Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Turkey Basics, Safety and Health;
Protesting Turkeys;
Vegetarian Turkey;
and a Thanksgiving Wish

Turkey Basics and Safety 
Learn the basics for storing, handling and preparing the holiday bird and prevent foodborne illness.

The USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline
The USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline can help answer your questions about
the safe storage, handling, and preparation of meat, poultry, and egg products.

Thanksgiving Gluttony without the Guilt

Controlling Thanksgiving Portion Size

Protesting Turkeys
You Can't Gobble Me by the Turkey Singers.

The Turkey Lady sings "I Will Survive"

Vegetarian Turkey
made from Kidney Beans, Pinto Beans, White Beans, Carrots,
Cherry Tomatoes, Blackberries, Banana and Orange Slice.

A Thanksgiving Wish
Each year we make a list of all we are thankful for and at the dinner table we share our list. Some are quite touching and others humorous, but one item is always on our list - "We our thankful for the support and love of our family and friends."

We want to wishing you and your loved ones a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving.
        - Sandra and Jake Frank
Thanksgiving Song
by Mary Chapin Carpenter

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Universal Children's Day
November 20, 2010

The future of tomorrow are the children of today.The world is fighting to meet the target of reaching the eight Millennium Development Goals by marking Universal Children's Day on November 20th.

A review of organizations dedicated to improving the quality of Children's lives. Presented through songs, news reports, mission statements and children.

American Dietetic Association, Kids Eat Right
Voices of Youth

By resolution 836(IX) of 14 December 1954, the General Assembly recommended that all countries institute a Universal Children's Day, to be observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children. It recommended that the Day was to be observed also as a day of activity devoted to promoting the ideals and objectives of the Charter and the welfare of the children of the world. The Assembly suggested to governments that the Day be observed on the date and in the way which each considers appropriate. The date 20 November, marks the day on which the Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in 1989.

In 2000 world leaders outlined Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015. Though the Goals are for all humankind, they are primarily about children.

WHO (World Health Organization). 10 Facts On Nutrition

1. Malnutrition is a major contributor to the total global disease burden. More than one third of child deaths worldwide are attributed to undernutrition. Poverty is a central cause of undernutrition.

2. A key indicator of chronic malnutrition is stunting - when children are too short for their age group compared to the WHO child growth standards. About 178 million children globally are stunted, resulting from not enough food, a vitamin- and mineral-poor diet, and disease. As growth slows down, brain development lags and stunted children learn poorly. Stunting rates among children are highest in Africa and Asia. In south-central Asia 41% are affected.

3. Wasting is a severe form of malnutrition - resulting from acute food shortages and compounded by illness. About 1.5 million children die annually due to wasting. Rising food prices, food scarcity in areas of conflict, and natural disasters diminish household access to appropriate and adequate food, all of which can lead to wasting. Wasting demands emergency nutritional interventions to save lives.

4. Hidden hunger is a lack of essential vitamins and minerals in the diet, which are vital to boost immunity and healthy development. Vitamin A, zinc, iron and iodine deficiencies are primary public health concerns. About 2 billion people are affected by iodine deficiencies worldwide; and vitamin A is associated with more than half a million deaths of under-five children globally each year.

5. The rise in overweight and obesity worldwide is a major public health challenge. People of all ages and backgrounds face this type of malnutrition. As a consequence, rates of diabetes and other diet-related diseases are escalating, even in developing countries. In a few developing countries, up to 20% of children under-five are overweight.

6. Good nutrition during pregnancy ensures a healthier baby. WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding for six months, introducing age-appropriate and safe complementary foods at six months, and continuing breastfeeding for up to two years or beyond. About 20% of deaths among children under-five worldwide could be avoided if these feeding guidelines are followed. Appropriate feeding decreases rates of stunting and obesity and stimulates intellectual development in young children.

7. Nutritional problems in adolescents start during childhood and continue into adult life. Anaemia is a key nutritional problem in adolescent girls. Preventing early pregnancies and fortifying the nutritional health of developing girls can reduce maternal and child deaths later, and stop cycles of malnutrition from one generation to the next. For both girls and boys, adolescence is an ideal time to shape good eating and physical activity habits.

8. A lifetime of unhealthy eating and inactivity raises health risks over time - contributing to cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and other problems. The global population is ageing: the number of people aged 60 and older will jump from 700 million today to 1 billion by 2020. Nutritional health at older ages will be a critical factor in the state of global health.

