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Today's Dietitian
E-Newsletter    July 2023
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Editor's E-Note

Taking Charge of Diversifying the Nutrition Profession

For the past several years, dietitians and dietetics organizations have been developing strategies and implementing programs to increase racial, cultural, and gender diversity in the nutrition profession. One dietetics organization stands above the rest and is leading the charge.

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, Today’s Dietitian (TD) spotlights Diversify Dietetics, an exceptional organization whose mission is to increase racial and ethnic diversity in the field by providing uniquely designed resources and professional development opportunities for aspiring dietitians of color. The organization’s programs are inspiring and changing lives.

After reading the article, visit TD’s website at www.TodaysDietitian.com to read the digital edition of our June/July issue. In the issue are articles on sodium reduction, the Global Malnutrition Composite Score, regenerative agriculture, food and body shaming, and the culinary treasures of Turkish cuisine.

Please enjoy the E-Newsletter and give us your feedback at TDeditor@gvpub.com, and don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

— Judith Riddle, editor
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Diversify Dietetics Links Aspiring Dietitians of Color With Critical Education Resources

By Elizabeth S. Goar

The field of dietetics is plagued by a lack of diversity, partly attributable to the educational barriers that prevent too many aspiring dietitians of color from entering the profession—barriers that Diversify Dietetics, an organization that aims to increase the racial and ethnic diversity in the nutrition field, is determined to eliminate by pairing students with the resources they need to complete the educational requirements and sit for their RD licensing exam.

Diversify Dietetics was cofounded by Tamara S. Melton, MS, RDN, CPHIMS, executive director, and Deanna Belleny Lewis, MPH, RDN, director of programs. The organization seeks to provide “a safe space and community to support aspiring dietitians of color as they go from student to intern to professional [and provide] professional development opportunities so professionals of color can continue to grow in the field,” Belleny Lewis says.

She adds: “Our programs are unique because they’re tailored for people of color with a lens of cultural humility in motion.”

Student-facing resources, which are funded through donations, company sponsorships, grants, and proceeds from the organization’s programming, include the Mentor Program, the Dietetic Internship Application Support (DAS) Program, and scholarship support to help chip away at the financial barriers. This core programming also provides “other information to help students of color navigate the dietetics educational pathway,” Belleny Lewis says.

Field Notes

Food Insecurity Linked to Metabolic Syndrome in Reproductive-Aged Latinx Females

Not having reliable access to food has a significant relationship with metabolic syndrome, a condition that increases risk of diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, in Latinx females of reproductive age, according to a study presented at ENDO 2023, the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting in Chicago.

“Because of the significant association identified between low food security and metabolic syndrome in reproductive-aged Latinx females, there’s potential to reduce cardiovascular, metabolic, and reproductive adverse outcomes through improved access to food,” says first author Emily L. Ferrell, MD, of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Ferrell notes that having reliable access to food is a basic human necessity that many take for granted. “Even in high-income countries such as the United States, some people worry daily about where their next meal will come from,” she says. “Food security has been identified as a social determinant of health, meaning lower security often results in poorer health outcomes and increased health risks.”

Metabolic syndrome is a group of five conditions that can lead to heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and other health problems. It’s diagnosed when someone has three or more of the following risk factors: high blood glucose, lower levels of HDL cholesterol, high levels of triglycerides, large waist circumference, and high blood pressure.

Other Nutrition News
Fact or Myth: Drinking a Gallon of Water to Stay Lean
Many people hold the belief that drinking a gallon of water per day will ensure that they’re maximizing weight loss; however, that measurement isn’t one-size-fits-all, reports Fox News. Maximizing the benefits of water consumption depends on the person and even what time of day water is consumed.

Prewashing Rice: The Science
The Conversation discusses the science of why people might want to prewash rice. From the type of dish being prepared to the starches that coat the rice grains, there are several factors that are helped when rinsing is added to the preparation of rice.
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In the world of athletics, athletes are constantly on the move and the less thought they need to focus on dietary requirements is more time spent training and learning. Eat 2 Win helps athletes stay consistent in their diets with its sports dietitian–approved meal guides and trackers. The app also includes podcasts, articles, and trackers for nearly every facet of dietary and physical health. Eat 2 Win can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

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It’s one thing learning to feed an adult, but it’s an entirely different thing learning how to cook healthful meals for a developing child. Annabel’s Baby Toddler Recipes is designed to help parents and caregivers prepare nutritious foods for young children and has more than 650 recipes available. The app includes Annabel’s complete weaning guide to help in a baby’s dietary transition. In addition, there are meal trackers, shopping lists, and allergy trackers that help parents and caregivers have a better overview of their child’s needs. Annabel’s Baby Toddler Recipes can be downloaded on iOS or Android.
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Sodium Reduction
Learn more about the World Health Organization’s recent report on lowering sodium intake and the link to CVD, as well as expert strategies on how to reduce consumption and save even more lives.

The Global Malnutrition Composite Score
CMS has included this new measure in its quality reporting program to help combat malnutrition in hospitalized patients. Learn what the composite score measures and how RDs can advocate for improved malnutrition care at their facilities.

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