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COVID-19 Global Panel Brief

Submitted by Elizabeth Mari… on Wed, 07/01/2020 - 13:24

The Global Panel brief is an urgent read for all dietitians during the COVID-19 pandemic. We know that millions of people struggle with food insecurity already. Learn how countries are responding to help their citizens with food supplements such as grains and how every component of the food system is affected. Some take-aways as dietetic experts should be that it is important for us to know what foods are being given out as supplements to the populations.  We should ask, is it still enough to meet people’s needs during this time?

New Research Article: Malnutrition Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Considerations for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists

Submitted by Elizabeth Mari… on Tue, 06/23/2020 - 14:18

New Position Paper on nutrition care treatment for patients diagnosed with COVID-19. Nice breakdown of different treatment options for feeding patients who may be malnourished. In addition, guidelines are presented for those experiencing food insecurity.

World diabetes day

Submitted by Sanele Nkomani on Tue, 11/12/2019 - 08:17

Thought I would use the platform to remind all of us that the 14th of November is world diabetes day. The global theme this year is Diabetes: Protect your family. Global campaign resources and helpful tools for raising awareness and education are available on the International Diabetes Federation Website:

Lets use this forum to share best practices of nutrition management of diabetes in our respective countries


Nutrition Innovation Lab Nepal Symposium - New Workshop on Dietetics Practice in Nepal

Submitted by Elizabeth Mari… on Fri, 10/11/2019 - 12:43

There will be a special working group work shop to focus on enhancing the clinical dietetics practice in Nepal. Major stakeholders from academics, government, and healthcare will be invited. This workshop will build on the 2018 Dietetics Workshop held last November. The group will be expected to identify improvements to the dietetic clinical curriculum, development of clinical internships, and develop of national practice guidelines.

Stay tuned for the announcement of the exact date and time of this important workshop.

Free water in tube feeding formulas - are our patients well hydrated on just eneteral feeds?

Submitted by Sanele Nkomani on Sun, 07/28/2019 - 14:03

The term “free water” may also be seen as “feed water”, depending on the source.  Free water is the amount of liquid an enteral formula (aka tube feeding formula) is actual water as an ingredient.  If you look at the ingredients list of any liquid enteral nutrition formula, you will see ingredients that are sources of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, and you will also see “water”.  Water is a component of a liquid formula, and this water is what gets counted towards a patient’s fluid needs.

Do you know what birth outcomes might be associated with mother's exposure to aflatoxin? Find out below

Submitted by Elizabeth Mari… on Mon, 06/17/2019 - 16:26

Here is the article:

Andrews-Trevino JY, Webb P, Shively G, Rogers BL, Baral K, Davis D, Paudel K, Pokharel A, Shrestha R, Wang JS, Ghosh S. Relatively Low Maternal Aflatoxin Exposure Is Associated with Small-for-Gestational-Age but Not with Other Birth Outcomes in a Prospective Birth Cohort Study of Nepalese Infants. J Nutr. 2019 Jun.