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Editor's e-Note
What’s on Your Fork?

If you posed this question to your clients, they might think you were a little strange, but it’s a question that coincides with this month’s theme for National Nutrition Month® (NNM): “Put Your Best Fork Forward.” It’s a theme that encourages people to change their eating habits by making small changes one forkful at a time.

In this month’s E-news exclusive, Today’s Dietitian interviews some RDs from across the country to find out what activities they’re participating in for NNM to help promote healthful eating in their communities, encourage shoppers to make permanent lifestyle changes, and what they hope to accomplish this year.

After reading the article, visit Today’s Dietitian’s (TD) website at to read the digital edition of the March issue, which includes articles on strategies for counseling athletes, Kroger’s The Little Clinic, understanding your role in end-of-life care, and our annual profile of our TD10 winners who are doing amazing work in the nutrition profession.

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
Kicking Off National Nutrition Month®
By Lindsey Getz

In conjunction with National Nutrition Month®, supermarkets are emphasizing that every forkful can make a difference.

Every year, National Nutrition Month® (NNM), a nutrition education campaign sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (the Academy), provides an exciting platform for dietitians to get consumers more engaged in the nutritional food choices they make on a daily basis. Supermarket dietitians across the country are participating in food demos, recipe sharing, and other ideas in keeping with this year’s “Put Your Best Fork Forward” theme. According to the Academy, the NNM 2017 theme is a reminder that every individual “holds the tools to make healthier food choices,” and that making small changes can make a huge difference now and into the future.

In this article, Today’s Dietitian speaks with three different supermarket chains to find out what they have planned for shoppers and associates throughout March.

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Field Notes
Children’s Menus Still Unhealthful, Despite Industry Pledges

Despite a 2011 pledge among US chain restaurants to improve the nutritional value of children’s menu options, a new study finds no significant improvements have been made to cut calories, saturated fats, or sodium. The study is the first to look at trends in the nutrient content of kids’ meals among national restaurant chains since the National Restaurant Association launched the voluntary Kids LiveWell program in 2011. The study is published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

By 2015, more than 150 chain restaurants with more than 42,000 locations had joined the Kids LiveWell program and pledged to increase the number of nutritious menu items available to children. In the years since, several major chain restaurants have announced that they will remove soda as the default choice on children’s menus, while others have added healthful side options such as yogurt and fruit to kids’ menus and meals. The authors, led by researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, say that while these steps have the potential to make a difference, the results of the study show more meaningful changes are needed.

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Other News
Long-Term Stress Linked
to Higher Levels of Obesity

ScienceDaily outlines a study in which hair samples show that people who suffer from long-term stress may be more prone to obesity.

Whole Grains Benefit Digestive Tract Health
Consuming whole instead of refined grains improves gut microbiota, which can impact immune and inflammatory response, according to Los Angeles Daily News.
3 Ways Dietitians Can Fight Hunger
Clancy Cash Harrison, MS, RDN, FAND

Hunger lurks everywhere in the United States with nearly 50 million people struggling to find their next meal. Whether you work in media, counseling, or food service, all dietitians have the power to influence food insecurity rates. Together, we can improve the health of our next generation by transforming how food insecurity is approached, discussed, and treated in the dietetics field.

To change the perception of food insecurity, we must understand that hunger in the United States is a common occurrence and a hidden epidemic. At a moment’s notice anyone at anytime can find themselves in a life-changing situation such as job loss, medical diagnosis, divorce, or death of a family member. Unfortunately, the stigma associated with food assistance, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is a major barrier to using vital food assistance programs.

To win the war on hunger and improve the health of our nation, dietitians must shift the way we collectively talk about food and counsel clients, which can be done in three simple ways.

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Continuing Education
Learn about intensive behavioral therapy for 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 CEUs!

Save 17% Off All Courses & Packages This Month

Now through Friday, March 31, get 17% off all courses and packages in our CE Learning Library. Just purchase the courses or package you want and use coupon code MARCH17%OFF at checkout. This offer does not apply to webinars, CE Club membership, or books. Learn more »

Upcoming Live Webinars

Meditation for Dietitians: Applications in Science and Life
This complimentary 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 »

Celiac Disease, Gluten Sensitivity & the Gluten-Free Diet:
What Every Professional Needs to Know

This 1.5 CEU webinar, presented by Shelley Case, BSc, RD, on Thursday, March 30, 2017, from 2-3:30 PM EDT, will provide evidence-based and practical information about celiac disease and NCGS, including clinical presentations, diagnosis, dietary management; North American gluten-free labeling regulations; nutritional quality and safety of gluten-free products; and client education resources. Registration for this joint webinar takes place on the Becky Dorner & Associates website. Register Now »

Recorded Webinars

Culinary Strategies to Spice Up Your Clients' Kitchens
In this 1 CEU recorded webinar, 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 »

It’s About Time: Systems and Strategies for Conquering
What Gets In Our Way

In this 1 CEU recorded webinar, Susan Weiner, MS, RDN, CDE, CDN, and Leslie Josel discuss the difference between time management and motivation management, tips for conquering procrastination and avoiding interruptions. If you are a nutrition entrepreneur, or looking to conquer your scheduling demands, this webinar is for you! 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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Tech & Tools
Making Exercise Pay Off
The Sweatcoin app (, available free for iOS, incentivizes users to work out by rewarding them with virtual currency called Sweatcoins. The app tracks users’ steps, and for every 1,000 outdoor steps a user receives 0.95 Sweatcoins. Sweatcoins can be donated to charity, given to friends on the app, or used to buy products and services such as yoga classes, Apple Watches, and high-tech shoes. Learn more »

Track a Full Range of Nutrients
The Sustainabody app (, available free for iOS, tracks users’ entire diet by monitoring not only their calorie intake but also their macro- and micronutrient intakes when they log their food choices. If the app notices a nutrient deficiency, it will send alerts to the user with food suggestions to increase their intake of the nutrient. Like other calorie-counting apps, Sustainabody provides calorie suggestions based on users’ health goals. Learn more »
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