National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week is held each year the week before Thanksgiving. This is a time for us all to start to think about what we are thankful for, a perfect time to share our compassion with our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness, and work toward a world where no one has to experience Hunger and Homelessness. H&H week offers the chance to contribute to a national social movement. The aim is and always will be to eradicate homelessness by solving the root causes of it. We aim for activism in this vein. For this year’s H&H week we are focusing on the laws passed by local governments around the nation which prevent people experiencing homelessness from doing life-sustaining activities. Let’s bring light to this issue, pressure lawmakers and Bring America Home together!
Cross-contamination is how bacteria can be spread. When handling raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs, keep these foods and their juices away from ready-to-eat foods. Always start with a clean area - wash hands with warm water and soap. Wash cutting boards, dishes, countertops and utensils with hot soapy water.
Separate raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs from other foods in your grocery shopping cart, grocery bags and in your refrigerator.
Use one cutting board for fresh produce and a separate one for raw meat, poultry and seafood.
Never place cooked food on a plate that previously held raw meat, poultry, seafood or eggs.
Stock up on non-perishable foods that don't require refrigeration, and choose single-serve sizes if available to avoid the need for refrigeration of unused portions. Consider these easy, healthy, shelf-stable foods:
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and ConAgra Foods’ Home Food Safety program is dedicated to raising consumer awareness about the seriousness of foodborne illness and providing solutions for easily and safely handling food in their own kitchens. More information can be found at Home Food Safety.
1. Cocktail Hour. The evening ritual of a frozen margarita or Pina Colada may seem like a harmless and well deserved treat after a long day, but be warned these cocktails can really add up. An 8 ounce frozen margarita will pack in approximately 300 calories and an 8 oz Pina Colada is almost 450 calories! If you drink one of these beverages three times a week you could easily gain two pounds in a month.
2. Eating from the “Bag”. The simple act of mindlessly eating your favorite chips or crackers while watching TV, reading a book, or hanging out with friend can easily add 300 - 500 calories in a sitting. A one ounce serving of corn chips is equivalent to 12 chips and 150 calories. It is not uncommon for someone to eat two to three times that amount while unconsciously eating from the bag. Munching from the bag two to three times a week could easily add one pound over a four week period. To combat this behavior, start by portioning out a serving of chips on a plate and leave the bag in the pantry.
3. Cleaning the Kids Plate. Cleaning your child’s plate by eating their “leftovers” can really add up. On average every extra bite of food will be approximately 25 calories. If you think that you eat two bites off of your kids plate, three times a day, seven days a week, this could add up to one pound over four weeks.
4. Ordering In or Dining Out. Busy summer days can leave one tired and un-inspired to cook, which often leads to ordering in or dining out. While there is nothing wrong with enjoying a meal out or taking a night off from kitchen duties and ordering take out, if you are not aware of the choices being made the calories can really add up. Not only are restaurant meals known for their large portion sizes, but they usually have higher fat and sodium content than the home cooked version. For example, a traditional chinese dinner of Broccoli and Chicken with 1 cup of rice is approximately 750 calories, compared to a homemade version will be approximately 400 calories. Do this three times a week and this could easily add up to 1 - 2 pounds a month.
5. Self Serve Treats. Frozen yogurt can make a delightful summer afternoon treat, and when reading the nutrition facts it appears to be a sensible choice when it comes to choosing a healthy food. However, the deception of frozen yogurt lies in the portion of self serve cups. A “serving size” is 4 ounces and can range between 80 - 130 calories. However a “small” serve serve cup at most of the popular frozen yogurt chains will be approximately 16 ounces, and a large cup can run up to 32 ounces. Fill your cup to the brim (or even half way) and you are in for a high calorie treat. Your 80 - 130 calorie “small” treat can easily turn into a 320 - 520 calorie meal...and this is before toppings! Indulge in self serve frozen treats 3 times a week and you could gain 1.5 pounds over the course of a month.
To summarize how these small “mindless” acts of eating can add up check the above graphic!
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A lack of fresh vegetables related to poor dentition, dental disease, mouth ulcers or infections can lead to nutrition deficiencies. Two years ago, I lost the majority of my teeth and the ability to eat most raw fruits and vegetables. I tolerated ice cream, baby foods, and over-cooked mushy vegetables. I knew I had to make a change.
Below is my AV (any vegetables) Gazpacho. On the left are some of the raw ingredients: bell peppers, scallions, not shown - Romaine lettuce and low sodium tomato juice. To enhance the presentation, I included bell pepper flowers.
