Saturated Fats and CVD Risk

Janelle is a 59-year-old woman who’s concerned about her risk of CVD. Her mother died at age 61 from a heart attack, and, even though Janelle is relatively healthy, her LDL cholesterol is above the acceptable range, and she wants to decrease her risk. The information Janelle has found online regarding dietary fat and cholesterol […]

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. […]

8 Ways to Boost Immunity

During this trying time of concern over COVID-19, commonly referred to as coronavirus, recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other state and federal organizations have centered around washing hands, avoiding touching your face, and staying home. However, not much press has been given to a key concept that dietitians know plenty […]

Hydrating Young Athletes

We are still in the winter months, but your school-aged clients and their parents/caregivers may be gearing up for spring sports season. For my family, this means soccer matches, lacrosse practices, and flag football games, all of which require a well-fueled body and appropriate hydration. Since kids don’t always perceive thirst as well as adults […]

Vegetarian/Vegan Diets and Aging

Alexis is an RD who works with older adults of varying ages in numerous settings including private practice, outpatient counseling, and a skilled nursing facility with 60 long term care beds (mainly comprising complex medical issues), and 40 short-term rehabilitation beds. She has noticed a trend toward patients/residents wanting to eat more plant-based, vegetarian, and […]

Do We Vilify Healthful, Affordable Foods?

Affordability and convenience rank high on consumers’ lists of ideal qualities when choosing foods. Yet sometimes, well-meaning health professionals, including RDs, inadvertently steer shoppers away from nutrient-dense foods that check the boxes of both affordability and convenience. Encouraging people to eat fresh, whole foods, and avoid processed and white foods may have negative effects. I […]

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, […]

Practice Gratitude, Work Better

Taking time out of your day to practice gratitude can be life-changing, but have you ever wondered exactly how you can begin a gratitude practice? Her’s how practicing gratitude can help you be more productive and motivated throughout your workday plus simple steps for getting started. What Is a Gratitude Practice? Practicing gratitude is the […]