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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.

Jennifer Willoughby, RD, CSP, LD Twitter
It's the apex of the summer season, with peak temperatures starting to hit much of the USA. RDs are stressing hydration this time of year and Monday's RD of the Day takes the message national in U.S. News and World Report posting "How to Stay Happily Hydrated This Summer."

In the piece, Jennifer Willoughby, RD, CSP, LD, shares with readers the reasons behind what's best to drink when it's hot (HINT: it rhymes with "daughter"), as well as what else is OK to drink, and what you should simply leave out.

To drive her point home about staying away from popular sugar-sweetened beverages, the RD at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic outlines a sample day to illustrate just how much those drinks can add up, in terms of "empty calories" that offer no nutritional or hydration benefit. Jennifer also reviews popular choices like sports drinks and smoothies for their hydration value.

For emphasizing the importance of proper hydration in the heat, Jennifer was our Monday RD of the Day.

Read the article: How to Stay Happily Hydrated This Summer

Brenda Viens, RDN  
"Current research reveals that they are packed with nutrients that reduce inflammation, promote satiety, and support healthy blood glucose, cholesterol and triglyceride levels," informs Tuesday's RD of the Day in her article "Revitalize your summer meal routine with ancient grains and seeds" in the Norwich Bulletin (CT).

Brenda Viens, RDN reminds readers that grains and seeds have been a vital part of the food supply for centuries and that they provide more fiber, protein, and phytonutrients (molecules that fight disease and inflammation) than most of their modern cousins.

"So, ancient grains and seeds are the perfect building block for satisfying and nutritionally balanced dishes that are guaranteed to add zest to your spring meal plan without adding inches to your waistline," says the community life skills dietitian with Backus Hospital and TVCCA - Thames Valley Council for Community Action.

The article ends with Brenda answering some FAQs about ancient grains and seeds, including some cooking tips. For putting these healthy ancient grains and seeds in the spotlight, Brenda was our Tuesday RD of the Day.

Read the article: Revitalize your summer meal routine with ancient grains and seeds

Constance Roark, RDN, MS, MBA  
For centuries, we have been using herbs and spices for culinary and medicinal benefits, Wednesday's RD of the Day reminds readers of the Daily Camera (CO) in her Nutrition Talk column, "Herbs and spices may offer more than flavor."

Constance Roark, RDN, MS, MBA, first explains the difference between herbs and spices. "Both come from plants, but herbs come from the leaves and stems and are used fresh or dried. Think sage, basil and oregano," she writes. "Spices come from the seeds, bark, root or flower buds—basically, anything that is not a leaf—such as cinnamon sticks, pepper corns and ginger."

The President and founder of CMR Solutions, LLC, who also provides private nutrition counseling through Essential Nutrition in Boulder, then explains why herbs and spices are special, focusing on the compound they contain called polyphenols, which are known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.

"Incorporate more herbs and spices into your daily meals and your taste buds will likely thank you for it," Constance says. "In fact, using herbs and spices to enhance the flavors of your food allows you to use less salt, sugar and saturated fats."

Check out the full article and see why we chose Constance to be Wednesday's RD of the Day.

Read the article: Herbs and spices may offer more than flavor

Elisa Ross, RDN, LD  
"It is no secret that “diseases of civilization” plague the modern, Westernized world," begins Thursday's RD of the Day, before reeling off alarming current information on obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.

In her column titled "Nourishing Nutrition: The Ancestral Diet and Health" for the Free Press Online (ME), Elisa Ross, RDN, LD, describes those aforementioned statistics and explains to readers that what's interesting about these threats to public health is they are all at least partially attributable to diet.

The premise of her article is this: "There is an interesting and growing theory that the environmental changes brought about by the advent of agriculture and animal husbandry roughly 10,000 years ago, as well as the Industrial Revolution only a couple of centuries ago, have played a key role in bringing about these negative changes to our health. While much more research needs to be done, the hunter-gatherer ancestral-type diet warrants a closer look as we keep searching for the ideal diet."

For this interesting look back at our ancestors to think about what they ate and if it could it be the ideal diet (her opinion is part of the conclusion), Elisa was our Thursday RD of the Day today.

Read the article: The Ancestral Diet and Health

Carol Jean Reeder, RD  
Many RDs got into the profession from a desire to help people, usually combined with a love of food and health. Today's RD of the Day is chosen for her shining example of professionalism and, more importantly, humanity.

Yesterday, the The Daily Nonpareil (IA) chosen Carol Jean Reeder, RD, as their Face of the Day, and for reasons that should make any dietitian proud to call her a colleague.

Carol, a clinical dietitian at Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, had a patient who was experiencing side effects from his cancer treatment had caused some swallowing issues so he was only able to get nutrition from oral supplements and tube feeding.

The formula he needed was expensive and not covered by insurance, so Carol stepped in and helped arrange to order the cans in bulk through another source and have it covered by the Spirit of Courage Cancer Center Charitable Patient Care Fund, which helps patients with items that are not covered by most insurance but are important to help them continue with their care.

An RD who is also a nine-year survivor of breast cancer, Carol's unique sensitivity to this situation was a call to action on behalf of her client. Or maybe it was just because she's an outstanding individual and deserves the recognition for this effort for her patient. Either way, she was a slam-dunk to be today's RD of the Day.

Read the article: Face of the Day: Carol Reeder