Thursday, December 1, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Denice Ferko-Adams, a SCAN member, was recognized for her Dynamic Initiative in Dietetics Practice and Education display at FNCE 2011 in San Diego. Her topic was "Tech Tools to Expand Services & Increase Validity."
Tech Tools to Expand Services & Increase Validity
We all lead busy lives. Using technology to stay in touch with clients can improve eating and exercise compliance and create new business opportunities. Denice Ferko-Adams, president of Wellness Press, will review the evidence behind keeping food records and demonstrate ways that technology can be used to enhance effectiveness of nutrition services. Participants will see examples of ways to use an interactive software tool, MealLogger: clients use their phones to take photos of meals and interact online with their dietitian. The service is being used by hospitals, universities, corporate wellness service providers, fitness clubs and individual dietitians both in the US and in Europe. Select case studies will be reviewed. See how technology can change how you provide nutrition counseling services, track data to show outcomes, and expand ways to generate new revenue for your business.
Congratulations to Denice. Has anyone who reads this blog used Meallogger or a similar tool? If so, feel free to post your experiences or questions. Best, Marie
Marie Dunford, PhD, RD
SCAN's Volunteer Web Editor
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Sign up for SCAN events at FNCE. They're FREE and there's food!
Monday, July 25, 2011
Two more resources available--Check them out!
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Check out this comprehensive update on sodium and hypertension...
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Ellen Coleman, MA, MPH, RD, CSSD, a founding member of SCAN, has been chosen to receive a 2011 Medallion Award, one of the American Dietetics Association's (ADA) highest honors.This award "honors ADA members who have shown dedication to the high standards of the dietetics profession through active participation, leadership, and devotion to serving others in dietetics and allied health fields."
Ellen Coleman is synonymous with sports nutrition. When I first began teaching at Fresno State in the early 1980s, the student dietetic association wanted to sponsor a speaker in the emerging area of nutrition and athletic performance. Ellen was already the go to person. She was animated, funny, and very smart. She started her talk by telling the group an important lesson she had learned as a graduate student at UC Davis: Never come in late or you will be the one chosen to participate in the next experiment that requires a rectal temperature (Everyone laughed, but I did notice that students were more attentive to coming to class on time that semester). I was so impressed with her knowledge of physiology and the way she could explain the basis for each sports nutrition recommendation. But Ellen was more than book smart—she knew about sports nutrition from personal experience, having finished the Ironman Hawaii (twice).
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Need a resource to help consumers apply the 2010 Dietary Guidelines? SCAN has got you covered! Check out 10 Simple Steps to Make Good Habits More Delicious.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Now researchers at the University of Maryland's Center for Celiac Research estimate that one out of every 20 people has gluten intolerance. Classified as a separate condition from celiac disease, people commonly referred to as gluten intolerant or gluten sensitive present symptoms such as bloating, abdominal pain, fatigue, anemia, weight loss and other symptoms similar to celiac disease. Products that may trigger the response in a celiac patient may not in a person with gluten intolerance.
The athlete avoiding gluten because of celiac disease or gluten intolerance is looking for easy, convenient, and nutritious foods that can give them complex carbohydrate fuel. As practitioners we can advise these athletes to make simple culinary swaps such as potatoes for pasta, rice for couscous and cornstarch for flour. However, when they are shopping in their local market they may need some extra help and one that I have found to be very useful is the Gluten Free Grocery Shopping Guide 2011-2012 Edition by Dr. Mara Matison & Mr. Dainis Matison. One thing that needs reinforcement is that the athlete should not avoid ALL carbohydrates, especially while training, but become better educated on how to find palatable choices that deliver their fiber, B vitamin, folate and iron requirements.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
I'd forgotten about the 50 yard dash, but I can remember the excitement at my grade school about the President's Council on Physical Fitness, championed by then President John F. Kennedy. To now have nutrition as part of the name is exciting and to have three SCAN members represented on the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition (PCFSN) science board is wonderful.
- Linda Houtkooper, PhD, RD
- Melinda Manore, PhD, RD, CSSD
- Stella Volpe, PhD, RD, LDN
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Top 10 reasons to take advantage of being a SCAN member and plug your information into the Find a SCAN RD section of the SCAN website (Thanks to Jenna Bell, PhD, RD, CSSD).
