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Editor's e-Note
Athletes Drink Up

Dietitians know the importance of proper hydration for athletes to achieve optimal performance. Not only do athletes have to be well hydrated during intense training bouts, but also before and after the workout to avoid serious health consequences.

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, Today’s Dietitian provides an overview of the latest guidelines concerning hydration in athletes from the new position paper published by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the Dietitians of Canada. The position paper gives new perspectives on the nutrition factors that impact athletic performance.

After reading the article, visit Today’s Dietitian’s website at to read the digital edition of the April issue, which includes articles on soyfoods and heart disease, the top 10 carb myths, the National Diabetes Prevention Program, and what dietitians think about the 2015–2020 dietary guidelines.

Please enjoy the E-Newsletter and give us your feedback at, and don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

— Judith Riddle, editor
e-News Exclusive
Nutrition for Athletic Performance: A Focus on Hydration
By Marie Spano, MS, RD, CSCS, CSSD

A new position paper from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (the Academy), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and the Dietitians of Canada, focusing on the various nutrition factors that influence athletic performance, was published in the March issues of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.

An evidence-based analysis that involved more than eight years of nutrition research, the position paper offers new perspectives on calorie, nutrient, and fluid intake; nutrition strategies for exercise recovery; the use of performance-enhancing supplements; and the importance of individualized strategies to meet each athlete’s nutrient needs, performance goals, and demands while considering food preferences, training schedule, and medical history.1

This article will discuss the latest guidelines on achieving and maintaining proper hydration for optimal athletic performance.

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Tech & Tools
What’s Ripe and When to Plant in Florida
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Reduce Food Waste With Mobile Reminders
The EatBy Smart Kitchen app (, available free for iOS and Android, helps users track what’s in the refrigerator and by when they need to eat it. Users can scan barcodes or manually enter sell by or use by dates and receive reminders that a food needs to be used. The app also features tutorial videos explaining what the different labels (eg, sell by, use by) really mean. Learn more »
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Continuing Education
Learn about the body’s physiological responses to stress and how stress affects weight management 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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Whether fresh from the farm or straight from the store aisle, presenter Carolyn O’Neil, MS, RDN, LD, shares inspiring ideas for today’s consumer looking for taste, health and happiness at the table. This complimentary 1-credit continuing education webinar will be presented on Thursday, April 28, 2016, from 2-3 pm EDT, and is brought to you with support from Kellogg's.

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Perhaps most importantly, nutrition professionals in attendance can use this engaging continuing education experience to earn up to 20 continuing education credits for recertification and career development.

We hope you’ll choose to join us in New Orleans, May 21-24, 2017 at the historic Astor Crowne Plaza. Our location in the heart of the French Quarter has you steps away from the culinary, entertainment, and cultural experiences that make the Crescent City a truly unique destination.

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Field Notes
Eating Soy May Protect Women
From Health Risks of BPA

Consuming soy regularly may protect women who are undergoing infertility treatments from poor success rates linked to bisphenol A (BPA) exposure, according to a study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

BPA is a chemical found in a variety of food containers, including polycarbonate plastic water bottles and can linings. BPA can mimic estrogen, one of the two main sex hormones found in women. Biomonitoring studies by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that more than 96% of Americans have BPA in their bodies.

As of 2014, nearly 100 epidemiologic studies have been published tying BPA to health problems, including reproductive disorders, according to the Society and IPEN’s Introductory Guide to Endocrine-disrupting Chemicals.

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