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Editor's e-Note
Snack Facts

Snacking between meals is at an all-time high. The time of day when people snack has changed. And many consumers are snacking mindfully and healthfully, according to new data from leading researchers.

In this month’s e-News exclusive, Jenna A. Bell, PhD, RD, discusses the booming snacking trend that’s providing dietitians with new opportunities to make nutritional recommendations to clients and patients.

After reading the article, visit Today’s Dietitian’s website at to read the digital edition of the June issue that includes an exclusive interview with the new Academy president Evelyn Crayton, PhD, RD, LDN, and articles on high-protein snacking, exotic berries, and worksite wellness.

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— Judith Riddle, editor
Field Notes
Snack Is the New Black
By Jenna A. Bell, PhD, RD

Increased snacking among consumers is providing RDs greater opportunities to educate clients about healthful options.

As dietitians, we know that understanding current food and snacking trends as well as consumer habits are key to developing dietary recommendations. Knowing when consumers prefer to eat and where they purchase food helps us devise a plan that suits their lifestyle.

To give health professionals insight into the eating patterns of today’s consumers, researchers presented data at Experimental Biology 2015 in Boston in an American Society for Nutrition satellite program, “Smart Snacking: When Science Meets Nutrition.” Leading researchers in consumer trends, behavior, and nutrition science discussed how snacking has emerged as a new frontier in nutrition research and provides substantial opportunities to help improve nutrient intakes and promote health. The results of their work offer dietitians valuable information that can help them frame nutrition recommendations in this new eating environment.

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Other News
Eating Right Can Protect Your Sight
Remember your grandmother telling you to eat carrots because they’re good for your eyes? It turns out that it’s not just carrots; it’s fatty fish, green leafy vegetables, nuts, and seeds. According to a report published on Fox News, an MD and an ophthalmologist teamed up to write a cookbook incorporating specific foods that promote eye health.

The Right Diet for People With Psoriatic Arthritis
One of the most important ways to manage psoriatic arthritis might not be in your medicine cabinet, but in your pantry. As reported on CNN, choosing healthful foods gives your body the nutrients it needs to function properly. A nutritious diet also can fight inflammation in your joints, boost your energy, and keep your weight in check.
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Field Notes
Church-Based Diabetes Education Program
Leads to Healthier Lifestyles Among Latino Adults

Latino adults with diabetes who participated in a church-based education program reported eating less high-fat food and exercising more following a trial intervention program run by researchers from the University of Chicago’s department of medicine.

The Picture Good Health program, based in the city’s South Lawndale/Little Village neighborhood, included an eight-week series of classes led by trained community members. The participants, mostly older Latino women, all had a previous diagnosis of diabetes and were recruited from two Catholic church communities. The results of the study, published April 28 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, demonstrate the effectiveness of partnering with faith-based organizations to deliver diabetes education in the Latino community.

“People were very pleased with the fact that the program was at the church, that the class leader was someone from the community, and that it was held in a comfortable, familiar place,” says Arshiya Baig, MD, MPH, an assistant professor in the department of medicine at the University of Chicago and lead author of the study.

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iOS8 Health App— ‘How Are You?’
Has an Answer

Apple’s new Health app gives users an easy-to-read dashboard of health and fitness data. A new tool called HealthKit allows many health and fitness apps to work together, and work harder. Heart rate, calories burned, blood sugar, cholesterol—users’ health and fitness apps are great at collecting all those data. The new Health app puts them in one place, accessible with a tap, giving users a clear and current overview of health. Users also can create an emergency card with important health information (eg, blood type or allergies) that’s available right from the Lock screen. Learn more »

Wellness For 2
Are your clients pregnant or trying to conceive? The Wellness For 2 app is a tool that helps any mommy-to-be stay informed, get prepared for doctor and hospital visits, and stay on track through every stage of pregnancy. With health tips and tracking tools, The Wellness For 2 app, available free for the iPod and iPad, is an invaluable resource in helping mothers-to-be and their babies have a healthful and happy experience. Learn more »
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