Reflections of FNCE

       October was an incredibly busy, busy month. The staff of Today’s Dietitian and I attended the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in downtown Philadelphia at the Philadelphia Convention Center, one of the largest nutrition conferences in the country. It was an incredible meeting. I attended workshops to learn more about the nutrition profession and the issues and trends driving it. I met many interesting dietitians and revisited with those whom I met last year at our booth on the trade show floor and at our reception—which was a smash hit. I felt like a celebrity of sorts because so many people wanted to meet me. I received lots of hugs from the writers I work with and various other dietitians. One thing about the readership of this magazine is that they absolutely love it. They rave about it.

Our September and October issues were stars of the show at our booth. Our October issue featured great articles that are top of mind for many dietitians. Our cover story gives you the Real Scoop on Sugar: Is sugar really bad for you? Is it one of the chief causes of obesity in this country? The article answers these questions. If you want to eat healthier frozen foods and find out who makes them and where to buy them, read Healthier Frozen Foods. If you’re an entrepreneur and want to learn how to market your business, read Marketing Your Practice, part 3 of our Practice Matters special feature. If you’re an iPhone fan, read The iPhone, a commemorative piece on the iPhone’s fifth anniversary and how it has literally transformed the hand-held device world, and Avoiding Spoiled Leftovers to learn about an app that tells you what’s OK to eat and what to throw out.

        In addition, if you’d like to take a peek at our online Philadelphia restaurant guide, visit Savoring the Finest of Philly. In this supplement, we profile some of the finest restaurants and the top 10 things you can do in the City of Brotherly Love. You can download it as a PDF to use for future reference. We also published an online Showstopper publication. In this special supplement, we featured a conference preview, the top restaurants to visit, and an article on the history of continuing professional education in the nutrition profession.
Please enjoy these articles and supplements. Soon I’ll tell you all about the great articles in our November issue, our special Thanksgiving holiday edition. See you around in cyberspace!

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Delicious Dining in Philly

If you live in Philly, are visiting Philly, or plan to visit in the near future, the September issue of Today’s Dietitian has a treat for you. This month, we’ve published a Philadelphia dining guide that boasts the most critically acclaimed eateries in the city. Many of the restaurants are owned and operated by award-winning celebrity chefs, and the food they serve is so mouth-watering it will keep you coming back for more. The interesting concoction on the cover, called Estia Chips, is a favorite at the Greek Mediterranean restaurant Estia. The chips are crispy fried zucchini and eggplant. Just a hint of what you can sink your teeth in. So use the guide to choose from a variety of restaurants you’d like to visit. You won’t be disappointed. I’ve been living in a suburb outside of Philly for a while, and I’m ashamed to admit I don’t get out much. Even I didn’t know about the treasure trove of restaurants The City of Brotherly Love has. But that’s about to change because I plan to visit some of them when I attend the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE), the largest nutrition show in the country, in October. This year the conference is in Philly, and I can’t wait.

I’m especially proud of this issue—probably more so than any other issue I’ve worked on thus far. It’s one of the largest issues of the year in terms of editorial and advertising—a whopping 112 pages. It’s brimming with great articles and incredible ads. In fact, this issue broke a record for the most advertising dollars to date. This issue features articles on managing food allergies in schools, artificial sweeteners, teaching nutrition to kids, dance fitness such as Zumba, Hip-hop, and Bollywood, the so-called miracle weight loss supplement Red Raspberry Ketone, and much more.

So click on the links above and read some of the articles. Let me know what you think. I’d like to hear your feedback. See you next month!

Young Women and Heart Attacks

The June issue of Today’s Dietitian is a special one. I chose the cover image and came up with additional ideas to enhance it with the wonderful art director I work with. While I choose every cover of the magazine each month, this one was most notable because my ideas to improve it worked, and everyone on staff loved it. The cover is colorful, warm, and inviting. It looks just as good as the food and nutrition magazines on the newsstand.

Aside from the great cover, this issue brims with important articles women and men must read concerning their health. A few months ago, the topic of young women and heart attacks dominated network and cable news programs. It grabbed my attention so much so that I thought we should cover it in the magazine somehow. I believed dietitians should know more about this topic and develop new strategies to counsel female clients who are at risk. Women are experiencing heart attacks in their 30s and 40s. Our heart attack symptoms are different from men so the symptoms are often ignored and lead to premature death. Learn about this in the article Young Women and Heart Attacks. You’ll find out how to adopt a healthful lifestyle and what foods to eat so you don’t become a victim. You also can learn about the top six heart attack symptoms in women that appeared in the May issue in Nurturing the Heart, an article about preventing heart disease during the pre- and postmenopausal years.

June was Men’s Health month, so we published an article on prostate cancer called Can Tomatoes Slice Prostate Cancer Risk? Prostate cancer kills twice as many black men than white men. In fact, black men have the highest rate of prostate cancer in the world. This article discusses risk factors, how the antioxidants in tomatoes can reduce the risk, and delicious ways to incorporate more tomato products in the diet.

Please let me know what you think about these articles by leaving me a comment below. See you around in cyberspace!

Can’t Wait for the Summer Olympics!

If you’re like me, you’re looking forward to the summer olympics, which will take place in London this year. In this month’s issue of Today’s Dietitian, there’s a great article about the upcoming olympics from a perspective you probably haven’t read about before. The article, called “Preparing to Win the Gold,” talks about the dietitians who work with the U.S. olympic team to ensure the athletes are well fueled with all the right foods, snacks, and beverages they need to perform at the top of their game. You’d be amazed at what nutrients they need for workouts and competition day. They expend a lot of energy so they need many nutrient-dense calories to keep them healthy, strong, and full of vigor.

If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes or know someone who does, there’s an article about one of the most feared complications of the disease: diabetic retinopathy. The good news is that diabetic retinopathy, which causes vision loss, is completely preventable as long as your blood sugar is controlled and you get annual eye exams. I especially loved developing this story idea, and assigning and editing the article because it gave me a chance to revisit a subject matter I like and am most familiar with: eye health. I spent five years as an editor and writer for professional magazines covering the eye care profession for optometrists and ophthalmologists. So this article was such a treat to educate dietitians about this disease and share what role they can play in preventing blindness in their patients. You can read the article “The ABCs of Diabetic Retinopathy” here.

And did you know that the foods you eat can reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease? Well they can. Read “Reducing the Risk of CVD” and find out what foods you should be buying at the grocery store for optimal health. You’ll enjoy the recipes for the banana-berry smoothie, double-grain bean soup, the walnut cluster snack, and all the others in the magazine.

I hope you enjoy these articles. I’m most proud of this issue because it features such diverse article topics and the photos are really great! Leave me a message below and let me know what you think.

Until then, I’ll see you around on Facebook and Twitter!

   Take Care,