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Editor's e-Note
Failing Hearts

Clients and patients diagnosed with heart failure and who believe in God may be inclined to rely on Verse 26 in Psalm 73 to hold onto hope: “My … heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

Heart failure is on the rise, and fortunately medical advances continue to provide treatments and management strategies to improve quality of life. In this month’s E-News Exclusive, Today’s Dietitian (TD) discusses some of the new and updated recommendations for administering MNT from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Evidence Analysis Library®. These new guidelines will help dietitians do their jobs better and improve patient care—which, of course, is the ultimate goal.

After reading the article, visit TD’s website at to read the digital edition of the February issue, which includes articles on sodium reduction, understanding orthorexia, embracing the term “natural,” and dispelling fish tales.

Don’t forget to check out where you can read and comment on blogs written by RDs for RDs on timely topics. 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
New Guidelines for Treating Patients With Heart Failure
By Densie Webb, PhD, RD

Bethany, age 55, began to experience shortness of breath over several months while performing her normal daily activities. She didn’t think much of it, until she started to notice swelling in her feet and ankles, and sometimes dizziness, lightheadedness, and a rapid heart rate. After visiting her primary care doctor, Bethany went to see a cardiologist, who ordered blood tests, an echocardiogram, and CT scan to examine the health of her heart.

Much to her chagrin, Bethany, who still considers herself fairly young with many more years ahead of her, was diagnosed with heart failure—but she’s hardly alone.

The number of people diagnosed with heart failure is increasing and projected to rise by 46% by 2030, resulting in more than 8 million people with heart failure, according to the American Heart Association’s 2017 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics Update.

More specifically, the number of adults living with heart failure increased from ~5.7 million (2009–2012) to ~6.5 million (2011–2014). Data are based on the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which is taken in stages over spans of years, according to the American Heart Association.

Heart failure occurs when the muscles in the heart wall slowly weaken and enlarge, preventing the heart from pumping enough blood throughout the body. When fluid builds up in the body, it’s referred to as congestive heart failure.

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Field Notes
‘Food Desert’ Gets a Name Change in Baltimore
After Community Feedback

In a new report, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for a Livable Future (CLF) detail the rationale behind replacing the term “food desert” with “healthy food priority areas.” The report, which was written in collaboration with the Baltimore Food Policy Initiative, also measures the state of healthful food availability in stores across Baltimore City, using a healthy food availability index (HFAI) tool that can serve as a valuable model for assessing community food environments across the United States.

For some, the term “food desert” stirs up negative connotations, and it implies that low healthful food access is a naturally occurring phenomenon, rather than the result of underlying structural inequities. For others, the term connotes a pejorative status when some of these areas are home to vibrant communities with passionate and resilient residents and programs on the ground. Living in a “healthy food priority area” doesn’t necessarily mean people can’t access healthful food at all, as many people travel to shop for food, but it does indicate they may face more barriers—they may travel farther to reach healthful food outlets or may not have the economic means to afford healthful food options.

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Other News
Best Eating Patterns for Overall Health
Business Insider reports on US News and World Report’s annual rankings of the best diets, with the Mediterranean and DASH diets coming out on top.

Boosting Nutrition and Fighting Hunger
on the Trail

Long hiking trips can lead to hunger and nutrient insufficiencies; RDs provide tips for avoiding such situations in Backpacker magazine.
A Special Survey on Generational Eating
Your feedback is important to us!

We're interested in RDs' observations and comments on the generational differences in their clients' food and health perceptions. Please take a few minutes to provide us with your feedback. Your responses will be incorporated into an upcoming article.

The questions are free response, so please share as much or as little information as you would like.

Millennials: Born 1985–2004
Generation X: Born 1965–1984
Baby Boomers: Born 1946–1964
Greatest Generation: Born before 1946

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Thank you for your participation.
Crucial Tips for Clients’ Heart Health
By Becky Dorner, RDN, LD, FAND

Heart disease remains the number one killer in the United States for both men and women. February is a great month to encourage your clients to renew their commitment to heart-healthy habits.

