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Editor's e-Note
Keeping the Weight Off This Season

While many clients will gain the proverbial 10 to 20 lbs this holiday season after overindulging in an abundance of food, desserts, and drinks, RDs can pass on the good news that this doesn’t necessarily have to happen.

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, Today’s Dietitian (TD) provides tips and appetizer recipes dietitians can share with clients to help them keep many unwanted pounds at bay. After reading the article, visit TD’s website at to read the digital edition of the December issue, which includes articles on plant-based appetizers, nutrients for a sharp memory, high-protein diets and weight loss, and vitamin E.

Don’t forget to check out where you can read and comment on blogs written by RDs for RDs on timely topics. We’re welcoming new guest bloggers, so if you’re interested in writing, please contact me at the e-mail listed below.

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
Celebrate the New Year Without Packing on Pounds
By Abbie Gellman, MS, RD, CDN

It’s hard to believe 2018 is right around the corner. The new year often means different things to many people. It’s a time to reflect on where they’ve been, where they are, and perhaps where they hope to be this time next year. Whether you or your clients shun the idea of making resolutions or enter the new year with a laundry list of goals, we all have some areas of our lives we’d like to improve. Not surprisingly, most resolutions focus on diet and exercise.

The anticipation of gluttony over the holidays can strike fear in all of us, as though we’re doomed to gain those dreaded holiday pounds. As nutrition professionals, we know gaining unwanted weight isn’t inevitable, and it will be important to regularly remind clients of this throughout this festive season.

In the spirit of celebrating this upcoming new year, I’m sharing some of my tried and true tips to stay healthy during the holiday plus my favorite (and simple) appetizer recipes that are sure to shine at any New Year’s Eve gathering.

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Other News
Arkansas Kitchen Provides Nourishment
for Needy

The recently opened Riverview Hope Campus in Fort Smith, Arkansas, serves three meals per day on a nominal budget to residents in need, the Greenwood Democrat reports.

Report Highlights Increased Malnutrition
in Africa

A nutrition report released by the World Health Organization shows that undernutrition is still persistent in Africa at large and the number of stunted children has increased.
What’s on RDs’ Holiday Wish Lists?
Mandy Enright, MS, RDN, RYT

Dietitians tend to know what items are trending for the kitchen, fitness routines, and nutrition businesses, which is why I asked my colleagues to share their holiday wish lists. These RDs have been very, very good this year, spreading science-based nutrition wisdom, helping clients reach their goals, and inspiring others with their work, so let’s hope they get to unwrap their must-haves this holiday season.

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Field Notes
Smart Label Spots Food Spoilage Before It Happens

A bite of bad yogurt or sip of spoiled milk could be a thing of the past thanks to a new sensor developed by Silvana Andreescu, PhD. The innovative “smart label” is a low-cost, portable, paper-based sensor that can determine when food or cosmetics spoil and has the ability to transform the commercial marketplace.

Through the use of nanostructures, the sensors catch and bind the predetermined compounds to distinguish change. To test a sample, researchers simply add it to the reactive surface.

How far beyond expiration the item is can be detected based on the intensity of the transformation, which is emitted as a color or electrical change. It’s a simple innovation that could tell consumers when the quality of the product changes—even if the item is past its “best before” date.

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Continuing Education
Learn about statin medications and the role RDs play in the management of patients with hyperlipidemia in this month’s issue of Today’s Dietitian. Read the CPE Monthly article, take the 10-question online test at, and earn two CEUs!

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Now for only $40, our CE Club Membership will give you 50% off our entire library for one year plus a year's subscription or renewal to Today's Dietitian magazine! Use coupon code HOLIDAYCLUB at checkout. Offer expires on December 31, 2017, at 11:59 PM EST. Learn more »

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Read Between the Headlines
This complimentary 1 CEU recorded webinar presented by Keri Gans, MS, RDN, CDN, and Yvette d’Entremont, MS (aka SciBabe), will provide practical strategies for evaluating levels of evidence and parsing headlines to identify questionable sources. They will also share creative and effective methods for communicating sound science to your clients and professional peers. Sponsored by SPLENDA®. Register Now »

2018 Spring Symposium

Join us for our 5th annual continuing education and networking event for dietitians and nutrition professionals in Austin, Texas, May 20–23, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency!

Presented by some of the foremost experts in dietetics and nutrition, our diverse program can earn professionals 15 CEUs or more on session and workshop topics including Cancer, GMOs, Sports Nutrition, Lab Assessment, Digestive Diseases, Food Sensitivities & Allergies, Gut Microbiome, Culinary, Branding, Intuitive Eating, Mindfulness, and more.

Visit with the presenter lineup coming soon!

Holiday Rate only $249 through December 31! REGISTER NOW!

Registration does not include accommodations or travel to and from Austin, TX.
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