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. I am extremely excited to announce that we are launching a brand-new website for Nutrition Dimension in October. The revamped site now provide a "one-stop shop" for all your continuing education needs. Manage your CE account, learn about upcoming events, get the latest nutrition-related news, and interact with your colleagues through our new blog. We can’t wait for you to see the new site because we know you will agree that NutritionDimension.com is the place to go for nutrition- and dietetic-related continuing education, news and resources. As if a new website and blog are not enough, Nutrition Dimension will have its own magazine! Nutrition Dimension teamed up with Nutrition411.com to provide quality tools and resources to enhance your knowledge and practice skills. A continuing education course and selected resources from Nutrition411 will be included. Look for the magazine in your mailbox beginning of October. Our new products will be showcased Oct. 19-22 at FNCE in Houston. Please stop by booth 1642 to see the new products, give us your feedback or just to say hello. Meeting Nutrition Dimension customers is my favorite part of the job. See you in Houston!
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 latest happenings so I can provide cutting edge courses you will learn from and enjoy. I recently saw a post from a new dietetics graduate who, six months after graduation, felt like she was already falling behind in her knowledge and wanted ideas from other professionals. If she fells that way just out of school, practicing dietitians and nutritionists, who have been out of school more years than we like to admit, must feel the same. Staying current is not an impossible task if you put your mind to it and spend just a little time organizing your flow of information. The best news is that it can be done for free or with a small investment. 3 Steps to Staying Current: 1. Decide what area of practice or knowledge you want. Give up the idea that you can stay current in all areas of nutrition. You can’t. Focus your efforts on knowledge you need (for work) and knowledge you want (your passion). Then fill in the gaps when you need to. This approach saves a lot of time. If you need information you do not have, you can get it in a hurry. 2. Join an organization(s). Many dietitians belong to the “Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics” for the sole purpose of joining practice groups that have listservs, newsletters, webinars, seminars and other events and resources in your area of interest. You can also join [...]
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 and experienced practitioners, RDs, could not? The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and other organizations tried to get CMS to reverse their decision, to no avail. Since the decision could not be reversed, the best course of action was to teach PCPs how to successfully set up and run an IBT program, and how to incorporate the services of an RD in their IBT programs — a win-win for practitioners and clients! To enhance the content, Nutrition Dimension partnered with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics on this project. The Academy toolkit, ’Meeting the Need for Obesity Treatment: A Toolkit for the RD/PCP Partnership’ contains practical billing and business information that has been incorporated into the course. After a year of hard work, the 12-hour continuing education program, "Obesity Management: A 911 Call to American Healthcare" is available on ContinuingEducation.com for RDs and MDs and on Nurse.com for RNs. It’s a complete package that contains background information on obesity, the CMS requirements for an IBT program and the tools to implement the program — data collection forms, readiness-to-change questionnaire, food diaries and education handouts. There are more than 50 pages of resources to help create a successful program. As you use this course or have an opportunity to review it, please send me any suggestions to make it even better. By working together we can start to make a difference in the obesity epidemic.
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 were 5.8 million diabetics, which grew to 20.9 million in 2011 — about 8% of the U.S. population. Back then, there were fewer treatment options and diabetics were more restricted from activities in which they could participate. It’s true that the "cost" of diabetes is high - not just in economic terms but also in overall health. Many diabetics have complications and health problems that decrease the quality of life and increase the risk of death. Having diabetes does not mean giving up the things you love to do. A few years ago, I went on a group dive trip, and one of the members had type 1 diabetes and was on an insulin pump. She did not let diabetes stop her from doing the things she loved to do - travel and scuba dive. She was so confident of her ability to control her diabetes that she went diving in Fiji! How did she do it? She knew what her blood sugar levels should be so she wouldn’t become hypoglycemic. She tested her blood sugar before each dive and, if it was not high enough, she ate some carbohydrates to bring it up. Just in case she became hypoglycemic, she carried glucose gel in a tube, which she could use underwater if necessary. How inspiring! To learn more about diabetes, the scope of the problems and new treatments, check out the 14 Nutrition Dimension courses [...]