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Editor's e-Note
Benefits of Family Meals

During the holidays, people look forward to family gatherings and the scrumptious meals and desserts that accompany them. While there will be family get-togethers on a much smaller scale this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, people can still enjoy family meals with those living in their household this season and beyond and reap some awesome benefits.

What benefits am I talking about?

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, Today’s Dietitian (TD) provides an evidence-based discussion of the many health benefits that can be gleaned from simply sitting down with family members to enjoy a meal—and this includes children and adults alike.

After reading the article, visit TD’s website at to read the digital edition of the November/December issue, which includes articles on brain healthy holiday foods, the latest diabetes medications, postnatal supplementation, and the use of cannabis in cancer care.

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
Family Meals for Better Health
By Lisa Andrews, MEd, RD, LD

As the pandemic rages on, family meal planning continues to take a hit, as many parents are working from home while their children are learning remotely. Parents have the added responsibility of becoming their child’s teacher’s aide, IT expert, and math tutor. Thus, timing of meals has been disrupted and frequent snacking is on the rise. Now more than ever, it’s important to reestablish family meal time.

Why Eat Together?

Research has shown that families that dine together have improved diet quality and overall health. A systematic review and meta-analysis of more than 203,000 subjects in 57 studies evaluated the connection between family meal frequency and nutritional health outcomes, including BMI, consumption of fruits and vegetables, and overall diet quality. In younger and older children across several countries, researchers saw a significant relationship between frequency of family meals and nutritional health. Age of the child, country, family members in attendance at meals, and which meal (breakfast, lunch, or supper) didn’t impact the relationship of meal frequency with healthful or unhealthful diet or BMI. Benefits were seen whether one or more parents were present at meals, and socioeconomic status was the best predictor of BMI.1

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Continuing Education
Learn about nutrition interventions to manage hyperlipidemia 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!

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* Coupon cannot be combined with any other offers. Discount will be applied to already-reduced prices for CE Club Members and is not valid for Lifetime Subscribers or on complimentary CE activities. Offer expires 12/31/2020 at 11:59 PM EST.

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New Recorded Webinars

Putting Plant-Based Menus into Practice in Healthcare Settings
Presented by Sarah Anderson, Anna Herby, RD, CDE, Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN, Jennifer Paul, MPH, RD, Lauren Pitts, Becky Ramsing, MPH, RDN, and John Stoddard, MS
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Managing Sleep, Stress, and Mood
Presented by Chris Mohr, PhD, RD
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Strategies for Better Sleep
Presented by Chris Mohr, PhD, RD, and Kara Mohr, PhD
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COVID Can't Stop Us: How to Deliver Live Virtual Cooking Classes and Demos on Zoom
Presented by Liz Weiss, MS, RDN
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Insulin Delivery Devices Today and Beyond: What RDs Need to Know
Presented by Hope Warshaw, MMSc, RD, CDE, BC-ADM
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Bites of Insight: RDNs' Perspectives on Navigating Nutrition Now
Presented by Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN
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Discovering Adaptogens: Stress-Reducing Herbs
Presented by Vicki Shanta Retelny, RDN
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Recently Added Self-Study Courses

Nutrition Interventions to Manage Hyperlipidemia
Nutrition Interventions to Support the Menopausal Woman
Vitamin D in Diabetes
Potential Therapeutic Benefits of Collagen Supplementation
Breast-Feeding and the Infant Microbiome

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Field Notes
LGB Adults Less Likely to Take Cholesterol-Lowering Statins

Lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) adults who may benefit from cholesterol-lowering medicine to prevent heart disease are less likely than non-LGB adults to take them, according to new research.

An analysis of online surveys of 1,531 people who responded to targeted Facebook ads showed less than 21% of LGB adults were taking statins, compared with 44% of their non-LGB peers. In all, more than 12% of respondents identified as LGB. Nearly one-third of all the people surveyed were taking statins. The research is published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

“Our study was the first to estimate the prevalence of statin use among the LGB population,” according to study author Yi Guo, PhD. Guo, an assistant professor of health outcomes and biomedical informatics at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, says detailed studies are needed to understand statin use among LGB people with clinical data from the real world, such as with electronic health records or administrative claims.

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RD Lounge Blog
Personalized Weight Loss Approaches
Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN

As RDs, we know that success in treating clients with overweight and obesity depends on individualized diet and lifestyle recommendations.

A move in the research community toward understanding individual differences in weight loss occurred in the 2017 DIETFITS (Diet Intervention Examining The Factors Interacting with Treatment Success) study. The primary aim of this investigation was to identify the variety of factors influencing participants at baseline that may help explain weight loss differences when individuals are assigned to the same diet. Rather than seeking to determine whether one dietary approach was better than the other for the general population, it sought to examine whether greater overall weight loss could be achieved by matching different people to different diets.

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Other News
A Primer on Biden’s Agriculture Secretary Pick
Politico covers the context of and reactions to President-Elect Joseph Biden’s selection of previous Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and what the choice might mean for agriculture, food assistance programs, and efforts to fight climate change.

Opinion: Ultraprocessed Foods and the Corporate ‘Capture’ of Nutrition
In an essay published in The BMJ, a food policy expert at the University of Melbourne in Australia argues that corporate influence in nutrition science has determined the way ultraprocessed foods are promoted, defended, and regulated.
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