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Editor's e-Note
Fulfilling a Unique Niche

Sometimes, if you see a dire need for a service or program in your profession that isn’t available, you have to take matters into your own hands—especially if you’re qualified to do so.

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, Today’s Dietitian (TD) sits down with trailblazer Susie Fox, MS, RDN, whose passion for sustainability and dietetic internships compelled her to create her own unique program for RDs-to-be across the country. Learn all about this special program and spread the word.

After reading the article, visit TD’s website at to read the digital edition of the July issue, which includes highlights from our Spring Symposium in Scottsdale, Arizona, our annual diabetes management and nutrition guide, and articles on the power of produce and strategies for building your personal brand.

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
RD Sprouts Sustainability-Focused Internship Program
By Hadley Turner

As businesses, nongovernmental organizations, and state and local governments work to combat climate change and engage in more environmentally friendly practices, RDs will continue to have an essential role to play in planning and maintaining sustainable food systems. To help ensure dietitians succeed in these efforts, Susie Fox, MS, RDN, has created a first-of-its-kind sustainability-focused internship program for RDs-to-be, Garden To Table Nutrition Internships.

Fox was inspired to create this internship in part because of her passion for teaching others about sustainability, but the dearth of dietetic internships was what gave her the final push into this space. When Fox earned her master’s degree in nutrition from Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington, in 2009, she watched her classmates scramble to secure their internships and decided that starting her own internship program was the best way to help RDs-to-be metamorphose into practicing dietitians.

Garden To Table offers a distance internship, so graduates can intern anywhere in the United States where opportunities are available, as opposed to being limited to sites near their alma mater. Interns, 10 of whom are accepted into each round, are responsible for finding their own preceptors where they live and are required to spend seven to 10 days with Fox and each other in Bothell, Washington (just outside Seattle), for an orientation. The orientation doubles as an on-site introduction to local food production, wherein interns work together in gardens—engaging in every step of the farm-to-table process, including composting, gathering wild herbs, gardening, and cooking—at Songaia, a cluster of sustainability-focused cohousing communities, where Fox lives. The internship can be completed full-time (usually within nine months) or part-time (within 14 months).

As a new internship program, having hosted its first class of interns in fall 2018, Garden To Table has “candidacy status” from the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, meaning it has passed a rigorous approval process including an on-site visit and can accept and graduate interns as any fully accredited program can. Fox is eligible to apply for full accreditation in 2021, once her program has graduated a few rounds of interns who have successfully entered the job market. 

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Field Notes
Skipping Breakfast May Increase CVD Death Risk

Eating breakfast every day always has been considered an important part of a healthful lifestyle, but a new study from The University of Iowa shows just how important it is.

The study, by Wei Bao, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of epidemiology in The University of Iowa College of Public Health, finds that people who never ate breakfast had an 87% higher risk of death caused by CVD than people who ate breakfast every day. Published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, it supports the benefits of eating a daily breakfast in promoting heart health.

Bao says health care providers and dietary experts have known for years the importance of eating breakfast every day. But despite evidence that suggests skipping breakfast leads to increased risk of obesity, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and other health complications, fewer people report they’re making the meal a part of their daily routine.

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Continuing Education
Learn about the history, impacts, and future considerations of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program 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!

July CE Special

America celebrates its birthday in July, so to commemorate the occasion, we've priced all self-study courses at a patriotic $17.76 each throughout the entire month! Simply choose the 2-CEU self-study courses you want from our Learning Library, place them in your cart, and use the coupon code JULY1776 to get your discount. Offer expires July 31, 2019, at 11:59 PM EDT. The discount for CE Club Members will be applied to the already-reduced course price. Cannot be combined with any other coupons or promotions.

Upcoming Live Webinars

Building Meaningful Community Partnerships
Community wellness programs are on the rise, with more consumers looking for healthful living solutions. This webinar, presented by Felicia Porrazza, MDA, RDN, LDN, CPT, on Thursday, August 1, 2019, from 2–3 PM EDT, will provide attendees with an overview of how to build successful community partnerships for wellness implementation. Among other key points, Felicia will discuss the current research on the integration of employee wellness initiatives and how to keep participants engaged throughout the process. Click here to register »

Be a Champion for School Wellness
Join Jill Turley, MS, RD, LD, SNS, on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, from 2–3 PM EDT, as she takes a deep dive into school wellness. In this interactive webinar, Jill will cover what school wellness encompasses and how you can be a champion for school health in both the educational community and your community at large. Click here to register »

