Lowdown on the New Nutrition Facts Label

As many RDs know, the Nutrition Facts label is getting a makeover. In 2016, the FDA published its final rule about a new Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods. Changes to the panel include a larger font size for calories and serving sizes, a new category for added sugars, and updated daily recommendations for fiber and sodium. […]

Medicare for Lifelong Wellness

At Hazel’s 65th birthday celebration, her older sister asked whether she’d scheduled her initial “wellness” visit with her primary care physician (PCP). Hazel had enrolled in Medicare but didn’t know anything about this. She jokingly responded, “Why is a ‘wellness’ visit needed for someone of my age and medical condition?!” Hazel’s history included breast cancer, […]

Low-FODMAP Diet Basics

With the increasing popularity of the low-FODMAP diet, you may be wondering whether it’s right for your patients. While this elimination diet can provide many benefits and symptom relief for those with digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), it isn’t appropriate for every patient. For those who find that the low-FODMAP diet helps […]

5 Healthful Thanksgiving Hacks

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to celebrate a delicious meal with family and friends, but there’s nothing worse than feeling like an overstuffed bird after dinner. To turn winter’s most vibrant and colorful fruits and vegetables into the star at the dinner table, slim down Aunt Betty’s gravy, and keep portion sizes in check, RDs […]

A Heart-Healthy Eating Toolbox

Do you wish you had a wider variety of tools to help you talk to clients about heart-healthy eating habits? I recently returned from presenting at the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) annual meeting, where I had the chance to connect with colleagues from around the country practicing in cardiac rehab. Here’s […]

Change Clients’ Exercise Mindset

Do you struggle to motivate clients to exercise, or, more importantly, exercise consistently? You’re not alone. Our able-bodied clients can list tons of reasons why they can’t exercise, such as they don’t have time, hate to sweat, don’t experience endorphins when they exercise (they probably just haven’t found an exercise they enjoy), and don’t have […]

Balancing Work and Family

As a working mom of three, I can tell you firsthand that it’s not easy organizing work and home life. Over the past 20 years as an RD, I’ve experienced many ups and downs trying to manage this delicate balancing act. I’ve had tight work deadlines, sick kids, and, of course, a trip to the […]

Food Safety for Older Adults

George has been living alone since his wife recently passed. She did all the cooking, so George’s culinary skills are limited to reheating food on the stove or in the microwave. His daughter June worried about her 81-year-old dad having enough to eat, so she always brought him heat-and-eat meals when she visited. June arranged […]

Mindfulness & Meditation for Clients

These days, dietitians are putting more emphasis on mindfulness than calorie counting when it comes to clients’ eating habits—and with valid reason. Mindless eating is a common occurrence in the United States. It’s done while driving, working, scrolling through social media, and even while dining out with friends. Large portions at restaurants also often cause […]