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Editor's e-Note
Get Kids Movin’ This Winter

Now that the days are shorter and colder, it’s going to be a challenge for parents to encourage their children to remain physically active—especially if they’re overweight or obese. But there are several activities, both indoor and outdoor, in which parents can get their kids to participate.

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, dietitians can learn about these activities and share them with clients. After reading the article, visit Today’s Dietitian’s website at to read the digital edition of the January issue, which includes articles on the published analysis in JAMA alleging the sugar industry hid sugar’s role in heart disease, meal delivery services, metabolically healthy obesity, and cancer’s link to body fat.

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
Winter Fitness Tips for Overweight Children
By Jennifer Van Pelt, MA

Overweight and obesity in children are now considered a serious public health crisis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the prevalence of obesity has doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents over the last three decades. One in three kids between the ages of 6 and 19 are now overweight or obese.

Childhood overweight and obesity now outrank drug abuse and smoking as the leading health-related concerns among US parents. The consequences of carrying extra weight throughout childhood include an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, hypertension, joint problems, and heart disease earlier in life. Overweight and obese children also are more likely to have a negative body image, low self-esteem, and depression, according to the CDC and American Heart Association.

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Other News
Experts Review Popular Diets for 2017
A panel of dietitians and specialists in diabetes, heart health, human behavior, and weight loss, reviewed 38 diets in U.S. News & World Report.

Millennials Flock to High-Intensity Workouts, Hip Pain Follows
Orthopedic specialists worry strenuous routines are putting undue strain on inexperienced athletes, according to The Washington Post.
New Year, New Trends
By Amari Thomsen, MS, RD, LDN

Each new year brings new food and nutrition trends that consumers are excited to explore. And dietitians must stay abreast of these trends so they can be aware of current consumer attitudes and guide clients to develop more healthful eating patterns. Below are five food and nutrition trends for 2017 and ways your clients can effectively incorporate them into their diet and lifestyle.

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Continuing Education
Learn about chia seeds’ history and nutrient composition and current research regarding its health benefits 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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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 at least 20 or more CEUs in our sessions and workshops, which will be presented by some of the leading voices in dietetics.


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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 »
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In the February Issue

Kids and Sodium Intake

Plant Proteins

What’s New in Nutrition Support Therapy?

FDA’s New Definition of ‘Healthy’

Guide to Insurance and Reimbursement
Field Notes
Healthful Diet May Help Kidney Disease Patients Live Longer

A diet that emphasizes healthful foods rather than individual nutrients may help patients with chronic kidney disease live longer. The findings appear in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

Patients with chronic kidney disease are advised to follow dietary recommendations that restrict individual nutrients such as phosphorus, potassium, protein, and sodium; however, empirical evidence suggests that these restrictions—which can be difficult to abide by—have limited effects on reducing patients’ risk of premature death.

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Tech & Tools
Track Your Lifting, Get Stronger
The StrongLifts app (, available free for iOS and Android, features a simple five-step workout. Called the StrongLifts 5x5 workout, users complete three of five exercises three times per week, for about 45 minutes per workout. Each exercise consists of five sets of five reps each of squats, bench presses, deadlifts, overhead presses, and barbell rows. The app coaches users through the workouts, and users track which exercises they do in each session. Learn more »

Professional Recipes on the Go
The Epicurious app (, available free for iOS and Android, provides professionally created and tested recipes on the go. Users can search by meal category (eg, weeknight dinners, healthful lunches) and/or a main ingredient. The app will create shopping lists based on the recipes users choose. It’s available for a variety of mobile devices and e-readers, as well as the Samsung refrigerator. Learn more »