Subject: Our 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.

Isabel Maples, MEd, RD  
Experts say most people over 50 fall short of their protein requirements. Our Monday RD of the Day provides the dietitian's perspective on how to get more in the article on the Huffington Post's Post 50 section titled "The 6 Signs You Should Eat More Protein."

Isabel Maples, MEd, RD, is the true nutrition expert quoted in the piece, providing important professional insight on research that suggests that protein requirements increase with age, and we would be wise to eat more.

"Protein is important not just for building muscle but for maintaining muscle, which is a concern for older adults," says the Washington, DC area Academy spokesperson. "Maintaining muscle helps you function better [and] helps to prevent falls, which is so important."

The article not only provides the six signs, but also concludes with the best ways to eat more protein. "It all adds up," says Maples. "And you don’t want to try and get it all at dinner."

For her expert input on this important topic, Isabel was Monday's RD of the Day.

Read the article: The 6 Signs You Should Eat More Protein

Katie Cavuto, MS, RD Facebook Twitter
Tuesday's RD of the Day was a previous recipient and one of our 2016 Spring Symposium session presenters, who takes her expertise to the grocery store and launched a series of articles on on how to shop for healthy food.

Katie Cavuto, MS, RD, who is also a professional chef, posted the first article in her series today, titled "How to find 'healthy' packaged foods at local grocery stores". More trips to the store will be detailed in the coming weeks.

Katie, a culinary nutritionist and dietitian for the Philadelphia Phillies, begins by telling readers that she shops with clients 4-5 times a week, walking the aisles, "helping them navigate the labyrinth of labels and lures that lurk on market shelves."

She then offers her "healthy" shopping philosophy, which focuses on filling with cart with whole, nutrient dense foods. That said, Ketie recognizes that purchasing packaged foods can be really convenient. "Life is busy. We all need a few shortcuts."

This is where the real expertise of the RD comes to the fore, as Katie provides advice and three specific questions to ask that will ensure the packaged foods purchased are as nourishing as possible.

For bringing the knowledge of a dietitian to help the shopping habits in her community via this series of articles, Katie earned Tuesday's honor.

Read the article: How to find 'healthy' packaged foods at local grocery stores

Hope Warshaw, MMSC, RD, CDE Facebook Twitter
With all the talk about the need for more protein, Wednesday's RD of the Day really gets into it in Wednesday's Washington Post when asked the question, "How much protein do I really need to eat and when?"

With an article titled "Don’t believe the protein pushers—you’re probably eating enough", Hope Warshaw, MMSC, RD, CDE, lets you know where she stands right from the outset.

"With the current push on protein, you’d think we were sorely lacking in this important nutrient. Hardly!," Hope exclaims early in her piece. "Government surveys show that most Americans meet or exceed the amount of protein that’s recommended."
The diabetes educator and expert proceeds to cite that, on average, men and women over 20 years of age eat 98 grams and 68 grams per day, respectively, which contributes roughly 15 percent of calories and far exceeds the RDA set by the National Academy of Medicine.

Supporting her point-of-view with input from several other experts, Hope brings up another key point: "The total amount of protein you eat must be calculated within the context of your complete diet."

Hope acknowledges that some subgroups may have slightly higher protein needs, including older adults, those trying to lose weight, and athletes.

For her expert analysis on protein needs, we chose Hope as Wednesday's RD of the Day.

Read the article: Don’t believe the protein pushers—you’re probably eating enough

Linda M. Delahanty, MS, RD  
Published in Endocrine Today, the study of the program in question, led by Linda M. Delahanty, MS, RD, of Massachusetts General Hospital Diabetes Center in Boston, included a dietitian-led screening interview and support system, as well as culturally adapted lifestyle modification. In three large clinical trials, study findings show that the dropout rate reduced with improved medication adherence.

"There have been many studies examining pretreatment and process predictors of drop-out in weight-loss interventions," Linda and colleagues wrote. "However, few studies have utilized this evidence base to develop and implement screening tools and retention approaches to assess and manage known predictors of drop-out. Innovative retention programs such as this one that identify those individuals most at risk of drop-out and provide those who enroll with the support that they need to benefit from the treatment will contribute to both the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of weight-loss interventions."

Delahanty and colleagues analyzed data from 4,410 adults from 208 centers in 15 countries, participating in three phase 3, double blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials to evaluate the long-term safety and efficacy of CP-945,598 therapy (a cannabinoid receptor type 1 agonist) in patients with overweight or obesity with or without type 2 diabetes. Participants were stratified as non-U.S. English speaking, non-English speaking, U.S. without dietitian screening, or U.S. with dietitian screening.

For this important, often unsung research work that proves the significance of dietitian involvement in weight loss, Linda Delahanty was Thursday's RD of the Day.

Read the article: Retention program reduced drop-out, increased medication adherence in long-term weight loss trials

Sheah Rarback, MS, RD Twitter
Our Friday RD of the Day puts a well-deserved focus on an important nutrient, because that's just what dietitians do. This one's found in dark green and orange vegetables as well as eggs and avocados.

The important antioxidant carotenoid is lutein and the RD bringing it to the forefront in her Miami Herald column is Sheah Rarback, director of the nutrition division for the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami's School of Medicine.

Crediting a presentation she enjoyed by Dr. Elizabeth Johnson at the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual meeting as the inspiration for the column, Sheah shares with her readers a person story that ties in to her lesson. As a survivor of five surgeries on her right eye, she points out how lutein concentrates in the macula, the area in the retina with the greatest visual acuity.

The amount of lutein in the macula determines macular pigment density, and dense is better for eye health. "Now here is where it gets interesting," Sheah writes, "Lutein from food crosses the blood brain barrier and takes the same path to the retina and the brain. Therefore increased macular pigment density is indicative of a high lutein content in the brain as well as the eye."

Sheah also shares some of Dr. Johnson's research from the presentation that inspired her.

For letting people know about the importance of this unsung nutritional hero, Sheah Rarback is today's RD of the Day.

Read the article: Want to boost your brain as you get older? Eat eggs and avocados.