Myth: People with diabetes should eat special diabetes foods.
Fact: A healthy meal plan for people with diabetes is generally the same as healthy eating for anyone – low in saturated and trans fat, moderate in salt and sugar, emphasis on lean protein, non-starchy vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and fruits. (

Myth: Eating too much sugar causes diabetes.
Fact: The answer is not so simple. Type 1 diabetes is caused by genetics and unknown factors that trigger the onset of the disease, type 2 is caused by genetics and lifestyle factors (

Myth: Fruit is healthy, therefore it is safe to eat as much as you want.
Fact: Fruit is healthy - it contains a lot of fiber and vitamins and minerals. Since fruits contain carbohydrates, they do raise blood sugar and need to be included as carbohydrate foods in your meal plan (

Myth: People with diabetes can’t eat sweets or chocolate.
Fact: If eaten as part of a healthy meal plan, or combined with exercise, desserts and sweets can be consumed. Sweets are no more “off limits” for people with diabetes than they are for people without the disease. They key is to have a very small portion and save them for special occasions to focus your meal on more nutrient dense foods (

Although it’s getting colder and the days are getting shorter, it’s also the time to start preparing for Thanksgiving. I love this holiday and everything that comes with it, including family, food, and football. Whether it’s immediate family, close friends, or both, Thanksgiving reminds us to be grateful for all those we love. This month the focus is on diabetes. The holidays can be a little overwhelming when faced with all the available food choices, especially knowing many foods contain hidden sugars.

We’re here to help you navigate the holidays by showing you how you can make well-educated, smart decisions when filling your plate. For example, start with vegetables to take the edge off your appetite. Eat slowly! It’s easier to do this when you eat with others; conversation naturally causes you to take breaks in between bites. Also, try to avoid or limit alcohol. If you decide to have a drink, make sure to have it with food. Alcohol can lower blood sugar and interact with diabetes medicines.

Another important factor \to controlling blood sugar-and overall health-is sleep. Sleep loss can make it harder to control blood sugar, and when we’re sleep deprived, we tend to seek out more high-fat foods. Shoot for 7 8 hours each night.

Another tip to help limit overdoing sugar this season is to continue to stay active. The weather definitely makes it challenging, but just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you have to limit your activity. You also don’t need to have your own in- home gym to stay active. Grab a yoga mat, an exercise ball, and 10 pound free weights to begin your workout!

These helpful tricks will help you leave the stress behind and spend the time doing what’s most important; enjoying the company of those you love.
Exercises for Older Adults:
  •  It’s a natural movement and one that encourages good posture.
  • It provides continuous work to the muscles responsible for stabilizing your knees, ankles, and hips. 
  • Can be done anywhere
  • You don’t need any added weight, simply your own body weight.
Modified pushups
  • Begin by kneeling and complete 3-4 reps of 5 pushups
  • Make sure to keep your back straight
  • Stretching is so important for both pre and post-workout to avoid any injuries.
The IAND goes to FNCE!!!
Thank you to everyone that joined us on the bus trip and thank you Chicago for showing us a great time!!!
Bus trip photo - Coming home from FNCE. Trip planned by Monica Lursen, Executive Director, and Becky Prostine, President.
Simplified Diet Manual photo - Pictured: Paula Watkins, 12th Edition editor; Andrea Maher, CPI-elect; Monica Lursen, Executive Director. Selling Simplified Diet Manual at FNCE.

Poster Sessions photo - Pictured: Kim Jennings and Karen Klein. Presenting their poster at FNCE.
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.
Download CPE Form
Midwest Nutrition Team District Meeting

Our group met on 10/26 at 3 PM at St. Anthony's Hospital in Carroll, Iowa. After the SUPER POWER/SUPERCHARGED enthusiasm we saw at Iowa Academy Fall meeting, we thought it would be fun to highlight some of the talents and great programs our RDN's are offering to their communities and/or worksites:

Krista Heuton RDN, LD from St. Anthony's presented on their CDC's Diabetes Prevention Program pilot they just started and are offering to their employees at St. Anthony's, so they can be eventually be a accredited provider by the CDC.  She discussed becoming a Lifestyle coach and how she enjoys the helping people work toward their individual health goals.

