Vitamin D – More important than we may have thought

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By Caroline Burkholder

Vitamin D has been the focus of several scientifically prominent studies across the world due to its newfound association with childhood obesity. Children with low blood levels of vitamin D tend to have higher BMIs, higher body adiposity, and tend to experience faster weight gain compared to children with vitamin D levels within recommended range. Furthermore, health professionals have criticized the federal vitamin D standards as being too low to sustain optimal health. Vitamin D can be difficult ...

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More to Pumpkin than PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte)

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by Paige Riley

To most of the world’s delight, that time of the year has arrived again. The cold weather season has not only turned the leaves outside a brilliant orange color, but also every aisle and label in the grocery store. Just in case you are not yet aware or live under a rock, PUMPKIN SPICE EVERYTHING IS BACK. The options are endless- from pumpkin flavored Pringles to pumpkin spice toothpaste (yes this exists), it’s a mystery consumers have yet ...

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There is a Bright Light at the End of the Tunnel

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By Erin Boatwright

I’ve noticed recently there’s been a pep in the steps of my classmates. Maybe it’s the spring weather, or the blooming flowers, but I have a feeling it’s more than that. It’s the not so distant completion of our master’s program coursework and dietetic rotations that have made even the pessimistic turn optimistic. We all recognize the grueling days are almost over and are excited for what’s to come. As I was having a conversation ...

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Sweet As Honey

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by Emma Rose Bryant

Through one of my recent rotations I was lucky enough to experience a Farm to table source show. While I was there, I was able to learn about the current initiatives being taken to help increase the opportunity for the presence of more nutritious and local foods within the school cafeterias. Many leaders within the agricultural and education sectors were present with exciting products and information to share.

One local farmer that caught my attention was from ...

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Behind the Scenes of School Foodservice

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by Emma Bryant

While going through my school foodservice rotation, it has opened my eyes to many things that go on behind the scenes of a foodservice operation. I’ve been finding it very interesting since foodservice is something I’ve never previously learned much about. There is a lot involved in a dietitian’s day to day to make each school’s cafeteria a healthy yet appealing environment.

The recent implementation of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act is a frequently discussed topic within the school ...

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Does being an RDN mean giving up holiday favorites?

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With Thanksgiving over and more holidays coming, I started to wonder, how does a nutrition professional do the holidays?  Next year I’ll be a dietitian, so does that mean I’m not supposed to eat the sweet potato soufflé packed with white flour and topped with marshmallows?!  Holiday meals, especially in Georgia, are heavy in saturated fats and carbohydrates and even though there are vegetables, they are often buried in a sauce.  Will I lose credibility if my plate isn’t a ...

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Reflection on my Dietetic Internship Journey

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At this time last year, I was giddy with excitement that I had gotten matched to one of my top choices for an internship. This time has flown by so fast and I have learned so much in this short amount of time that I feel almost like a different person with all this newfound knowledge and experience. I would have to say that my most memorable rotations are not those that were the most fun or even the most ...

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Kraft Singles? Really?

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I’m sure you’ve heard by now, but just in case, last week, the first “Kids Eat Right” label given by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics went to Kraft Singles. Yep, those individually wrapped slices of processed cheese that for many are a ubiquitous part of childhood. This story has been featured in US News, NY Times, and even Jon Stewart has made fun of us for it.

 

So why does this matter? While the Academy’s official ...

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National Nutrition Month

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What is National Nutrition Month all about anyways? NNM is a campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that runs through March to help focus attention on healthy eating and physical activity habits. In other words, it’s a month long celebration of everything we stand for a dietitians! What a great time to get involved in events around Atlanta to really showcase our skills. This years’ theme is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle”, encouraging people to eat fewer ...

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Dietetic Internship: my food service rotation by Alisa McAleer

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I am finishing off my final rotation of the year with food service. Why does a future RD need to do a food service rotation? I’m glad you asked! For those of you reading that are not a dietitian, you may have thought that a food service rotation seemed quite fitting as part of the training process for a person working in the field of nutrition, so you may not have asked that question at all. In reality, most RDs ...

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