Monday, March 29, 2010

What are Registered Dietitians Saying About Nutrition, Food and Health?

What Registered Dietitians are Saying about Nutrition, Food and Health.
To view the quotes on an interactive calendar visit What are RDs saying on Dietitians-Online.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

In honor of NNM, ADA Spokesperson Sarah Krieger is the expert at PBS Parents:

In honor of NNM, ADA Spokesperson Sarah Krieger is the expert at PBS Parents:: "In honor of NNM, ADA Spokesperson Sarah Krieger is the expert at PBS Parents:

Getting Kids to Try New and Healthy Foods . Expert Q&A . PBS Parents | PBS
Each month, you'll be able to get answers directly from experts covering a wide range of parenting topics. You'll also have a chance to share your own expert tips with other parents. Join the conversation!"

Friday, March 26, 2010

The Registered Dietitian's Role in Treating Bariatric Surgery Patients

The Registered Dietitian's Role in Treating Bariatric Surgery Patients: "This month, the Journal of the American Dietetic Association focuses on the ever-increasing use of bariatric surgery to control the excess morbidity and mortality associated with Class III advanced obesity, when body mass index (BMI) is > 40. These patients require careful assessment and guidance to further promote and sustain weight loss, provide essential nutrients, and offer a lifestyle shift that can permanently accomplish these goals."

Will Dieting Make You Fat?

Will Dieting Make You Fat?
from Dr. Sharma's Obesity Notes » blog by Arya M. Sharma, MD

I have often heard from my patients that with previous weight loss attempts they not only gained all of their weight back but in fact gained additional pounds, making them heavier than they ever were before - in other words, they report to have dieted themselves “fat”.

Does this in fact happen? Is excess weight gain perhaps even a natural consequence of trying to control your weight by dieting?

This question was now addressed by Jennifer Savage and Leann Birch from Pennsylvania State University in a study published this month in OBESITY.

A total of 176 women were assessed at baseline and followed over four years. Three groups of women were identified: those making no effort to control their weights (N; 23%), those using healthy strategies (H; 43%) and those using both healthy and unhealthy strategies (H+U; 35%).

Despite adjustment for numerous confounders like education, income, and initial BMI, women using both healthy and unhealthy strategies (H+U) gained significantly more weight (4.56 kg) than the N group (1.51 kg) and H group (1.02 kg) over the four year observation period.

Interestingly, these differences were already apparent in the third year, when the H+U group gained significantly more weight (2.86 kg) than the H group (0.03 kg) and N group (0.44 kg).

Perhaps not surprisingly, the H+U weight control group had higher scores on weight concerns, dietary restraint, and had poorer eating attitudes than women in the H or N groups.

Healthy strategies included reducing calories and amount of food, eliminating sweets, junk food and snacks, increasing activity, eating more fruit and vegetables, eating less fat or less high-carb foods, and eating less meat.

Unhealthy strategies included skipping meals, using diet pills, liquid diets, appetite suppressants, laxatives, enemas, diuretics, and fasting.

These findings suggest that self-reported weight control attempts do not necessarily lead to large weight gains, but using unhealthy strategies to control weight does.

As the authors point out, the main reason that women who used healthy weight control strategies were probably more successful was simply because these strategies are more sustainable than the unhealthy strategies like fasting, skipping meals or using liquid diets or pills, which may simply lead to loss of control, overeating and excess weight gain over time.

Another important aspect of this study noted by the authors is that women with greater weight concerns were apparently more likely to engage in unhealthy practices thus setting themselves up for greater weight gain in the long run. This point, if validated in other studies, clearly sends a warning that simply promoting weight concerns may actually exacerbate weight problems in the long run.

Thus, providing proper guidance on healthy weight loss strategies is essential to avoid making the problem worse than it already is.

On the other hand, the study also shows that women who adopt healthy weight control techniques can very much minimise weight gain over time, even if no actual weight is lost in the long run.


Edmonton, Alberta


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Diabetes Alert Day, March 23, 2010

Diabetes Alert Day

The American Diabetes Association has designated March 23, 2010 as Diabetes Alert Day.

The American Diabetes Association is at the forefront of the fight to prevent, treat, and cure diabetes. They provide education, promote awareness, advocate on behalf of diabetes patients and are the authoritative source on diabetes in the United States.

