Preventing Burnout

One day as I watched a fellow dietitian speak in a professional private Facebook group, I thought “Wow! She’s got it all figured out.” This RD was able to allocate six weeks of personal time off from her private practice during the summer to avoid burnout. She used that time to relax, reset, and travel. […]

Become a Clubhouse RD

If you’d like to explore another exciting avenue to interact with fellow RDs and other health care experts and help spread evidence-based nutrition information, consider joining Clubhouse. Clubhouse is a new type of social network—based on audio—where people around the world from every walk of life come together to talk, listen, and learn from each […]

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 […]

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. […]