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National Nutrition Month® – Making the Most of Breakfast >

On 03.03.2016 by Molly Bray Yunek

March is National Nutrition Month®, which makes this a perfect time to review some of the best recommendations for achieving a healthy diet. There is a lot of confusing and conflicting information when it comes to improving our eating habits. With new diet trends that focus on a “free-from�? platform, it may seem that eating healthy is becoming increasingly complicated. We are being told to select foods that are free-from gluten and free-from dairy. There are dozens of other elements misleadingly being labeled as dangerous for our health. U.S. adults not getting enough fruits and veggies Let us take this opportunity during National Nutrition Month® to step back and practice the fundamentals of healthy eating. Before we remove anything from our diet, let’s start with Read More >

Dietary Cholesterol: the Good vs. the Myth >

On 02.24.2016 by Chantel Arsenault

For many years, dietary cholesterol has been getting a bad rap. Previously blamed as a main factor in increasing LDL (or “bad�?) cholesterol in the body, US Dietary Guidelines as recently as 2010 encouraged individuals to avoid foods high in cholesterol, such as egg yolks, butter, meats, etc. However, today, the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recognize that dietary cholesterol does not have the impact on blood cholesterol that was previously believed. What is cholesterol? Cholesterol is a fat-like substance that aids in digestion, hormone production, and vitamin D production. Your body produces some cholesterol on its own, but it can also be found in foods originating from animals, e.g., meat, dairy, and eggs. With cholesterol, you aren’t what you eat As information about nutrition Read More >

American Association of Diabetes Educators Annual Conference in New Orleans >

On 07.17.2015 by Debbie Rayhab

Did you know that according to, the state of Louisiana has an obesity prevalence of more than 32%? In the next 30 days, diabetes educators will converge on the city of New Orleans for the Annual Diabetes Educator Conference. The timing seems appropriate in that obesity and diabetes are interrelated. Trending for both obesity and diabetes continues to grow and has many health professionals collaborating on best practices for behavioral interventions. When we look at diabetes alone, the most current statistics indicate that 1 in 11 Americans will have Type I Diabetes or Type II Diabetes. The “Stop Diabetes�? campaign projects that in every 19 seconds, someone is diagnosed with diabetes. Learn more at—Diabetes by the Numbers. If you are attending AADE, stop Read More >

10 Food Safety Mistakes >

On 04.18.2013 by Sue Grossbauer, RD

With foodborne illness afflicting 1 in 6 Americans every year, it’s good to know what you can say to help keep clients take charge of their own food safety. The website of the US government makes it easier. Let’s just find the common mistakes—and let clients know how to avoid them. Here’s their list of 10 food safety mistakes: Food Safety Mistake #1: Tasting food to see if it’s still good. This doesn’t work because foodborne pathogens are not detectable by the senses. And of course, someone who taste-tests contaminated food will get sick. Only following food-safe practices, like time and temperature control, will do the trick. Food Safety Mistake #2: Putting cooked meat back on a plate that held raw meat. Here’s the Read More >

Food Safety Messages for National Health Education Week >

On 10.15.2012 by Sue Grossbauer, RD

Promoting healthy lifestyles is the key focus of health educators, as celebrated this month through National Health Education Week, October 15-19. The Healthy People  initiative advocates food safety as a component of health education, noting, “Safer food promises healthier and longer lives, less costly health care, and a more resilient food industry.�? They say, “Foodborne illnesses are a burden on public health.�? It’s no surprise they point out, “It’s preventable.�? Healthy People 2020 provides a comprehensive set of 10-year, national goals and objectives for improving the health of all Americans. Taking charge of food safety Health professionals can encourage clients to take charge of food safety in their personal lives. Here are some of the food safety habits outlined in Healthy People 2020: Buy food Read More >

Pasteurized Shell Eggs and Children’s Health >

On 07.06.2012 by Sue Grossbauer, RD

“Children are disproportionately affected by foodborne illness, a serious public health problem,�? according to the foodborne illness analysis presented by PEW Health Group and American Academy of Pediatrics (PEW and AAP). In fact, children under age 4are approximately 4 times more likely to be afflicted by Salmonella, as compared with other age groups. This makes protection from Salmonella a critical health objective in patient education for families with young children. Epidemiology: Salmonella and kids The incidence of Salmonella infections is 74.65 per 100,000 persons under four years of age. Possible short-term effects include diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps, colitis, meningitis, blood infections, heart infections, and death. Possible long-term effects of Salmonellosis in a pediatric population include reactive arthritis, chronic arthritis, eye irritation, and painful urination. Among Read More >

Diabetes and Eggs: Wellness Tips >

On 07.19.2011 by Carolyn Ketchum

Nearly 350 million adults worldwide have diabetes, according to new research published in The Lancet, a British medical journal. An international team of researchers, in cooperation with the World Health Organization, conducted the research. Over the past three decades, numbers have more than doubled, making diabetes an “epidemic,�? say the experts. Diabetes is a condition in which body cells do not use sugar (‘glucose�?) effectively, and blood sugar levels are chronically elevated. Over time, this causes illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, and neurological damage. Type 2 diabetes, the most common form, often goes hand-in-hand with carrying extra pounds—being overweight or obese. So, just keeping fit and managing weight helps reduce your risk. Eggs in the diabetes wellness plan If you’re one of millions of Read More >