To learn more about the American Diabetes Association and events planned for Diabetes Alert day, Visit American Diabetes Association Alert Day

Sunday, March 21, 2010

California Strawberry Day

California Strawberry Day, March 21, 2010
A delicious fruit rich in vitamin C, fiber and low in calories.

Strawberries are easy to grow indoors or outside. It's a fun family activity to plant, grow, harvest and eat.

National Nutrition Month
Nutrition from the Ground-up

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Broward County Dietetic Association celebrates National Nutrition Month from the Ground Up

Broward County Dietetic Association celebrates National Nutrition Month from the Ground Up.

The BCDA spent this weekend (March 13-14) at the Flamingo Nursery. The community loved meeting the Registered Dietitians and enjoyed the free mini pots of herbs and nutrition information being passed out.

BCDA members (from left to right) Tracy Wilczek, Stacy Roberts, Jennifer Keil and Ashley Johnson

BCDA members Jennifer Keil (left) and Ashely Johnson (right) help shoppers at the Nursery

BCDA members Jennifer Keil, Stacy Roberts and Ashley Johnson

Health Benefits of Alcohols

Health Benefits of Alcohols.
Stacy Roberts, RD from Holy Cross Hospital in Broward County, Florida is interviewed by Dave Aizer on Health Benefits of Alcohols. From the Morning Show, station SFL, WSFL-TV.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Broward County Dietetic Association,
Tri-County Symposium

March 16, 2010: Broward County Dietetic Association

The Broward County Dietetic Association (BCDA) held their Annual Tri-County Symposium on March 12, 2010. The event coincided with National Nutrition Month. The list of speakers were impressive and covered a wide range of current topics. Barbara Truitt, RD, LDN was the Program Moderator and with the help of the BCDA board under the direction of Sayeeda Hyder, MS, RD, LDN, BCDA President created an outstanding program with an excellent turnout.

Summary of Speakers

Douglas Kalman, PhD, RD, CCRC, FACN
(MRA Clinical Research).
Sports Nutrition: Assessing the Athlete.
Dr. Kalman emphasized an individual should focus on changing their lifestyle and not their weight.

Sami Shafiq, PharmD, AAHIVE (Barry University, NSU, Walgreens Health Services).
Metabolic and Morphologic Lipodystrophy.
Dr. Shafiq explained the relationship of AIDs to muscle and fat wasting.

Elizabeth Stone, MD (Dept of Hematology & Oncology, Cleveland Clinic, Weston, FL).
BRAC Genetic Testing. Dr. Stone described how to use the BRAC analysis to detect the genes for breast and ovarian cancer. The tool is not meant to provide a yes or no answer, but sets guidelines and potential risks for developing cancer.

Christopher Fuzy, MS, RD, LDN (Owner, Lifestyle Nutrition, Inc).
Lifestyle, DNA & Nutrition Counseling.
The possible relationship between DNA, food and supplements were discussed.

Jennifer Marks, MD (Professor of Medicine, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Diabetes Research nstitute). Diabetes. The insulin pump should allow for continuous blood sugar monitoring.

Gail Perry Mason (Senior Director of Investments, Oppenheimer & Co, Inc.).
Finances in difficult times. An informative list of Internet places where you can find discounts and free items and services.

A special thanks to the Sponsors and Vendors.

Meet and Greet South Florida RD Authors:
Lucille Beseler, MS, RD, LDN, CDE author of Nurturing with Nutrition.
Darlene Moppert, MS, RD, LDN author of The Fort Lauderdale Diet.

Lunch was sponsored by Cabot Creamery and the Florida Dairy Council.

  • Florida Dairy Council provided different milk products in order to compare flavor and acceptance.
  • Wild Veggie: Don Knobloch.
  • Simply Thick: Elena Bou, RD, LDN.
  • Lyons: Leslie Carter, RD, LDN.
  • Computrition: Bob Mlakar.
  • Baeta Corporation: Lee Smith.
  • California Walnut Board & Commission sent cases of walnuts with recipes.
  • Nestle HealthCare Nutrition: Melissa Yost, District Manager.
  • Abbott Nutrition: Ron Heron, Broward Area.
Food Drive.
BCDA is committed to serving our community and helping those in need. The canned food drive was a great success and Susan Shapiro, RD donated the canned goods to "Feed the Hungry".

The 2010 BCDA annual workshop was outstanding in addressing current issues in dietetics and nutrition. Alix Landman, RD, MPH, CDE said it best, "Good food, good friends, old and new".

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