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Editor's e-Note
Rising to the Top

One of the growing trends in the dietetics profession is the increasing presence of supermarket RDs in this country and abroad. They wear many important hats and perform a plethora of tasks each day to improve the health of shoppers in their communities. They have a wide variety of skill sets that fuel their success, and they’re making an impact on public health.

To learn more about the roles supermarket RDs play and the career opportunities available to them, read this month’s e-News Exclusive. Today’s Dietitian sits down with Barbara Ruhs, MS, RDN, LDN, to learn just how much of an influence supermarket dietitians have on community health and what they can expect at this year’s Oldways Supermarket Dietitian Symposium in sunny St. Petersburg, Florida.

After reading the article, visit Today’s Dietitian’s website at to read the related article “Retail RDs’ Impact on Public Health” in our digital edition of the March issue. The issue also showcases our sixth annual TD10 feature that includes interesting profiles of the top 10 dietitians you nominated for the awesome work they do in dietetics. Other articles include features on high-tech diabetes self-management and breakfast cereal trends. The staff of Today’s Dietitian welcomes your feedback at Please enjoy the e-Newsletter, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

— Judith Riddle, editor
Field Notes
The Value of Retail Dietitians
By Leesha Lentz

Today’s Dietitian speaks with Barbara Ruhs, MS, RDN, LDN, about the rising importance of supermarket RDs and the upcoming Oldways Supermarket Dietitian Symposium.

From March 22 to 24, 2015, supermarket dietitians, industry leaders, and food experts will meet in St. Petersburg, Florida, for the fifth annual Oldways Supermarket Dietitian Symposium. Barbara Ruhs, MS, RDN, LDN, symposium coordinator, says this two-day event provides a platform for attendees to network and share ideas with the ultimate goal of improving public health nationwide.

Since more retailers are hiring supermarket RDs to bring value to the consumer shopping experience, it’s even more important for this growing community to gather and discuss issues and topics relevant to daily practice, according to Ruhs. Today’s Dietitian (TD) recently spoke with Ruhs to further examine why supermarket dietitians are on the rise, how they can be successful in the grocery industry, and what they can expect at this year’s symposium.

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Other News
What to Eat If You Have Psoriasis
What you eat doesn’t cause psoriasis. Likewise, you can’t cure psoriasis with a special diet. However, you can better manage your flares and reduce your risk of serious psoriasis-related conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure, by eating healthfully. According to a recent report, the link between psoriasis and certain diseases may be inflammation, and some experts think that eating the right well-balanced diet (and one that keeps you at a healthful weight) can help your body reduce the inflammation caused by your skin condition.

Diet Do’s and Don’ts for Patients With MS
Having a long-term disease like multiple sclerosis (MS) can wear patients out physically and mentally. MS symptoms such as severe fatigue, loss of mobility, and side effects from medications all can interfere with good nutrition. However, following a healthful diet can go a long way toward helping them stay strong and healthy while managing the condition and any side effects. Although people may hear about diets that promise to treat or even cure MS, there’s no evidence that any extreme diet works—in fact, some could actually cause harm. A report from HealthGrades shows that what does make a positive difference is following proven advice for nutritious eating.
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Important Dates for Dietitians!
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March 31 Last day of $349 registration rate for Spring Symposium
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Olympic Gold Medalist Summer Sanders will be our Keynote Speaker on Tuesday, May 19. The Swimming Hall of Famer, television personality, UNICEF ambassador, and mom of two uses her high profile to speak around the world, bringing awareness to the importance of nutrition and fitness, especially for children’s health.

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Field Notes
Retail Dietitians Business Alliance Releases Results
of First Salary Survey for Retail RDs

The Retail Dietitians Business Alliance (RDBA) recently announced the results of the first salary survey for retail dietitians. The study reveals average salaries and compensation satisfaction, and provides additional career information as it pertains to retail dietitians.

Currently, there are more than 600 retail registered dietitians throughout the United States who most often work in supermarkets, helping both shoppers and employees make food and nutrition choices that meet their families’ health and wellness needs.

“Retailers realize that retail dietitians are an integral part of the store experience and can boost sales exponentially while also creating customer loyalty,” says Phil Lempert, CEO and president of the RDBA. “This salary survey is the first of its kind and provides valuable information for dietitians, their employers, and those who are interested in this as a career. We are grateful to the RDBA members who participated.” 

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Tech & Tools
USDA DRI Calculator for
Healthcare Professionals

This app allows users to easily calculate daily nutrient recommendations for dietary planning based on the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs). With this app, the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Information Center puts the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine’s DRI recommendations at the fingertips of health care practitioners, including RDs, doctors, nurse practitioners, and others who can help consumers interpret and use these DRI values to guide healthful dietary behaviors. It enhances accessibility to the DRIs, and provides supplemental information, such as access to DRI reports, nutrition education resources, and pregnancy weight gain charts to further educate users. Learn more »

Grokker Launches First All-In-One
Fitness, Yoga, and Cooking App

Grokker, the wellness-focused online video network, announces the launch of its new iOS 8 mobile application, continuing to deliver on its promise to help you "Be a Better You." Grokker's mobile app allows users to watch and share more than 3,500 fitness, yoga, guided meditation, and cooking tutorial videos. This stunning HD video library includes thousands of exclusive Grokker Premium video classes, produced in-house and led by hand-picked experts. New videos are added daily. No matter how little time you have, Grokker has the right video for you. With easy to use search filters, you’ll quickly find the perfect workout, yoga practice, or recipe; from 30-minute yoga and Pilates to 15-minute HIIT and kickboxing to five-minute gluten-free and vegan recipes. Grokker is the one-stop-wellness-app for busy people on the go. Learn more »
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