How to Really Make 2019 A Healthier Year

By Julie Stefanski MEd, RDN, CSSD, LDN, CDE

If you’re someone that likes to make lists, you may already have an inventory of changes you’re going to make in the new year.

We’re curious though, how did your resolutions for this year turn out?

A big round of applause if you followed […]

You Can Make a Difference When It Comes to Malnutrition

Julie Stefanski MEd, RDN, CSSD, LDN, CDE

What if you had the potential to save your facility thousands of dollars?

A growing body of evidence is demonstrating that significant revenue is lost when malnutrition goes undiagnosed and untreated.

Up to 50% of hospitalized patients are at risk for or already have malnutrition, […]

Do You Screen Your Nutrition Clients for Depression?

Julie Stefanski MEd, RDN, CSSD, LDN, CDE

While the word “hangry” was only added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2018, the connection between our food choices and our mood is clear to anyone who’s ever gotten testy when mealtime was delayed or turned to a comfort food for emotional […]

Time to Add Mushrooms To Your Menu

Mushrooms are definitely one of those foods that people either love or hate!

Being from Pennsylvania, the state that produces the most mushrooms, I thought we’d take the time to shine a spotlight on this unique nutritional powerhouse since it’s Mushroom Month!  My other inspiration was a revelation by one […]

American Association of Diabetes Educators Meeting Wrap Up

For clinicians working with individuals living with diabetes, the challenges of keeping up with the latest changes in medications, insulin delivery devices and glucose monitoring devices can be daunting.

OnCourse Learning staff spent a valuable few days speaking with attendees at the 2018 American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) Annual […]

If Clinical Nutrition Isn’t Your Niche

Part 2 of Should you Kick Your Career Off Clinical Style?
Choosing an area of practice in dietetics after graduation is an exciting, but often conflicted time.  Thankfully dietitians have the option now of expanding their job prospects into areas of fitness, food service management, or grocery store based nutrition.  […]

Should You Kick Your Career Off Clinical Style?

It’s that time of the year when the job hunt for new dietitians is in full swing.  Although the bulk of available opportunities remains in the clinical setting, with ever expanding roles of dietitians in areas of media, culinary work, and retail dietetics, new grads have the option of […]

Experts Offer Easiest Ways to Add More Plants to Your Plate

As healthcare professionals, we strive to keep our choices based on evidence-based practice. What’s holding you back from applying what we know about nutrition to your life?  While June is national fresh fruit and vegetable month, any way that you can make your diet more plant based all year […]

What to Know Before You Go Gluten Free

When Robin finally decided to head to the doctor for a checkup it was after months of not feeling well. Her main complaint was bloating after eating foods like pasta and bread. Certain foods like ice cream, granola bars or beans also caused significant abdominal pain, gas and diarrhea. […]

Support Your Health During Stressful Times

For thirteen years as a nursing professor I posed this question to my nutrition students– “How does stress and life as a nursing student effect your eating habits?

Inevitably students always had one of two answers:

“As a nursing student I have a very busy schedule with studying. I know I […]

Tackling Problem Feeding Behaviors

Shawn wasn’t your typical four-year-old. Extremely thin and unable to communicate verbally, his entire diet consisted of infant oatmeal cereal with pureed fruit mixed in. For three meals a day, that was it. No meats, no vegetables, no solid food whatsoever. The response of the doctor’s office? “He’ll grow […]

10 Things the Public can Learn from RDNs

For the first time in history, the number of registered dietitian nutritionists in the U.S. recently surpassed 100,000 credentialed practitioners.

That’s a lot of professional food enthusiasts.

From hospitals to schools and professional sports teams to government agencies, RDNs are everywhere. On March 14th, the national Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics […]

What’s your one wish for National Nutrition Month®?

Events are planned, healthy recipe handouts are ready and anticipation is building. If you’re a dietitian, you know what March means: It’s National Nutrition Month®!

