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Editor's e-Note
It Runs in the Family

No longer should health care practitioners rely on a risk calculator to estimate a patient’s chances of developing CVD within 10 years without considering race and more specific ethnic characteristics for a more accurate assessment, according to new guidelines recently released by the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, and other organizations.

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, Today’s Dietitian (TD) touches on the new guidelines surrounding cholesterol levels and CVD risk and gives examples of how far health care providers must drill down when considering race and ethnicity to determine their patients’ risk.

After reading the article, visit TD’s website at to read the digital edition of the February issue, which includes articles on sex, gender, and CVD; the hottest trends in ‘natural’ foods; how revisiting African food traditions can help black Americans prevent chronic disease; plus, an update on the latest meal replacement products.

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
Ethnicity a ‘Risk-Enhancing’ Factor Under New Cholesterol Guidelines

As in most things, family matters. Specifically, the ethnicity of your client’s family could make a difference, at least when it comes to cholesterol and his or her risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

In a recent update of cholesterol guidelines, a national panel of scientists and health experts stressed a more personalized approach to risk assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. But for the first time, the guidelines also described race and ethnic backgrounds as “risk-enhancing factors” for specific US populations.

“Ethnicity matters. We’ve known that for a while,” says Salim Virani, MD, PhD, FACC, FAHA, an associate professor of cardiology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and a writing committee member for the cholesterol guidelines. “What these guidelines do is bring that understanding to the forefront.”

The guidelines, issued in November 2018 by the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, and 10 other health organizations, include a separate section that outlines how race and specific ethnic characteristics may influence a person’s risk of developing CVDs. For example, South Asians living in the United States generally have lower levels of HDL cholesterol than their white counterparts.

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Field Notes
Online Breast-Feeding Communities Benefit New Moms

Social media can positively influence attitudes, knowledge, and behavior associated with breast-feeding, according to a new study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Breast-feeding support groups on social media create a sense of community for new moms to share experiences and support each other in the breast-feeding practice and could be considered pillars of encouragement for new moms.

“We’ve known that mothers seek support for breast-feeding through a variety of channels,” says Kara Skelton, PhD, a graduate of the UAB School of Education department of human studies. “We wanted to know whether social media support groups made a difference during the postpartum period for a mother. We saw that moms are comfortable asking questions and discussing important issues in a social media setting.”

There was a strong emphasis within these virtual communities on normalizing breast-feeding and empowering breast-feeding mothers. The study, published in JMIR Pediatrics and Parenting, shows these social media communities are a resource for women to share experiences related to breast-feeding.

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Continuing Education
Learn about hypertension in children and adolescents 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!

February Course Discount
February is American Heart Month! All month long, when you buy two self-study courses from our CE Learning Library, we'll give you a third course FREE! Just choose the three courses you want, place them in your cart, and use the coupon code FEB2+1 at checkout to get one free. Offer expires on Thursday, February 28, 2019, at 11:59 PM EST. Click here for details »

Upcoming Live Webinars

Dietary Influences on the Human Gastrointestinal Microbiota
Much work remains to delineate the interrelationships between the gastrointestinal microbiome and human health; however, it is clear that diet is a contributing factor to these relationships. In this complimentary 1 CEU webinar on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, from 2–3 PM EST, Dr. Hannah Holscher, PhD, RD, will explore the latest research relating to gastrointestinal microbiome and human health and provide RDNs with actionable strategies for counseling patients and clients. Sponsored by HI! Happy Inside. Click here to register »

Weight Stigma: Keys to Understanding
This live webinar by Carrie Dennett, MPH, RDN, CD, on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, from 2–3 PM EDT, will review the growing body of research identifying negative physical and psychosocial health consequences of weight stigma, and attendees will leave with a better understanding of how to critically assess obesity research and evaluate their own biases and assumptions, enabling them to provide better patient care. Click here to register »

Recorded Webinar

Telehealth in Private Practice
In this recorded webinar, Kristi Coughlin, MS, RDN, LD, will present to attendees information to gain a better understanding of what telehealth includes, such as the use of live chat and mobile health. More importantly, attendees will gain a better understanding of the benefits and concerns of telehealth while also reviewing current research findings. 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 property includes a 98,000 square foot casino, six entertainment lounges, and five restaurants. It also contains four pools, a spa spanning 13,000 square feet, a fitness center, and a Showroom that seats 650. 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 available at


Registration does not include accommodations at Talking Stick Resort or travel to and from Scottsdale.
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Pros and Cons of Nutrition Labels
RDs weigh in on the benefits and drawbacks of Nutrition Facts labels and review how consumers can make the most of them in Healthline.

High-Protein Rice Brings Cost‑Effective Nutrition
Cahokia, a new high-protein, higher-yield, faster‑cooking breed of rice grown commercially in Illinois, is going through final testing before release, ScienceDaily reports.
RD Lounge Blog
5 Dining Out Tips for Cardiac Patients
Sharon Priya Banta, MS, RD, CDN

Eating out is both a social and relaxing activity and can be especially tempting when clients feel they’re too busy to cook. Making healthful choices when dining out is important for all clients, but it’s particularly vital for those with CVD or hypertension, as they need to limit (often strictly) unhealthful fats and sodium. Here are five simple tips to share with cardiac patients to help them make the best heart-healthy choices when dining out.

1. Suggest clients pick the restaurant. We all have friends and family members who may want to eat at restaurants that serve less healthful foods so encourage patients to recommend places that offer healthful and delicious steamed, baked, and grilled options. This is easier than they may think; many mainstream restaurants that previously offered only unhealthful dishes now have an array of tasty menu items lower in fat and sodium.

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Tech & Tools
Flexible Personal Training App
The Trainiac app (, available free for Apple users, enables customers to connect with personally selected certified personal trainers who build them a fitness plan around their needs and schedules for a monthly fee that includes unlimited workouts, advice, and training. Trainers can create workouts for the gym or based on equipment users have at home. Users check in with trainers to remain accountable for meeting goals and seeing results. Recipes also can be added to the app and their ingredients added to the shopping list. Learn more »

Synchronized Grocery Shopping Lists
The OurGroceries app (, available free for Apple and Android users, synchronizes grocery shopping lists across devices. It’s compatible with Alexa, Google Home and Assistant, and smart wearables, and has a website as well through which users can add items to lists. Users can create multiple lists for different stores or purposes. Learn more »
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