Thursday, September 29, 2016

Get Organized for Back to School with #SCANchat on Twitter, Learn More about This Month's Topic Meal Planning

It's time for another #SCANchat, happening tonight (Thurs. Sept. 1) at 8 pm ET on Twitter.  Catch us on @SCANdpg! 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

SCAN @ FNCE Presentation: The Cranberry’s Fight Against Infections: Using Nutrition to Reduce Antibiotic Use


6:30 AM: Doors Open to Pre-Registered Guests
6:45 AM: Doors Open for Pre-Registered and Walk-Up Guests (Breakfast Buffet opens)
6:55 AM: Welcome & Introductions
7:00 AM: Speaker Presentation
7:50 AM: Q&A
8:00 AM: Event Concludes

Antibiotic resistance is a global problem - one that can be addressed by finding alternative prevention methods for common conditions like UTIs, which are the second most common type of infection worldwide and typically treated with antibiotics.
Annually, UTIs result in seven to eight million physician and hospital visits and $6 billion in healthcare costs in adults and account for 1.8% of pediatric hospitalizations. Additionally, recurrence is high with a 25-30% rate for adults and a 12-30% rate in children.
Many women turn to cranberry juice to prevent UTIs. In this session, you will learn about the polyphenolic compounds found in cranberries responsible for promoting urinary tract and their mechanisms of action, and how those can work to reduce the burden of UTIs and the antibiotic use associated with treating recurrent UTIs, as well as clarification on misconceptions around cranberries that consumers may have  You will also learn creative ways to incorporate cranberry products to help clients, patients and consumers meet daily fruit recommendations and obtain important health benefits.

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

SCAN @ FNCE: Morning Yoga 10.17.2016

Join us for yoga with Mandy Enright on October 17, 2016.

Mandy Enright, MS, RDN, RYT loves sharing her passion for healthy living. A prior career as an advertising executive fueled her mission for corporate wellness and helping busy professionals (particularly couples) learn how to live healthy lifestyles among life's daily demands. She is the creator and writer of the couples nutrition blog Nutrition Nuptials, featured in "Bridal Guide" and "Inside Weddings". Mandy is an avid yoga practitioner and teacher. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training under Sri Dharma Mittra at Dharma Yoga Center, and is continuing her advanced 300-hour teacher training with Laughing Lotus Yoga Center, both located in New York City.  Proclaiming herself the “adventure yogi,” Mandy also holds certifications and teaches aerial yoga and stand up paddleboard (SUP) yoga.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

2016 FNCE SCAN Reception

Come & Join SCAN and the SCAN All Stars for the first reception of the evening.
SCAN will be hosting the first reception of the night immediately following the Sunday sessions. Join us for a spectacular view of the Boston seaport and a chance to mingle with the SCAN All Stars - long time, well known SCAN members who are making a impact in their field. 

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

SCAN at FNCE 2016: Sports Track Agenda

Get an inside look at the latest sports nutrition and fitness trends used by today's experts. Apply these effective strategies to the adolescent athlete, professional athlete and everyone in between. For more information click here.

Sunday October 16th

8:00 - 9:30 AM 
203. The Emerging Field of Yoga Therapy in Dietetics
Annie Kay MS, RDN, Anu Kaur MS, RDN, RYT,  Sat Bir Khalsa PhD
10:00 - 11:30 AM 
358. Physical Performance and Nutrition Metrics: Defining and Assigning Value to the Sports/Wellness RD
Lindzi Howder,  Neal Baumgartner, Peggy Ann Milam

Monday October 17th

8:00 - 9:30 AM
Enette Larson-Meyer,  Lindzi Howder,  Nicholas Barringer, Roberta Anding
1:30 – 3:00 PM
Hope Barkoukis,  John Hawley PhD

Tuesday October 18th

9:45 – 11:15 AM
Karen Reznik Dolins,  Marianne Smith-Edge,  Melinda Manore PhD, RD. CSSD,  Rosa Hand MS, RDN, LD, FAND
12:00 – 1:30 PM
Ahmed El-Sohemy PhD, Flavia Fayet-Moore, Nanci Guest

Monday, September 12, 2016

No Bones About It: An Osteoporosis Post

We’ve all been there before, stagnant at the dinner table with moms voice in the background saying, “You can’t leave until you drink your milk and eat your veggies.” Well, turns out, you should have listened to your mother.

