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Dietary Guidance to Improve Cardiovascular Health

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 Willie’s daughter, Simone, is worried about her father’s eating habits. Willie is 66 years old, has hypertension and coronary artery disease, and recently had angioplasty. Willie's father died of a heart attack when he was 73 and Simone thinks that Willie could do more to help decrease his chances of…Read More

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Managing Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Kathleen’s parents and grandfathers all died because of heart disease. Now 65, she assumed her risk was probably high due to family history, her 20 year history of hypertension, and current overweight condition. She had…Read More

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Guideline for the Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults

Mrs. Fernandez is a 66-year-old woman who has had several blood pressure readings between 128/90 and 135/95 mm Hg in the past few months. Her physician has sometimes taken the attitude of “watchful waiting” but…Read More

Restrict or Liberalize? Therapeutic Diets for Older Adults with Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)

Richard is 88-years old and was recently hospitalized post myocardial infarction (MI) for placement of a stent and management of heart failure. Prior to the MI, he had hypertension that was controlled with medications and…Read More

Heart healthy foods to reduce risk of cardiovascular disease

Clear the Confusion: What to Eat to Reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Janelle is a 59-year-old woman who is concerned about her risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Her mother died at age 61 from a heart attack, and even though Janelle is relatively healthy, her LDL cholesterol…Read More

September is Hunger Action Month

Focus on Malnutrition

Malnutrition is a serious condition in which RDNs play a vital role in diagnosing and treating. Learn more about malnutrition, how to increase awareness of the severity of malnutrition in our country, and learn about…Read More

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Malnutrition Diagnosis and the Value of an Experienced Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Is your facility diagnosing malnutrition correctly and including documentation needed to support that diagnosis? This can mean the difference in capturing the best reimbursement for malnutrition or leaving those dollars on the table. Diagnosing and…Read More

Clinical nutrition care for enteral and parenteral nutrition

Spotlight on Malnutrition Month & Malnutrition Awareness Week

Nutrition professionals play a crucial role in identifying and treating malnutrition, and it’s a condition that must be treated early and comprehensively. However, it’s also a condition that can easily go unnoticed until the effects…Read More

International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) Framework & Adoption

We’ve waited a long time for a standardized framework for foods and liquids for our patients with dysphagia, and it’s finally here! Now is the time to start adopting the new framework in your organization.…Read More

Are You on Board With the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI)?

It's 2022. Has your facility transitioned to IDDSI? May 2019 was the official launch of the IDDSI initiative by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Fast forward 8 months to early 2020 and we were…Read More

Comfort, Compassion, and End of Life Nutrition Care

Is Tube Feeding Appropriate for Someone with Dementia and Dysphagia?

Jada, a new registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) has been at her first job in a skilled nursing facility for one month. She has embraced the challenging position and is learning the ropes quickly, but she…Read More

Dysphagia: Diagnosis, Treatment and Controversies

Have you ever swallowed and had food “go down the wrong way”? For an estimated 40% of adults over the age of 65, dysphagia makes this a daily possibility. Dysphagia is defined as difficulty with… Read More

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Which Nutrition Screening Tool Should I Use?

Nutrition screening is the process of identifying and referring to the registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) individuals and populations who are at risk for nutrition-related problems, are appropriate for nutrition care services, and would benefit from…Read More



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