9. Nutrition information is required to identify the areas where nutritional assistance is most needed and monitor the progress of change. In 2006 WHO released international child growth standards that provide benchmarks to compare children's nutritional status within and across countries and regions.

10. Public education is another way to improve nutritional health. Starting in China during the Beijing Olympics, and continuing in other countries, WHO and Member States will promote "5 keys" to a healthy diet:
a. give your baby only breast milk for the first six months of life
b. eat a variety of foods
c. eat plenty of vegetables and fruits
d. eat moderate amounts of fat and oils
e. eat less salt and sugars


Kids Eat Right
November 2010, the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and ADA Foundation officially launched their first joint initiative, Kids Eat Right. The two-tiered campaign aims to mobilize ADA members to participate in childhood obesity prevention efforts, and to educate families, communities, and policy makers about the importance of quality nutrition.

Mission: The Kids Eat Right campaign was launched to support public education projects and programs that address the national health concern of obesity among our children.


To learn more about the Kids Eat Right Campaign visit:
Website. Kids Eat Right
Facebook.  Kids Eat Right

Voices of Youth
More than ever before, young people are recognized as having rights - and as having an active role to play in asserting those rights.

helping Children through Education. Break the cycle of poverty with more than a handout. Build a school or well. It's not charity. It's sustainability.

We Day - Your Actions, Your Impact
Thousands of young people went to We Day then stood up and took action. Learn more at We Day 2010 is created by "Free The Children" to celebrate the power of young people to create positive change, We Day is a day-long event that ignites a year-long program for change, called We Schools in Action. In cities across Canada, the event brings inspirational speeches and performances to young leaders. Students then bring that energy home to take action on local and international issues all year long. Free The Children's We Day is the celebration, the inspiration and the vehicle for young people to change the world.

(Raffi Cavoukian), C.M., O.B.C. Founder and Chair, Centre for Child Honouring.
"Imagine a new idea as vital as democracy. Now imagine helping it spread quickly throughout the world! Child Honouring is one such idea, an idea whose time has come.
 - Raffi

He is known to millions as "Raffi", a beloved songwriter and performer, author, ecology advocate and founder of Centre for Child Honouring. Child Honouring is a vision for creating a humane and sustainable world by addressing the universal needs of children.

To learn more about the Centre for Child Honouring, please visit the Centre for Child Honouring and join "the compassion revolution."

Covenant for Honouring Children

Turn This World Around
Raffi's tribute to humanity's hero sprang from Mandelas call to global leaders in 2000 to turn this world around, for the children. In 2001, Raffi sang this for Nelson Mandela at Torontos Ryerson University. The song expresses the essence of Raffi's Child Honouring philosophy, a children-first paradigm for societal change. A child-friendly world enriches all of us, and offers the best chance to create sustainable cultures. All children want to live in peace, and to follow their dreams.

Together We Can Change the World

Friday, November 19, 2010

Wendy Jo Peterson, MS, RD
Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Expert

Wendy Jo Peterson, MS, RD
Roadie Nutritionist (TM) at Fuelin' Roadie (TM)

“Avoid committing goals to memory. Instead write it out with pride and
post it where it will remind you of the goals you have set.”

Wendy Jo Peterson is the Owner of Edible Nutrition; and is a well-known blogger known as Roadie Nutritionist (TM) at Fuelin' Roadie (TM). Wendy Jo combines her culinary background and her experience as a Registered Dietitian to help her clients meet their nutrition and health goals.

Wendy Jo has over 10 years of experience. Her focus is to help her clients achieve their optimal wellness while meeting their nutrition goals.  As a former culinary arts teacher and swim coach, Wendy Jo utilizes a unique approach to enhancing her client’s health and taps into their edible nutrition!

Wendy Jo received her Bachelor Science in Food Science and Nutrition from San Diego State and completed her internship through Utah State University. She received her Master’s of Science in Nutrition from San Diego State University. In addition, she become a Spanish Linguist. Wendy Jo has formal culinary training from such schools as: Florida Culinary Institute, Scottsdale Culinary Institute, and Johnson & Wales University.

The Roadie Nutritionist (TM) at Fuelin' Roadie (TM) is a website created by Wendy Jo in November 2009. The website is dedicated to musicians and keeping them healthy. She also has a blog which takes you around the country as she describes the music and foods she encounters. It is a wonderful place to visit.

