Amazing Pandemic-Relief Program

I never thought I would become an RD during a pandemic, and I was surprised that my first job wasn’t on the front lines of a health care setting but at a nonprofit community agency. Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency (OLHSA), founded in 1964, strives to break the cycle of poverty and empower communities and […]

Planning Virtual Cooking Demos

Seeing is believing! A lively, step-by-step cooking demo can show your clients, customers, and online fans how easy it is to assemble a recipe with nutrient-rich ingredients. As you work at home virtually during the pandemic, use social media tools such as Instagram or Facebook Live to engage and cook with your audience in an […]

The Pandemic’s Impact on IDDSI

According to the Cleveland Clinic, more than 15 million Americans across the age spectrum have swallowing disorders such as dysphagia. Often, these individuals require foods and beverages to be modified—liquids thickened or foods puréed, for example—to prevent accidental choking or aspiration of liquids. Despite the prevalence of swallowing disorders and need for specialized nutrition, no […]

Addressing Cooking Fatigue

More than eight months ago, our clients, and maybe dietitians alike, relished the extra time to get into the kitchen and prepare meals. Moms and dads were cooking with their kids, social media feeds were full of #quarantinekitchen food posts, and people were experimenting with new recipes and cooking from scratch. But as the months […]

Nutrients for Immune Health

As an RD, you’re probably getting bombarded with questions from your clients, neighbors, friends, and family about which foods, snacks, and beverages can support their immune system during the COVID-19 pandemic. The overwhelming amount of conflicting information in the media, on grocery stores shelves, and in advertising can really stress a person out. Especially since […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]