Myth: St. Patrick was Irish.
Fact: Although one of Ireland’s patron saints, St. Patrick was born in what is now England around the year 390. He was enslaved by Irish raiders at 16 and held prisoner in Ireland for six years. He later fled back to England where he studied Christianity and returned to Ireland as a Missionary (

Myth: Historically, green has been associated with St. Patrick’s Day.

Fact: Though lush with greenery, Ireland had knights in the Order of St. Patrick who wore blue. So, why did green become so popular? It’s likely associated with Irish independence, whose supporters used the color to represent their cause (

Myth: Of course, green beer is made with GREEN food coloring.

Fact: Surprisingly no! The best green beer is made with BLUE food coloring. It yields the best results because it balances light beer’s natural yellow hue… makes sense, but not obvious (

Myth: Drinking green tea burns belly fat.
Fact: Sadly, it’s not that easy. No one food can target certain parts of the body. Also, keep in mind that green tea beverages made to order are often sugary beverages, which is actually linked to weight gain over time. Be sure that you choose versions with “0g” sugar and “0 calories” per serving (

Myth: Green tea will boost one’s metabolism.

Fact: Again, we wish! While very few studies have linked an increased metabolic rate to drinking green tea (about four caffeinated cups a day!) the only factor in your basal metabolic rate (BMR) is increasing your lean body mass, meaning building muscle. That’s why strength training is key to keeping your metabolism up long-term and crucial to bone, muscle, and immune function, which ultimately helps to support metabolism as well. Drinking green tea doesn’t have to be completely futile. You may try it to help wake you up to go to the gym! (

Who doesn’t love the month of March?!

Living in the Midwest, this month has always marked a small victory… it means we’ve made it through the coldest months of the year!
Maybe you’ve kept your resolutions you set at the beginning of the year and maybe not. Or maybe you’re wanting to try something different from what you said you would initially. Let March give you that push to a new start. What better way to March in the right direction than by ‘putting our best fork forward?’ This theme was chosen by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics last year and we want to continue through this year.

There isn’t one diet that will suit everyone, but it is important to add as much of a healthy variety into your meals that your lifestyle will allow. For those on-the- run, keep portable, non-spill foods handy. Foods like fruit, canned tuna, or peanut butter on whole wheat. If you’re an athlete, fuel up with nutritious foods like low-fat milk, lean cuts of meat, and fruit. For you students, make sure to avoid processed and high sugar foods.

This is especially important when spending long hours studying. Your body is much more likely to opt for a nap or be subject to distractions with this way of eating. Instead, choose proteins like chicken, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts. Parents, save time by making extra and then freezing to last the week. Foods like sauces, pasta, rice, meat, and fruits and veggies all freeze very well. And speaking of fruits and veggies, a great way to eat healthy this month AND honor St. Patrick’s Day is to GO GREEN. Try the Go Green Challenge by challenging yourself to eat more green fruits
and vegetables. Check out our list for some ideas to get you started!
Go Green!

☘️ Green Tea- Enjoy hot, fresh off the stove in your favorite mug.
☘️ Kiwi- Slice or chop the fruit and use it in fruit salad, salsa, sorbet or fruit pizza.
☘️  Arugula- Stir into soup or pasta, loss it in a salad or use it to make pesto.
☘️  Avocado- Mash it to make guacamole, or slice/dice it for a sandwich or salad. Add a half avocado to any fruit smoothie to give it a thick, creamy texture.
☘️  Broccolini- The entire stalks are tender and edible, so enjoy them raw with dip. Since they’re so tender, they don’t take long to cook. Try steaming, sautéing, or roasting for a few minutes.
☘️  Leek- Wash thoroughly and cut off the root end and green stalks. Slice into rings or chop and use in soups, salads, stir-fry, egg dishes, or vegetable casseroles.
☘️  Tomatillo- This Mexican green tomato tastes faintly of lemon, apple, and herbs. Use raw or cooked in salads, guacamole, salsas, and sauces. It’s the key ingredient in salsa verde.
Updated IAND Website

Based upon IAND member feedback, the IAND website has undergone some updates! 