National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Forty-four years ago, the first National […]

Short bowel syndrome: What the RDN needs to know

Active in competitive sports, 16-year-old Sara was headed to volleyball practice when the abdominal pain became too much. A bowel obstruction related to undiagnosed Crohn’s disease led to her first small bowel resection. A little more than a year later, adhesions from the first surgery along with progression of her inflammatory bowel condition led to a second bowel obstruction. This time the significant necrotic tissue required removal of more than 60% of her remaining intestine. Beyond recovery from surgery, a diagnosis of short bowel syndrome signifies that the way Sara’s body processes nutrition may be permanently effected.

Getting back to our roots: Nutritionists’ love of food

As I write this, it is hot outside my home in southern Oregon. One hundred degrees to be exact, with smoke in the air from nearby forest fires. All I can think about is the bounty of food available locally, what this heat wave means to the crops and […]

By |September 9th, 2015|Categories: From the Editor|Tags: |0 Comments|

There’s so much for our profession to celebrate!

Happy Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day, and an even happier National Nutrition Month!

Dietetics has been my life for almost 35 years. I am honored to be a dietitian. When I started my career there were limited options for dietitians – hospitals, nursing homes, WIC, government, academia and other institutions. There […]

Study explores the effect of moderate fat diets that include avocados on CVD risk factors

Editor’s note: This post is brought to you by Hass Avocado Board.

What you should know:

A randomized, crossover, controlled feeding trial on 45 healthy overweight and obese men and women, conducted at the Pennsylvania State University and funded by the Hass Avocado Board (HAB) was published in the Journal of […]

By |February 23rd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments|

Calcium and meal planning: Simple reminders from RDNs to patients

Editor’s note: This post is brought to you by Creamy Bites.

As RDNs, we know that the benefits of calcium are many. This becomes so obvious to us that we sometimes neglect to remind patients that calcium cannot act alone. We teach patients that it is good to eat a […]

New CMS rule gives dietitians order-writing privileges

Starting July 11, 2014, Registered Dietitian Nutritionists will be able to order diets in hospitals under Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regulation. According to CMS, “the addition of ordering privileges enhances the ability that RDNs already have to provide timely, cost-effective, and evidence-based nutrition services as the […]

Are your patients confused about calcium?

Editor’s note: This post is brought to you by Creamy Bites.

For a long time, we’ve been told that calcium consumption is not only good, but necessary: to build strong bones when we are growing, maintain them as we grow older, and reduce fracture risk. We’ve empowered ourselves by eating […]

Our spring magazine and Medicare-compliant obesity counseling

I hope you all had a chance to see the Spring issue of the Nutrition Dimension magazine (either via the mail or the digital version) which is devoted to the topic of obesity. So many of us have been touched professionally and personally by this epidemic. How can we […]

Try our course adviser

RDs and DTRs: Feeling overwhelmed with so many nutrition CE choices? It’s hard to make a decision when there are over 250 courses to choose from. Narrow your search with our “Course Adviser” to see courses suited to your learning goals and get $5 off your next purchase.
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Tools to help you recertify as a registered dietitian (or DTR)


We know that finding the time to complete CE courses and recertify can be a balancing act! Nutrition Dimension has developed two fun tools to help registered dietitians meet their continuing education requirements and save time.

CE Made Easy
This guide neatly summarizes all of the steps to completing your CDR […]

By |March 3rd, 2014|Categories: Tools & Resources|Tags: |0 Comments|

Where have the sterols and stanols gone?

I need help. Today I was putting the final touches on the update of Functional Foods Part 2: Fermented Foods and Macronutrients (RD86). While I was double checking a list of foods with added stanols and sterols to make sure they are still available from the manufacturer, I found […]

By |February 27th, 2014|Categories: From the Editor|Tags: , , |3 Comments|

Guide to continuing education primer series

Dietitian CE Made Easy
A Complete Guide to Continuing Education for Dietitians and Nutritionists

As a Registered Dietitian (RD), or soon to be, you play a vital role in the healthcare community by providing expert advice on proper food and nutrition, counseling clients with unique dietary restrictions, calculating patients’ nutritional requirements, […]

Course of the month: Children’s Fitness Bundle

Sedentary children become obese, but healthy habits can be learned early in life with systematic attention to diet and activity routines offered by parents, daycare providers, preschool administrators, and teachers. The courses in this bundle provide practical, proven, age-appropriate diet, nutrition and exercise/activity strategies for youngsters, as well as […]

Continuing Education

Dietetics/Nutrition Continuing Education
Fulfill your state CE requirements and other CE needs today with our continuing education courses for dietitians and nutrition professionals! Pick a course below or browse our catalog for the most timely, relevant and compelling online dietetics/nutrition CE courses.

