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Nutrition takes center field during weekly High School Sports Show broadcast

By December 15, 2017July 9th, 2020Community Initiatives
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Independence Registered Dietician John Rickards joins local students to discuss nutrition on The High School Sports Show.

Student athletes in the Philadelphia region took to the airwaves to discuss proper nutrition with experts on The High School Sports Show, a unique radio program for student athletes, parents, administrators, and alumni. The show, sponsored by Independence Blue Cross, airs on Sundays from 1-3 pm on NewsTalk 990AM.

John Rickards, a registered dietitian and certified personal trainer who works with Independence employees each week at the company’s headquarters, joined the conversation on December 10 along with host Rich Henkels and a panel of student athletes and experts. Taped at Barnaby’s in Havertown, Pa., the show focused on key elements of nutrition and well-being as it relates to athletes, answering questions such as:

  • Do high school student athletes consider good nutrition a necessity, a “nice to have,” or something less important?
  • How does nutrition rate as a recommended focal point, as compared to other activities like weight training, cardio training, core training, and use of supplements?
  • How important is good nutrition given the fact that high school student athletes are still growing and maturing?
  • What myths about nutrition, supplements, carbs, and fats need to be dispelled?

In addition to discussing topics related to students and student athletes during the weekly broadcast, the High School Sports Show highlights a “Live Fearless Student Athlete of the Week” and encourages all student athletes to “Live Fearless” by speaking their minds and expressing themselves in a manner that can make the most impact.