“The presentation of food should stimulate the palate, excite the senses, and nourish the body.” -Sandra Frank, Ed.D, RDN, LN, FAND
It's not the same as munching on a fresh carrot or crunching on celery. However, the AV Gazpacho is flavorful, high in fiber, eliminates wasting vegetables and I never make it the same way twice. I start off with two cups of low sodium tomato juice (related to high blood pressure) and add one to two cups of chopped vegetables, such as broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, cucumber, green beans, kale, lettuce, onions, spinach, squash, and tomatoes. This makes two servings.
The AV Gazpacho will meet your vegetable requirements and appeal to your senses. Nutrition Information based on the following ingredients:
2 cups Tomato Juice, low sodium
1 cup Bell Peppers, chopped
1/4 cup Scallions, chopped
3/4 cup Romaine Lettuce, chopped Blenderize until you achieve a consistency tolerated. Yield: 2 servings
In 2003, Pennsylvania Governor, Ed Rendell declares April 26 National Pretzel Day to acknowledge the importance of the pretzel to the state's history and economy.
Enjoy a pretzel while getting some exercise Alex Wong from FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance"
choreographed a Pretzel Dance for Auntie Anne's in
honor of National Pretzel Day and National Dance Week ( April 24 - May 3, 2015).
Ingredients 1 Yellow Squash, cut into strands 1 Tomato, diced
1 Red Bell Pepper, diced 4 Tbsp Tabouli Salad
1. Combine squash, tomato, and bell pepper. 2. Top with Tabouli Salad
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Throughout the month of March we celebrated National Nutrition Month® (NNM), a nutrition education and information campaign created annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy). The campaign focused attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. The March 2015 theme for National Nutrition Month® is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle.” The theme encourages everyone to explore new foods and flavors, keeping taste and nutrition on your plate at every meal. During the month of March, we looked at the many foods and combinations that contribute to "Biting into a Healthy Lifestyle" I hope you will take the information presented and use it year round.
Visit the Academy’s website to view a library of recipes designed to help you "Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle."
As part of this public education campaign, the Academy’s National Nutrition Month website includes a variety of helpful tips, games, promotional tools and nutrition education resources, all designed to spread the message of good nutrition based on the "Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle" theme.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the Academy at www.eatright.org.
VICKI ELLIS HATCH is a Nutrition, Healthcare and Fitness Expert and Certified Diabetes Educator with over 25 years of experience leading clients to improved clinical and lifestyle outcomes.
A native to Miami Beach, Florida, Vicki has been involved with sports and nutrition her whole life. Her first career was that of a tennis professional. She played and competed in junior tennis in Florida and throughout the United States; then received a four year scholarship to play tennis for the University of Texas at Austin. She competed professionally on the women’s tennis circuit, and then became the Director of Tennis at many luxurious tennis clubs in South Florida. Vicki also coached at the University of Texas at Austin, where she led the Texas Lady Longhorn Tennis team to capture two (2) national collegiate NCAA Division I Championship titles.
For the last 20 plus years, Vicki has taken her game indoors as a Registered Licensed Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator in private practice in the Aventura area. She also has a well-rounded clinical background in the hospital settings: Aventura Hospital, Mercy Hospital and Memorial Healthcare System as a dietitian and Clinical Nutrition Manager. Vicki specializes in pediatric, teen, adult, and geriatric populations, with expertise in areas of Diabetes, Weight Management, Gastrointestinal Health, Sports Nutrition, Eating Disorders, Cardiovascular disease/Cholesterol management, Renal Disease, Healthy Pregnancy Outcomes, and Corporate Health.
She spends a great deal of time helping patients to organize their busy lifestyles, as well as sifting through the myriad of nutrition and health information, educating and guiding her patients- in a safe, healthy and productive environment that provide solutions and produce results. Vicki truly enjoys speaking and motivating. She has inspired many- both young and old. She has provided talks on Nutrition and Health at major corporations, works year round with children’s groups to promote healthy eating and healthy minds for young people, has been quoted and published in the Miami Herald, and on local television networks and radio.
As part of Family Nutrition Center of South Florida, Vicki’s office is located in our Hallandale Beach location. She provides Medical Nutrition Therapy and continued support to patients worldwide via face to face visits, and online and telephonic communication. If you would like to achieve healthy outcomes of weight management, normalized blood sugars, decreased use of medications, effective exercise regimens, improved feelings of well being via nutrition and exercise- even completing your first marathon , you have come to the right place!
She will personalize a Medical Nutrition Therapy program for you and/or your family- specific to your nutrition and medical needs. Vicki will provide all the education, motivation, and behavior modification systems for you to succeed at making lifestyle changes to achieve all of your health goals. English / Spanish spoken.