The latest research findings reveal that we have a relatively short window of opportunity to maximize our bone mineral acquisition (or bone density). Once we reach our mid-twenties bone density slowly decreases while bone mass continues to increase. Just to clear up some confusion, bone density occurs early in life until about our mid-twenties and it’s the composition of our bones. Bone mass is more about maintaining the strength and quality of our bone density after our mid-twenties. If you’re reading this and you are thirty or older, your body has most likely transitioned from maximizing bone density to maintaining strong bones.

I am just as guilty as the rest of us. When I was younger I was always playing a sport and busy being a teenager. Consuming adequate calcium and vitamin D daily wasn’t even on my mind.  Only 42% of teenage boys and 13% of teenage girls get the recommended daily intake of calcium per day.  However, there is some good news! While your window of opportunity may have expired to increase bone density, there are several things you can do to maintain strong bones.

Tips to strong bones:
·         Continue to consistently consume calcium and vitamin D daily.
·         Take it easy on the coffee or caffeine. Trust me, it pains me to recommend cutting back on coffee.  I am a coffee lover but excessive amounts of caffeine can increase urinary calcium losses.  However, if you consume adequate amounts of calcium through your diet, it shouldn’t be of concern.
·         Pick up those weights! Consuming calcium without exercising won’t result in maximizing bone mass, just as eating large quantities of protein won’t result in strong muscles.
·         Just as mom once said, drink your milk and eat your veggies. 
o   Sources of calcium: leafy greens such as kale, milk, yogurt, sardines, salmon, dry milk powder, and some fortified foods.
o   Dietary vitamin D typically has a more exclusive list including salmon, tuna, eggs, fortified dairy, and shiitake mushrooms.
·         Chill out on the added sodium (table salt). If you consistently eat out at restaurants or add salt to your food I’m talking to you. Sodium is important in your body but excessive amounts can not only lead to hypertension as age increases but also can increase urinary calcium excretion.

Gradually incorporate these tips into your lifestyle for long-lasting and sustainable lifestyle changes.  It’s never too late to maintain your bone density!

Sources:  Food and Nutrition Magazine – May/June 2016 Issue

SCAN  Allison Bokenkotter is a new RD in Cincinnati, Ohio.  You can find her on LinkedIn: Allison Bokenkotter.  

Monday, September 5, 2016

How Unsaturated Fats Help with Inflammation and Weight Control

Butter, bacon, whole milk or full-fat dairy have been all the rage the last 1-2 years.  Food trends have included the popularity of the Paleo diet and Bulletproof coffee.  Both of these trends coincide with research about the role of fat in our diets.  Fat plays several roles.  It adds flavor and satiety to meals.  It’s important in hormone regulation.  It also adds Calories. 

Let’s talk about both, with a bit of chemistry and a bit of nutrition included.
ScienceDaily defines unsaturated fat as: “…a fat or fatty acid in which there is one or more double bond in the fatty acid chain.”  In layman’s terms, it’s liquid at room temperature (with the exception of the avocado).  Sources include: avocados, nuts, soy, canola and olive oils.  Saturated fat is another type of fat that consists of single bonds and is notably solid at room temperature.  Saturated fat can be found in animal products (dairy, meat, eggs, butter and coconuts). 

In Frontiers, research shows: “A diet high in saturated fat can make your brain struggle to control what you eat, says a new study. Consuming fish oil instead of lard can make a significant difference, the study shows” (Science Daily, 2016).  In regards to inflammation, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition had a recent article in July of “more than 5,000 people, investigators have found that greater intake of nuts was associated with lower levels of biomarkers of inflammation, a finding that may help explain the health benefits of nuts” (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2016).

The important part to focus on is the overall diet and to consider swapping out a few servings of saturated fat for unsaturated fat as needed.  It probably won’t hurt to throw in a few servings of nuts on a weekly basis if you’re concerned about inflammation.

Brigham and Women's Hospital. "Frequent nut consumption associated with less inflammation: Five or more servings of nuts per week or substituting nuts for animal proteins tied to a healthy profile of inflammatory biomarkers.." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 29 July 2016. <>.

Frontiers. "Fish oil vs. lard: Why some fat can help or hinder your diet." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 29 July 2016. <>.

Gina Volsko MS, RDN, LD is an Ohio based dietitian, health data nerd and weightlifting convert.  You can follow her on Instagram @weightlifting_wife.