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March 12, 2014

March Celebration and Awareness: Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day and World Kidney Day

Registered DietitianHappy Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day to the thousands of dedicated nutrition professionals committed to improving nutritional status and health in communities and individuals.

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) are experts at translating the science of nutrition into practical solutions you can apply toward living healthy. Their nutrition expertise helps guide individuals to make positive lifestyle choices through healthy food choices, exercise and life balance. RDNs work in hospitals, health clinics, long-term care facilities, fitness centers, schools and universities, grocery stores, research, private practice and dialysis centers. With over 1,700 renal dietitians, DaVita, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. is the employer of choice for one of the largest renal dietitian groups in the USA, and now expanding to include international dietitians.

If you have a special dietitian, take a moment to recognize them by sending an E-Card, a phone call or email message today. The theme celebrated throughout National Nutrition Month® in March is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right”, a focus on how to combine taste and nutrition to create and embrace healthy meals today and every day.

For people with diabetes and chronic kidney disease or those on dialysis, a dietitian who specializes in renal nutrition is an invaluable resource to help set up an individualized eating plan and provide education on nutrition for kidney patients. The best ways to find a dietitian are through a doctor referral or go to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website to find a dietitian by location and specialty.

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 In addition to National Nutrition Month, March is also National Kidney Month and tomorrow is World Kidney Day, a worldwide recognition of kidney disease and the need to identify those at risk. There are three simple things you can do tomorrow to participate:

1.       Start your day by drinking a glass of water, a symbolic gesture to recognize the importance of healthy kidneys.

2.       Go to DaVita.com and take the Kidney Disease Risk Quiz to learn about your risk for kidney disease.

3.       Attend the World Kidney Day Google+ Hangout at 8:30 PT/11:30 ET on March 13th for a 30-minute session dedicated to global kidney disease awareness.

Share these events with family and friends, and join me in celebrating Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and increasing kidney disease awareness throughout the month of March.

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March 13, 2013

March 13 is RD Day!

 Happy Registered Dietitian Day to all you dietitians reading the Kidney Diet Tips blog! Registered dietitians around the nation are honored today as they are recognized for their service to improve nutrition and quality of life in their patients and communities.

According to the   Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics  (formerly the American Dietetic Association) Registered Dietitian Day was created to increase the awareness of registered dietitians as the indispensable providers of food and nutrition services and to recognize RDs for their commitment to helping people enjoy healthy lives.

The DaVita Dietitian Team is made of over 1600 dietitians who educate and assess DaVita patients, review new lab results and counsel on diet, nutrition and medications, help develop and initiate a plan of care for each patient to reach optimal nutrition goals, and develop relationships with their patients and their caregivers. They also support each other and work as a team to create education materials,  develop kidney diet tools and resources, and  plan and carry out initiatives to help improve their patient’s outcomes.

For the second year Davita Dietitians are taking their expertise out to local communities during March, which is also National Nutrition Month. they have created presentations and activites and are going to schools, grocery stores, community centers and multiple events to promote healthy eating and lifestyle changes that improve health in their communities.

Did you know these facts about dietitians?

  • Registered Dietitians are the food and nutrition experts who can translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living.
  • Registered Dietitians have degrees in nutrition, dietetics, public health or a related field from well-respected, accredited colleges and universities, completed an internship and passed an examination.
  • Registered Dietitians use their nutrition expertise to help individuals make unique, positive lifestyle changes.
  • Registered Dietitians work throughout the community in hospitals, schools, public health clinics, nursing homes, fitness centers, food management, food industry, universities, research and private practice.
  • Registered Dietitians are advocates for advancing the nutritional status of Americans and people around the world.

Take a minute to recognize your own dietitian today. If you do not have a dietitian, go to www.eatright.org and click on “Find a Registered Dietitian” to search for a dietitian in your area. Dietitians who specialize in diabetes and kidney management are noted in the search information.

Kidney diet resources from DaVita.com

March 3, 2012

DaVita Dietitians Go Beyond Dialysis to Improve Nutrition

March 1st marks the beginning of National Nutrition Month and National Kidney Month. This year the DaVita Dietitian team, made of over 1500 renal dietitians, is making waves by helping to improve nutrition not only for their dialysis patients, but for their teammates and local communities. The project, “Creating a Wave of Healthy Choices”, was created in recognition that preventing kidney disease begins with healthy eating. DaVita’s Nutrition Services department sees an opportunity for dietitians to make an impact by sharing their expertise with local groups to encourage healthy eating and nutritious food choices.

Daily health tips will be shared with patients and co-workers at dialysis centers each day during March.  DaVita dietitians will provide interactive activities to their co-workers, such as the game “The Biggest Loser (of Poor Food Choices)” which includes fun activities to learn about portions “Don’t Super-size Me” and “The Size is Right”. An activity “Produce More with Produce” will provide a fun way to increase knowledge of the benefits of eating more fresh produce, and creative ways to plan more produce into work lunches and snacks. Read more…

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