Wednesday, September 28, 2011

September 28, 2011
National Women's Health and Fitness Day

National Women's Health and Fitness Day is the nation’s largest annual health promotion event for women of all ages. The event is always held on the last Wednesday in September.

This unique national program — with participation by local organizations throughout the U.S. — focuses attention on the importance of regular physical activity and health awareness for women.

The goal of this event is to encourage women to take control of their health: to learn the facts they need to make smart health choices, and to make time for regular physical activity.

Life's Simple Seven

Because of its grassroots nature, the event provides an excellent opportunity for local organizations to showcase the health-related programs and services they offer to women in their communities.

There are some women who are so busy caring for their families and others, they neglect to care for themselves. On this day remind the women in your life to take steps to improve their health and prevent disease.

It is important for women to get regular checkups because: screening tests, such as mammograms and Pap tests, can find diseases early, when they are easier to treat. Some women need certain screening tests earlier, or more often, than others. Screenings and routine care can help women lower their risks of many health conditions, including heart disease. 

National Women's Health and Fitness Day is a public/private good health partnership organized by the Health Information Resource Center (HIRC), a national clearinghouse for consumer health information professionals.
locations. An estimated 100,000 women of all ages will participate in the 10th annual National Women's Health and Fitness Day at hundreds of community locations across the country.

More than 1,400 groups across the country will host women’s health and fitness events at senior centers, hospitals, health clubs, park and recreation districts, local health and service organizations, schools, retirement communities, houses of worship, and other community

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

American Dietetic Association Releases Findings of
Nutrition and You: Trends 2011 Survey

ADA Press Release September 27, 2011
The American Dietetic Association today released the findings of its nationwide consumer opinion survey, Nutrition and You: Trends 2011. ADA's survey presents a vivid look at consumers' current knowledge and attitudes, and offers an opportunity to view two decades of trends in the ways Americans regard food, nutrition and health.

Press releases (pdfs) highlighting different aspects of the survey results can be accessed below:

More information on Nutrition and You: Trends 2011 can be found on ADA's website.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

ADA Announces Name Change to
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Saturday, September 24, 2011

At the opening session of ADA’s 2011 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo, ADA President, Sylvia A. Escott-Stump, MA, RD, LDN announced as of January 2012, ADA is changing it's name to the "Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics."

The change will not effect the website and the "eat right" logo.


Dietitians and Nutrition Resources on Twitter

There is so much information available on the Internet that it has becomes difficult to determine what is reliable or unreliable. I created the Dietetic, Nutrition, Food and Health Twitter lists as a resource for consumers, health care professionals, journalists and educators.

The list continues to grow and includes dietitians throughout the world, dietetic associations and practice groups, government agencies and government funded programs, health and medical associations, CEU providers, nutrition education resources, dietetic internships and student dietetic associations, consumer advocacy groups, trade associations, and food corporations.

This week (September 24 - 27) the American Dietetic Association is holding their annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE) in San Diego, California. You can follow the events by logging into Twitter and searching for the hash tag #FNCE.

Dietitians and Nutrition Resources on Twitter
Due to the number of resources, the entire Twitter list can be viewed at under "Dietitians on Twitter."

The links do not constitute an endorsement and in some situations are intended to increase awareness of the food industry, government regulations, and current research in health care. reviews every possible online resource to confirm registration and/or accreditation status. Each Internet page is reviewed in order to determine number of up-dates,
ease of viewing, contact information, broken links, questionable practices, and reliable information and resources. is not responsible for the materials presented on these links.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

September 21st
International Day of Peace

International Day of Peace
The International Day of Peace ("Peace Day") provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. It was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The first Peace Day was celebrated in September 1982.

In 2002 the General Assembly officially declared September 21 as the permanent date for the International Day of Peace. By creating the International Day of Peace, the UN devoted itself to worldwide peace and encouraged all of mankind to work in cooperation for this goal. During the discussion of the U.N. Resolution that established the International Day of Peace, it was suggested that:

"Peace Day should be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples…This day will serve as a reminder to all peoples that our organization, with all its limitations, is a living instrument in the service of peace and should serve all of us here within the organization as a constantly pealing bell reminding us that our permanent commitment, above all interests or differences of any kind, is to peace."


Secretary-General's Message for
International Day of Peace
The International Day of Peace, observed each year on
21 September, is a global call for ceasefire and non-violence.
This year - on its 30th anniversary - the Day's theme is
"Peace and Democracy: make your voice heard".

