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Dietitians of the Week
Check our Facebook page every weekday for our RD of the Day, as we put a much-deserved spotlight on a dietitian who's either making headlines or writing them and delivering their expertise through the media. Here are this week's featured RDs.

Pamela Campbell, RD, CDE Facebook
Diabetes impacts 29 million Americans and their families. November is American Diabetes Month and Monday's RD of the Day stresses the importance of breakfast to those living with the disease.

"People with diabetes should eat a wholesome breakfast every day to support weight management and control their blood-sugar levels," says Pamela Campbell, a registered dietitian at the Saint Vincent Center for Nutrition and Diabetes on

Pamela suggests that diabetic patients make sure their kitchen is stocked with fruits, whole grains, nuts, vegetables, eggs and dairy — all of which can start the day with a nutritious meal that will provide energy throughout the morning.

She then provides some quick and healthy breakfast ideas, as well as some key things to avoid at breakfast.

For using her platform during American Diabetes Month to focus on the importance of breakfast for diabetic patients and their caregivers, Pamela was Monday's RD of the Day.

Read the article: Breakfast important for those with diabetes

Heather Cunningham, MS, RD, CNSC, CDE  
Tuesday's RD of the Day not only states the obvious — that Americans are consuming way too much sugar — but also explains that "Consuming too much added sugar can affect the natural balance of hormones that drive critical functions of the body. "

In her Healthwise column on titled "Get the Skinny on Sugar", Heather Cunningham, MS, RD, CNSC, CDE, says that this over-consumption "could be affecting us in ways that make us prone to craving more sugar and fueling the nation’s obesity epidemic."

Heather, who works at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Old Bridge, NJ, explains to readers the difference in impact on blood sugar between natural sugar in whole foods and processed sugars.

While artificial sweeteners "seem like they could be the answer to effective weight loss," Heather warns that "all artificial sweeteners are not created equal. Experts voice many concerns over the use of artificial sweeteners."

As we observe American Diabetes Month throughout November, putting the spotlight on sugar overindulgence and blood sugar is quite fitting and why we chose Heather as our RD of the Day this Tuesday.

Read the article: Get the Skinny on Sugar

Liz Weber, MS, RD, CNSC Twitter
In her “On the Menu” segment on WZZM in Grand Rapids, MI, our Wednesday RD of the Day informs viewers of about "Food Trends You Should Know About".

Liz Weber, MS, RD, CNSC, a clinical RD at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, reviews with her audience some of the major themes from FNCE, including products to improve gut health, protein in different shapes and sizes, healthy and convenient meals, new types of noodles, and healthier snacks.

The segment, designed to feature the latest and most popular food trends, then has Liz 's talk about new products to expect on grocery store shelves this year.

We won't give away her recommendations, but they're based in science and we thing most RDs will approve.

For providing solid professional recommendations to her local community, Liz was Wednesday's RD of the Day.

Read the article: Food Trends You Should Know About

Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD Twitter
We hear a lot about how kids consume way too much sugar, but new research is clear that kids across all ages and demographics are also consuming too much sodium — and certain foods seem to be the biggest culprits.

Thursday's RD of the Day, Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD, explains why a high-sodium diet can be harmful to kid, and which foods to watch out for in her piece on

In her article, titled "The 10 Saltiest Foods In Kids' Diets Might Surprise You", the voice and expertise behind Real Mom Nutrition cites some of the Academy's research findings and then gets to the real crux of this problem.

"Here's the problem with salty diets in childhood: A high-salt diet can impact blood pressure. One in nine kids ages 8-17 has blood pressure that's higher than normal — and high blood pressure in childhood is a risk factor for hypertension later in life," Sally explains "Childhood salt intake can have another powerful effect by shaping taste preferences. A kid who eats a salty diet is more likely to prefer that flavor and become a grown-up who eats a high-salt diet too."

As the title promises, the mom of two from Columbus, Ohio identifies by name the 10 Saltiest.

For this discussion about kids and salt, and for her work in children's nutrition, Sally was our Thursday RD of the Day.

Read the article: The 10 Saltiest Foods In Kids' Diets Might Surprise You

Rachel Werkheiser, MS, RD  
In another acknowledgement of November being American Diabetes Month, our Friday RD of the Day represented the dietetics community well at a meeting of health professionals on diabetes care at the New College Institute in Martinsville, VA, the highlights of which are covered in the Martinsville Bulletin.

The article begins by explaining the disease, emphasizing its gravity, and how it can lead to other significant, and potentially deadly, health problems such as heart attacks, heart disease, cancer, stroke, blindness and organ failure. It also describes symptoms and best methods of prevention.

Rachel Werkheiser, MS, RD, Clinical Nutrition Manager at Sodexo Memorial Hospital of Martinsville/Henry County, was the nutrition expert and minced no words about the importance of seeing an RD.

"Everyone with diabetes should consult with a dietitian to develop a healthy meal plan," Werkheiser said. "Because everyone has different eating habits, what works for one person may not work for another."

In addition to providing ideas to create healthy meals, Rachel stressed that “food is just as important as medicine,” and emphasized eating three meals a day, at least four to six hours apart. "By eating regular meals, a person is less likely to eat too much at any particular meal, she said. "The body is designed to accommodate regular meals."

For her wise advice and for representing the dietitian community so well in her community, Rachel is our honoree today.

Read the article: Diabetes Dangers, Coping Strategies Discussed at NCI