Kids Eat Right initiative of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation
is collaborating on anutrition
education campaign to raise awareness that the diets of America’s kids are
lacking in three important components– dairy, calcium and vitamin D.
part of this nutrition education initiative, the Kids Eat Right logo will
appear on KRAFT Singles packaging, identifying the brand as a “proud supporter”
of Kids Eat Right and encouraging parents to visit www.KidsEatRight.org/cheesyfacts
for tips to help kids get more vitamin D and calcium.
to recent published reports, this collaboration does not constitute any
endorsement or nutritional seal of approval by the Academy, its Foundation or
Kids Eat Right. The Academy Foundation does not endorse any products, brands or
services. The Kids Eat Right logo on KRAFT Singles packaging identifies the
brand as a proud supporter of Kids Eat Right. It also serves to drive broader
visibility to www.KidsEatRight.org, a
trusted educational resource for consumers.
Academy and our Foundation deeply appreciate all supporters of Kids Eat Right,
including KRAFT Singles, in raising awareness of the nutrient deficiencies in
our children’s diets and finding solutions to overcome them. This collaboration
aligns with the purpose of Kids Eat Right to provide nutrition information and
resources, both directly to the public and through registered dietitian
nutritionists who work with schools and communities to improve kids’ healthy
eating and lifestyle practices.
the coming months, Kids Eat Right will be releasing more information on the new
collaboration including web content and kid-friendly recipes.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation is a 501(c)3 charity devoted
exclusively to nutrition and dietetics. It funds scholarships and awards,
public awareness and research projects and the Academy strategic initiatives,
and is the largest provider of scholarships and awards in the field of
dietetics. The Foundation’s mission is advancing public health and nutrition
utilizing the expertise of registered dietitians. Visit the Academy Foundation
With a group so large and critical issues facing our profession, I would expect more people to be involved. I want to personally encourage each of you to vote in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Elections. The polls are open now and will stay open until February 22nd. It takes only a FEW minutes to make a difference in the association. Click here to vote. http://elections.webauthor.com/elections/vote.cfm?
Please consider Lucille Beseler for President-Elect. I have known her for years and I am personally supporting her in this election:
I have worked with Lucille and learned a great deal from her. She is a true leader and will serve the association well. Below is a Colleague letter that provides you some insight into her skills and abilities.
As a practicing RDN, business woman, and entrepreneur, I am always looking for new opportunities where I can take the lead to help our profession showcase our knowledge, skills, and talents, as well as the difference we can make in peoples’ lives. My business ventures over the past 24 years prove that I am capable of this as I have built a thriving private practice that has created job opportunities for many RDN’s in the state of Florida. My business also has processed over 45,000 insurance claims and has earned me the reputation of being a leading expert on nutrition reimbursement. In many ways, I have been a successful trailblazer in our profession, which is why I am excited to have the opportunity to provide leadership to the Academy as its next President.
Compensation for our services has not kept pace with other health professions. We need to determine why this is and how we can change it. We have the power to create a more positive perception of the RDN, and NDTR. As president, I plan to work diligently on branding the RDN and NDTR.
Our broken healthcare system is looking for new innovations to improve outcomes. Nutrition is the cornerstone of wellness and prevention. This is our time to seize opportunities to showcase our ability to improve health and lower health costs. This will create meaningful work for our colleagues. I want to lead our members during this time, but I need an engaged membership to do so. I believe I have the ability to motivate and prompt RDNs and NDTRs to become more engaged because of my energy, vision, and passion.
In accordance with the Academy campaign rules you may personally endorse me but not as an Academy leader. Getting the vote out is most important as only 7% of the membership voted last year. Voting parties or setting up voting at district meetings or workplaces can help get the vote out.
In conclusion, I feel strongly about the following issues and will focus my efforts on:
* Branding the RDN/NDTR
* Improving reimbursement for services
* Influencing the creation of new job opportunities
* More at http://www.lucillebeseler.com/
My years of experience and success in business give me the confidence to be your heels-on-the-ground candidate. Remember, voting matters. Thank you.
The first statement I noticed was the 10 pancakes; then 2 pancakes per container. I was always an excellent math student and this did not add up. It should be 10 servings; unless there is a new math I'm not aware of.
1. Manischewitz. You should consider rewriting your label to reflect what is actually in the box. 2. For individuals with special dietary needs, I would hold off using this product until they can verify the nutrition information.
Below is the cooked version of the Mini Potato Pancakes. The two pancakes weighed 63 grams (prior to cooking.)
The label above states they should weigh 28 grams.*
Each pancake measured about 2-inches x 2.25-inches.
The serving size and servings per container is based on the amount of the product as packaged or purchased needed to make the RACC (Reference Amounts Customarily Consumed) of the prepared product (required). A second column of nutrition information based on the "as prepared" basis may also be presented (optional).
Clearly this label does not provide nutrition information "as prepared." Guesstimated calories of two prepared pancakes using canola oil is about 100 to 125 calories.
The Wellness Calendar and eCardsare 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.
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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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!
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
Hope you will join me in our movement - Proud to love
cooking! Subscribe at The Kid's Dietitian.
