Myth: Alcohol soothes stress.
Fact: Maybe short-term, but alcohol stimulates cortisol (the stress hormone) and disrupts sleep making stress in the long-run worse. If you drink, stick to one alcoholic beverage a day; stressed or not (

Myth: Stress causes ulcers.

Fact: Most ulcers are caused by the bacteria H. pylori or long-term use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen. However, stress can contribute to ulcers by increasing your immune system’s vulnerability to infections, creating inflammation and chronic aches and pains, leading you to take NSAIDs. Putting the stressor in perspective may remind you to stay calm (

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: No symptoms mean no stress.
Fact: Absence of symptoms doesn’t mean the absence of stress. In fact, camouflaging symptoms with medication may mask the signals you need for reducing strain (

Myth: Egg whites are healthier than eating the whole egg.

Fact: The risk of heart disease may be more closely tied to the foods that accompany eggs in a traditional American breakfast – like sodium in the bacon and sausage and saturated fats used to fry eggs. Most don’t have to worry about increased risks of heart disease. But it’s different for people with diabetes, which egg yolk consumption significantly increases the risk of heart disease. According to the USDA, one egg yolk has 186 mg of cholesterol. If you don’t have diabetes, consume no more than 300 mg of cholesterol a day. If you do have diabetes, high cholesterol, or heart disease, limit your daily cholesterol to no more than 200 mg a day (

Myth: Garlic is the same nutritionally however you prepare it.
Fact: Chopping garlic and throwing it in a pan kills off many of the health benefits. Preparing it the right way doesn’t diminish the taste, yet can make a big difference in your health. To maximize health benefits, crush garlic at room temperature and allow it to sit for 15 minutes before cooking (

Stress Awareness Month

April is here in full bloom! Okay, maybe not quite FULL bloom. It began a little chilly, but what better way to start the month than with Easter this year! April is a busy month for students and families. Whether you’re preparing for finals, planning a graduation party, or family vacation, this will likely bring unwanted stress. It’s not easy and many people have different ways of dealing with stress, but oftentimes food is a major player that is abused when individuals are under a lot of stress. There is evidence that our Western diet, composed primarily of refined carbs (i.e. white breads and pastas) and processed foods (i.e. pre-packaged items) may actually worsen stress and overall poor moods.

Instead diets high in lean proteins, fruit and veggies is the way to go! A few things to
keep in mind: beware of fad diets that cut out whole food groups. Eliminating complex
carbs (i.e. whole grains, starchy veggies, beans, lentils) may lower your mood making it more difficult to cope with stress and choose the right foods. This only perpetuates SOS, or what I like to call, the Sycle of Stress. By including many varieties, colors, and textures of food, you’re exposing your body to more nutrients for fuel as well as offering nutrients needed to calm the mind. It’s a win-win!

This leads into the importance of mindful eating. It’s so easy to grab ready-to- eat
items, like chips and energy drinks, that will fill you up and save you time preparing meals. Opt for fresh produce instead like apples, bananas, carrot sticks, pea pods, etc.

These items are also ready-to- eat and will save you the headache in the long run by
coming down off the dizzying sugar rush. If low blood sugar is an issue for you and you find you’re often hungry, try eating more frequent smaller meals that are more nutrient dense to keep you fuller longer.

Read through our list of examples, some may surprise you!
Nutrient Dense Foods
  • Garlic - Not only does it give boring dishes a makeover, it’s also incredibly nutritious! The active ingredient that’s responsible for garlic’s distinct aroma is allicin (yes, pronounced just like a woman’s name.) By lowering blood pressure, allicin will concurrently lower stress.  April 19th is National Garlic Day!
  • Potatoes- As one of the world’s most perfect single foods, they contain almost every nutrient we need to survive.
  • Egg Yolk - In the past, egg yolks have been avoided for their high cholesterol. However, in addition to the 500 other functions our liver does for us, it also regulates cholesterol levels. If you want to hit the nutrition jackpot, the answer lies in the yolk (maybe that’s why it’s golden!) Whole eggs are so nutritious, they’re often called ‘Nature’s Multivitamin’.
  • Dark Chocolate - With its high antioxidant content, it improves blood flow, lowers blood pressure, and improves brain function. All great for stress relief!
*Now think, stress is no match against a Spanish omelet (made with potatoes and garlic)! And let’s not forget, to completely melt away stress, we’ll of course need dark chocolate to finish it off!
Reimbursement Corner
By Susie Roberts, RDN, LD