Amy Becker, RDN, LD spoke of her involvement in the Fresh Conversations IDPH Snap-ed and Iowa Dept on Aging at the Greene County Congregate Meal Site.  This program is for older adults focuses on Dietary Guidelines and healthy eating patterns for the older adult population.

Maurine Theizen, RDN, LD, CDE from Stewart Memorial Hospital in  Lake City presented on two programs she offers at the hospital. Full Plate Living is a 8 week program based on the the Full Plate Diet Book with a goal of spreading the word about healthy living and about healthy eating.  She offers this program because it does not withhold food and is not a diet, but teaches about food, fiber, superfoods, and portions. She is also an instructor for Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention.  She pursued her interest and is now offering Tai Chi to those in her community. In addition, Maurine also offers Fresh Conversations monthly to the Congregate Meal Site in Rockwell City.

Dietitian Reimbursement
Please see attached document from Susie Roberts
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Members of the hunger-fighting community, you have our sincere thanks for all that has been accomplished in addressing food insecurity both in Iowa and beyond. Furthermore, we are most grateful for your continued support of the Iowa Hunger Summit and Iowa Hunger Directory. Without you, neither would be possible.

In 2017, we saw recording-breaking numbers for the Iowa Hunger Summit - over 1,000 of you registered for the event. On October 16, UN World Food Day and Norman Borlaug Day in Iowa, the Downtown Des Moines Marriott Hotel was filled with hunger-fighters ready and willing to take the fight against food insecurity to the next level. We were able to elevate a wide range of subjects - child nutrition, food waste, rural hunger, the future of SNAP, access to safe and nutritious food, and so much more. The Hunger Directory has also seen exponential growth with 500+ organizations (and growing) in the network.

Highlights from the 2017 Iowa Hunger Summit can be found here on our website; your profile and additional information on the Hunger Directory can be found here

Looking ahead at 2018, we are anxious to delve into how to further elevate all of the above issues and more, as well as find ways to work together to find solutions to these topics and affect change, however subtle it may be. It would be an understatement to say we are excited to meet, network, and do the real work it takes to make a difference in our communities.

As Madeline Goebel now takes over as Director of the Iowa Hunger Summit, I encourage you to reach out to her on topics your organization is working on. She is already planning the topics and discussions for the 2018 Iowa Hunger Summit.

Again, all of you have my sincere thanks for an incredibly successful year. I am very excited to see what 2018 holds.

My warmest regards,
Crystal Harris
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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
Begin Annual Survey
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

Register Here

Contact for questions/concerns: 
MNT Newsletter
To find out how the growth in Medicare Advantage plans offers opportunities for RDNs, and learn about resources for understanding and reporting under MIPS, read the latest MNT Provider.
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Eating Disorders Boot Camp - Save the date
What: Jessica Setnick’s Eating Disorder Boot Camp
When: Saturday, February 24, 2018
Where: Des Moines (location being looked at)
Sign-up: Begins December 1, on Eating Disorder Coalition of Iowa’s website
Cost: $150. (EDCI is underwriting the typical costs of $480)
CPEs: Typically : 6-6.5 credits
Calling all 2018 Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Awards Nominations!

We are a state rich with outstanding nutrition professionals and we encourage you to nominate those you feel are worthy of recognition this upcoming year.  

Nominations are currently being accepted for the following awards:
  • Medallion Award 
  • Recognized Dietetic Technician
  • of the Year
  • Recognized Young Dietitian
  • of the Year
  • Outstanding Dietetics Student
  • Recognized Outstanding Dietitian of the Year
  • Emerging Dietetics Leade
  • Gem Award

NEW this year! Scholarships for continuing education activities!
Request funds for things like:
  • CEU activities/Events
  • Educational Conferences
  • Certification Exams
  • Research
  • Publishing 
  • Educational Tools

Nomination forms and the selection criteria for each award are posted on the awards page of the IAND website at

District dietetic associations or IAND members may submit nominations.  
Self-nominations are also accepted.  

Nomination forms are due March 2, 2018 and completed applications are due by April 6, 2018. Please help in recognizing those who make great contributions to our profession- nominate yourself or a fellow dietitian.

Beth Fielder RD, LD
Awards Committee Chair
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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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