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Editor's e-Note
Eat Whole Grains to Your Heart’s Content

New research developments in cardiovascular health always make American Heart Month an exciting time for dietitians. A large Harvard study recently showed that consumption of whole grains is associated with a significantly decreased risk of heart disease and total mortality in men and women, adding to the body of evidence demonstrating the cardioprotective effects of whole grains. You can read more about the study in this month’s e-News exclusive.

After reading the article, visit Today’s Dietitian’s website at There you can read the latest news and information relevant to daily practice as well as the digital edition of our February issue, which features articles on heart-healthy oils, planning vegan diets, the latest trends in the dairy-free aisle, and building a private practice. 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
Increasing Whole Grains for a Healthy Heart
By Leesha Lentz

According to the study “Association Between Whole Grain Intake and Mortality: Two Large Prospective Studies in US Men and Women,” eating whole grains may promote heart health, adding more years to your life.

Researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health evaluated food frequency questionnaires from 74,341 women from the Nurses’ Health Study and 43,744 men from the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study and found that eating more whole grains, in both American women and men, was associated with a 9% decreased risk in total mortality and a 15% reduction in cardiovascular disease-related mortality risk, independent of other diet and lifestyle factors. The study’s findings were reported online in JAMA Internal Medicine.

“These results add to the considerable body of scientific evidence showing the spectacular health benefits of consuming whole grains on a daily basis,” writes Janet Bond Brill, PhD, RDN, FAND, a cardiovascular nutritionist and author of the books Blood Pressure Down, How to Prevent a Second Heart Attack, and Cholesterol Down, in a January 12, 2015 blog post on

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Other News
Salt May Not Affect Heart Risk
Dietary salt may have little or no effect on the risk of heart disease in older adults, suggests a new study reported in The New York Times.

What Are ‘Natural Flavors,’ Really?
Look at the food label of almost any packaged good you consume and odds are you'll spot the term "natural flavors." But have you ever wondered what this mysterious additive actually contains? The answer isn't as clear as you may think, according to a report from CNN Health.
Field Notes
Cancer Prevention Guidelines May Lower Risk of Obesity-Linked Cancers

Low alcohol consumption and a plant-based diet, both healthful habits aligning with current cancer prevention guidelines, are associated with reducing the risk of obesity-related cancers, a New York University study shows. The findings appear in the journal Cancer Causes & Control.

“Our research aims to clarify associations between diet and physical activity in relation to cancer to encourage at-risk individuals to make lifestyle modifications that may reduce their risk of certain cancers,” says lead study author Nour Makarem, a nutrition doctoral student at NYU Steinhardt.

One-third of cancers are estimated to be related to excess body fat, and are therefore considered preventable through lifestyle changes. Obesity-related cancers include cancers of the gastrointestinal tract, reproductive organs, urinary tract, blood, bone, spleen, and thyroid.

In 1997, the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research released cancer prevention guidelines advising on weight management, diet, and physical activity. These guidelines, updated in 2007, provide an integrated approach for establishing healthful habits that reduce cancer incidence.

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Continuing Education
Learn about how proper nutrition can lower the risks of skin cancer in this month's issue of Today’s Dietitian. Read the CPE Monthly article, take the 10-question online test at, and earn two CPEUs!

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Our 2015 Spring Symposium early bird rate of just $325 ends February 28. Learn how you can earn up to 15 CPEUs and connect with other RDs by reviewing our preliminary schedule and more information including our pre-show brochure, session titles and presenters, and discounted hotel rates on

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Recorded Webinar

If you missed our November 5, 2014 webinar "Navigating the Spectrum of Gluten-Related Disorders," now you have a second chance!

We've posted a recorded version of this popular webinar presented by Alessio Fasano, MD, and Pam Cureton, RD, LDN. Thanks to the support from the Dr. Schär Institute and the NASPGHAN Foundation, you can watch at your convenience, complete a brief evaluation, and earn 1 CEU FREE!
Featured Jobs
The nation's top employers and recruiters of nutrition professionals advertise in Today's Dietitian magazine and post their job openings on Check out the most recent opportunities that have been submitted by employers from across the country!

Registered Dietitian—Campbell County Memorial Hospital, Gillette, Wyoming
Dietitian—Englewood Hospital, New Jersey
Tech & Tools
Authentic Yoga
Clients and patients can practice yoga wherever they are, with this comprehensive, practical, and fun mobile yoga app. Suitable for all levels, the app includes poses and routines for developing strength, balance, and flexibility. Choose between instructional lessons, individual poses, or special routines assembled by Deepak Chopra and Tara Stiles. Or, customize routines from the variety of poses available. Clients can choose music, and decide whether to have Chopra’s voice accompany their practice. Watch Stiles as they practice or pause, and watch an instructional video to learn the nuances of performing each pose correctly. Learn more »

Pact: Earn Cash for Living Healthfully
Pact is an effective way to keep fitness and weight loss resolutions in 2015. Earn cash for staying active, paid by members who don’t. Stick with it, and Pact will motivate clients to hit their health goals. The app enables them to set exercise and healthful eating goals each week; increase their fitness level; accelerate their personal weight loss/weight management progress; and manage how much money is on the line. The app connects with RunKeeper, Fitbit, Jawbone Up, MapMyRun, MyFitnessPal, or any other partner apps, and notifies users of their cash earnings each week. Pact’s proven incentives have helped members hit more than 95% of their goals, resulting in more than 20 million healthful activities, according to the company. Learn more »
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High-Tech Diabetes Self-Care

Breakfast Cereal Innovations

Retail RDs Making a Difference

Dietitians' Food Industry Relationships

The Use of Probiotic Supplements
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