
iPhone Apps for Pregnancy in 2011. He hopes to
expand his research, and use the app as a method
to collect data for future studies.
“It’s amazing how many people in
the world have smart phones,”
he says. “It’s the best way to
deliver information around
the planet.” | S.A.
CHARLES SANTERRE | KATHLEEN HILL GALLANT