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Spotlight on Malnutrition Month & Malnutrition Awareness Week

Clinical nutrition care for enteral and parenteral nutrition

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 are devastating to the body. September is Spotlight on Malnutrition Month and early October includes…Read More

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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

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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Identifying Malnutrition: Where Are We as a Profession?

Registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) are aware of the importance of identifying and treating malnutrition. Malnutrition is thought to contribute to poor growth and development in infants, children, and teens and is associated with adverse outcomes…Read More

Comfort, Compassion and End of Life Nutrition Care Webinar

Managing Diabetes in Older Adults

What is the right strategy for managing diabetes in older adults? Do they require intensive diabetes management? The correct answer is - maybe! For purposes of this article, “older adult” is defined as a person…Read More

Understanding Medications for Type 2 Diabetes

Understanding Medications for Type 2 Diabetes

Individualized treatment plans are a must for successful diabetes management. The plan of care will depend on a patient’s comorbidities, preferences (including cost and access considerations), and level of intensity of glycemic management required1. Lifestyle…Read More

Is My Patient’s Blood Sugar Too Low?

Is My Patient’s Blood Sugar Too Low?

When treating adults with diabetes, most health care professionals focus on normalizing blood glucose levels and preventing hyperglycemia. But for most older adults, hypoglycemia is a bigger concern. Older adults are especially vulnerable to hypoglycemia…Read More

Diabetes Best Practices: Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes

Diabetes Best Practices: Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes

Keeping abreast of the latest guidelines for diabetes treatment can be daunting. Fortunately, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) makes it more manageable by publishing the Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes (Standards) in the Diabetes…Read More

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Sometimes All it Takes is a Big Heart

February is American Heart Month and Cancer Prevention Month! And did you know that National Eating Disorder Awareness (NEDA) Week takes place February 22–28? As nutrition professionals, we can all do our part in increasing…Read More

Foodservice Week

Pride in Foodservice Week & FAQs for Food Service & Regulatory Issues

The 31st annual Pride in Food Service Week is February 7–11 this year. Food service teams in nursing homes, hospitals and recovery centers have weathered a lot of changes during the COVID-19 pandemic and deserve…Read More



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