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June 2010 Vol. 5 No. 6

Save Time So You Can Enjoy Summer

Message from Nancy Collins, PhD, RD, LD/N, FAPWCA

The last month has been a blur. Do I say that every month? On May 31st, I wrapped up my 3 year term as an affiliate delegate to the American Dietetic Association (ADA) House of Delegates. It was an honor to represent my Florida colleagues and I thoroughly enjoyed the position. The very next day I started my new 3 year appointment as a member of ADA’s inaugural Nutrition Informatics committee. I am sure you could have guessed that I am passionate about the flow of medical information and the future of the electronic health record, so this appointment suits me perfectly. Concurrently, I started my coursework at the Oregon Health and Sciences University in biomedical informatics. It has been quite an adjustment to get back in the school groove but I am settling in. In between, I have been writing, working on five new lawsuits involving dietitians, preparing a very exciting new webinar, and doing about a million other entrepreneurial jobs. On a lighter note, it is the season for the World Series of Poker (WSOP) so I have been brushing up on my game and trying to figure out how I am going to get good enough to play in the WSOP one day! Any suggestions?

Please keep reading to see all the free offerings and new materials for your professional use. As always, I hope you find something you can use to streamline your work day so you can spend some extra time with your patients. Please contact me at Nancy@RD411.com with any comments or new ideas.


Stuck At a Desk... Well, Get Up and Mooove!

As Health Professionals we are all looking for ways to encourage activity. Cabot Creamery wants to help! By joining forces with Contagion Health, Cabot is launching the new GET UP AND MOOOVE campaign, a challenge-based social initiative that focuses on acts of micro fitness — little spurts of activity that encourage participants to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives.

Simply direct patients to http://getupandmove.me/cabot where they can challenge friends and family to “random acts of fitness.” Participants are able to keep track of these challenges on their individual user pages and via Twitter and Facebook.

...coming June 15th, Cabot will be accepting entries for their Feel Good Family Recipe contest. You can qualify to win one of seven different prizes with a Grand Prize valued at upwards of $45,000! For questions please contact Regan Jones at Regan.CabotRD@gmail.com.


Calling all HCPs Working with Renal Patients

Join Dr. Alison Steiber, PhD, RD, LD, and Abby Sauer, MPH, RD, LD for a new teleconference, which will discuss the importance of renal nutrition for patients on dialysis (stage 5 chronic kidney disease). This teleconference series is intended for health care practitioners (RDs, MDs, NPs, PAs, and RNs) who actively treat patients on dialysis so invite your entire staff to listen in. There is no charge and many sessions to choose from to fit everyone’s schedule. Click here to learn more and register.


Have you tried NEW Smart Balance™ Milks?

Newly available across the country, you can now recommend the rich, creamy taste of our fat free* and low fat milks, available in 4 varieties to meet your clients’ needs. All have more calcium and protein per serving than whole milk…and, we offer heart healthy DHA/EPA omega-3 fatty acids† and antioxidant Vitamin E options. Find out more—and get money-saving coupons and educational materials for you and your clients—at our website just for Registered Dietitians, www.smartbalanceRD.com.

* Fat Free varieties contain 1g fat from omega-3 oil blend. † One variety (Fat Free Milk And Antioxidant Vitamins C & E) does not contain omega-3s.


Last Chance! 1 CPEU Free CMS’ Never Event Rules and Minimizing Litigation

Do you fully understand hospital acquired conditions (HACs) and Serious Reportable Adverse Events (commonly called Never Events)? Do you know that nutrition plays an important role in several of the Never Events including pressure ulcers, manifestations of poor glucose control, falls, and surgical site infections? Join nationally known CMS expert Dr. Courtney Lyder to learn more about this important topic. Dr. Nancy Collins will add thoughts on how the Never Events are involved with litigation and steps you can take to minimize your risk. Click here to register. As always, there is no charge and 1 CPEU will be provided.


FREE! 2 CPE Units for Fiber Basics and Beyond

Kellogg launched the first high fiber cereal in 1915 and today, the Kellogg Company has more cereals that are good or excellent sources of fiber than any other cereal company.  In other words, we know fiber and we want to share that knowledge with you. That’s why we’ve created a free self-study module, Fiber Basics and Beyond. The module has been peer-reviewed and approved for use by the Commission on Dietetic Registration for 2 continuing professional education units. Visit www.kelloggsnutrition.com to get started!


1 CPEU Free! Learn About the ABCs of Muscle Health

Join Dr. Tracy Smith as she discusses the clinical and functional outcomes related to the loss of lean body mass in this new and informative webinar. Dr. Smith will compare and contrast the mechanisms and drivers of protein degradation and synthesis and describe the effect of the inflammatory response on lean body mass loss and muscle functionality. She will also describe the role of protein, amino acids, and HMB in muscle protein synthesis. As always, there is no charge and 1 CPEU will be provided. Click here to register.


