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 […]

Know Your Local Food Scene

I moved to Pittsburgh after my internship, and one of my first patients told me he ate a “jumbo sandwich” for lunch every day. Naively, I said, “OK, but what do you put on that sandwich?” I thought he meant he ate a really large sandwich! He quickly conveyed to me that “jumbo” was bologna, […]

Kids With Special Needs

Many children live with special needs due to disorders such as cerebral palsy, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorder. These conditions can affect muscles, senses, and cognitive development, impacting children’s oral feeding abilities, self-feeding skills, and sensory system functioning. As a result, their nutrition status may suffer. RDs can make a tremendous difference in the lives […]

Nutrient Needs for Vegans

Have a client who wants to go vegan? Great! According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, appropriately planned vegetarian and vegan diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits and prevent certain diseases. Plant-based diets are safe and appropriate for all stages of life, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence, and older […]

Counseling Adults With Autism

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability with a defined set of behaviors. A diagnosis of ASD now includes Asperger syndrome, autistic disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified. ASD affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. Scientists have yet to figure out what causes ASD and why those with ASD communicate, […]

Obesity: Communicating With Respect

“Close your eyes and visualize a successful lawyer—better yet, an award-winning lawyer,” the presenter said to several hundred FNCE® attendees. I imagined a 40-something white guy in a blue suit, in good shape, with nice hair, and at least average height. I never once considered that the speaker, Patty Nece, JD, was describing herself. Why? […]

Combating Food Guilt

As RDs, there’s no doubt in our minds that there’s more than one way to eat healthfully. But there’s also no doubt that eating has become a confusing matter for many people. Consumers receive more messages about food and eating than ever before. Hundreds of advertisements for every food from snacks to breakfast cereals to […]