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Editor's e-Note
Being Mindful

So much information has been written about the practice of mindfulness. Clients can read about it in books and magazines, on social media, and on the internet. But are clients really getting accurate information that can help transform their everyday lives?

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, Today’s Dietitian (TD) gives you the facts about what mindfulness is and what it isn’t and provides guidance to help you counsel clients and educate the public at large.

After reading the article, visit TD’s website at to read the digital edition of the January issue, which includes articles on the ketogenic diet for weight loss, two sweeteners with functional health benefits, and the latest trends in parenteral nutrition. The January issue is our special 20th anniversary edition, which takes a look back on the evolution of dietetics and highlights TD’s contributions to the profession.

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 address 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
The Merits of Mindfulness
How Mindfulness Practice Can Enhance Health and Well-Being

By Carrie Dennett, MPH, RDN, CD

There’s no mistake that mindfulness is trending. It’s a classic case of “what’s old is new again.” Although mindfulness is more than 2,500 years old and often associated with Buddhism, today mindfulness merges theory, knowledge, and practices from many parts of the world and many disciplines—notably psychology and neuroscience. What does this traditional, yet steeped-in-science, practice have to offer you and your clients or patients?

What Is Mindfulness, and Why Is It Helpful?
Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, creator of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), has defined mindfulness as “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.” Most people who participate in similar programs or others such as Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy have reduction of negative feelings as a goal. Few, at least in these programs, have spiritual goals. People from all walks of life—religious, spiritual, or not—can benefit from a mindfulness practice.

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Field Notes
Biofortified Wheat Can Increase Nutrition

Is biofortification the best thing since sliced bread? Well, biofortified wheat could certainly make it easier to help some humans get proper nutrition.

Robert Graybosch, PhD, of the USDA Agricultural Research Service explains that about 60% of the world’s population doesn’t get enough iron.

“Fortification is potentially useful as people in many parts of the world don’t consume a balanced diet and their main foods lack minerals,” Graybosch says. “This can be addressed by fortification, the process of adding minerals back to food products. This is done with flours used for bread baking.”

However, some people are hesitant to eat products with what they think might be “weird” ingredients, he adds. Graybosch is trying to naturally enhance the minerals of wheat flours to help people around the world get more iron.

“Biofortification can be done via traditional plant breeding using natural genetic variation or natural mutations, or via genetic engineering,” he says. “If one found a mutation that resulted in more grain iron, and then bred this trait into wheat that was produced and consumed, then we could say the crop has been biofortified.”

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Continuing Education
Learn about diagnostic criteria for and health risks of prediabetes 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 19% on CEUs all through January!
To get your 2019 started on the right track when it comes to CEUs, visit our CE Learning Library and save 19% on your total through the month of January! Just log on at, load up your cart with self-study courses, webinars, or CEU packages, then use the coupon code JAN19 to get your discount. This deal ends January 31, 2019, at 11:59 PM EST, and does NOT include CE Club Memberships or multicourse modules.

Upcoming Live Webinars

Telehealth in Private Practice
In this webinar on Thursday, January 24, 2019, from 2–3 PM EST, 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 »

Work-Life Balance
In this webinar on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, from 2–3 PM EST, Sohailla Digsby, RDN, LD, CPT, will present tips and techniques to stay energized and prioritize so you can give your best in both your professional and personal life. Learn how to help make an impact in the workplace without forgoing a balanced, impactful personal life. Click here to register »

2019 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes: Current Guidelines for Evidence Based Nutrition Practice
In this joint webinar with Becky Dorner & Associates on Thursday, February 7, 2019, from 2–3:30 PM EST, Kathy Warwick, RD, CDE, will provide an overview of the ADA 2019 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes with relevant guidelines for RDNs involved in diabetes care. Registration will take place on the Becky Dorner & Associates website. Click here to register »

Counseling Skills for the Nutrition Professional: An Introduction
In this webinar on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, from 2–3 PM EST, Beth McKinney, MSEd, RD, CHES, will provide RDNs with techniques for refining their counseling skills—a critical component in promoting positive client behavior change. After completing this session, practitioners will be more effective and confident, their ability to serve their clients will be much improved, and their clients will feel more empowered and committed to making healthful changes. Click here to register »

Recorded Webinar

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 »

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 does not include accommodations at Talking Stick Resort or travel to and from Scottsdale. A limited number of scholarships remain for complimentary registration. Click here to apply for a scholarship »
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Other News
Researchers Call for Better Toddler Nutrition
A study by a Purdue University researcher found that nutrition gaps begin to form when infants transition to table foods.

British Nutrition Foundation Releases Portion Size Guide
In an effort to combat the country’s obesity epidemic, the British Nutrition Foundation encourages portion awareness through suggestions of quick and practical portion measuring tactics, FoodNavigator reports.
RD Lounge Blog
Physical Activity Guidelines for Older Adults
Becky Dorner, RDN, LD, FAND

Evelyn is an alert, oriented, and physically active 80-year-old woman. She’s worried about her younger sister June, who’s 70 and sedentary. June has begun to experience memory loss and is now relying more on others to assist her with daily activities such as housework and errands. June thinks her decline is inevitable because she’s “getting old” and resents Evelyn’s nagging her to come to a chair-yoga class with her.

As a dietitian who interacts with older adults regularly, how would you share details and advice about physical activity and health for older adults?

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Tech & Tools
Preschool Nutrition Education Program
The Doctor Yum Project, a nonprofit that works toward family and community nutrition education, launches Doctor Yum’s Preschool Food Adventure, a program for helping children learn to appreciate fruits and vegetables and increase their consumption. The program uses three fun characters and 18 lessons presented over two years. Each lesson introduces children to a fruit or vegetable and guides them in preparing a simple snack with that food. Learn more »

Diabetes-Friendly Digital Recipe Platform
The American Diabetes Association introduces Diabetes Food Hub, a website featuring resources and recipes approved by the association’s nutrition experts. It provides recipes with nutrition and meal prep guidance and tips for healthful eating. Diabetes Food Hub includes recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, and each recipe has a full nutrition panel. Users can create personalized meal plans on the website based on nutrition criteria they’ve developed with their care team. Learn more »
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