To learn about the nutritional services provided by Wendy Jo, visit: Edible Nutrition.

Welcome to Edible Nutrition's Blog

Jill Jayne Rockstar Nutritionist
with the Roadie Nutritionist, Wendy Jo

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Dear Congress. Please Pass the Nutrition Bill
Don't Let Our Children Go Hungry

Dear Congress.

As a registered dietitian and an educator, I know hunger and inadequate nutrition impacts the ability to learn. Hungry children lack concentration, are often irritable and more likely to become ill. In contrast, students who come to class well-nourished have fewer behavioral and attendance problems, and have higher test scores.

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act offers a real chance to improve nutrition for all children. By improving opportunities for healthy meals in and out of school, the bill would take an important step forward in addressing both child hunger and obesity.

The bill would help reduce hunger and increase children's access to healthy meals, including by better connecting eligible children with free school meals. It would also authorize grants to retain summer food program sponsors, improve and expand breakfast programs, and encourage states to develop comprehensive strategies to end child hunger.

Thank you for your consideration of my views on these important issues.

Sandra Frank, Ed.D., RD, LDN

Sunday, November 14, 2010

World Diabetes Day
November 14, 2010

World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated every year on November 14th. The World Diabetes Day campaign is led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and its association members. It joins millions of people worldwide in diabetes advocacy and awareness.

World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2007. The campaign draws attention to the issues of importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes in the public spotlight.

Diabetes Education and Prevention is the World Diabetes Day theme for the period 2009-2013. The campaign slogan for 2010 is 'Let's take control of diabetes. Now.'

The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a statement to mark World Diabetes Day 2010. World Diabetes Day comes at a critical moment in the global fight against this deadly disease and a host of other chronic illnesses that are causing both untold, needless suffering and holding back the development of many of the world's poorest countries." Hundreds of millions of people worldwide have diabetes, with most living in low- and middle-income countries. In 2005, an estimated 1.1 million people died from the disease, more than half being women. Diabetes deaths are likely to double in the next 10 years without urgent action. To view the entire statement go to the following link World Health Organization.

The Big Blue Test is a program of the Diabetes Hands Foundation (DHF). It takes place every November 14 (World Diabetes Day). People with diabetes are invited to test their blood sugar at 2 pm (local time), do 14 minutes of activity, test again and share the results.

Employees at Novo Nordisk in Princeton New Jersey
honor World Diabetes Day 2010 and encourage everyone to get moving!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sixty-two Dietitians from Around the World
Dietitians-Online Celebrates its
First Anniversary on the Internet

On November 7, 2010 Dietitians-Online celebrates its first anniversary on the Internet.
As a Registered Dietitian, Educator and Journalist creating lists of reliable resources is essential and a habit. In 1995 I started to write down the dietitians and health related places on the Internet. The list had less than 5 websites when I started. By 2005, I had found an additional 50 resources. Each year I would add more and more dietitians and resources. Then between 2007 and 2009, dietitians from all over the world started to appear on the Internet. They came from diverse backgrounds and unique experiences. This was the beginning of the "Social Media Dietitian".
Quotes by Dietitians Online*
The slides can be viewed manually at the following locations:
Facebook (Dietitians-Online)
Dietitians-Online Website

Dietitians-Online was created to acknowledge the contributions of the dietitian on the Internet. To distinguish the dietitian as the nutrition expert and a valuable resource for the consumer, educator, media and health professional.
Between November 2009 and October 2010, Dietitians-Online visited over 700 websites, blogs and social media pages created by dietitians. Currently there are over 500 dietitians' pages waiting to be reviewed.
“Quotes by Dietitians” is an ongoing project, usually up-dated a few times per month. The dietitians are individuals who have a place on the Internet where they educate, write and/or provide services. Each person is a Registered Dietitian (RD) or an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD, Australia).
The experience in working with Dietitians-Online has been an amazing journey. I’ve met and discovered dietitians who demonstrate commitment, dedication, creativity, knowledge and excellence in the dietetic and nutrition profession. As I review and learn from the work of my colleagues and observe a new generation of dietitians, I am excited about the future of our profession.
I look forward to meeting you and visiting your place on the Internet.
Thank you for your support.
Sandra Frank, Ed.D, RD, LDN
Food Journalist, Web/Blog Designer, Researcher
Bon Appétit, a division of Condé Nast; Sun-Sentinel News, a division of the Tribune; 954.796.7235

