Effective Counseling in Low-Socioeconomic Communities

Health disparities in low-socioeconomic communities continue to be a pervasive problem. Low-socioeconomic communities often lack access to healthful, nutrient-dense foods and culturally relevant, high-quality nutrition education, leading to disproportionate chronic disease rates and low self-efficacy to make healthful choices. When high-quality, healthful foods are sold in these communities, they’re often far more expensive than in […]

COVID-19’s Impact on Food Systems

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in major disruptions across America’s food supply chains, revealing weaknesses in our food system. Farmers, businesses, and government agencies such as the USDA are working hard to efficiently redistribute food and reduce waste. The foodservice industry and retail sectors are the two largest purchasers of food produced in America. Due […]

Calcium Balance in Older Adults

Several factors affect nutrient utilization in older adults, including diet, medications, and health conditions. Calcium absorption is of particular concern because in addition to the latter factors that could inhibit uptake, calcium depends on magnesium and vitamin D, making achieving adequate balance more difficult. Furthermore, calcium is especially important for older adults’ bone health; they’re […]

FDA’s Temporary Food Labeling Policy Changes

Last month, the FDA released new guidance to food manufacturers and the vending machine industry that temporarily relaxes food labeling requirements in an effort to help minimize the impact of food supply chain disruptions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The new policy contains nonbinding recommendations for food labeling and allows for the provisions outlined below. […]

Promoting Better Sleep

If your clients or patients have complained about not getting enough sleep, know they’re not alone. It’s estimated that about 68% of Americans struggle with obtaining quality sleep at least once per week, and about 1 in 3 American adults don’t get enough sleep on a regular basis. What’s causing this? And why does it […]

PDPM, Malnutrition, & the RD

In acute care facilities, RDs play an essential role in the diagnosing, treating, and documenting of malnutrition appropriately. By helping physicians and nurse practitioners diagnose more quickly and accurately, RDs can earn facilities higher reimbursement for malnutrition care, especially as health care shifts to a patient-driven payment model (PDPM) based on value rather than services. […]

Food Safety During COVID-19

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, restaurants around the country continue to offer takeout and delivery services and some are now starting to offer onsite dining at limited capacity as individual states allow. Many of our patients remain concerned about keeping themselves safe while still wanting to enjoy their favorite foods and support local […]

The RD’s Role in COVID-19 Acute Care

With thousands of patients across the country hospitalized due to COVID-19, the RD’s role in acute care—from assessing patients’ nutrition status to preventing malnutrition—is more important than ever. While COVID-19 can lead to death even among otherwise healthy patients, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that it’s more prevalent in those with underlying […]

Oral Allergy Syndrome

When reviewing a client’s medical history, you see an extensive list of food allergies, including certain raw fruits and vegetables. The client indicates that they can safely consume these foods when cooked. You make a note to clarify this with them in person; surely this is a food preference or a digestive issue, and not […]

How Indoor Farming May Save Salads

For more than a decade, romaine lettuce and other green leafy vegetables have been the source of E coli O157:H7 outbreaks (see Today’s Dietitian’s 2007 article “The E. coli Outbreak — Lettuce Learn a Lesson”). The most recent incident, which began in September 2019, was considered to be under control as of January 15, 2020, by […]

Nutrition Superstars of the Center Aisles

In mid-March, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. Since then, consumer shopping and eating habits have changed. New tracking data from IRi Worldwide show a shift in shopping habits in the United States from the perimeter of the supermarket to the center aisles. Consumers are now purchasing more frozen foods (an increase […]