Myth: You have the same number of bones throughout your life.
Fact: Not true. When you’re born, you have about 300 bones. By the time you’re fully grown, you only have 206. So, how do we lose nearly 100 bones as we grow?! As infants grow, some bones fuse together to optimize strength.

Myth: Osteoporosis is most common in women age 65+.
Fact: Although osteoporosis is most common in women over 65, osteoporosis occurs in men and in younger women, too. A bone density evaluation should begin earlier if you are at risk.

Myth: Smoking has no effect on your bones.
Fact: It’s well known that cigarettes hurt your lungs, heart, and overall health. However, smoking is also bad for your bones. Nicotine and other chemicals make it difficult for your body to take in calcium and lower vitamin D levels.

Myth: You can’t get too much calcium.
Fact: Too much calcium is not good and will cause many unpleasant side effects such as muscle weakness, abdominal pain, and nausea. If you have persistently high levels of calcium, talk to an expert.


As we say goodbye to April, we welcome the month of May with open arms!

One important topic we’re going to focus on this month is Bone Health. There are so many things we can do to optimize and maintain strong, healthy bones!

As we age, both men and women lose bone density; this is normal and a natural result of aging. However, the ratio differs greatly between sexes, once a woman reaches menopause. Postmenopausal women are six times more likely to develop osteoporosis as opposed to men, due to the loss of ovarian hormones, such as estrogen, that help bones reabsorb calcium.

Calcium is an incredible mineral and, thanks to calcium, 99 percent in our bodies is what make up our bones and teeth. Although the optimum time to build up calcium stores is when we’re young, it’s never too late to try new strategies to increase calcium absorption! The bioavailability, or amount available for us to absorb and use internally, is actually influenced by other food sources. Vitamin D and lactose improve absorption, a diet low in protein will reduce absorption. And for those who are lactose-intolerant, the good news is that dairy isn’t your only source of calcium.

Below are easy snack ideas that will feed your bones and have you feeling strong, healthy, and happy!

Improves Calcium Absorption 20-30%:
  • Milk and Yogurt
  • Salmon
  • Cheese
  • Almonds
  • Tofu
  • Beans
  • Fortified beverages
Improves Calcium Absorption > 40%:
  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Chinese mustard greens
  • Turnips
  • Green cabbage
Pair cheese cubes and almonds for a snack to-go!
One glass of fortified OJ is a great way to start the day.
Green cabbage is a key ingredient to summer slaw!
Mix and match with a melted broccoli cheddar soup.

Monica Lursen featured in newest

Faces of Iowa State exhibit!!

Monica Lursen, executive director of the Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics was featured in the newest round of the Faces of Iowa State tour exhibition.

On March 31, Monica was painted by artist Rose Frantzen, artist and native of Maquoketa, Iowa. Monica was identified by the ISU College of Human Sciences and University Museums and will join the nineteen Faces of Iowa State portraits painted by Frantzen during the run of the 2016 Iowa State Fair.

The entire group of portraits will make up the Faces of Iowa State touring exhibition which will launch at the Brunnier Art Museum in late August 2017 and continue to sites throughout Iowa. At the conclusion of the tour, the portraits will join the Iowa State University permanent Art on Campus Collection. For additional photos of the portrait painting click here.

Monica received her B.S. in dietetics from Iowa State University in 1972. Lursen is a fourth generation farmHER (meaning there have been strong farm women behind each of the previous generations) that supports the fantastic life found on an Iowa farm. She loves the power of food and nutrition and opportunity to teach others about it!

Nutrition Education Mini Grant Opportunity!
Healthy eating is important for all families. Midwest Dairy Council is excited to offer $200 dairy nutrition education mini-grants for RDN’s, school nutrition professionals, chefs, dietetic interns, or university extension nutritionists. 

This mini grant is intended to help educate families utilizing emergency food assistance about how to incorporate dairy foods into a healthy well balanced meal or snack to boost nutrition. The $200 will be used to educate clients and families in a food pantry and WIC setting, by providing nutrition education and conducting a food demonstration preparing a low cost, minimal ingredient recipe which includes dairy as an ingredient.

The presentation will be completed between June 1st and September 30th, 2017.  Applicants must reside in one of the following states to be eligible: Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota.  36 mini-grants are available. 

Click here to learn more, apply, and make a difference in your local community.  Applications are due April 1st!
The Midwest Nutrition Team met in Lake City at Stewart Memorial Hospital on March 10th with 10 members present.
They had a short business meeting, collected dues and discussed some of the recent issues effecting Dietitians including the state licensure bill, and changes in staffing certification for nursing home dietary managers.
They also viewed a webinar:
“Laboratory Tests: Which Ones Do I Need and Not Need?” by Marc S. Penn, a cardiologist. 

It explained cardiac lab tests and the cardiology research which is moving beyond the tests we are familiar with, to how to identify individuals most at risk of cardiac events even when cholesterol, etc. are under control!
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May 2017 Featured Member
Arron Smith
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IAND May 2017 Featured Member - Arron Smith
Interested in becoming more involved with IAND?
We are seeking enthusiastic dietitians interested in a leadership role with IAND and will have the following opportunities available on the ballot this year to join our Board and Council:
·         President-Elect
·         Meeting Chair – Elect
·         Council on Professional Issues Chair – Elect
·         Nominating Committee
Position descriptions are available in the membership section of the Iowa Academy website (

If you are interested in pursuing a Board and Council position on the ballot, or have any questions, please contact:
Allison Yoder (,
Julie McMillin (
Stacey Loftus (
Clinical Care Commission Act
Jumps Another Hurdle to Passage!
Great news!  On April 26th, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee will hold a mark-up on the National Clinical Care Commission Act (H.R. 309).  This bill has been an Academy legislative priority for the past 3 Congressional sessions, and works to ensure that federal programs provide the most efficient and effective care for people with diabetes and related diseases.  Stay tuned for updates on this important bill as it moves one step closer to passage.
We need your help to build more support in Congress for the congressional resolution celebrating the Academy’s Centennial! 
Please ask your members of Congress to sign on and recognize the Academy and our profession.
Click here to take action. The Academy is counting on you to send a letter today!
As of 4/18/17, approximately 7% of Iowa Academy dietitians are completing Action Alerts. This easy, 2 minute task makes a big difference in Washington. Your voice does matter! 
Thank you for your continued advocacy for your profession and communities. 
Your RDN friends, 
IAND Public Policy Panel
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2017 IAND Fall Conference
"Well-Being Powered by Nutrition"

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017
Iowa State University, Scheman Building

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