Truth or Trend Podcast

With so many health trends out there, it can be overwhelming to decide if it is actually true or if it is just a trend. MU Extension Nutrition and Health Specialists and other health field experts are passionate about helping Missourians make the healthy decision the easy decision! Welcome to the University of Missouri Extension’s Truth or Trend podcast where we do the research, so you don’t have to.

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About us

Kaylie Walker, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist for the University of Missouri Extension, hosts the Truth or Trend podcast, where she delves into current health topics. In each episode, Kaylie chats with other health experts who are passionate about getting research based information to help people make smart choices for themselves. Don't forget to rate, review & subscribe! Also, tell us about a health trend you want us to talk about in the future!

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Saturday Jun 01, 2024

On this episode of the Truth or Trend Podcast, Liz Harrison, a Nutrition and Health Specialist from MU Extension, discusses the benefits of physical activity, regardless of whether you exercise for 10 minutes or an hour. If you feel like your activity doesn't count because it's not a 30 or 60-minute workout, we hope to change your mind!
If you are looking for a movement challenge this summer, check out MU Extension's 100 Miles, 100 Days Summer Challenge!
References & Resources:
Women may realize health benefits of regular exercise more than men | National Institutes of Health (NIH)
MU Extension - Health and Human Sciences (
Missouri State Parks (
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Contact Kaylie for more information 
Sound Editor: Evan Holley, Nutrition and Health Specialist for MU Extension

Wednesday May 01, 2024

While this may not be a trending topic, there are many health benefits to getting involved in your community! Kaylie chats with Rachel Brown, Community Health Specialist for MU Extension about their personal experiences of getting involved in the community. Rachel sheds light on how this can impact an individual's health and well-being. If you are already involved in the community and you're feeling burnt out this is a good episode for you! 
University of Minnesota: 5 Societal Issues that Can Benefit from Civic Engagement
Healthy People 2030: Civic Participation 
Submit Episode Ideas Here!
Contact Kaylie for more information 
Sound Editor: Evan Holley

Episode 4: Fitness Trends

Monday Apr 01, 2024

Monday Apr 01, 2024

On this episode, Kaylie talks with Candace Rodman a Nutrition and Health Specialist for MU Extension about focusing on functional fitness instead of heavy lifting as a form of exercise for the average person. They also discuss social media influences and different challenges that are trending and how to decide if it's something you should try for yourself or avoid. 
Join a local Stay Strong, Stay Healthy class in-person or online here: 
References and other trustworthy articles to learn more:
Pacheco, M. M., Teixeira, L. A., Franchini, E., & Takito, M. Y. (2013). Functional vs. Strength training in adults: specific needs define the best intervention. International journal of sports physical therapy, 8(1), 34–43.
Article from Mayo Clinic - Functional fitness: Is it right for you?
Wagener, S., Hoppe, M. W., Hotfiel, T., Engelhardt, M., Javanmardi, S., Baumgart, C., & Freiwald, J. (2020). CrossFit® – Development, Benefits and Risks [CrossFit® – Entwicklung, Nutzen und Risiken]. Sportorthopa¨die-Sporttraumatologie, 36(3), 241–249.
Feito, Y., Burrows, E. K., & Tabb, L. P. (2018). A 4-Year Analysis of the Incidence of Injuries Among CrossFit-Trained Participants. Orthopaedic journal of sports medicine, 6(10), 2325967118803100.
Functional Fitness Exercises

Friday Mar 01, 2024

On this episode of the Truth or Trend podcast, Kaylie chats with Leslie Bertsch who is the State Specialist in Home Food Preservation for the University of Missouri Extension. Leslie shares the facts behind why it is so important to know how to can and preserve food safely at home. 
*Since the recording of this podcast, Leslie Bertsch has left Extension. Contact your local Extension office for your food preservation questions. Find your local office here: 
Reach out to Kaylie for questions or future episode ideas at 
National Center for Home Food Preservation: 
Online Food Preservation Course: 
MU Extension Food Preservation Resources and Newsletter:
Ball Corporation: 
So Easy to Preserve book: 

Thursday Feb 01, 2024

Trigger warning - this episode may contain sensitive content including discussion of intimate partner violence and relationship conflict
During this episode, Dr. Kale Monk, Associate Professor for the University of Missouri and State Specialist for Health and Human Sciences Extension, talks about the importance of relationships and how they affect our mental and physical health. 
Resources mentioned:
Relationship Maintenance: Theory, Process, and Context
John Gottman - The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work
ShowMe Healthy Relationships
Find a therapist online 
Contact Info:
Dr. Kale Monk 
Kaylie Walker

Wednesday Jan 03, 2024

In this episode, Kaylie chats with Debbie Bennett, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist for MU Extension, about the coconut water health trend. We wanted to know if there were any health benefits to drinking coconut water versus regular water. Tune in to find out! 
Fact Check:
a medium banana has 422 mg of potassium and a 16.9 oz container of coconut water has 979 mg of potassium
brown coconuts (or mature coconuts) do have some water inside
the price of coconut water varies 
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. (2020, September 28). Everything You Need to Know about Tree Nut Allergy.
Baum, J., & Rodibaugh, R. Coconut Oil and Coconut Water: Are Coconuts the New Superfood? University of Arkansas.
Cleveland Clinic. (2021, September 10). The Health Benefits of Coconut Water.
DiGiacinto, J., & Spritzler, F. (2023, February 14). 7 Science-Based Health Benefits of Coconut Water. Healthline.
Ferreira, M. (2023, May 16). Is coconut water good for you? Benefits and Nutrition. MedicalNewsToday.
Vavrek, K. (2019, August 27). Is coconut water healthy? The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Wolfram, T. (2017, July 26). Coconut Water Is It What Its Cracked Up to Be.
Zeratsky, K. (2023). What is coconut water and what’s behind the hype? Mayo Clinic.,coconut%20water%20for%20its%20electrolytes.

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