Our highly credentialed interdisciplinary team takes great pride in producing the […]

By |January 14th, 2014|Categories: Education|Tags: |0 Comments|

Gluten-free diet counseling resources

Counseling people who are trying to live gluten-free is no easy task. Simple questions are so much more complicated than they appear on the surface. Foods that have been touted as gluten free in the past have been found to contain more than the 20ppm limit necessary to be […]

Holiday diets and weight-loss assumptions

Have we got it all wrong?

Happy Holidays! December is the season to celebrate and enjoy time with family and friends. It is also a time that our diets and good intentions go out the window. There are sugary treats everywhere. We go to parties with high fat foods that […]

By |December 10th, 2013|Categories: From the Editor|Tags: |0 Comments|

RDs: What’s in your future?

As the role of the registered dietitian expands and evolves, what will the future bring? What skills and knowledge will we need to be successful nutrition practitioners? In the past our role was to assess, counsel and teach. We gathered information and then tailored a diet based on the […]

By |December 10th, 2013|Categories: From the Editor|Tags: |2 Comments|

Camaraderie among dietitians

The typhoon that hit the Philippines is a tragedy. The extent of destruction is almost too much to comprehend. Along with the physical destruction is the loss of lives and the emotional toll that it takes on individuals, communities and countries. The healing and rebuilding will take a very […]

By |November 18th, 2013|Categories: From the Editor|Tags: |0 Comments|

That’s a wrap on FNCE

The Nutrition Dimension team had a wonderful time at the 2013 FNCE conference in Houston, Texas. Our booth was jam-packed with people and we had great conversations for three days. Over a thousand people visited our booth and also received a copy of our new Nutrition Dimension magazine. This […]

By |October 29th, 2013|Categories: Tools & Resources|Tags: |1 Comment|

Bringing malnutrition to the forefront

Malnutrition Awareness Week was just a few weeks ago and the spotlight was once again on malnutrition. Are we any better at diagnosing and treating it? In 2012, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition published a consensus statement concerning the […]

By |October 10th, 2013|Categories: From the Editor|Tags: |0 Comments|

We’re back, just better!

It’s hard to believe that the Food & Nutrition Conference and Expo is right around the corner. In my mind that means change is coming (and I don’t just mean the weather). Every year Nutrition Dimension unveils new products and services at FNCE — this year is no different. […]

By |October 9th, 2013|Categories: From the Editor|Tags: |0 Comments|

Nutrition preventions for better health

Guest post by Mary Litchford, PhD, RD, LDN.
Updated your clinical practice to focus on nutrition preventions? Healthcare reform is driving a shift from treating to preventing chronic conditions. The Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ) published a technical report entitled Common Syndromes in Older Adults Related to Primary […]

By |October 1st, 2013|Categories: Tools & Resources|Tags: |0 Comments|

3 easy steps to staying current in nutrition

As I was reading yet another article about new findings in the area of nutrition, I began to wonder if I would ever be able to stay abreast of the ever-changing world of food, nutrition and dietetics. In my job as the clinical editor, I need to know the […]

By |September 10th, 2013|Categories: From the Editor|Tags: |0 Comments|

Start to make a difference in the obesity epidemic

In November 2011, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that Medicare would reimburse Primary Care Providers for Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Obesity, but not Registered Dietitians. Why would practitioners who are not trained in weight loss counseling be able to set up IBT programs when the knowledgeable […]

By |August 1st, 2013|Categories: From the Editor|Tags: |1 Comment|

Learning more about diabetes

The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) convention in Philadelphia is just around the corner. In preparation for this event, I have been thinking about diabetes in the U.S. and how much progress has been made since I became an RD more than 30 years ago. In 1980 there […]

By |July 1st, 2013|Categories: From the Editor|Tags: |2 Comments|