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Dietitians of the Week
Check our Facebook page every weekday for our RD of the Day, as we put a much-deserved spotlight on a dietitian who's either making headlines or writing them and delivering their expertise through the media. Here are this week's featured RDs.

Pat Baird, MA, RDN Facebook Twitter
Have you already given up on your New Year's resolution to lose weight? March is the perfect time to get back on track, says Monday's RD of the Day took to the airwaves on ABC 7 Chicago to discuss ways to reset your weight loss goals.

"There is no 'one-size-fits-all," says Pat Baird, MA, RDN. "So, we can't just buy into the latest fad diet. It should be: What's OUR issue? What do I need to work on?"

Pat's first tip is to make a plan: write it down, get an app, start a food journal. Also, she suggests taking pictures of everything you eat on your phone. Pat explains that, by documenting what you eat, it allows you to go back, review and make necessary changes.

Also, as far as nutrition, Pat encourages viewers to eat more fruits and vegetables and not just for the fiber, vitamins and nutrients they provide, but also because they're low in calories and fill you up.

The founder of Confident Health then discusses portion control and what actually constitutes a portion which, as RDs know all too well, many simply do not understand.

For her positive presentation and easy-to-understand advice, Pat was Monday's RD of the Day.

Read the article: Reset Your Weight Loss Goals

Hilary A. Rombeck, RD  
Our Tuesday RD of the Day has made it her primary mission as a dietitian to help families in her community figure out their nutrition routines. It sounds like a trite, or even obvious, goal for an RD, but this piece in The Manhattan Mercury (KS) features a professional who wants her community to know that a dietitian does more than just help people lose weight.

Hilary A. Rombeck, RD, works with people to maximize all areas of their eating habits, but her private practice focuses on families, especially children and pregnant women.

"Anyone can find ways to make mealtime healthy and less stressful," Hilary says. "As a mom, I know having someone to walk through this is helpful.”

The mother of two girls, ages 6 and 4, tries to help parents address a number of issues with their kids, from helping sick kids get special nutrients to catch up on weight gain to convincing picky eaters to try new foods to creating a calm, stress-free mealtime.

One of Hilary's clients explains how she helped dinnertime with her 6 year-old son less stressful by introducing foods several times before giving up and letting the boy help in food prep. She also coaches and supports parents, letting them know it's a process and encouraging perseverance.

After sharing some experiences she's had with her own daughters at home, Hilary says she hopes to show people that nutrition is more complicated than healthy food equals healthy kids. Different families have different routines.

For her important work on the front lines with families and kids, Hilary was our Tuesday RD of the Day.

Read the article: Dietitian works with families to figure out their nutrition routines

Anita Laraine Marlay, RD, LD  
Our Wednesday RD of the Day asks a simple question to start her column on Lake News Online (MO), "How often do you think about your kidneys?"

In addition to celebrating nutrition, March also National Kidney Month and Anita Laraine Marlay, RD, LD, begins with the grim stat that kidney disease is the ninth-leading cause of death in the United States, killing more Americans than either breast cancer or prostate cancer.

"The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 20 million people have chronic kidney disease, with many in this group unaware their kidneys are in trouble," the dietitian in the Cardiopulmonary Rehab department at Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach, MO writes. "That's because in its early stages, kidney disease often has no symptoms, and it can go undetected until it is very advanced."

Anita then provides readers with some basic anatomy and many of the basic functions of the kidneys. She then goes back to the ravages of kidney disease, explaining the main causes that include high blood pressure; diabetes; infections; inherited diseases; overuse of over-the-counter pain medications; illegal drug use; and traumatic injury.

"If you have kidney disease, diet changes will play a big role in maintaining your health," Anita says, advising readers to watch their intake of protein, sodium, phosphorus and calcium and adding. "Prevention is the best cure for kidney disease."

She then provides several key tips for healthy kidneys. For this important focus on the kidneys and her valuable tips, Anita was our Wednesday RD of the Day.

Read the article: Spotlight on National Kidney Month

Julie Andrews, RD  
Thursday's RD of the Day is also a chef and she says on WKOW 27 in Madison, WI that she's on a mission to get more people comfortable in the kitchen with a new Healthy Cooking 101 class in her community.

Julie Andrews, an RD with UW Health at The American Center says that the biggest hindrance she sees to more people cooking at home and eating healthier is confidence.

To help boost that, she says her classes take things back to the basics in the kitchen. "We teach the first skill you need, chopping, as well as how to roast vegetables, how to make soup, how to use spices, how to season properly," she explains.

The class series begins Monday, March 27 and lasts four weeks for less than $40 per class. "You get to take food home, so it actually helps you make meals for the week and so you don't have to as much cooking during the times that they're coming to class which is cool," says Andrews.

She hopes to turn on the skills and off the excuses for eating out. "They'll learn the skills to cook at home, so it can actually decrease their time in the kitchen," she says.

For using her expertise as an RD and skills as a chef to help her community eat healthier and cook more at home, Julie was Thursday's RD of the Day.

Read the article: Cooking 101: Registered dietitian takes skills back to basics in new class

Marie L. Veselsky, RD, CDE, BC-ADM  
Our Friday RD of the Day says in her For Your Health column in the The Conway Daily Sun that "Functional foods can have positive effect beyond basic nutrition".

Marie L. Veselsky, RD, CDE, BC-ADM, explains what functional foods are and then provides some example and why they're categorized as "functional".

"Good old-fashioned oatmeal is an example of a functional food because it naturally contains soluble fiber that can help lower cholesterol levels," the RD/CDE at Integrated Optimal Health Choice Center for Nutrition explains. "Spices are examples of functional foods. Spices have been used for centuries, not only to give food flavor, but also for their health benefits. The spice turmeric is a functional food because research shows it is naturally anti-inflammatory and a slight blood thinner."

Marie then provides readers with 12 functional foods that boost immunity and what their effects are on the body.

For this important lesson in functional foods and how they can help beyond basic nutrition, Marie is our RD of the Day.

Read the article: Functional Foods Can Have Positive Effect Beyond Basic Nutrition