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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Make Meal Prep Work

If you’ve been a dietitian for any length of time, you’re familiar with the concept of meal preparation. With so many clients looking to get healthful meals on the table quickly and easily, it can seem as though meal prep and being a dietitian go hand in hand. This is true now more than ever. […]

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, […]