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Editor's e-Note
Matters of the Heart and Brain

Now that it’s February and American Heart Month, do even more to encourage clients and patients to focus on healthful eating and lifestyle habits that promote heart health and reduce cardiovascular disease and stroke risk. Dietitians also may want to tell patients who have certain risk factors for heart disease and stroke, such as hypertension, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes, about some of the top 10 major advances in heart disease and stroke research in 2015 from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. One major advance, which made the No. 1 slot, was the recent landmark National Institutes of Health study that showed how aggressive treatment for hypertension significantly reduced cardiovascular disease-related deaths. Read all about this study and the findings in this month’s E-News Exclusive.

After reading the article, visit Today’s Dietitian’s website at to read the digital edition of the February issue, which includes articles on the role RDs play in cardiac rehabilitation, protecting bone health among vegans, the latest dairy trends, and nutrition-focused physical exams.

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
The SPRINT Study: Lowering Blood Pressure Targets for Older Adults
By Matthew Ruscigno, MPH, RD

The recent landmark Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT) by the National Institutes of Health found that aggressively treating hypertension reduced cardiovascular deaths so significantly that the study had to be halted out of concern for the control group.1 Hypertension is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke, the first and fifth leading causes of death for Americans, respectively. An estimated two-thirds of the population aged 65 and older have high blood pressure.2 It’s well established that lowering blood pressure reduces risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). What made this study different is the evidence that lowering systolic blood pressure below 120 mm Hg—in contrast with the current recommendations of below 140 mm Hg—has significant, potentially life-saving benefits.

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Tai Chi and Heart Health
Like other forms of physical activity, tai chi may be an effective method for helping to reduce the risk of heart disease, according to The New York Times.

Warning Labels Might Stop Parents
From Buying Sugary Drinks

Warning labels detailing health risks associated with sugary drinks, such as diabetes and obesity, may convince parents not to buy these beverages for their kids, according to a study outlined in Fox News.
Tech & Tools
Mobile App Connects Users
With Nutrition Consultants

The Nomful app ( for iOS connects users with nutrition coaches across the country to help them achieve their weight-loss and/or nutrition goals. Coaches work with users daily based on the information users put into the app. Instead of logging calories and foods, users simply upload photos of their meals, allowing the coach to see what, when, and how much they’re eating. Coaches then form personalized eating plans for users and hold them accountable to making more healthful choices. Learn more »

Daily Healthful Eating Tips From Dietitians
The eaTipster app (, available free for iOS, was developed by the Dietitians of Canada. The app sends daily tips for eating healthfully, addressing common food and nutrition questions. Daily tips are meant to increase users’ healthful food choices, promote a healthful weight, and give users the tools to fight diet-based chronic disease. Learn more »
Continuing Education
Learn about the pathophysiology, symptoms, causes, and treatment options for chronic pancreatitis 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!

Upcoming Webinar
Social Media: Understanding the Legal and Ethical Paradigm
Join us for this special webinar on Wednesday, March 9, and learn how to identify the appropriate application of federal regulations and the Code of Ethics for the Profession of Dietetics to avoid compromising your current and future professional career. This presentation will be delivered by well-known experts Neva Cochran, MS, RDN, LD, FAND, and Debra King, MS, RDN, LD, FAND.

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Site Update & Special Savings!
The Today’s Dietitian CE Learning Library website will be making a few updates to improve your learning experience just in time for National Nutrition Month! The site will be unavailable from Monday, February 22 through Friday, February 26.

We appreciate your understanding during this maintenance period, and we hope you enjoy our new look as much as we do!  Try our new course workflow with Buy One Get One Free savings on ALL two-credit courses from 2/27-2/29. Use code NEWLOOK for instant savings at checkout.
2016 Today's Dietitian Spring Symposium
Make your plans NOW to join us for an intimate and engaging continuing education experience this May!

Our Symposium offers professionals a chance to earn more than 15 CEUs in an expanded continuing education and networking program built around sessions that cover a diverse range of topics, led by these experts in the field of nutrition and dietetics. Click here to check out our session titles and presenters.

Your $349 registration rate includes:

     • Educational sessions worth more than 15 CPEUs
     • Networking opportunities with peers and presenters
     • Product sampling from our sponsor companies
     • Keynote address by Dr. David Katz
     • Fitness activities

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Registration does not include accommodations or travel to and from Orlando.

Scholarship Deadline Approaching

February is the last month scholarship applications will be accepted.

The scholarship covers all event costs, including educational sessions worth more than 15 CEUs, networking opportunities with fellow professionals and presenters, and a variety of product samplings.

Submit your application today! Recipients will be notified the first week in March.

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Thanks to our sponsors for their support of continuing education in nutrition and dietetics.

Field Notes
‘Everything in Moderation’ Diet Advice
May Lead to Poor Health

Diet diversity, as defined by less similarity among the foods people eat, may be linked to lower diet quality and worse metabolic health, according to researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.

“‘Eat everything in moderation’ has been a long-standing dietary recommendation, but without much empirical supporting evidence in populations. We wanted to characterize new metrics of diet diversity and evaluate their association with metabolic health,” says Marcia C. de Oliveira Otto, PhD, first author and an assistant professor in the department of epidemiology, human genetics, and environmental sciences at The UTHealth School of Public Health.

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In The March Issue

Nutrition and the Endurance Runner

The Wonders of Nuts and Seeds

RDs Celebrate Nutrition


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