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Editor's e-Note
Cholesterol Screening Guidelines for Youngsters

Along with the overweight and obesity epidemic among our youth comes high cholesterol, another risk factor for CVD.

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, Today’s Dietitian (TD) discusses the latest guidelines for cholesterol screening for kids and teens and the red flags dietitians should take note of to help them make better decisions for patient care.

After reading the article, visit TD’s website at to read the digital edition of the December issue, which includes articles on supermarket meal kit programs, the top 10 skills to build in 2019, vegan yogurts, and individualized diets for older adults.

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. The staff of TD wishes you a happy holiday season!

— Judith Riddle, editor
e-News Exclusive
A Primer on Non-HDL Cholesterol Screening for Children
By Amy Reed, MS, RD, CSP, LD

Several decades ago it was rare for a child or adolescent to be diagnosed with high cholesterol. But just as the prevalence of childhood obesity has climbed over many years so have lipid levels among our youth.

To continue to head off heart disease at the pass in this population, guidelines had to be established and reexamined to improve outcomes. Current guidelines for screening children for elevated cholesterol include testing between the ages of 9 and 11—earlier if they’re at high risk—and again between the ages of 17 and 19. These recommendations were made by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute and endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics.1,2 Children and adolescents with diabetes, hypertension, or BMI >85th percentile are at high risk of elevated cholesterol, as are those who have a first degree relative with history of dyslipidemia (total cholesterol >240 mg/dL) and a strong family history of premature CVD, such as stroke or heart attack at a young age (before age 55 in men and 65 in women).

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Field Notes
Study Assesses Checklist for Feeding in Preterm Infants

The Early Feeding Skills (EFS) checklist provides a user-friendly tool for assessing and monitoring feeding skills in premature infants and other infants at risk of feeding problems—and for guiding interventions to promote the skills needed to feed successfully, according to new research led by Suzanne Thoyre, PhD, RN, FAAN, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing.

The EFS is a 22-item checklist developed to assess oral feeding skills in infants feeding by breast or bottle. In the study, registered nurses, speech-language pathologists, and occupational therapists used the EFS to evaluate the feeding skills of 142 infants at children’s hospitals in three states. Three-fourths of the infants were born prematurely; some were full-term infants who had undergone heart surgery.

Using a method called factor analysis, the researchers identified a set of five subscales measured by the EFS: respiratory regulation, or the ability to coordinate breathing and sucking; the ability to organize oral-motor function; swallowing coordination; staying engaged with feeding; and remaining physiologically stable during feeding. Together, these factors explained about 58% of the variation in the EFS score; the single strongest factor was respiratory regulation.

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Continuing Education
Learn about eating disorders in pregnancy 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!

Holiday Gift Exchange for CEUs
Buy one self-study course in our CE Learning Library during December, and we’ll give you another one FREE as a gift. Just choose the courses you want, place them in your cart, and use our coupon code DEC18BOGO at checkout to get one free. Offer expires on Monday, December 31, 2018, at 11:59 PM EST. This offer does NOT include CE Club Memberships, packages, multipart courses, or Becky Dorner Programs. Click here for details »

Recorded Webinars

The Mediterranean Diet & Beyond
In this innovative, complimentary 1 CEU recorded webinar, Layne Lieberman, MS, RDN, CDN, examines the Mediterranean diet pattern in the context of the modern European lifestyle and makes practical recommendations about how RDNs can encourage their patients and clients to adapt to this European lifestyle. Sponsored by Quaker. Click here to register »

Express, Engage, Empower! Be a Better Communicator
Being an effective communicator requires much more than simply being comfortable in front of an audience and sharing good content. Every dietitian speaks to an audience at some point—whether it is for the public, your peers, or in meetings. With an emphasis on presentation skills, this joint Becky Dorner & Associates and Today's Dietitian recorded webinar, by Melissa Joy Dobbins, MS, RDN, CDE, will help you take your communication skills to the next level by learning simple strategies to help you get organized, save time, share evidence-based information, let your personality shine through, and empower your audience to take action! Click here to register »

2019 Spring Symposium

Our $249 Registration Rate Ends on Midnight New Year’s Eve! Register now to save and join us in Scottsdale May 19–22!

Earn 15 CEUs or more by attending our 6th annual Spring Symposium in Scottsdale, Arizona, May 19–22, 2019! 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!

Book your room at our discounted rate of $189/night. Presenter lineup and session titles are now available at

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Other News
USDA Eases School Lunch Nutrition Rules
NPR reports that the USDA has finalized its new nutrition standards for school meals that roll back Obama-era regulations on whole grains, sodium, and flavored milks, and will be publishing the final rule this month.

Dietitian Addresses Meat Label Confusion
A clinical dietitian discusses phrases regarding antibiotics, hormones, and other topics found on meat packaging, clarifying what the labels actually mean, in the Duluth News Tribune.
RD Lounge Blog
Improving Cancer Patients’ Appetites
Brianna Tobritzhofer, MS, RD, LD

A poor appetite is one of the most common side effects in cancer patients and is also a major risk factor for malnutrition. Poor appetite may be caused by a variety of factors, such as physiological effects of the disease itself or treatments and medications. Altered sense of taste or smell, early satiety, nausea and vomiting, trouble swallowing, acid reflux, and depression also are known to contribute to poor appetite in cancer patients.

RDs play a key role in providing patients with strategies to improve appetite and optimize food intake. Proper food intake will ensure adequate consumption of calories and nutrients, which are necessary for healing, maintaining strength, and improving overall health outcomes.

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Tech & Tools
Self-Feeding Utensils for Toddlers and Babies
Grabease offers utensil sets for babies and toddlers learning to feed themselves. The short handles help young children develop grip strength, while a flower-shaped barrier between the fork or spoon and handle prevents choking. The utensils are available in a variety of colors and are made in the United States from dishwasher-safe, BPA-free plastic. Learn more »

VR-Enabled Stationary Bikes
VirZOOM launches VZFit, a virtual reality (VR) fitness program using stationary bikes. VZFit can be used with any stationary bike and features a VR headset and monitor with a variety of games, including flying a Pegasus to look for apples, racing cars or bicycles, paddling boats to corral fish and ducks, and more. The games encourage exercise by rewarding increased workout intensity. Learn more »
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