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 through and made changes to improve your health.  For many of you though, thoughts didn’t turn into actions or perhaps those new choices didn’t stuck around past March.

Whether it was losing weight, stopping smoking, or even getting a new job, why didn’t you reach your goals?  To help you out, we turned to health and nutrition experts for the best ways to improve your success in getting healthier during 2019.

“Ditch the vague resolutions of ‘lose weight’ or ‘save money,’” recommends Lindsey McCoy, RD, CSSD. “Instead, start thinking on the small scale; so small you might almost think ‘why bother?’ Because […]

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, but only 7% actually receive a diagnosis and treatment.1,2  Malnutrition can significantly impact Medicare reimbursement and the case mix index for a facility.

Our new interdisciplinary continuing education course Malnutrition Alert! How to Improve Patient Outcomes for nurses, dietitians, and physicians is designed to help you recognize the role that protein-calorie malnutrition plays in adult morbidity and mortality and to focus on the tasks required of the interprofessional team in preventing, diagnosing, and treating malnutrition.

Written by Terese Scollard, MBA, RDN, LD, FAND, a leading expert in malnutrition, and a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics work […]

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 support.

October 11, 2018 is National Depression Screening Day https://mentalhealthscreening.org/media/fact-sheet-national-depression-screening-day.

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists are in a unique position to screen for mental health issues including depression that may not have been addressed appropriately. While clients may seek help regarding excessive weight gain or weight loss from a dietitian, those two nutrition issues are just one example of a possible side effect from an underlying psychological issue such as anxiety or depression.

Jennifer Pelton, LCSW, a licensed social worker in York, PA points out that depression can take many forms depending on the persons’ identified type of disorder according to the […]

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 of our dietitian experts.

Mushrooms are an excellent source of B vitamins, selenium, copper, and even potassium.  But what often gets the most attention is the claim to fame of being a vegetarian source of vitamin D.  Did you know that certain commercially grown mushrooms have 25 times the vitamin D content compared to others?

Lauren Manaker

Not only do our customers learn new things about nutrition from our courses, our authors do too!  Lauren Manaker MS, RDN, LD, CLEC who recently tackled the update to our course “Vitamin D: Should “D” Stand for […]

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 Meeting in Baltimore. Thanks to everyone that stopped by to talk about their challenges as diabetes educators.  Here are some of the most interesting highlights from the meeting for those who didn’t make it to Baltimore.

 Meet DANA

According to Lorena Drago, MS, RDN, CDN, CDE, a member of the editorial board for American Association of Diabetes Educator in Practice, DANA was one of the top buzzwords of the meeting.

“The Diabetes Advanced Network Access, known as DANA, is an online central resource that allows AADE members to access the best available diabetes technology,” Drago said.  She visited the DANA lab to learn how […]

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.  While these jobs may differ from a clinical setting, do new dietitians still need to start their career there?

Here’s part two of our two-part blog. (Click here to check out Part 1.)

For some, becoming a dietitian is a stepping stone to expanding an already existing career.  Amy Gorin, MS, RDN, owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition in the New York City area, entered the dietetics field after a successful start in journalism.  According to Amy, “Although many of my nutrition professors suggested starting my nutrition career with a clinical focus, […]