February’s focus on heart health is near and dear to me. My dear father had heart disease from the time I was 3 years old and died 10 years later at age 56. I was only 13 at the time, and it changed my life. A cherished uncle followed, and then another uncle (both my dad’s brothers). Years later, my mom had a heart attack, which was the beginning of her health decline at age 80. Then, a few years ago, I was challenged with a heart arrhythmia—I was the same age my dad was when he died. I never thought I’d see the day when I was the heart patient. But I was fortunate to have great care at the Cleveland Clinic, where an ablation procedure cured my symptoms. However, I’m careful to follow lifestyle habits to avoid future issues. My story isn’t unique; more than one in three adults have at least one type of CVD.1

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In the March Issue

 • The Power of Coffee
 • Our Ninth Annual TD10 Winners
 • Increasing Produce Intake
 • Detect Nutrient Deficiencies With NFPE
 • Impacts of Modern Agriculture
Continuing Education
Learn about the role of inflammation, phytochemicals, and the microbiome in cancer prevention 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!

Buy One Heart Health Course, Get Another Course FREE!
As we observe American Heart Month, we want to make sure you have special access to our continuing education courses on heart health all throughout February. Purchase one of our courses on the subject, and get any other self-study course in our CE Learning Library FREE for the remainder of February with coupon code HEART18. Learn more »

Complimentary Live Webinar

Eating Beyond the Headlines: Sorting Evidence from Emotion
Alarming food and nutrition headlines not only confuse consumers but may also result in the exclusion of nutrient-rich foods from the diet. Nutrition and health recommendations should be based on the scientific evidence and not the results of a single study heralded in the media. This can be challenging especially for topics that evoke strongly held and emotional beliefs that often defy scientific reality. This complimentary 1 CEU presentation on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at 2 PM ET, by Neva Cochran, MS, RDN, LD, FAND, will examine some of the current popular nutrition topics in the news and the real scientific facts behind them. Sponsored by Egg Nutrition Center. Register Now »

Recorded Webinars

Winter Wonderland: A Journey Through The Seasons — Making The Most Out of Seasonal Produce And The Complementary Herbs and Spices That Accompany Them
In this 1 CEU recorded webinar, which is Part 1 of a 4-Part webinar series, Shayna Komar, RD, LD, and Chef Nancy Waldeck provided recipes, tips, and ideas for RDs to use to guide their clients in using seasonal produce.

If you missed the live version on January 31, 2018, don't worry! Register for this recorded version plus the remaining 3 parts at a discounted rate of $60 by adding all 4 webinars to your shopping cart and applying coupon code SEASONSMIX at checkout! Please note: this discount applies only to non-CE Club Members. Through the RD's Lens: A Look at 2018's Nutrition Trends
This 1 CEU recorded webinar, presented by Jenna Bell, PhD, RD, discussed the results of the "What's Trending in Nutrition" Survey and examined what these results can tell RDs about their clients and peers. Not only was this webinar a dynamic and thought-provoking event, it also provided practical take-aways that RDs can use when interacting with patients and clients. Register Now »

The Sustainability and Nutrition Connection
In this complimentary 1 CEU recorded webinar, Danielle Nierenberg, founder of Food Tank, the fastest growing nonprofit in the food movement, walks participants through the basics of sustainable food and discusses legislation and policy on sustainability in the United States. Chris Vogliano, MS, RDN, provides evidence-supported recommendations and clear communication strategies for RDs and DTRs to integrate into their practices. Patients and clients are seeking specific, actionable recommendations on sustainable nutrition, and this webinar helps you meet that demand. Sponsored by Barilla®. Register Now »

Update: What’s New in the World of Carbohydrates
In this complimentary 1 CEU recorded webinar, Joanne Slavin, PhD, RD, Professor, and prior member of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, will provide an overview of the science behind the carbohydrate recommendations of the DGAs. She will discuss the latest evidence relating to appropriate carbohydrate consumption, together with practical strategies for counseling patients and clients regarding the inclusion of healthful carbohydrates in their diets. Sponsored by Barilla®. Register Now »

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We are just three months away from our biggest and best event yet — our 5th annual Today's Dietitian Spring Symposium in Austin, Texas, May 20–23, 2018! Join us this May to earn more than 15 CPEUs by attending unique and timely sessions led by the best and brightest RDs in the field plus the chance to network with fellow dietetics professionals, attend special events, engage with our sponsors and enjoy product sampling. We expect to close registration by mid-March, so Register Now to secure your spot in Austin!

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