Information Literacy: Evidence-Based Practice Tools for Busy Dietitians
In this interactive webinar on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, from 2–3 PM EDT, Amanda Davis, MPH, RD, CHES, and Irene Lubker, MLS, MPH, RD, AHIP, help bridge the gap between research and practice for busy RDNs. They will introduce the five A’s of evidence-based practice (EBP); describe how to create a search strategy using the PICO format; introduce free and low-cost resources for searching the evidence; use the 6S Model Evidence Pyramid to prioritize preappraised sources of nutrition research; and apply guideline recommendations and preappraised evidence to client interactions. Click here to register »

Recorded Webinars

Changing the Conversation: Culinary Techniques to Meet the Needs of a Client’s Diagnosis Without Sacrificing Flavor for Digestive Disorders
In Part 2 of this 4-part complimentary webinar seriesChefs Abbie Gellman, MS, RD, CDN, and Julie Harrington, RD, review how to work with your clients who have digestive disorders so they can enjoy food while managing their diagnoses. The presenters use evidence-based science but translate it through food and behavior change techniques specifically geared toward the client with digestive disorders. Sponsored by Egg Nutrition Center. Click here to register »

Advancements in the Treatment of Emotional Eating and Binge Eating Disorder
Binge eating disorder (BED) was first identified in 1959; however, it was not formally recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders until 2013. This webinar was presented by Dr. Christy McElroy, PsyD, and Emily Presbrey, MS, RD, LDN, and provided attendees with an understanding of the signs, symptoms, and prevalence of BED, as well as information on the advances and updates in treatment. Click here to register »

Promoting Healthy Portion Sizes
One national trend that is likely to be a key contributor to the rising rates of obesity in the United States is the increase in the size of food and beverage portions. This webinar by Lisa Young, PhD, RDN, CDN, provides an overview of the evidence on trends regarding portion sizes, the influence of portion sizes on food intake, and consumer attitudes regarding portion sizes. Click here to register »

2020 Spring Symposium

We're currently offering our Advance Registration rate of $249 at It’s a great opportunity to join us in a great American city and earn 15 CEUs or more at our 7th annual continuing education and networking event for dietitians and nutrition professionals! In the coming weeks, we'll be announcing more details about the event, including presenters, session topics, sponsors, networking opportunities, special events, and more. Register early and save!

REGISTER NOW! Advance Registration Only $249!
In this e-Newsletter
RD Lounge Blog
Postpartum Weight Struggles
Yaffi Lvova, RDN

“Just breast-feed—you’ll lose the baby weight!” Most, if not all RDs who have given birth have heard that. And our clients who are mothers have heard it too.

But many women don’t lose weight during breast-feeding. These women are in our offices asking for help not only with their health but also with their newfound identities as mothers—they hope to regain their sense of prebaby self in a new world that seems completely out of their control. Their identities have shifted with the new title of “Mom,” and they seek familiarity in the mirror when it doesn’t exist in so many other aspects of their lives.

We can tell our clients to “Appreciate the miracle your body just created!” and “Don’t stress—enjoy this time with your beautiful blessing.” A woman may look back 20 years from now and wish she had enjoyed this perspective, but in the moment, it’s just not helpful.

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Other News
New Nutrition Facts Labels Make Up for Poorer Math Skills
An Arizona State University study found that the FDA’s new Nutrition Facts labels are easier for those with lesser math skills to understand.

Supplemental Nutrition Market Predicted to Skyrocket
The market for nutrition products such as vitamin and mineral supplements and “enhanced” foods is expected to expand significantly by 2023, according to PRNewswire.
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Getting Clients to Think Critically About Nutrition

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Tech & Tools
A Classic Notebook, Connected
The Rocketbook Everlast is a reusable notebook that feels like you're using a regular pen and paper, but it can upload pages to cloud services such as Evernote, Dropbox, and Google Drive. Users write or draw with a Pilot Frixion pen, and the ink then can be erased with a drop of water. The Everlast is available in letter and executive sizes, with a mini version as well, and dotted-grid pages. Learn more »

Ergonomically Designed, Secure Weights
Egg Weights is a new brand of handheld weights used to increase the intensity of workouts such as hiking, running, boxing, and sports training. They’re ergonomically designed for the palm of the hand and feature a finger loop so they stay in place during activity. They’re available in 1- to 5-lb weights and 6- to 10-lb sizes for professional athletes. Learn more »
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