Subject: Dietitians of the Week

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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.

Melissa Wdowik, PhD, RDN, FAND  
"What food is a good source of fiber, provides both an edible top and root, is low in calories, and high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals?" Monday's RD of the Day asks and answers that question.

In her column in the Coloradan, "Beets May Be the Latest, Greatest Food Trend", Melissa Wdowik, PhD, RDN, FAND, describes beets as a "functional food", which provides health benefits beyond basic nutrition and helps reduce the risk of certain health conditions or diseases.

"Thanks to their bioactive compounds, beets meet this definition by enhancing blood flow, lowering inflammation, fighting oxidation and reducing blood pressure," explains the assistant professor at Colorado State University's Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.

Detailing the many health benefits of beets and delivering the science-based evidence that RDs are known for, the director of the Kendall Reagan Nutrition Center also highlights the various ways to store and prepare these versatile roots.

For putting this important nutritional powerhouse in the spotlight with her expertise and flair for writing, Melissa was Monday's RD of the Day.

Read the article: Beets may be the latest, greatest food trend

Rachel Bland, RD  
Dietitians working in school foodservice are doing some truly important work behind the scenes, using their knowledge and expertise to help growing kids have a balanced diet. Our Tuesday RD of the Day was one of those amazing professionals doing what they do for the children and families of her community.

Tuesday's segment and article done by KSAT12 in San Antonio discusses that as children grow older their nutrition needs change, with high school students at a critical age of development—having much higher and specific needs.

"It's about helping to create that good food environment and relationship with food because they (teenagers) are going to have more freedom to go to fast food restaurants or be able to drive wherever they like," Rachel Bland, a registered dietitian with Selrico Services said. "That's where education and teaching them about what's out there and how to make those healthy choices comes in."

Rachel knows that boys and girls have different needs as they go through puberty and that it's good for kids to start healthy habits early because eating well can lead to fewer health problems in the future.

For doing the important work of feeding high school kids healthy food in school, Rachel was Tuesday's RD of the Day.

Read the article: Back to school nutrition: High school students have specific needs

Debbie Coblentz, RD  
In her column for the Nevada Appeal, our Wednesday RD of the Day starts with some good old fashioned dietitian humor. "Nothing spurs a comment like 'No more ice cream for you, honey!' like high triglycerides."

But then, follows it up with the serious question that RDs are best equipped to answer: "What do you need to know in order to optimize your level?"

Debbie Coblentz, an RD living in Churchill County, NV, explains to readers about what triglycerides are, how diet can elevate your count, why it's important not to let your levels get too high.

As dietitians do, Debbie explains the basic principles of triglyceride management (no low-fiber carbohydrates or high-sugar foods) and how to apply them to an overall eating pattern.

If you follow the basic guidelines she lays out, Debbie assures that you can "Enjoy that ice cream, honey, and work it into an overall eating style that adds years to your life and life to your years!"

For bringing attention to "that pesky item on your blood work report", Debbie was our Wednesday RD of the Day.

Read the article: How do I optimize my triglycerides?

Sandra Arevalo, MPH, RDN, CDN, CDE Facebook Twitter
Sometimes, you can have too much of a good thing. We all know the importance of staying hydrated, especially in the heat. In our effort to drink enough water, Thursday's RD of the Day warns against the opposite: make sure we are not overhydrating either.

In her Patient Advice column for U.S. News & World Report, Sandra Arevalo, MPH, RDN, CDN, CDE, explains that overhydration, also known as water intoxication or water poisoning, is when there is too much water in your body, enough to cause an abnormal balance of electrolytes in your system.

That's why it is important to watch how much, exactly, we're consuming and Sandra provides a couple of key tips.

"Don't drink more than the amount of water you're losing," says the Director of Nutrition Services and Community Outreach at Community Pediatrics, at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY.

"Also, if you're a frequent water drinker, check the color of your urine first to determine your level of hydration. If your urine is light yellow, it's normal; if it's darker, you may need to consume more water. But, if your urine is clear, you may be drinking too much."

Sandra also discusses some common signs of overhydration, as well as some possible health concerns from it.

For shedding light on an often overlooked risk, Sandra Arevalo was Thursday's RD of the Day.

Read the article: How to Avoid Overhydration

Sonya Angelone, MS, RDN, CLT Twitter
We'll end this week with an RD of the Day who provides the expert insights in the new Readers Digest article, "11 Silent Signs You’re Not Eating Enough Vitamin B12".

Sonya Angelone, MS, RDN, CLT, provides important quotes and professional comments for many of the 11 signs, including that a shortage in B12 could also mean a shortage in serotonin, a neurotransmitter that keeps your brain and mood functioning correctly.

"If somebody is depressed, that may be that they don’t have enough available serotonin, but it may be that they’re not making enough because they don’t have the building blocks to make it. And B12 is one of the building blocks," the San Francisco-based Academy spokesperson says.

In addition to detailing the 11 signs, the article ends with advice about what to do if you have a Vitamin B12 deficiency, including supplements. One thing NOT to do—guess.

"It’s important to understand what you take and why you take it.”

For smart advice and professional insight on the importance of B12, Sonya is our Friday RD of the Day.

Read the article: 11 Silent Signs You’re Not Eating Enough Vitamin B12