Website: Dietitians On-line 

Dedicated to acknowledging the contributions of the Dietitian on the Internet
Blog:  Dietitians Online
Facebook: Dietitians Online
Twitter: DietitianOnline
Website:  Weighing Success 
Encourages awareness & inspires ideas for Journalists, Educators, Consumers and Health Professionals
Blog:  Wellness News
Facebook: Wellness News 
Twitter: Wellness_News

* Dietitians Featured in the 2009 – 2010
 One Year Anniversary Video
American Dietetic Association
Broward County Dietetic Association
Alysa Bajenaru, RD, CPT
 Jenna A. Bell, PhD, RD, CSSD
Lucille Beseler, MS, RD, LD/N, CDE
Julie Beyer, MA, RD, CWPC
Katherine Brooking, MS, MA, RD
Shelley Case, BSC, RD
Carol S. Casey, RD, CDN, LDN
Jill Castle, MS, RD, LDN
Karen Diaz, RD
Connie Diekman, MEd, RD, LD, FADA
Tara Diversi, B.HSc, MS, APD

Corinne Dobbas, MS, RD
Chef Michelle Dudash, RD, CD
Sarah Earhart, MS, RD, LD, CDE
Nadine Fisher, MS, RD, LD
Sandra Frank, Ed.D, RD
Keri Gans, MS, RD
Jessica L Garay, MS, RD
Kate Geagan, MS, RD
Marjorie Geiser, MBA, RD, NSCA-CPT
Karen Giles-Smith, MS, RD
David Grotto, RD, LDN
Dayle Hayes, MS, RD
Janet Helm, MS, RD
Sarah Hortman, RD
Donna Israel, PhD, RD, CLT, LPC
Jill Jayne, MS, RD
Eve Kecskes, MS, RD
Amy Kweller MS, RD
Lyssie Lakatos, RD, LD, CDN, CPT
Tammy Lakatos Shames, RD, LD, CDN, CPT
Angela Lemond, RD, CSP, LD
Erin Macdonald, RD
Heather Mangieri, MS, RD, LDN, CSSD
Karen Marschel RD, LD, CDE, CLT
Leah McGrath, RD
Kati Mora, RD
Maya E. Nahra, RD, LD
Pamela Ofstein, MS, RD, LDN
Janel Ovrut, MS, RD, LDN
Robin Plotkin, RD, LD
Debra Riedesel, RD, LD
Gabrielle Riola, RD, LDN
Cynthia Sass, MPH, MA, RD, CSSD
Rebecca Scritchfield, MA, RD, LD
Anthony J Sepe, RD
Debi Silber, MS, RD, WHC
Lauren Slayton, MS, RD
Marie Spano, MS, RD/LD, FISSN, CSCS
Emma Stirling, BSc, MND, APD
Felicia D. Stoler, DCN, MS, RD, FACSM
Lisa Stollman-Smouha, MA, RD, CDE, CDN
Rebecca Subbiah, RD, CPT
Bonnie Taub-Dix, MA, RD, CDN
Julie Tharalson, RD
The Nutrition Blog Network
Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD
Gloria Tsang, RD
Julie Upton, MS, RD, CSSD
Melissa Villar, MS, RD, LDN
Elisa Zied, MS, RD, CDN
Tanya Zuckerbrot, MS, RD

Friday, November 5, 2010

Social Media Dietitians

"Making the World a Healthier Place"

Social Media Defined.

Social media has become an integral part of modern society. There are general social networks with user bases larger than the population of most countries. There are niche sites for virtually every special interest out there. There are sites to share photos, videos, status updates, sites for meeting new people and sites to connect with old friends. It seems there are social solutions to just about every need.
- Cameron Chapman, written exclusively for WDD1

Social Media is the ability to Communicate and Interact with people of similar interests throughout the world by means of the World Wide Web (Web for short). Social Media is still in its infancy, but currently it is being used in numerous areas, such as:
Arts and Entertainment
Marketing, Advertising and Sales
Brand Recognition
Friendship and Support

Social Media History

The history is short, but the growth massive. In December 1995 about 16 million people (0.4% World Population) were using the Web. By September 2010 the number grew to 1,971 million users (28.8% World Population) 2.

