Myth: It’s perfectly okay to eat raw tomatoes.
Fact: While eating tomatoes in their raw form is completely safe, you want to avoid
consuming the stems and leaves. They contain a substance known as atropine, which is found in drugs used to treat heart dysrhythmias (

Myth: Anthocyanin, the molecule that gives leaves their red color, is only produced in the late summer and fall.
Fact: Sugar is both the trigger and necessary ingredient for producing anthocyanin. Trees
pull sugar from the surrounding leaves as a defense in response to bugs that eat their leaves. And although anthocyanin is predominantly shown in the fall, it is present other times, as evidenced by the red oak that sprouts red leaves in the spring (

Myth: Nutrition labels are always factual.
Fact: Unfortunately, this is not always the case. The law allows for a 20% margin for error, meaning that your 100-calorie snack pack could potentially be carrying 120 calories. Popular chains like Subway, Starbucks, and Chipotle were tested and found to have up to 550 calories more than their labels advertised. This is enough to put an extra pound of body weight on in one month (

Myth: Kale is our healthiest green.
Fact: This is good news for kale- haters. A 2014 study ranked fruits and vegetables on their nutrient density based on listed nutrients known to improve cardiovascular health. Though leafy greens contain the most nutrition per calorie, kale was beat out by spinach and Romaine lettuce. Even garnishes like parsley and chives pack a more nutritious punch (

Each year I feel so many blessings being here and able to experience an Iowa fall. It truly is an exceptional time. Family members from the coastal regions come visit, and while they insist on bringing coats to “endure” the 60 degree weather, they wouldn’t miss the opportunity to see the splendid colors come alive to be displayed on nature’s canvas.

For me, fall symbolizes life. Just as we witness unequivocal beauty, it also brings about inevitable change, whether good or bad. Whichever change may come into your life, beauty isn’t far behind because with change comes opportunity to grow. Grow in love, grow in discipline, grow in health, etc. Specifically, October is named National Farm to School Month to “demonstrate the growing importance of farm to school programs as a means to improve child nutrition, support local economies and educate children about the origins of food” (

Choosing the right foods is half the challenge, knowing what is in your food and from where it came is another. I challenge you this fall: make meal planning educational by learning one fun fact about a food or food group and then incorporate it into your meal.

For example, did you know, every part of a pumpkin is edible? That’s right, you can eat the skin, leaves, flowers, pulp, seeds, and even the stem! Now, top pumpkin seeds to a soup or into a granola mix. It may be completely random, but share your fact and you’ll be helping to form habits of mindful eating.

Take the challenge, make a change, and reap the benefits by seeing the beauty to follow.
More Than Food:
  • There are more than 45 varieties of pumpkin with names like Hooligan, cotton candy, and orange smoothie.
  • Apples help your body develop resistance against infections
  • Long stalks of celery, may resemble bones; both of which contain 23% sodium.
  • Carrots help promote healthy vision
  • Tomatoes ripen faster when placed next to bananas, which emit ethylene gas
  • Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating raw, whereas peppers with 4 bumps are firmer and best for cooking.
  • Pineapples contain Bromelain, which combat infections and are effective at relieving coughs
Thank you to everyone that attended the 2017 Annual Meeting, and helping to make it a huge success!

For those that attended we would love to hear your thoughts on the meeting and the sessions. You will be receiving an email with a short survey, please fill it out and help us to continue to offer all the member benefits you would like.

Also, follow the link below to download your CPE form.

For anyone that could not attend but would still like to earn CPE's, Webinars of all the sessions will be available for purchase in the upcoming weeks.

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IAND WIC Liaison Report 10/2/2017

WIC Breastfeeding Recognitions: Breastfeeding is a priority in the WIC Program!

Loving Support Award of Excellence Awardees

Each year the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) announces the Loving Support Award of Excellence program. The award program was established to recognize local WIC agencies that have provided exemplary breastfeeding promotion and support activities.  The intent is to provide models and motivate other local agencies to strengthen their breastfeeding promotion and support activities and ultimately increase breastfeeding initiation and duration rates among WIC participants.

The Pottawattamie County WIC Program was awarded the Gold Award. This is the first agency in Iowa to apply for and receive this award.

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has also awarded the Iowa Department of Public Health WIC Program for increasing breastfeeding rates.

