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Editor's e-Note
Guard Teenagers’ Hearts

While there are various dietary strategies for promoting cardiovascular health and preventing heart disease, let’s not forget about the number one cause of death among young athletes—sudden cardiac arrest.

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, dietitians will be pleased to learn that several states have taken a firm stand to save the lives of student athletes by passing laws requiring all high school students to learn CPR and how to operate an automated external defibrillator before graduating. With these laws in place, fewer students will die on the field during team practices and sporting events.

After reading the article, visit Today’s Dietitian’s website at to read the digital edition of the February issue, which includes articles on kids and sodium intake, plant proteins, the latest trends in nutrition support, and the FDA’s new definition of “healthy.”

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
New Michigan Law Requires CPR Training for High School Students
By Hadley Turner

In the continued fight against sudden cardiac death among young athletes, Michigan has passed a law to require hands-on, guidelines-based CPR training for all high school students before they graduate.

Michigan joins the ranks of 34 states and the District of Columbia that have either passed laws or adopted curriculum changes requiring CPR training for high-schoolers.

Governor Rick Snyder signed the new law December 28, 2016. It states that Michigan high-schoolers will learn CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) before graduation beginning with the 2017–2018 school year. This will result in roughly 100,000 more CPR-trained Michiganians every year.

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Field Notes
Neurons Anticipate Body’s Response to Food and Water

Using leading-edge technology, neuroscientists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) gained new insight into the brain circuitry that regulates water and food intake. In a new study, the researchers monitored the activity of the neurons that secrete a hormone in response to ingesting food and water. In their study, published online in Neuron, the researchers demonstrated that a subset of neurons starts to prepare the body for an influx of water in the seconds before drinking begins. These neurons help regulate intake by anticipating the effects of drinking from the “top down,” rather than taking cues from the body.

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Other News
Medical Schools Fail to Teach
About Obesity and Nutrition

Studies have confirmed that medical students are starved of nutrition and obesity education, according to Forbes.

Plant Foods May Help Defend
Against Diabetes

Diets rich in polyphenols may fend off type 2 diabetes and help those who already have diabetes better manage their blood sugar, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Importance of Building a Strong
Online Presence

Emily Kyle, MS, RDN

For RDs, the importance of developing an online presence can’t be underestimated. In an age when internet usage exceeds 2.4 billion users per day, more and more consumers are turning to the internet as their go-to source of health and nutrition information. As nationally recognized nutrition experts, we have a duty to be present online and represent our ideals of health and wellness in a clear and interactive fashion for the general public that’s actively seeking our guidance.

The beauty of the internet is that it’s possible for all dietitians to develop their own website for minimal startup costs, making a distant business dream an attainable reality. Today, your online presence essentially is equivalent to your typical “brick and mortar” storefront of the past. If you’re considering or currently pursuing an entrepreneurial business venture such as private practice, it’s absolutely critical to have a solid web presence, starting with your website, to attract and retain clients.

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Continuing Education
Learn about the female athlete triad and relative energy deficiency in sport 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!

A "HEART"-y Special for February

Buy one self-study course, and get a heart health course FREE! Visit our CE Learning Library any time for the remainder of February, choose a course to purchase and a Heart Health course, then use coupon code HEART17 at checkout to redeem your free course. For this special, one coupon use per customer. Learn more »

Upcoming Live Webinars

Culinary Strategies to Spice Up Your Clients' Kitchens
In this 1 CEU webinar, presented on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, from 2-3 PM EST, Shayna Komar, RD, LD, and Chef Nancy Waldeck work in collaboration to provide practical strategies that RDs can use to help clients prepare food quickly and healthfully, along with kitchen techniques that can be easily adapted by clients. Register Now »

Meditation for Dietitians: Applications in Science and Life
This 1 CEU webinar, presented by Jenna Hollenstein, MS, RDN, CDN, on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, from 2-3 PM EDT, will review the current research on meditation in physical and psychological health. Meditation for dietitians will be discussed, with particular emphasis on the benefits for the dietitian personally, professionally in the delivery of nutrition care, and for our nutrition clients. A simple breath awareness meditation technique will be introduced and participants will practice a short meditation together. Sponsored by StarKist. Register Now »

Free Recorded Webinar

An In-Depth Look Into the Dietary Guidelines
This complimentary 1 CEU recorded webinar, presented by Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, will discuss what the first year of living with the 2015 Dietary Guidelines has revealed to registered dietitians. She will also explore practical strategies for counseling patients and clients in order to achieve the most current understanding of the Dietary Guidelines' recommendations. Sponsored by Monsanto. Register Now »

2017 Spring Symposium

If you're a dietitian who loves learning about your chosen field, needs CEUs, enjoys meeting and networking with other RDs, and wants to visit one of America’s most colorful destinations, then you should plan to join us at the 2017 Spring Symposium in New Orleans May 21 to 24.

Alongside fellow nutrition professionals, you can earn up to 20 CEUs in our sessions and workshops, which will be presented by some of the leading voices in dietetics.

Registration is close to full capacity—REGISTER NOW!

Registration does not include accommodations or travel to and from New Orleans.
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In the March Issue

The Wide World of Sports

Kroger's The Little Clinic

The RD’s Role at End of Life


An Update on WIC
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Tech & Tools
Track and Share Fitness Adventures
The Strava app (, available free for iOS and Android, gathers cyclists’ and runners’ data such as speed, elevation, calories burned, heart rate, power, and cadence while they work out and creates graphics of these stats. The app shares metrics with other users and offers information including what local trails are popular and how other users performed on a certain route. The app is compatible with GPS watches, fitness trackers, and head units. Learn more »

Meditation for Mindfulness on the Go
The Meditation Studio app (, available for $3.99 for iOS and Android, offers unlimited access to more than 200 meditations led by 27 leading meditation experts. Collections and courses of meditations include those for stress, sleep, anxiety, chronic pain, relationships, changing habits, and quick breaks during the day. The app also provides meditations specifically for moms, kids, veterans, and first responders. Learn more »
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