Social Media has become a major force in communication utilized by individuals, women, men, children, teenagers, parents, grandparents, families, media, professional associations, educators, health professionals, government agencies, business, industry, advertising, marketing, public relations, charitable affiliations, religious organizations, support groups, artists and entertainers. The impact is at the local, statewide, national and international levels.

Significant Events in the Development of Social Media
1965                            The first network experiment was conducted.
1981                            IBM creates its first Personal Computer; Microsoft creates DOS.
1983                            DNS (Domain Name System) is designed
1987                            10,000 hosts on the Internet; 25 million PCs sold in US
1989                            100,000 hosts on Internet.

1991, August 6th          the World Wide Web becomes public.
2000, February            10,000,000 domain names have been registered
2000, September         20,000,000 websites on the Internet, numbers doubled since February 2000
2003                           LinkedIn founded.
                                  MySpace founded.

2004                           Zuckerberg launches "Thefacebook"
2005                  launches
2006                           Twitter is created by Jack Dorsey
                                  Estimated 92 million Web sites online
2010                           Twitter has grown worldwide and currently has more than 100 million users

2010, July                   Facebook has more than 500 million active users

 LinkedIn was founded in 2003 and was one of the first social networks devoted to business. Originally, LinkedIn allowed users to post a profile and to interact through private messaging. Gradually, other features have been added, including groups, question and answer forums, and advanced profile features, including real-time updates.

 As of November 2, 2010, LinkedIn had more than 80 million registered users, spanning more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. Quantcast reports LinkedIn has 21.4 million monthly unique U.S. visitors and 47.6 million globally. was founded in 2003 and by 2006 had grown to be one of the most popular social networks. It offers a variety of tools and features, including blogging and instant messaging. Due to the competition from Facebook, MySpace shifted its focus to social entertainment (sharing music, movie and TV-related content). It now has some 125 million users but with decreasing traffic (2010). Fastest growing demographics are 18-24 year olds.

 Facebook started out as a Harvard-only social network back in 2004. In 2008 Facebook became the most popular social networking site, surpassing MySpace, and continues to grow. July 2010 Statistics: Over 500 million active users (50% of which sign-in daily); Over 900 million pages, groups, communities and events; Over 150 million active users who access through mobile devices.

 YouTube was the first major video hosting and sharing site, launched in 2005. Users can upload videos and share them through YouTube or by embedding them on other websites (social networks, blogs, forums, etc.). YouTube’s major social features include ratings, comments, and the option to subscribe to the channels of a user’s favorite video creators.  In November 2006, YouTube, LLC was bought by Google Inc. and now operates as a subsidiary of Google. In October 2010, Google published its third quarter financial results for the year, which stated that YouTube was serving two billion videos a week accompanied by advertising.

Blogs are usually maintained by an individual with regular articles and updates. A typical blog combines text, images and links to other blogs, Web pages, and other media related to the topic. The ability of readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. As of December 2007, blog search engine Technorati was tracking more than 112,000,000 blogs.

Blogger is a blog publishing service that allows private or multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries. It was launched in 1999 by Pyra Labs, which was bought by Google in 2003. Blogger was ranked 16 on the list of top 50 domains in terms of number of unique visitors in 2007.Wordpress is one of the most popular blog platform on the Internet, with both an online hosted version and a downloadable self installation version available. WordPress offers many features including RSS syndication and easy to use administration features.

 Twitter is a micro-blogging platform. It was founded in 2006. As of April 2010, Twitter users were signing up at the rate of 300,000 daily and the site had over 105 million registered users. There are over 55 million daily tweets and 600 million daily search queries.

Opportunities for Dietitians

The dietitian is using Social Media to communicate, teach, learn, share and exchange information and ideas. The dietitian can be found:
  • Networking with colleagues locally, statewide, national and/or international
  • Reporting on the News
  • Writing Blogs on numerous subjects, including:  nutrition, health, recipes, shopping, editorials, consumer interests, weight control, diabetes, networking, child nutrition and many more diverse topics.
  • Designing online resources and tools for the consumer, educator, journalist and health professional
  • Working with the government, industry and professional associations to develop nutrition education programs
  • Utilizing entertainment and art to send health messages
  • Offering Continuing Education courses
  • Providing online nutrition counseling
  • Creating communities to offer support to colleagues and the consumer
  • Developing friendships
Can you think of other ways dietitians are using social media?

  1. The History and Evolution of Social Media
  2. Internet World Stats
  3. News

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