Updates have been made to establish a consumer site eatrightiowa and members area eatrightiowapro

The consumer site will be the main page and will promote the Registered Dietitian profession by providing information on how to find a Registered Dietitian, recipes, blogs by our spokespeople and so much more. 

The members area will require you to use your existing login and will provide all internal governing documents, meeting and event information, ballots and more. 

We would love to hear what you think of the new changes, please contact us
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Midwest Nutrition Team Meeting

A meeting is being planned for March 29th, at 3:30 p.m. in Carroll at St. Anthony's (311 South Clark St; Carroll, IA 51401) with speaker Susie Roberts on billing/coding for MNT/Obesity Mgt and other nutrition counseling.
Annual Legislative Day

Because of the weather, Annual Legislative Day has been tentatively rescheduled for March 29, via WebEx.

Please contact Tina Bauermeister ( further updates about this event.
Save the date for the Iowa Dietetics in Health Care Communities event!
Fri, April 6, 2018
7:00 AM – 5:00 PM CDT
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205 S 64th Street
West Des Moines, IA 50266
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Code of Ethics Update
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), its credentialing agency, abide by the Code of Ethics which was last approved on June 2, 2009. According to the AND website, the Code of Ethics “…provides guidance to dietetics practitioners in their professional practice and conduct.” 

The Code of Ethics applies to all members of the Academy who are credentialed (RDN or NDTR), not credentialed, as well as RDN’s and NDTR’s who are not members of the Academy. The Code of Ethics consists of 19 principles, which are divided into the following five categories:

A Field of Opportunity to Improve the Health of Iowans

That’s what attendees will be discovering at the Annual Meeting on November 7 and 8 at the Marriott in West Des Moines.

Speakers will share their expertise on a wide variety of topics including:
  • International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative,
  • Gut Health
  • Sustainability
  • 5210 Campaign
  • Diabetes Medication
  • Nutrition and Oral Health, Ethics, Websites and Apps

There will also be a screening of the movie Food Evolution followed by a farmer panel.

And you won’t miss the exhibits, Awards and Business Lunch, and opportunity for networking. Mark your calendars today!

Registration will open later this summer.
Peter Lam to speak at IAND Annual Meeting
At the IAND Annual Meeting on November 7, attendees will have the opportunity to hear international speaker, Peter Lam talk about the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative.

Peter Lam is the Co-Chair of the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI). Working with a team of international experts, the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative has developed an international standardised framework for texture modified foods and thickened liquids.

As the world prepares to adopt and implement the IDDSI framework and terminology, Peter has been busy presenting to global audiences about IDDSI and to help bring IDDSI to life.

Peter is a Registered Dietitian, Professional Practice Consultant and a Credentialed Foodservice Executive in Vancouver, BC, Canada. He loves food! His passion is to help everyone enjoy the food they love.
Happy National Nutrition Month to all Iowa Academy Members!

As a gift to you, our Marketing Committee is aligning with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics #NNM theme of “Go Further With Food” and providing you the following FREE CEU: From Farm to Fridge.
Dietitian Clinical Skills Update

Thursday, April 12, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Floyd Valley Healthcare Conference Center
Professional continuing education credits available.
Cost: $75.

Watch for upcoming brochure!

Featured Speakers:
  • Elizabeth Howardson, MS, RD, LN, CNSC - ASPEN information on TPN, EN, electrolyte/lab management and EN formulations.
  • Carri Oetken, RDN, LN - Nutrition-focused physical exams, PES statements and current heart health nutrition recommendations.
  • William Rizk, MD and Megan Cleveland, RD, LN - Current weight loss surgery techniques and related nutritional concerns.

For more information or to register, please call 712-546-3388 or email

As part of the continuing effort to proved Benefits and Opportunities to IAND Members, the IAND has made available sessions from the 2017 Annual Meeting as Webinars. 
CIDDA Social and CEU Meeting the evening of Monday, April 23rd at Proof Restaurant, downtown Des Moines. 

More information and invite to follow on our social media sites and in our April newsletter. 
MNT Newsletter
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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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