Registered dietitians turned entrepreneurs are developing healthy food products that are making their way to the marketplace. RD Betsy Opyt turned experiments in making a sandwich spread her daughter would eat into enhanced nut butters, sports nutritionist Mitzi Dulan developed simplyFUEL Protein Balls + Probiotics while with the Kansas City Royals and RDN Wendie Schneider created a line of plant-based overnight oats in a jar.
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives approved and sent to the Senate a bill to add dietitians and other licensed or certified health care professionals to a legally protected class of health care workers. A simple assault on an individual included in the protected class is treated as an aggravated assault, and the penalty increases from a second-degree misdemeanor to a second-degree felony.
Registered dietitian Carey Stites says healthy eating on a budget requires advance planning to compile a list of needed ingredients, and choosing less expensive options for protein, fruits and vegetables. Stites recommends batch cooking and potluck dinners with friends that generate leftovers, buying less-expensive store brand products and using coupons.
Teen girls who thought they were too fat had increased odds of alcohol and tobacco use, while boys who considered themselves too skinny or fat had a higher risk of smoking or binge drinking, respectively, than peers with a positive body image. The findings in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse also showed a higher likelihood of smoking among girls who perceived themselves as unattractive and binge drinking among girls who perceived themselves as very attractive.
Researchers who analyzed data from 71 studies found 78% of indoor workers were vitamin D deficient, compared with 48% of outdoor workers. The study in BMC Public Health found 80% of shift workers were deficient, and that vitamin D deficiency varied by occupation.
Chinese researchers found an association between changes to the gut microbiome that correlate with more than 27 metabolic markers. The findings in Nature Medicine, based on an analysis of gut DNA sequencing data involving young Chinese adults with obesity and Chinese adults who underwent bariatric surgery, showed that some species of gut microbes in obese participants were linked to pro-inflammatory molecules, defective glucose disposal pathways and metabolites that are known type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk factors.
A study in The Lancet suggested a self-help exercise program guided by a physiotherapist who provided phone or online video support may help patients with chronic fatigue syndrome manage symptoms and slowly increase physical activity. Researcher Lucy Clark said the 12-week graded exercise program, designed to provide careful progress so people are not pushed too hard and suffer a setback, was safe and helped reduce fatigue for some people.
Room-service food programs are common at big, urban hospitals but smaller facilities like Illinois Valley Community Hospital find they also can adopt patient-centered nutrition services. The hospital's food service provider, Sodexo, launched the "At Your Request Room Service" program this spring, and dietitian Brittany Moutray said it gives patients flexibility to have meals on a schedule similar to what they do at home.