May 2017 Newsletter

Note from Becky

May is a month to celebrate spring! It’s also the end of the CDR reporting period, so if you need CPEs to finalize your portfolio before the May 31 deadline, please consider our CPE self-study programs (8-25 CPEs each) and our webinars (1.5 CPEs each). Our May 4 webinar helps fulfill the 1.0 hour CPE for Ethics for the CDR portfolio; it will be available as a recording by May 14. We are happy to be of support in any way we can to help you meet your continuing professional education needs.

Happy Spring!


In the News

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New Study Linking Beverages to Stroke or Dementia
Recent information on this observational study have been inaccurately interpreted in the media. Learn the details of the study and a more accurate interpretation of the results from the International Food Information Council.

Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2017 Introduced in Senate and House with Bi-Partisan Support
The proposed act will allow healthcare professionals such as registered dietitian nutritionists to offer intensive behavioral therapy (IBT) to individuals that are obese. (Note: Link requires log in)

CMS’ Proposed Rule Includes Malnutrition Measures  
Four malnutrition measures (malnutrition screening, assessment, care planning and documentation) have been included as part of the CMS’ Inpatient Prospective Payment System – Public Inspection Proposed Rule for possible inclusion in future years in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting and Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs (See pages 1048 and 1049 of the proposed rule)

Healthy Aging

The Best Exercise for Aging Muscles
A study published in Cell Metabolismconfirms that the decline in cellular health of muscles is associated with aging but can be “corrected” with exercise. The study also determined that some older people’s cells responded in a greater fashion than cells in younger people- emphasizing it is never to later to benefit from exercise.

What’s the ‘SuperAgers’ Mental Secret?
According to a recent study of the thickness of the cortex of the brain, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, ‘Superagers’ are seniors that lose their brain volume at a much slower rate than other individuals of the same age. Seniors can make lifestyle changes to keep themselves sharp including: regular physical exercise, healthy/ balanced diet, brain workouts and an active social life.

FDA Approves First Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Risk Tests
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first home genetic tests for 10 health risks including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. According to the FDA, the testing could allow individuals to make improved lifestyle choices or spark discussions with healthcare providers.

Other News

It’s Stroke Awareness Month! 
Here are some good sources of information:
Preventing Stroke: Healthy Living
Let’s Talk About Stroke – a series of downloadable patient information sheets from the American Stroke Association that are brief, easy to follow and easy to read.

Malnutrition Associated with Increased Mortality in Older Adults Regardless of Cause of Death 
Malnutrition is associated with increased mortality in older adults according to a cohort study conducted in Sweden. This emphasizes the need for nutritional screening to avoid early death. Access the National Council on Aging for information on reducing malnutrition

Strategic Plan Outlines how FDA, CDC and USDA Will Work Together to Improve Methods for Handling Food Borne Illness
The updated strategic plan will include collaboration between the agencies to focus on the 4 top priority pathogens: Salmonella, E. Coli 0157:H7, Listeria monocytogenes, and Campylobacter.

Tips for Nutrition Care Professionals

CMS: Don’t Wait to Plan Emergency Preparedness Training
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has encouraged healthcare providers to plan “full-scale, community-based” training to meet the training and testing requirements for emergency preparedness that must be implemented by November 2017.

New! Tips and Resources

Celebrate Father’s Day!
Access a free sample holiday menu for Father’s Day! Learn more about nutrition care and menu planning for specific nutritional needs in our Diet and Nutrition Care Manual.

Free 3-Day Emergency Meal Plan
Access free resources on suggested emergency menus, sample emergency supplies and more!

Learn more with our publication, Emergency/Disaster Plan for Food and Dining Services including practical emergency menus, supply lists and staff education. Available at discounted pricing for a limited time!

Technology Updates

RDN’s of the Future: Building Bridges with Technology 
Health, nutrition and technology are colliding! The role of RDNs has and will continue to change in order to provide more personalized nutrition care. Enjoy President Lucille Beseler’s message in this month’s issue of JAND.

iMedical Apps: Can an App Reduce the Risk of Diabetes?
digital diabetes management program has helped those on Medicare reduce their risk of diabetes with digital coaching based on a recent study published in the Journal of Aging and Health. The technology uses personal, behavioral and scientific data to help users avoid diabetes with small steps.

Disclaimer: This e-zine contains a variety of news from evidence based sources, current news and mainstream media topics, current trends, and other information. All content in the Becky Dorner & Associates, Inc. e-zine represent the opinions of the authors, and not necessarily those of Becky Dorner & Associates, Inc. No endorsement of the author’s views should be inferred without it being specifically identified as such. Becky Dorner & Associates, Inc. does not assume responsibility for opinions expressed by the authors or individuals featured in the e-zine.


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