10. Consumers need your advice and they don't sell RDs at the supermarket.
9. Athletes need you to help them perform better.
8. Coaches are confused by nutrition.
7. A professional organization wants YOU to speak at their next conference.
6. A publication wants to quote you for their next great piece.
5. Magazines and newsletters want you to write for them.
4. Doctors don't know where to find dietitians.
3. Fitness clubs have their personal trainers do nutrition because you're no where to be found!
2. A company wants your services to help them with their latest product.
1. SOMEONE WANTS TO PAY YOU FOR YOUR EXPERTISE!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
The SCAN Symposium keynote speakers certainly lived up to their top billing.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
1. The traditional dietitian is becoming increasingly diverse and specialized, which shows that adaptability is a valuable skill set for all nutrition professionals. Whether it be working for the US military or a high school soccer coach there is no telling where your career may lead you.
2. As much as I enjoy the larger FNCE meeting, this trip in particular I was very motivated to connect in a different way. I spent time talking to interested SCAN'ers at the Member Cafe who signed up for volunteering opportunities and shared stories of their journeys to the present. I walked away feeling more inspired and positive about the association that we all share with SCAN.
3. In Louise Burke's presentation she ended with the thought that "we have gone where the research has led us, we should be asking the questions first and then going out to do the research". Who better to come up with those hypothesis than the dietitians working with patients, athletes and community members? It's an empowering message and this audience in particular is primed to lead research of this kind into action.
4. Lastly, it was refreshing to be in easy to navigate, peaceful enviroment. From the silent auction to the healthy snacking sponsored breaks to morning exercises, I appreciated that thought was put into how attendees were feeling as well as learning.
Thank you to the SCAN Symposium committee members for creating a wonderful meeting!
Friday, March 11, 2011
SCAN Symposium is a bag of goodies--literally and figurately.
Upon check in each attendee received a big purple bag FILLED with goodies.
There's Gatorade 02 Perform, 03 Recover, and 01 Prime energy bites...Ironman Perform and two enegry bars from PowerBar...Rockin' Refuel...Detour bar...Tera's Whey and BiPro whey supplements...Omega-3 soft gels.
Other goodies include: Welch's grape juice, CALIFORNIA almonds, dried cherries, cheerios (regular and honey nut)and Lipton tea. Lip balm from rkteamnutrition.net saved my life as I had forgotten to bring mine (still in the pocket of my tennis bag).
A nice surprise was the measuring cups (from Unilever) and measuring spoons (from Canola). I was on a cooking frenzy before I left and I found myself thinking I needed more measuring cups and spoons. Voila, they appeared in my SCAN bag and will make their way home to my kitchen.
And then there are the inserts! Coupons for Yoplait Greek Yogurt and POM Wonderful. Info from CALIFORNIA walnuts and Washington red raspberries, Eating Recovery Center, Subway, and much more. There's a copy of Today's Dietitian for the plane ride home.
Now off to the real goodies---the sessions.
From Chicago...Best, Marie
Marie Dunford, PhD, RD
SCAN's volunteer web editor
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Have you checked out the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database (NMCD) lately? NMCD provides unbiased, scientific clinical information on complementary, alternative, and integrative therapies. And the best part for SCAN members is that access is free, one of many SCAN member benefits.
Login as a member to the SCAN website (http://www.scandpg.org/)
Under Nutrition Info, click on Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database (in the pulldown menu or near the bottom of the column on the left hand side of the page)
Click on the NMCD icon
You should be automatically logged in. You will know you are logged in by looking at the top upper left corner. Next to Home, it should say Logout (meaning you are currently logged in).
Many of you have a lot more experience with the NMCD than I do. Please post any tips or suggestions so we can all learn more. Best, Marie
Marie Dunford, PhD, RD
SCAN's volunteer Web Editor
Friday, February 11, 2011
Need a resource for teaching students about evaluating dietary supplements or how to organize, plan, and present a heart healthy culinary demonstration? SCAN can help.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Fortunately I have had the help of our corporate library manager who has pointed me to some helpful websites. These resources are useful if you are an employeed, consultant or freelance RD- go ahead and try them out when you begin your next research project.
- www.doaj.org (Directory of Open Access Journal)
- www.nafwa.org (The Nutrition & Food Web aRchive)
Another great tip that I recieved is to set up Google Alerts, Bookmark and Reader accounts so that I can collect and organize information all online. The sites are easy to navigate and can be the gateway to using other online features.