The Academy needs your help! If you are a dietitian who provides outpatient MNT services, I would like to ask you to participate in an online survey that the Nutrition Services Payment Committee has prepared to help assess current coding practices and payment patterns for nutrition services.

Iowa has a unique mix of rural and urban healthcare settings, which makes your input very valuable! As noted on, the survey data will remain confidential and be analyzed only in aggregate form. Amy Davis, RD, LRD, the Chair of the committee, indicates the survey will take approximately 20- 30 minutes of time. And, you will be entered into a drawing for several great prizes, including: a Microsoft Surface Pro, an Apple watch, a 1-year subscription to Netflix, and other gift certificates!

I would like to thank you in advance for helping to make Iowa’s RD voice heard! The link is located at, in the News Center.

If you have questions, please contact me at: practice/research-reports- and-studies/academy- 2018-cpt- code-survey
Use our NEW Professional Center page to review the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Commission on Dietetic Registration.
Simplified Diet Manual
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Available in Spiral Bound and Hardcover!

To learn more about what the Simplified Diet Manual has to offer check out our monthly blogs!

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School Nutrition Equipment Grants Available
Midwest Dairy is pleased to offer School Nutrition Equipment Grants. The online grant application will be open from April 1-30, 2018.  The purpose of the grant is to assist School Nutrition Directors in the purchase of equipment that will enhance the long-term implementation of their school meal programs with a preference to increasing school breakfasts served outside the cafeteria and afterschool suppers. Schools may apply for up to $5000 to purchase foodservice equipment for the storage, handling and delivery of dairy foods. 

Equipment may include insulated bags, transportation carts, kiosks or remote point of sale equipment for meals sold outside of the cafeteria. For more information, watch this short video<> on how to complete a successful grant application. These grants are competitive and not all applications will be approved for funding even if all requirements are met. 

For more information, please contact Jen Ransom at
Egg Enthusiasts!

The Egg Nutrition Center has started a new program for health professionals called Egg Enthusiasts

Click Here To Apply.

April 2018
Featured Member

Amanda St. John RD, LD
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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Hilton Garden Inn
205 S 64th Street
West Des Moines, IA 50266
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Telemedicine Users - important information!
Telemedicine providers we need to hear from you!

Pat Hildenbrand is the Iowa Academy’s Consumer Protection Coordinator and licensure board liaison. At the most recent meeting the licensure board inquired of the need for Iowa dietitians to use telemedicine.  Currently our licensure laws do not include any language about this and it is important that we do not get left out of this conversation. I am aware of several dietitians that utilize telemedicine in their practices but it is imperative that we hear from each you.

Are you currently using telemedicine? How does this benefit your practice?  Do you think telemedicine would benefit your practice if you could bill insurance for it? The licensure board wants to hear from Iowa Academy members using telemedicine and may schedule a subcommittee meeting between now and June to hear dietitian concerns. We need your to help move the profession forward and advocate for the use of telemedicine.

Please contact if you are currently using telemedicine.
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.
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. 
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 April 13, 2018 and completed applications are due by April 23, 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
Join IAND's Board and Council!

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
·       Secretary/Treasurer
·       Meeting Chair – Elect
·       Council on Professional Issues Chair – Elect
·       Nominating Committee Elect

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 Julie McMillin or Stacey Loftus
Are you looking to change Careers?

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