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Robinsbite: October 2008

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Top 10 Websites YOU need to check out

Just back from 5 days in Chicago at the American Dietetic Association's Food and Nutrition Expo in Chicago, IL. I'm exhausted, but so fired up that I had to write down some of what I learned. Let's start with the Top 10 RD Websites I recommend:

1. Kate Geagan, MS, RD, is America's Green Nutritionist. If you want to learn how to lose weight the green way, get ready to buy her book Go Green Get Lean. She'll teach you how to reduce the pounds while reducing your carbon foot print, too. It's a must for every practitioner. Look for the book in Spring of 2009.

2. Wendy Jo Peterson, RD is a ball of fire and rightly so...she's the dietitian that serves up good nutrition to those who serve! That's right, she the one that keeps the San Diego Firefighters healthy and fit. If you want someone who can earn the respect of the men and women in blue, (or anyone in uniform) give her a call!

3. Mitzi Dulan, RD is one of the most tenacious, dedicated and hardworking RD's out there. Her career highlights are long-- let me summarize: professional speaker, published author, sports dietitian to top elite athletic teams, media spokesperson and, well, there isn't much she can't do. I heard her speak very recently and was inspired, touched, motivated and excited when I left the room. How many talks have you been to where you can say that the speaker did that for YOU?

4. Victoria Shanta Retelny, RD, LD is a Chicago based dietitian with a talent for writing. Vickie translates the evidence based, scientific research that IS nutrition into well written, concise verbiage that is perfect for the consumer as well as the professional. Check out her recent article on infertility in Today's Dietitian. She also is a regular contributor to IDEA Fitness Journal--oh, and she's a Mom, too and lives, eats and breathes kids nutrition everyday!

5. Dr. Chris Mohr is a PhD, RD with an incredible head for business. Not only do he and his wife Kara own Mohr Results, but they have created a boot camp for women in Louisville, KY that is routinely sold out due to their incredible PR efforts AND the results that their camp members achieve as a result of the camp. In addition, they have created a blog for the on-line version of their local newspaper that generated over 6,000 hits last month...up from a few hundred just a few short months ago!

6. Shelly Marie, RD, LDN is a true Southern Belle at heart. You'd know it, too, if you witnessed her traveling across the country teaching college kids the benefits of good nutrition, the importance of professional AND dating etiquette and how to be healthy while living the co-ed life. She also has an incredible blog following: Let her get in front of those college kids for an hour--they won't know what hit 'em!

7. Nancy Collins, PhD, RD, LDN and Liz Friedrich, MPH, RD, LDN have created the most dynamic, user friendly, pertinent website I've ever seen for professionals. BMI Tools, In-Services, CE modules, menus, herbal fact sheets, patient education materials, shopping lists, newsletters, live chats..and the list goes on and on. This one site will save hours of research and thousands of dollars for the health professional looking for current, science based information. Why reinvent the wheel? Once you click on it, it will become one of your "favorites" forever. Nancy Clark, MS, RD is one of the most humble individuals I've ever met. Not only has she has authored numerous books, CEU modules, audio tapes and teaching materials-all on sports nutrition-she has also had her face on a Wheaties cereal box. That's right, I said Wheaties. This lady is the guru. Check out her blog at Jessica Setnick, MS, RD, LD is the leading authority on eating disorders in the United States. Not only does she counsel patients with severe eating disorders, she has created the Eating Disorder Boot Camp for professionals. Her mission is to educate other RD's around the country on how to successfully work with and counsel disordered eating patients. If you see even 1 ED patient a year, you need Jessica's Boot Camp.

10. Teresa Pangan, PhD, RD and Mandi Wong, RD, LD are true entrepreneurs with a passion for helping people reach their goals through the art of technology. is an unique tool soley for nutrition professionals to plan, grow, connect and be inspired in order to complete the journey to professional success and happiness. Check it out. It's a good thing.

Next up: The Top 10 Consumer websites I recommend.....

Monday, October 20, 2008

What up, D?

We just don't hear about Vitamin D as often as Calcium, but the hard facts are that without Vitamin D, Calcium just doesn't work in your system.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recommended that the RDI for vitamin D be increased to 400 IU (International Units) up from 200 IU for infants and children.

The new recommendation is to help prevent bone diseases, like rickets, but also to help maintain a healthy immune system and potentially protect against many chronic diseases, in which vitamin D appears to be protective.

Here are the facts:
  • As winter approaches, less exposure to sunshine is likely, therefore the risk of vitamin D deficiency is greater. Did you know that your body makes Vitamin D when it is exposed to the sun?
  • Many individuals are not aware of high sources of Vitamin D. Fortified milk, fortified cereals, eggs, fatty fish, cheese, butter and margarine are all good sources.
  • For those who are lactose intolerant (myself included) what are non-dairy Vitamin D alternatives? Vitamin D fortified orange juice (Tropicana makes a good one), non-dairy beverages (almond milk) and soy. Also found in supplement form.
Want more info on Vitamin D?

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Free Fat Talk

My eating disorder colleagues tell me that they are seeing patients that are younger and younger these days. Alarming, isn't it? See below for a real reason to talk...

From Leslie Churnin's Blog at the Dallas Morning News.....

OK, girls & women...for one week, let's all cut the talk about our dimply thighs, chipmunk cheeks, belly blob. It's officially Fat Talk Free Week.

Sponsored by Delta Delta Delta sorority, Seventeen magazine and National Organization for Women (to name but a few), the idea is to draw attention to the damaging impact of "fat talk," and to help women achieve and maintain a healthy body image.

The need for such a program is based in part of such sobering facts as these:
* Ten million U.S. women suffer from eating disorders.
* 46 percent of 9- to 11-year-olds report "sometime" or "very often" being on diets.

This week, the sorority kicks off "Reflections." The peer-led eating disorder program
is piloted at 12 universities, including the University of Texas at Dallas. Its aim: To help change the way women perceive their bodies and to focus on health, not thinness.

Read more about the program by clicking on the Reflections Body Image website.