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!
The Student Dietetic Association (SDA) at Florida International University (FIU) provided Free Apples and Blackberries to encourage healthy snacking.The technology college students are addicted to and the need for something healthy inspired the event. Students received free antioxidants, fiber and vitamins from the fruits instead of actual cell phones, while they learned the importance of healthy nutritional habits.
“What surprised me the most was that when other clubs give out free pizza, there is a line around the corner, but if you give out free fruits, you really have to market it well. It was a very eye catching, clever idea.”- Megan Huard
"It’s a great idea that an association is giving out healthy snacks. I was tricked by the advertisement and thought they were giving some kind of phones. At the end, I learned about the benefits of apples and blackberries."- Mario Garcia
"This was a great opportunity for nutrition education; it was great to see so many students interested in learning more about the benefits of these fruits and about our association." - Marcela Lucena
The SDA at FIU is dedicated to making the world healthier, one plate at a time. Through on and off campus activities, they serve the community and fellow students as they teach the importance and benefits of good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.
Lucille Beseler MS, RDN, LDN, CDE President of Family Nutrition Center of
South Florida is proud to announce the launching of Bill it! mnt.
Bill it! mnt is a billing and practice management company designed for
the RDN by a RDN!
Our goal is to simplify business for nutrition professionals to ensure
their success! Bill it! mnt processes claims for Medicare and other payors.
We provide an array of services including:
• Obtain NPI
• Accounting and
Payroll services are available
• Create and submit
• Manage denials
• We make sure you
get what you are owed
If you or a colleague has a small practice and is unable to hire billing
staff? Don’t spend your valuable time doing billing. Your time is valuable, let
the professionals do the billing and get your money fast. We know your
business, it’s our business too!
Academy of Nutrition and
Dietetics Encourages Policies
that Provide Consistent Access to
CHICAGO – It
may seem like a contradiction, but millions of American children are both
hungry and overweight. During Kids Eat Right Month, the Academy of Nutrition
and Dietetics spotlights the “hungry yet overweight paradox” and ways to ensure
children meet their nutrient requirements and maintain a healthy weight.
Eat Right Month provides us with a valuable opportunity to shed light on one of
the most serious social and health issues related to childhood obesity – the
‘hungry yet overweight paradox’ of food insecurity that threatens the health of
the nation’s children,” says registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy
Spokesperson Angela Lemond.
Eat Right Month focuses on the importance of healthful eating and active
lifestyles for children and families, featuring expert advice from registered
dietitian nutritionists. The Kids Eat Right initiative, created in 2010 by the
Academy and its charitable Foundation, offers resources and information for
Academy members and the public to encourage nutritious, healthful eating among
children and families.
than one in five kids lives in a food-insecure household, meaning their
family’s income doesn’t allow for consistent access to food. “Meanwhile, a
child can look overweight while still being hungry for nutrients because
limited income leads to a trade-off between food quantity and food quality,”
and families experiencing food insecurity often experience periods of time when
they have full pantries, followed by periods without. When food is available,
many children eat a healthy and steady diet, though some may overeat due to
fear of lacking food in the future. When food is not available, children’s
diets may be minimal or they may have to skip meals altogether. These wide
swings in calorie consumption affect their metabolism and promote fat storage,”
hungry-overweight paradox leads to serious, long-term health consequences.
Children who are food-insecure are more likely to have iron deficiency, asthma,
delayed cognitive development, increased stomachaches, headaches, colds and
increased fatigue. “To successfully address the hungry-overweight paradox, the Academy supports
programs and practices that combat hunger and
malnutrition, encourage food security, promote self-sufficiency, educate
consumers and health professionals, and are environmentally and economically
sustainable,” Lemond says.
lasting solutions to the hungry-overweight paradox must include research,
innovative and creative initiatives that show children and adults alike the
benefits of good nutrition, and improving access to nutritious food for all
people,” she says.
dietitian nutritionists help in developing school and workplace policies,
community programs and cooking and shopping strategies for families and
individuals. “The Academy and our members are strong advocates for programs
that have been proven effective in reducing food insecurity and nourishing
children, including school meal programs and the Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program, or SNAP,” Lemond says.
All registered dietitians are nutritionists –
but not all nutritionists are registered dietitians. The Academy’s Board of
Directors and Commission on Dietetic Registration have determined that those
who hold the credential registered dietitian (RD) may optionally use
“registered dietitian nutritionist” (RDN) instead. The two credentials have
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the
world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy
is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of
dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the Academy at www.eatright.org.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation is a 501(c)3 charity
devoted exclusively to nutrition and dietetics. It funds scholarships and
awards, public awareness and research projects and Academy strategic initiatives,
and is the largest provider of scholarships and awards in the field of
dietetics. Visit the Academy Foundation at www.eatright.org/foundation.