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Editor's e-Note
Diabetes-Friendly Meals Delivered

If you practice dietetics in the Boston area and you have patients with diabetes in dire need of having nutritious meals tailored to their medical needs delivered to their doorstep, this month’s E-News Exclusive includes some good news to share with them.

Today’s Dietitian (TD) profiles a nonprofit organization that’s nourishing people with diabetes and other chronic diseases back to health by delivering a variety of flavorful, scratch-made meals every day. Find out what they’re doing and how they’re doing it.

After reading the article, visit TD’s website at to read the digital edition of the November issue, which includes articles on winter vegetables, Jewish holiday food traditions, very low-carbohydrate diets in diabetes prevention and management, and a comprehensive guide to live streaming.

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 Thanksgiving holiday!

— Judith Riddle, editor
e-News Exclusive
Food and Nutrition Organization Heals Clients With Food One Meal at a Time
By KC Wright, MS, RDN, LD

Clients and patients living in Massachusetts with critical and chronic diseases and who may be in desperate need of good-tasting, healthful meals aimed at improving their overall health can turn to Community Servings, a Boston-based nonprofit food and nutrition organization that’s transforming lives.

Community Servings delivers medically tailored meals to individuals and families suffering from chronic illnesses. The staff believes food is medicine, and therefore food can heal, especially if it tastes good. To cater to those in need, the organization solicits and receives charitable financial and in-kind donations from corporations, foundations, and individuals.

Creative chefs use their culinary skills to develop and prepare 15 different medically prescribed diets for some of Boston’s most nutritionally vulnerable, of which 38% have diabetes. Then, the three staff dietitians analyze the nutrient content of the various diets and work with the chefs to make any necessary adjustments.

“It is somewhat opposite of what is typical,” in developing nutritionally adequate meal plans, says Valerie Machinist, MS, RDN, LDN, manager of nutrition services at Community Servings. “Our chefs have incredible talent, and our nutrition team helps them modify their recipes or develop new ones,” Machinist says.

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Field Notes
Lifestyle May Not Prevent Childhood Obesity in Low-Income Communities

Young children and their families in low-income communities were able to make some achievable and sustainable behavioral changes during the longest and largest obesity prevention intervention, but, in the end, the results were insufficient to prevent early childhood obesity.

The results of the Growing Right Onto Wellness (GROW) trial, published in JAMA, showed a short-term reduction in obesity that diminished over the three-year study period even in the face of improved, sustained nutrition and use of neighborhood recreation centers.

Principal Investigator Shari Barkin, MD, director of pediatric obesity research at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, says the amount of behavioral change likely needs to increase to be successful, but it remains unclear what would be enough to prevent childhood obesity in underserved, low-income populations—those most at risk of obesity and its long-term health consequences.

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Continuing Education
Learn about CoQ10 and heart health 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 25% OFF Courses on Cancer and Diabetes
Since November has been designated as American Diabetes Month, as well as awareness months for Lung, Pancreatic, and Stomach Cancers, we're offering a 25% discount on all courses in our CE Learning Library related to cancer and diabetes through November 30. Add the courses you want to take to your cart, then use the coupon code NOVAWARE at checkout to receive your discount. Click here for details »

Live Webinars

Plant-Forward Family Meals
This complimentary 1 CEU live webinar, presented by Alex Caspero, MA, RD, CLT, RYT, on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, from 2–3 PM EST, will provide RDNs with strategies for bridging plant-forward eating and family meals, highlighting simple ways for patients and clients to add more plants to favorite recipes along with innovative ways to increase plant-based eating for all ages. Sponsored by Simple Mills. 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 webinar on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, from 2–3:30 PM EST, 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

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

Registration Rate Only $249! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Nominate a Dedicated & Deserving Dietitian
Nomination Deadline: Friday, November 30, 2018

Each year, our March issue shines a spotlight on 10 dedicated and deserving dietitians for their work and service within dietetics. The TD10 are professionals who have been nominated by the readers of Today's Dietitian — fellow nutrition professionals.

Once again, we're asking you to let us know about dietitians you believe exemplify the profession and are making a difference for their clients, their communities, and for the field of dietetics.

Who should you nominate this year?
Here are some guidelines to help you choose:

Nomination Criteria
  1. RDs who have gone above and beyond their job description to make a real difference in the lives of their clients or in their community.
  2. RDs who have overcome significant challenges in their career and risen to new heights of success and influence.
  3. RDs who have achieved a high standard of excellence as nutrition professionals.
  4. RDs who have brought innovation, creativity, or new ideas to the profession.
Click Here to Nominate a Dedicated & Deserving Dietitian!
Featured Jobs
The nation's top employers and recruiters of nutrition professionals advertise in Today's Dietitian magazine and post their job openings on Check out the most recent opportunities that have been submitted by employers from across the country!

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Coming up in our December issue is our Annual Wellness & Prevention Resource Guide. Email a sales representative to be part of this unique advertising opportunity. is the premier online resource to recruit nutrition professionals. Post your open positions, view résumés, and showcase your facility's offerings all at!
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Other News
The Academy and CSPI: Whole Grains Need Clearer Labeling
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Center for Science in the Public Interest are urging the FDA to require food companies to disclose the percentage or grams of whole vs refined grains on food labels, according to FoodNavigator-USA.

WHO Report Tackles Unhealthful Food Marketing to Children
A new report from the World Health Organization finds that many existing policies and regulations aimed at limiting food marketing to children are insufficient, exposing children further to commercial messages promoting foods high in fat, salt, and sugar.
RD Lounge Blog
Holiday Eating With Diabetes
Marlisa Brown, MS, RD, CDE, CDN

Holidays can be stressful for those living with diabetes. In general, most people want to prepare their family favorites so they can be a special part of holiday celebrations. However, the social and dietary implications of holiday eating can make clients with diabetes feel uncomfortable and left out of the fun.

When working with patients with diabetes, try to put yourself in their shoes. Imagine a lifetime of eating whatever you wanted until the day you were diagnosed with diabetes. To make matters more difficult, the holidays come with a seemingly endless supply of high-fat, high-sugar, high-salt options: cookies and cakes at work parties; ham; turkey; stuffing; mac and cheese; lasagna; mashed potatoes; sweet potatoes soaked in brown sugar, butter, and marshmallows; and pumpkin and pecan pies. This smorgasbord can be a huge source of anxiety for people with diabetes, who must balance their desire to eat with their fear of high blood sugar if they do.

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Tech & Tools
Resource for Sustainability and Animal and Human Welfare
The FoodPrint website, launched by the GRACE Communications Foundation, helps consumers make decisions in alignment with their values and concerns, including environmental sustainability, food policy and economics, social justice in food production, public health, and farm animal welfare. It educates consumers on topics such as food labels (such as USDA Organic and Animal Welfare Approved), eating seasonally, and shopping, dining out, and cooking sustainably. Learn more »

Run With Advice From Physical Therapists
The app Run With DMC (, available free for iOS and Android, was developed by Detroit Medical Center (DMC) for runners. The app includes advice from physical therapists working at the DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan: videos about choosing the right shoe, warm-up exercises, and stretching; and information from DMC medical experts on causes, symptoms, and treatments for running injuries. Learn more »
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