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Editor's e-Note
Dealing With Pediatric Diabetes Diagnoses
Dietitians know all too well that prediabetes and type 2 diabetes are climbing at a staggering rate among children and teens. Many dietitians are developing programs and services on a local and national level, as well as communicating to the masses how to make lifestyle changes to prevent a diabetes diagnosis.

One accomplished dietitian and diabetes educator works tirelessly to do just that. In this month’s E-News Exclusive, Today’s Dietitian (TD) features an excerpt from the book Prediabetes: A Complete Guide, by Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDE, CHWC, FAND, that provides tips and strategies parents and guardians can use to deal with their children’s diagnosis of prediabetes and prevent its progression to type 2.

After reading the article, visit TD’s website at to read the digital edition of the August issue, which includes our second annual Diabetes Management & Nutrition Guide and articles on the gut microbiota, campus farms and gardens, and turning diet advice into meals and menu planning.

Don’t forget to check out where you can read and comment on blogs written by RDs for RDs. 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
Editor’s Note: In her latest book, Prediabetes: A Complete Guide: Your Lifestyle Reset to Stop Prediabetes and Other Chronic Illnesses (American Diabetes Association, 2018), author Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDE, CHWC, FAND, provides steps and strategies that will empower clients, patients, and others to make the most healthful eating and lifestyle modifications that work best for them so they can live their best healthful lives. Writing from the standpoint that taking an individualized approach is best for people to prevent type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases, Weisenberger helps readers identify their risk of developing type 2, set behavioral goals, build motivation, change eating habits for weight loss, incorporate physical activity, and more. She also provides sample recipes and meal plans clients can use as a guide along their journey to better health.

The following excerpt is from the 13th chapter, “When Your Child Is Diagnosed With Prediabetes.” In it, Weisenberger addresses the anxieties and fears parents and guardians may feel when their children are diagnosed with prediabetes. She then outlines 14 steps parents and guardians can take to help their children and themselves take control of the diagnosis and prevent its progression to type 2 diabetes.

The excerpt is written specifically for parents and guardians and therefore serves as a patient education resource that nutrition professionals can use during counseling sessions.

— Judith Riddle, editor

When Your Child Is Diagnosed With Prediabetes
As adults, a diagnosis of prediabetes is likely to evoke some emotion. We might feel fear, worry, or guilt when we learn of this diagnosis. But when it’s our child who has prediabetes, putting him or her at risk for type 2 diabetes, it’s likely that our own emotions are magnified. You may feel panic, guilt, or a heightened sense of urgency. While it is urgent to address your child’s health, keep in mind that even among children and teens with prediabetes, a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes is not inevitable. With careful attention, you, your child, and your child’s health care provider can work to manage this health problem.

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Field Notes
Toys Motivate Children to Eat a More Healthful Diet
Most children in the United States don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables, some eating less than one serving of fruits and vegetables per day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Though there are multiple federal-level policies in place to ensure healthful options in school lunchrooms, these measures can’t guarantee that kids will choose the fruit or vegetable option, let alone eat it.

Now, new research from the University of Georgia suggests that fun can motivate kids to try new foods at lunchtime and ultimately eat more fruits and vegetables.

“There are many ways fun can be brought into the lunchroom,” says Janani Rajbhandari-Thapa, PhD, an assistant professor of health policy and management at the university’s College of Public Health and lead author on the study. “The lunchroom is not always thought of as a place where fun can be incorporated.”

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Continuing Education
Learn about childhood obesity prevention and treatment 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!

August Gut Health CE Special

Now through August 31, save 20% on any courses related to Gut/Gastrointestinal Health. Just visit, go to the Courses page and search Gastrointestinal Disorders. Once you’ve selected the courses you want in this category, use Coupon Code GUTAUGUST to get your discount. Click here for details »

Upcoming Live Webinars

Food as Lifestyle Medicine: Harnessing Your Nutrition Expertise to Inspire Lifestyle Change
This complimentary 1 CEU live webinar, presented on Wednesday, August 29, from 2–3 PM EDT, hosted by Vicki Shanta Retelny, RDN, The Lifestyle Nutritionist, will focus on the science and recent strides in lifestyle medicine. With the medical community embracing nutrition education as a primary protocol in chronic disease prevention, it’s vital that dietitians be at the forefront with nutrition and culinary expertise as a primary part of a healthy lifestyle paradigm. Sponsored by Balance Your Plate with Nestlé. Click here to register »

The Physiological Roles of Intestinal Microbiota
This 1.5 CEU joint Becky Dorner & Associates and Today's Dietitian live webinar, presented on Thursday, August 30, from 2–3:30 PM EDT, by Kelly Anne Tappenden, PhD, RD, will examine the many physiological roles of the intestinal microbiota, the diagnoses associated with intestinal dysbiosis, and how nutrition can optimize this important community. Click here to register »

Choline: Exploring the Growing Science on Its Benefits for Moms, During Fetal Development and Beyond
This complimentary 1 CEU live webinar, presented by Marie Caudill, PhD, RD, and Liz Ward, MS, RD, on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, from 2–3 PM EDT, will provide the latest research on choline's role during pregnancy, fetal development and infancy. Additionally, the webinar will offer advice on how health professionals can translate the science into action, helping to elevate the choline conversation and increase choline intake among the general population. Sponsored by VitaCholine and Egg Nutrition Center. Click here to register »

