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Editor's e-Note
Fruity-licious Santas and Peanutty Reindeer Sandwiches

This month, kids go on break and don’t return to school until the new year. During this time of family fun and holiday get-togethers, they’re often confronted with sugary snacks and desserts that can pack on the pounds and lead to unhealthful habits well into the new year. But dietitians can counsel parents to pull back on the calorie-laden fare and introduce more nutritious snacks with holiday themes without leaving their kids feeling deprived. All it takes is a little ingenuity and creativity.

In this month’s e-News exclusive, RDs offer strategies and recipes parents can use to prepare nutritious holiday snacks guaranteed to be a hit with their kids.

After reading the article, visit Today’s Dietitian’s website at where you can read the latest news and information relevant to daily practice as well as our digital edition of the December issue, which features articles on gluten-free appetizers for the holiday season and beyond, the health benefits of pairing beans and grains, and an exclusive interview with acclaimed nutrition and health expert Andrew Weil, MD. The staff of Today’s Dietitian welcomes your feedback at Enjoy the e-Newsletter, and follow Today’s Dietitian on Facebook and Twitter.

— Judith Riddle, editor
Field Notes
Strategies for a Nutritious Kid-Friendly Holiday
By David Yeager

With Thanksgiving behind us and additional holiday celebrating ahead, parents often wonder how best to balance the enjoyment of holiday treats with the importance of maintaining proper nutrition. One of the biggest challenges is the length of the holiday season. For better or worse, the overabundance of calorie-laden foods and treats stretches from Halloween to New Year’s Day.

The good news is there are strategies clients can use that will enable kids to enjoy their favorite treats, while remaining on a solid nutritional footing. The first step, according to Ashley Cappel, RD, LD, a clinical dietitian at the Healthy Lifestyles Center at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University, is to think about the entire holiday season, rather than focusing on a single day. She says having treats once in a while is fine, but daily access to them can be a big stumbling block.

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Other News
FDA Finalizes Menu and Vending Machine Calorie Labeling Rules
The FDA finalized two rules requiring that calorie information be listed on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants, similar retail food establishments, and vending machines with 20 or more locations to provide consumers with more nutritional information about the foods they eat outside of the home, according to its press release.

Packed Lunches May Be Unhealthier
Than Meals Provided by Schools

Most lunches brought from home don’t meet the nutritional guidelines set by the National School Lunch Program, according to a study reported in TIME.
The annual "What's Trending in Nutrition" Survey, conducted by Today's Dietitian and leading food, health, and wellness public relations agency, Pollock Communications, polls more than 500 registered dietitians for their expert predictions, which are sure to affect consumer-purchasing decisions, influence food manufacturers, and determine what's on the supermarket shelves in the coming year. Here’s the list of what they say is trending for 2015.
Field Notes
Mom’s Socioeconomic Background Affects Babies’ Dietary Habits

You have to be at least age 2 to be covered by US dietary guidelines. For babies under that age, there are no US dietary guidelines other than the general recommendation by national and international organizations that mothers exclusively breast-feed their babies for at least the first six months.

So what do American babies eat? That is the question that motivated researchers at the University at Buffalo (UB) School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences to study the eating patterns of American infants aged 6 months and 12 months old. Their study, “Sociodemographic differences and infant dietary patterns,” was published in Pediatrics.

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Continuing Education
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Announcing Our 2015 Session Titles & Presenters!

Our 2015 Spring Symposium features some of the foremost experts in nutrition and dietetics presenting sessions on interesting and important topics for continuing education credit. Professionals can earn up to 15 CPEUs by participating in our symposium.

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Tech & Tools
Vida Offers Personalized Health Advice
The Vida app connects consumers with the expertise they need to optimize their health and tackle chronic conditions head-on at their convenience and at a lower cost than existing solutions, according to the company. Vida’s HIPAA-compliant, on-demand care solution combines programs from top medical institutions with a strong network of experienced health coaches and providers to deliver highly personalized, expert care via a user’s mobile device. Vida combines technology and a human touch to help individuals manage one or, in many cases, multiple conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and cancer, with a scalable model. Learn more »

Smart Scale Syncs With Free App
A scale designed for the everyday user looking to improve his or her personal health, Smart Scale uses Bluetooth technology to wirelessly transfer key health and fitness data to users’ mobile phones or tablets via its free, proprietary SmarTrack App. Smart Scale’s information is transmitted for Android and iOS devices and is stored in the cloud through SmarTrack.

Smart Scale features a body fat and composition analyzer, which estimate both readings using Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis technology. For those with an active lifestyle, Smart Scale also features an Athlete Mode that takes into account bone density and hydration levels for a more accurate reading. Equipped with Taylor’s trademarked Cal-Max technology, the scale works to estimate the number of daily calories needed to maintain one’s current weight based on personal information. Learn more »
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