Saturday, November 29, 2014

Edible Art E-Cards to Benefit the
Environment and Employee Special Need Adults

The Wellness Calendar and eCards are projects created by people with Special Abilities. Wellness News employs young adults with "Special Needs" (Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Down Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy). Due to the increased cost of postage our wellness calendar and eCards will be provided only through the Internet. The services are free, however we welcome donations via Paypal. Monies donated will be used to provide employment opportunities to special need adults. 

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Customized eCards are available. For Customized eCards contact, Sandra Frank, Ed.D., RDN, LN at
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Have a happy, healthy, and safe holiday.
Sandra and Jake.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Nutritional Analysis Detective
Epicurious, Gourmet: Baked Flounder Fillets in Lemon-Soy Vinaigrette


The recipe requires you purchase two raw 6-ounce flounder fillets. However, when analyzing the recipe you must take into consideration cooking. Epicurious, Gourmet analyzed the recipe using two 6-ounce flounder fillets cooked; this resulted in an inaccurate analysis.

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Sandra Frank, Ed.D, RDN, LN, FAND

Monday, November 17, 2014

Proud to Love Cooking! - The Kid's Dietitian

Blogger, Lucille Beseler MS, RDN, LDN, CDE - The Kid’s Dietitian

The launching of my new web site “the Kid’s Dietitian” has been an exciting project.  Our team has been working hard to create a site for families to nurture good nutrition.  Childhood obesity remains a significant problem for our youth.  Obesity in Adults is at an all time high leading to heart disease, diabetes and hypertension.  We hope to provide education that leads to individual change.  Our web site will have a collection of articles, tips and recipes.  Yes, recipes because we are starting a movement “Proud to LOVE cooking.”

Over the last 23 years of practice I have seen thousands of clients and their families and often I am told I hate to cook or one noted client told me “I do not do the cooking thing.”

So when did cooking become a skill that we should be ashamed to have.  Goodness with all the cooking shows on TV one would think American cooks but we don’t.  Our children have grown up taking boxes out of the freezer and putting those boxes in another box called a microwave.  Then they get to eat out of a plastic tray! UGH…

No wonder supermarkets and restaurant selling “natural and organic” food are at an all-time popularity.  Our children and adults are longing for wholesome, healthy food, and quasi home cooked.
I am not ashamed to say I love to cook for 1 or 20.  I have been cooking since I was 5 years old alongside my Grandfather.  I had a stool that would get me to the counter and we would cook together, exploring spices and herbs, cleaning vegetables, trimming meat and fish.  I never cut myself because he was there watching out for me! He taught me respect for good fresh food and being a cooking family Mom jump in on my cooking education after work or on the weekends.  The idea was if you like to eat then you should like to cook.  This does not mean you have to make 2 hour gourmet meals but having good basic skills can help you get a meal to the table in less than 30 minutes.  We all have 30 minutes to ensure a great meal gets to the table. Teach your children basic cooking skills. It will help the whole family as they can do some prep work to help get that meal on the table. 

Hope you will join me in our movement - Proud to love cooking! Subscribe at The Kid's Dietitian.

Lucille Beseler MS, RDN, LDN, CDE - The Kid’s Dietitian
Website.  The Kid's Dietitian
Family Nutrition Center of South Florida
Twitter.  Kid's Dietitian

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Don’t leave money on the table - Why you should hire a billing company

I have had a private practice for 23 years and now a billing company for RDN’s – Bill it mnt .   I was able to meet many RDN’s that came over to our booth at the FNCE Marketplace.  It was interesting to hear their stories on billing.    The decision to hire a billing company or the software you use should be based on your unique practice.  If one has a small boutique type practice and sees less than 4 clients per day it maybe more cost effective to do your own claims.  On the other hand if you have a full time busy practice (7-10 clients per day) when are you going to have the time to do billing? 

Important questions to consider:
  • How valuable is your time? Billing is time consuming when you look beyond filling out claim forms.  The claim form needs to be filled out and submitted in a timely fashion or it will be denied.  Once you complete the claim form and submit it tracking payment and denials is just as important and takes time.
  • How much money are you going to leave on the table because you cannot chase denied claims or submit them in a timely fashion?  Many RDN’s are losing  $$ above the cost of doing business for this reason.  Many RDN’s told me the amount of money they are losing which was staggering.  One RDN told me she has 1 year of denied claims to settle. You are not in business to lose money.  Paying a company to do your billing will save you money otherwise don a blue coat and consider yourself a volunteer.
  • Will adding more hours to your day doing billing impact on your quality of life causing burnout? 
  • It is more profitable to see more clients and leave the billing to someone else – a staff member or an outside contractor?
If you want your practice to grow do what you do best while generating more income- see clients!

Free up your time and do more marketing to get more clients in the door!

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