Offers FREE CPE Credit

The leading online source of information on the health and nutrition benefits of pistachios, PistachioHealth.com is loaded with fun facts for consumers and the latest nutrition information and other resources for health professionals. Take the FREE 10-question quiz: Effects of Pistachios on Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Potential Mechanism of Action and receive 1.0 CPE for registered dietitians (RDs) and dietetic technicians registered (DTRs). Click here to get started.


Quaker Rice Cakes Now Labeled Gluten-Free

Quaker large Rice Cakes are a satisfying snack made with whole grains, and now are also labeled gluten-free to make snacking easier for people who follow a gluten-free diet. The rice cake recipe hasn’t changed, but all of the specially labeled large rice cakes have been tested to make sure they meet the proposed federal standard for gluten-free products, which is 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten. Find them in grocery stores nationwide for an average retail price of $2.49. To learn more about Quaker Rice Snacks, visit www.quakerricesnacks.com


Uncover the Facts About Soy

The protein and many nutrients packed into a soybean support overall good health and help support healthy hearts and bones. Tell your patients to choose foods made from whole soy, like SOYJOY®, which means the soy is minimally processed to keep soy’s naturally-occurring nutrients intact. Scientific evidence supports the many health benefits of soy, and we’re still learning more about its health effects. Click here to learn more.


Second nutritionDay in the U.S. Building on Success of the First

Having gained valuable benchmark data from last November’s one-day audit, the second nutritionDay in the U.S. is slated for November 4, 2010 — and this year, nursing homes as well as hospitals are invited to participate, advises Gail Gewirtz, MS, RD and National Project Coordinator. The program is part of a global initiative to improve patient outcomes through improved nutrition practices while reducing complications and healthcare costs (www.nutritiionday.org). The fifth nutritionDay Worldwide occurred in January 2010, with facilities in 30 countries participating. “Our nation’s first ‘snapshot’ of nutrient intake by patients revealed several undernourishment issues which facilities can address,” Gewirtz reports. “Annual audits already have been shown to significantly 

impact nourishment practices and patient outcomes.” For nutritionDay in the U.S. program and registration details, contact Gewirtz at nutritiondayus@ymail.com


FREE Job Service

The RD411.com job service is open for business. Employers can post their job openings quickly and easily for free. Job searchers can browse the listings and see if they find something of interest. Click here to take a look around.


The RD411.com Mission

The more successful each individual dietitian is, the more successful the profession is as a whole. Think of RD411.com as your virtual assistant. The less time you spend reinventing the wheel, the more time you’ll have for your patients and clients—and yourself. You are welcome to download, modify, and distribute any materials you find on RD411.com for free.

RD411.com is a peer-to-peer network. You are invited to contribute to the site and share your best practices or any materials you have developed with your colleagues.  Just email RD411Office@gmail.com.  Click here to see the long list of contributors!

Let RD411.com save you time so you can get back to the business of nutrition and healthcare.

Here Is What’s New This Month

Educating People With Low Literacy Levels 
Food Productivity Chart (daily) 
Aggregate Nutrient Density Index (ANDI) 
‘Green’ Diet: What It Means to Eat ‘Green’ 
Peanut Allergy 
Raw Food Diet 
Coconut Oil: A Look at the Truth 
Kitchen Cleanliness: Keep Your Family Safe 
Cheeses: Which Ones Are Best? 
Fish: The Basic Rules of Cooking 
Processed Foods: What to Add to Create a Better Meal 
Sandwich and Wrap Ideas That Are Easy to Make and Healthful 
Fish Oil Supplements: Which Ones to Buy 
Nutrigenomics: The Latest News 
Exercise: Setting Up a Home Gym 

Renal Center  

Frozen Meals: Which Ones to Choose
Holiday Tips: The 12 Days of Christmas and Your CKD Diet Slide Set
New Year’s Resolutions for Patients Who Have CKD Slide Set 
Snacks: Some Low-Calorie, Kidney-Friendly Ideas

New Copy Ready PDFs from RD411.com Supporters

100 Calorie Portion Comparisons
Breakfast: Know Breakfast Quiz
Breakfast: It All begins With Breakfast Tri-fold 
Fiber Confusion
Fiber: How to Find Higher-Fiber Foods 
Flip for Fiber
Healthier Life: First Fit & Five
Nuts: Nutrient Composition of Tree Nuts
Pistachios and a Calorie-Reduced Diet
Pistachios Are Heart Healthy Fact Sheet
Pistachios: The Skinny Nut
Simple Steps to a Higher-Fiber Diet


Want to Help a Busy Colleague?

RD411’s philosophy is simple – the more successful each individual dietitian is, the more successful the profession is as a whole. This is a community site and we welcome submissions, ideas, and suggestions from all colleagues and practitioners. If you have developed a great policy, a helpful form, or have another idea to share, contact Dr. Nancy Collins, PhD, RD, LD/N at RD411Office@gmail.com. Our goal is to get you out of the office and back with patients or clients doing what you do best!