*Many Iowa dietitians also hold breastfeeding counseling credentials including “Certified Lactation Counselor” (CLC) and “Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant” (IBCLC).

WIC is working to make the shift to participant centered services:
In 2009 WIC implemented “Value Enhanced Nutrition Assessment” in all States. The WIC Program in Iowa has had training in other models since then including Molly Kellogg’s Counseling Tips. This year WIC dietitians will start using client centered platforms including; “Getting to the Heart of the Matter”, “Heart Buttons” and “Touching Hearts Touching Minds”.
2017 Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Awards

IAND has a proud tradition of recognizing dietetic leaders and the future of our profession through its awards and scholarship program. Each year outstanding nutrition professionals and dietetic students are recognized for their scholastic and professional achievements, leadership skills, and personal characteristics.

This year we had several nominations for many award and scholarship categories. The applicants were impressive and while many of the categories were highly competitive, the following contenders were chosen as this year’s recipients.

Congratulations to all of our 2017 recipients. They have been honored at the annual meeting this past week. Thank you to all applicants. We are a state rich with outstanding nutrition professionals. We encourage you to nominate those you feel are worthy of recognition this upcoming year (application deadlines can be found on the IAND website).

Beth Fielder, RD, LD
2017 IAND Awards Committee Chair
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Annual Legislative Day - More Info Coming Soon

Our annual Legislative Action Day is coming up in February 2018! This is a fantastic opportunity to meet face to face with your elected Representatives and Senators for the state of Iowa. Typically, we meet in Des Moines across from the capitol building.

Together, we have breakfast, short informational meetings, then lunch. In the afternoon, we will walk across the street together and meet with your state leaders to initiate positive change in the health of Iowans!  If you're nervous or this is your first Legislative Day, no one will have to attend meetings alone - there is always a group. 

We meet with our state leaders to let them know who RDNs are and how we can improve the health of Iowans.  If you would like to find your legislators:
Please contact Tina Bauermeister with any questions (

Annual Membership Survey

Please take time to complete the annual membership survey online at the following link:

It will take five minutes or less! All members and non-members of IAND are encouraged to complete the survey. Responses are very useful in planning future IAND activities and endeavors.

The survey will be open from Monday, September 18 through Saturday, November 18. Those who complete it and provide their contact information will be entered into a drawing for two, $25 gift cards at the end of the survey period. Don’t miss out on this chance to share your valued opinions with IAND!

If you have any questions regarding the survey, please contact Steph Brimeyer at
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Free Webinar
11/29 @ 12pm CST / 1pm EST

Join IAND and Healthie for a Free Webinar,
“Telehealth in Your Private Practice”
to learn more about how you can utilize cutting-edge technology to grow your practice. 

This hour-long webinar will discuss: 
  • The growth of telehealth in nutrition counseling
  • How to get started using telehealth
  • Patient privacy when using telehealth
  • Billing specifications surrounding the use of telehealth
  • How Healthie can help your incorporate telehealth in your private practice

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MNT Newsletter
On (under the 'Payment' tab), find September's newsletter with information on healthy aging, giving your business a competitive advantage, and more.

If you haven't yet checked out AND's monthly newsletter, you are missing out on timely updates to our industry, as well as great business tips. For example, in the August issue, the article Optimize Revenue and Care Coordination with Chronic Care Management Services, recaps expanded reimbursement for RDN services effective in 2017.

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Iowa Hunger Summit

Registration is Now Open!

We are extremely excited to announce registration is now open for the 2017 Iowa Hunger Summit!

This day long conference, free and open to the public, will be addressing the issues of hunger, poverty, and malnutrition both at home and abroad. It also serves as a great opportunity for people passionate about fighting hunger to connect and share ideas with others in the field. The Summit will take place on October 16, 2017, which, fittingly, is also World Food Day!

Please reference the agenda on our website for a more detailed breakdown of the day.

Click here to register

For any questions regarding the Iowa Hunger Summit, please feel free to contact:

Crystal Harris
Director of the Iowa Hunger Summit
Upcoming Webinar
There is an upcoming webinar opportunity through Today's Dietitian Learning Library - Reimbursement​:

Removing the Mystery of Getting Paid for Nutrition Services 

This webinar will address the pros and cons of accepting insurance, as well as information on tools and resources.
Save the date for the Iowa Dietetics in Health Care Communities event!

Coming in April 2018, details will be released soon with more information.

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