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Editor's e-Note
New Opportunities Knock

Dietitians who work in the restaurant industry probably are excited about the new year ahead. In November 2014, the FDA issued final rules requiring chain restaurants with 20 or more locations to add calorie counts to menus and provide additional nutrition information upon customer request.

These new regulations represent the government’s ongoing effort to fight obesity, and they may create new job opportunities for RDs in nutrition analysis, menu development, and more. The hope is that consumers will make healthier food choices after reading the calorie and nutrition information of the foods on restaurant menus. (See related article in our July 2012 issue.)

You can read more about the new FDA regulations and what they will mean for dietitians in this month’s E-News Exclusive.

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 January issue, which features articles on natural alternative sweeteners, 10 ways to boost your career in 2015, blenderized whole foods for home tube feeding, and the gamification of weight loss. The staff of Today’s Dietitian welcomes your feedback at, and we wish all of you a happy and healthful new year. Please enjoy the E-Newsletter, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

— Judith Riddle, editor
Field Notes
FDA Food-Labeling Regulations for Retail Establishments
By David Yeager

It’s been said that knowledge is power, and nutrition professionals are hoping that the new FDA regulations expanding the availability and accessibility of nutrition information in restaurants will empower consumers to make more healthful choices and make a greater dent in America’s obesity epidemic.

The regulations will require restaurants and similar retail food establishments—such as convenience stores and grocery stores with 20 or more locations operating under the same name and selling the same or similar menu items across their locations—to display calorie counts for the food they serve clearly and prominently on menus, menu boards, and drive-thru displays.1 Calorie counts also must be displayed near menu items in self-service, buffet, and cafeteria lines.1

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Other News
Mediterranean Diet Connected
With Longevity

A new study published in the British Medical Journal gives more meat to the biological connection between longevity and the Mediterranean diet, according to TIME.

The Myth of Comfort Food
Researchers at the University of Minnesota found that even when you don’t soothe yourself with food, your mood will probably bounce back on its own, according to a study reported in The New York Times.
Field Notes
Tips for Food Safety in the New Year

The start of a new year offers the opportunity to reflect and consider what you can do to make your life happier and healthier. Resolve to be food safe this year and reduce your risk of food poisoning with tips from Home Food Safety, a public awareness campaign from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (the Academy) and ConAgra Foods.

“While many focus resolutions on health goals like weight loss or training for a marathon, it’s also important to consider food safety,” says Joy Dubost, an RD and Academy spokesperson. “By following a few simple steps to safely handle food at home, you can keep food safe and dramatically reduce your risk of food poisoning.”

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Continuing Education
Learn about assessing vegetarian athletes' needs 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!

Last Call for Early Birds—Save 30% when you register by 1/31!

Our 2015 Spring Symposium early bird rate of just $325 ends January 31. 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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Upcoming Webinars

Plant-Based Eating: A Sustainable Lifestyle
Join us for an exclusive 1-CEU webinar presented by Sharon Palmer, RDN, on Thursday, January 29, at 2 pm EST, during which she will define sustainability measures in the food system and examine the impact of the Western diet vs a plant-based diet on environmental issues, such as climate change, pollution, and resource usage. Register FREE courtesy of Morningstar Farms.

Inflammation and Nutritional Balance:
What Nutrition and Dietetic Professionals Need to Know

Join us for a 2-CEU joint-webinar presentation with Becky Dorner & Associates, presented by David R. Thomas, MD, FACP, FAGS, AGSF, on Wednesday, January 21, at 2 pm EST. The research relating to the impact of inflammation on numerous disease states is quickly evolving. In order to effectively treat patients, nutrition and dietetic professionals must be aware of this research, understand the inflammatory cascade, and become familiar with emerging treatments. Registration will take place on the Becky Dorner & Associates website.
Tech & Tools
App Tracks Health Vitals
Automatically track and manage key health vitals all in one place with the iHealth MyVitals 2.0 app. Health information is automatically stored in an easy-to-read format. The app provides instant access to users’ measurements and allows them to see how they’re doing vs goals as well as vs published medical guidelines for key measurements such as blood pressure. Users also can add their own notes and context, including mood and activity type, using the simple-to-use icons and buttons. All historical data are stored automatically and displayed in colorful trend charts that can be accessed at any time. Users also can share selected data with loved ones or health care providers directly from the app. The app supports the iHealth Blood Pressure monitors, the iHealth Scales, the iHealth Pulse Oximeters, and the iHealth Activity and Sleep Trackers. Learn more »

Beyond Tracking and Mapping
More than just tracking, Personal Running Trainer will coach users through each run to their goal distance. Users can choose a training program: 1 mile, 5K, 10K, half marathon, or marathon and listen to professional coaching instructions from time to time, letting them know when to run, when to change their pace, and when to rest. Each training program consists of three to four days of training per week and ranges from four to 16 weeks of training per program.

This app also will track and map particular route and workout statistics, such as time, distance, pace, and calories. It will automatically save each run and provide a detailed breakdown of individual stats so users can easily view their progress over time. Learn more »
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