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In the October issue

Benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle

Intact whole grains

The benefits of healthful snacking

The importance of family mealtimes

Age-related macular degeneration and nutrition

The popularity of coconut oil
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Editor's E-Note
Pass the Veggies

If some of your clients and patients want to become vegetarians but haven’t taken the plunge because doing so just seems overwhelming—even after you’ve given them some pointers—take heart.

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, author Judith C. Thalheimer, RD, LDN, provides strategies on how to counsel clients who want to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle. She discusses the health benefits of vegetarianism, whole foods clients should eat to get the nutrients they need, and meal ideas using meat and dairy substitutes available in stores. Plus, she offers tips on how clients can easily make the transition to a vegetarian diet.

After reading the article, make sure you visit Today’s Dietitian’s website at www.TodaysDietitian.com to read the digital edition of the September issue. In it, we feature our annual dining guide that gives you an overview of Houston’s rich, ethnic food culture and reviews many of the critically acclaimed restaurants you’ll want to visit next month while attending the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo. The staff of Today’s Dietitian will be attending as well. We hope to see you there!

Enjoy the e-newsletter plus the latest news and information on our website that’s relevant and reliable to daily practice. We welcome your feedback at TDeditor@gvpub.com. And don’t forget to follow Today’s Dietitian on Facebook and Twitter.

— Judith Riddle, editor
E-News Exclusive
Counseling Wannabe Vegetarians
By Judith C. Thalheimer, RD, LDN

As more research reinforces the value of a diet rich in vegetables and low in meats, more clients and patients likely will be considering a vegetarian lifestyle. What used to be a choice of conscience now is increasingly becoming a choice of health consciousness.

The Meatless Monday campaign, in association with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, reports that going meatless even one day per week won’t only reduce cancer and heart disease risk, help prevent diabetes, curb obesity, and increase life-span, it also will support the environment by reducing people’s carbon footprint and water usage as well as decreasing dependence on fossil fuels.

Whether or not clients wish to become vegetarians (avoiding meat but still eating eggs and dairy), vegans (eschewing all animal products), or pescatarians (including fish and seafood in an otherwise vegetarian or vegan eating pattern), the transition can seem daunting. But if they begin with a clear understanding of protein sources, a willingness to try new things, a little patience, and some creativity, they’ll get off to a better start. Read on to find out how dietitians can help.

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Tech & Tools
Temple: Hydration, Food, Fitness
There are plenty of apps with detailed calorie databases and GPS trackers; Temple is different. You enter activities, working more on behavior awareness than following every calorie burned or consumed. Learn more »

Smash Your Food
Do children know what’s in the foods they consume? In this app, kids smash items such as pizza, soda, and hamburgers, then they see the amounts of sugar, salt, and oil in those foods. Smash Your Food, by Food N’ Me, motivates children to make more healthful food choices, and parents can receive nutrition tips and advice about what their children are learning. Learn more »
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Other Nutrition News
Kids May Not Offset Extra Exercise at School
Children who exercise at school don't make up for the extra effort by being less active at home, indicating that increasing exercise in schools is beneficial, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Rituals Make Our Food More Flavorful
The New York Times reports on a new study showing that, far from being quirks of personality, food rituals may enhance how much people savor what they eat or drink.
Field Notes
Society Launches Second Semester of JNEB Journal Club

At the beginning of September, the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) launched a second semester of the JNEB Journal Club. The club will consist of weekly webinars featuring authors from the latest issue of Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. During the webinars, the authors will review and discuss their research articles, and students will have an opportunity to ask questions. Each one-hour webinar will be broadcast at 1 pm ET and be available as a recording.

The series will focus on “Schools and Nutrition: Environment, Interventions, and Policy.” Planned presentations include the following:

September 23: “Using a Systematic Conceptual Model for a Process Evaluation of a Middle School Obesity Risk-Reduction Nutrition Curriculum Intervention: Choice, Control & Change” by Heewon Lee, PhD, RD, of the Teachers College, Columbia University

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