Beyond the Label: Food Claims' Impact on Consumer Behavior
This complimentary 1 CEU live webinar, presented by Guy Johnson, PhD, and Marie Molde, RDN, MBA, on Thursday, September 13, 2018, from 2–3 PM EDT, will unpack USDA-and FDA-accepted food claims and explore food labels' impact on consumer demand. Tune in to learn how understanding food claims translates to improved public health and nutrition. Sponsored by United Soybean Board (USB). Click here to register »

Recorded Webinars

Digestive Health: Tools in the RD's Toolbox
In this complimentary 1 CEU recorded webinar, Felicia D. Stoler, DCN, MS, RDN, FACSM, FAND, will discuss food allergies/intolerances, SIBO, FODMAPs, IBS, motility issues, and GERD, and provide practical strategies for assisting with symptom management. Sponsored by Regular Girl. Click here to register »

It's Not What You Say, It's How You Say It: Motivational Consulting Strategies to Help Improve Patient Compliance
In order to achieve better results, RDNs can make simple changes that are easy to implement. Start by using tried and true techniques such as smart goals, motivational interviewing, coaching, stages of changes, along with different verbiage and body language. Couple these with other techniques to customize your messages for each of your patients using better listening skills even when time constraints are tight. In this 1 CEU recorded webinar, Marlisa Brown, MS, RD, CDE, CDN, will share actionable skills to help you to motivate your patients to overcome their roadblocks and achieve better compliance and long-term success. Click here to register »

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Earn 5 CEUs for only $16.66 per credit by purchasing our webinar CEU 5‑Pack! Purchase it for just $83 (or $41.50 if you are a CE Club Member), and after checkout, you’ll receive a unique coupon code activated for 5 webinar uses — with no expiration date! Register for the 5 webinars of your choice at any time after your 5‑Pack purchase by using your coupon code. Webinars must be selected individually. Click here for details »

2019 Spring Symposium

Earn 15 CEUs or more by attending our 6th annual Spring Symposium in Scottsdale, Arizona, May 19–22, 2019! Take advantage of our Advance Registration rate while it's still available! The venue, Talking Stick Resort, is Scottsdale's top entertainment destination, a luxury hotel and casino resort located on the Salt-River Pima Maricopa Indian Reservation. The 240,000 square foot property includes a 98,000 square foot casino, 496 guest rooms, 21 meeting rooms, six entertainment lounges and five restaurants. It also contains a 25,000 square foot Grand Ballroom, a spa spanning 13,000 square feet, a fitness center, a Showroom that seats 650, and four pools. We'd love for you to be a part of our 6th annual event!

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Other News
Can a Nutrition Bar Help Kids With Asthma Breathe Better?
Healthline reports on a University of California, San Francisco, study suggesting that giving children with asthma specially formulated nutrition bars is worth exploring further.

Genes May Not Be to Blame for Poor Nutrition
A systematic review of 39 articles found no clear evidence that genetic differences affect the consumption of total calories, carbohydrates, and fat, according to ScienceDaily.
RD Lounge Blog
One on One With Celebrity Chef Nyesha Arrington
Sharon Palmer, RDN

A rich conversation on food sustainability and how dietitians can help families gather around the table for more home-cooked meals was on the agenda on a beautiful summer night at Native restaurant in Santa Monica, California. A group of Los Angeles-based media dietitians took part in the farm-to-table dinner and discussion. This special occasion was sponsored by Unilever’s Make Meals That Do More program—targeted at encouraging healthful eating habits, teaching cooking skills, and promoting sustainability—at Chef Nyesha Arrington’s beloved restaurant, which she calls “an expression of love through food.” Nyesha is a well known chef on television as an alum on Bravo’s Top Chef, winner of Food Network’s Chef Hunter, and a judge on Esquire Network’s Knife Fight. She’s no stranger to the culinary award scene either, having been named one of Zagat’s 30 Under 30 (Los Angeles’ hottest up-and-comers) and Los Angeles’ Chef of the Year.

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Tech & Tools
Meal Planning Platform for Nutrition Professionals
Meal Garden is an online meal planning platform that enables RDs to create meal plans from templates that can be individualized for their clients. Meal plans include grocery lists, full nutrition analysis, health ratings for individual recipes, and prep guides to make meal prep easier for clients, and can include the practitioner’s logo, if desired. The meal plans can be printed for clients, or clients can access them via an app. Learn more »

Compact and Lightweight Treadmill Rolls Out
Treadly is a flat, compact treadmill—it weighs 55 lbs and is 3.5 inches thick. Users can increase, decrease, or maintain their speed based on where they walk on the track. Treadly also features a hydraulic handrail that can be bought separately for safe running. With the handrail, users can go up to 5 mph, as opposed to 3.7 mph without. Learn more »
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In the September Issue

Heart Disease in Postmenopausal Women

Plant Milks — The Coup in the Dairy Aisle

Family Dinners Made Easy

Dining in Washington, D.C.

The New Menu Labeling Law
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