Follow the activities on the Global Boadcast for the
International Day of Peace
Watch live streaming video from peacedaytv at

We are the Children of Peace

Monday, September 5, 2011

Dietitians- Improving the Quality of Life

This is a response to a news story aired on September 1st by Channel 10, WPLG Miami

WPLG.  “Most people have to head to a spa or a fitness center to get the personal services of a dietitian…, but not those who work for Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. Local 10 has learned command staff, secretaries and firefighters enjoy this perk at a cost of almost $100,000 in tax money” ($50,000 for dietetic services).

When did providing health care become a luxury? Firefighters put their lives on the line everyday to protect us. Due to the nature of their job, heart attacks are the number one cause of deaths among firefighters. To reduce the effects of this, firefighters are encouraged to have regular medical screenings, exercise regularly, and maintain a healthy diet.

Heart attacks are the number one cause of deaths among firefighters

WPLG ... a dietitian is a “pricey perk for the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. Most people have to head to a spa or a fitness center to get the personal services of a dietitian."

WPLG is obviously not aware most people will find a registered dietitian (RD) working in hospitals, long-term care facilities, the military, public schools, universities, disaster relief programs, the World Health Organization, and  government agencies, such as the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, WIC, USDA Food and Nutrition Services, the National Institute of Health, and Public Health Services.
As a registered dietitian (RD), I’ve never thought of my profession as a “Perk.” A RD is trained to assist individuals improve the quality of life and in saving lives, as illustrated by the examples below.

1. When an eight-year old child learns they have diabetes, a RD provides help in planning meals specific for that child.
2. When a premature infant is fighting for life, a RD calculates the nutritional needs and formula.
3. When a patient with cancer has lost their appetite or an elderly person can no longer chew or swallow, a RD will assist in maintaining weight and nutritional health by planning meals tolerated or recommending alternate methods of feeding.
4. When an active person suffers a heart attack or loses kidney function, a RD will develop a meal plan to help in recovery.
5. When a mother cannot feed her children, a RD will help find assistance in obtaining food.
6. When a firefighter, police officer or other occupation requires one to be in top physical health, a RD will educate, counsel, plan meals, develop recipes, encourage, and problem solve.
7. When a food or nutrition story is released with false or misleading information, a RD will provide accurate information based on research and science. 


WPLG.  Local 10 has learned command staff, secretaries and firefighters enjoy this perk at a cost of almost $100,000 in tax money” ($50,000 for dietetic services).

The cost to the taxpayer comes out to about $1.80 per month per person for dietetic services, without considering any benefits the consumer receives, such as saving people or property from fires or other emergencies and volunteering to raise money for children’s cancer care and muscular dystrophy.

The Miami Dade Fire and Rescue employees paid $75 each of their own monies to participate in the "Get Fit" challenge. All entry fees benefited the Children's Cancer Caring Center, a free cancer treatment facility. The challenge raised close to $20,000 for the Center. On September 4th  firefighters around the country were out in the community on their own personal time raising money for the MDA Telethon.
What if the dietitian loses her job based on this frivolous story. The firefighters will be without the services of a RD and the taxpayers will be paying for a person’s unemployment and other necessities. Who benefitted? Not the taxpayers, not the firefighters and not the dietitian.

How much does one have to contribute to their communities, in order for us to say thank you?
The reporter, Jeff Weinsier of WPLG failed to provide the “whole story”, leaving some taxpayers angry about the costs.  Weinsier asked to see personal records covered by HIPAA, which protects the privacy of individually identifiable health information. Weinsier should know this is a violation of the law, yet presented in his story “they denied us access.”

Health care should not be considered a "Perk" or luxury.

To learn more about the role of a registered dietitian, visit the American Dietetic Association.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

The American Dietetic Association Announces
the Theme for National Nutrition Month, March 2012

March 2012 starts the American Dietetic Association annual National Nutrition Month® Campaign.
The theme  - 
"Get Your Plate in Shape".

The American Dietetic Association created National Nutrition Month® as a nutrition education and information campaign to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

The fifth annual Registered Dietitian Day
will be celebrated
on Wednesday, March 14, 2012.
Registered Dietitian Day increases awareness of registered dietitians as the indispensable providers of food and nutrition services and recognizes RDs for their commitment to helping people enjoy healthy lives.

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