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Note from Maria: I am a Registered Dietitian with a Master of Public Health Degree in Nutrition from UNC at Chapel Hill. I have a passion for helping people with nutrition & wellness, especially moms. Women & moms provide care for everyone else often at the expense of considering their own needs. I hope to provide good resources to you to help you make nutrition and wellness a priority.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

National Women's Health Week

This is women's health awareness week, which is one of my favorite areas of practice within nutrition. As luck would have it I am also extremely excited to announce that I am officially the Registered Dietitian for a medical practice, two actually, where I can help everyone with basic nutrition, weight loss and will also focus on women's health issues such as diabetes in pregnancy. I am working for the North Carolina Center for Reproductive Medicine and Triangle Physician's for Women. I am able to see both male and female patients so if you are looking for a great RD, give us a call @ 919-233-1680. Here are their websites: http://www.tp4w.com/  & http://www.nccrm.com/

Here is additional info for Women's Health Week from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

During National Women's Health Week, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Encourages Women to Make Healthful Eating a Priority  5/10/2013

CHICAGO – Busy work and family schedules can often lead to women putting their own health on the back burner. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages women of all ages to make time for regular preventive screenings, as well as eating right and getting regular physical activity.
This year, Mother's Day kicks off the 14th annual National Women's Health Week (May 12 – 18), which includes National Women's Checkup Day (May 13). This national week-long observance promotes healthy eating, regular activity and mental health. It also encourages women to take action by scheduling regular preventive screenings and checkups with their healthcare professionals.
"National Women's Health Week provides a great opportunity for women of all ages to take time to ensure they are doing everything they can to lead a healthy lifestyle," says registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy spokesperson Jennifer McDaniel. "Developing a healthful, balanced diet and regular physical activity can do wonders in preventing and reducing the risk for life-threatening diseases in women, including heart disease, diabetes and cancer."
Nutrient-rich foods provide energy for women's busy lives and help to prevent disease. McDaniel offers the following tips for a daily healthful eating plan:
At least three one-ounce servings of whole grains (bread, cereal, pasta, brown rice or oats)
Three servings of low-fat dairy products (milk, yogurt or cheese)
Five to six ounces of protein (lean meat, chicken, turkey, fish, eggs, beans or peas and nuts)
Two cups of fruits—fresh, frozen or canned—without added sugar
Two-and-a-half cups of colorful vegetables—fresh, frozen or canned—without added salt
Regular health screenings should be a priority and are essential part of ensuring a healthy, long life. The Academy encourages women to take the Checkup Day Pledge and schedule at least one health screening during May.
"We all play a role in women's health. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, women can now receive a number of types of preventive screenings without copays," McDaniel says. "Early detection is an effective way to stave off heart disease, as well as other diseases, such as Type 2 diabetes, cancer and osteoporosis."
"A great adjunct to your health care team is a registered dietitian nutritionist," McDaniel says. "There is no greater resource for healthy eating than a registered dietitian nutritionist. We have the training and expertise to design an eating plan that is just right for you."
Learn more about women's health, and find a registered dietitian nutritionist in your area.

All registered dietitians are nutritionists – but not all nutritionists are registered dietitians. The Academy’s Board of Directors and Commission on Dietetic Registration have determined that those who hold the credential registered dietitian (RD) may optionally use “registered dietitian nutritionist” (RDN) instead. The two credentials have identical meanings.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy.

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