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January is Thyroid Awareness Month
Share this helpful handout to increase awareness about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism:

Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism: The Basics

For more information, visit http://www.aace.com or http://www.powerofprevention.com.

National Folic Acid Awareness Week is January 8–14, 2012, and January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month
RD411.com is your source for free patient handouts on numerous topics, including folic acid, nutrition during pregnancy, and folic acid deficiency anemia:

Folic Acid
Eating for Two
Pregnancy: Eating for Two (easy version for patients with low-literacy skills)

For more information, visit http://www.nbdpn.org/, http://www.marchofdimes.org, http://www.marchofdimes.com, or http://www.folicacidinfo.org.

Keep up to date with the food movement

Are you interested in getting involved with a food movement in 2012 or learning more about what people are doing to change the way we eat and think about food? If so, you will find these materials helpful:

Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC)
Renewing America’s Food Traditions (RAFT)
Farm Aid and the Good Food Movement
Field to Plate®: A Visionary Company
Slow Food Movement

Improve your teaching skills

As hospitals look to cut patient length of stay for inpatients, group education in the outpatient setting is becoming the wave of the future in dietetics. The following materials will help you to brush up on your teaching skills:

Action-Based Learning
Active Listening
Denial: Tips for Dealing With Patients in Denial
Educating People With Low Literacy Levels
Education: How to Get Your Clients More Involved
Older Adult Education Sessions: Planning Tips
Writing Generalizations and Objectives

Make learning fun for children and teens

Are you teaching children or adolescents about nutrition? Don’t reinvent the wheel! Use these valuable resources:

Books for Children About Nutrition
Books, Games, and Curriculum That Are Free or Can Be Purchased for Use With Children
Celiac Disease: Eating Guide for Kids
Celiac Disease Word Search
Digestion Lesson Plan for Kids
Farmers’ Markets for Children
Fruits and Vegetables: Exercises for Kids
Grocery Store Treasure Hunt for Kids and Adolescents
Kitchen Activities for Kids
Links for Nutrition Education in the Classroom
Taste Lesson Plan: Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter, and Umami (for students ages 3–10 years)

Read the latest about obesity

The science of obesity and the practice of treating obese patients continue to evolve. Keep up to date with these must-read pieces:

Obesity: A Look at How We Are Doing
Obesity: Are Physicians Prepared to Treat Patients?
Overeating: Why Willpower Is Not Enough
Overweight and Healthy: An Oxymoron?
Weight Control: Beyond Calories In and Out

Share shopping, kitchen, and meal preparation tips

Are your clients asking you how to prepare certain types of foods? As more people move away from restaurants and embrace eating at home, both for their health and for their pocketbook, education on proper food preparation and ingredient selection is of growing importance. Take advantage of these excellent handouts:

Beans: Shopping, Storage, and Preparation Tips
Cheeses: Which Ones Are Best?
Cooking at Home: Meal Preparation Tips
Cooking for One or Two
Cooking With Wines and Spirits
Fish Facts and Tips
Fish: The Basic Rules of Cooking
Flour Glossary
Food Preparation Glossary
Herbs: A Guide for Cooking With Herbs
Meat and Poultry: Understanding the Labels
Oils: Choosing the Right One
Soup: Packing It With Good Nutrition
Spice It Up! Seasonings Handout: 15 Seasoning Blends So Good You Won’t Miss the Salt
Yogurt: What to Buy, What to Ignore


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