ArDA e-Communiqué
Volume 4, Number 6

June 23, 2009

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Contents of this Edition include:


Member Feature                       
ArDA President's Message: The Future is NOW!
2010 Annual Meeting Survey
RDs in the Community 
ADA Promoting YOU!
Running Start                                                               
Grant Opportunity for RDs by Quaker Oats
ADA Answers Member Questions on Liability Insurance
ADA News Bytes June 2009
Website Watch
Upcoming Events
CEU Opportunities
Job Postings
e-Communiqué Deadlines







Name:  Libbi Burns Calloway
Where you work: Arkansas Children’s Hospital
Title/Position:  Registered Dietitian, NICU
Birthday:  July 15
Hometown:  Waterproof, LA
Current City of Residence:  Little Rock
Married?  Yes, to Ryan!       
Children?  No, but definantely someday 
Hobbies:  Jogging, going to the dog park, entertaining friends and family, anything outdoors
Pet Peeve:  bad manners
Favorite Singers:  George Strait, Rolling Stones, Old Crow Medicine Show
Favorite Color:  Green, all types
Chocolate or Vanilla?  Chocolate
Favorite Healthy Foods: Grilled shrimp and veggies
Favorite Sports Teams:  Mississippi State Bulldogs
Favorite All-Time Movie:  Steel Magnolias
Favorite TV Show: Seinfeld
Favorite Thing to do on a Sunday afternoon: soaking up sun by the pool or lake
Favorite Quote: Your lack of preparation is not my emergency
I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing:  white before Easter or after Labor Day
Someone famous I’d like to have dinner with: Ronald Reagan    
Who do you admire most in your life? My Momma and Daddy
If my life had a theme song it would be:  It’s A Great Day To Be Alive by Toby Keith
The best thing about my job is: the satisfaction I get from helping tiny preterm babies grow up to be big!__________________________________ 


2009-2010 ArDA
President's Message

Kim Dowell, MS, RD, LD



I want to take the time to let the Association know how privileged I am at this time to serve as your President.  I am looking forward to the year and everything that is planned.  The year has already started with the new Board members retreat and Strategic Planning workshop.  We have a lot to do and it is now that we make our mark in the community as the Nutrition expert and leader.  My Plan for the Association is to make sure I support all members and organize their volunteer efforts.  Your Board of Directors voted to support a “JUST DO 2” program asking each RD member to do two hours of community service over the next year.  This could be health fairs for your community or local schools, work with local hospitals in the community, work on the ArDA Legislative day at our state capitol, or help with the 3rd Annual Feed Your Feet Fun Run in March 2010.  Stay tuned to our website for details as this “Just Do 2” program unfolds. There are so many opportunities for us as RD’s to help our State become healthier and make wiser food/physical activity choices.  In the American Dietetic Association journal,  Martin M. Yadrick, MS, MBA, RD, FADA referenced Connie B. Diekman EEd, RD, LD, FADA---It is important that RDs routinely refer to ourselves in all possible settings as registered dietitians and not just nutritionists.  By doing this, it helps educate the public and media about who we are and differentiates us from uncredentialed “practitioners”.  I believe this is what ArDA’s Mission and Vision is all about too:   Mission: Empower ArDA members to be food and Nutrition Leaders Vision:  Optimize the health of Arkansans through Food and Lifelong Nutrition.  (insert website link to updated ArDA Strategic Plan here)   With this in mind, as your ArDA President I hope to accomplish all our goals for the year by working closely with our new ArDA board members.  If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to e-mail or call: 501-831-7676.


2010 Annual Meeting Survey

Congratulations to Teresa Ramsey, winner of the $25 Gift Certificate to the ADA Bookstore for participating in the AME survey!  Thanks to all who participated in the survey.  Plans are underway for the 2010 meeting and your input is greatly appreciated!

The 2010 Annual Meeting & Exhibits Planning Committee


RDs in the Community

Sarah Chunn and Shannon Owens represented the Arkansas Dietetic Association at "Hoopin' for Health" charity basketball game on May 15.  The game was held at Hall High and featured former Razorbacks such as Corliss Williamson, Scotty Thurman, Dwight Stewart, Pat Bradley, John Engskov, and Reggie Merritt.  The proceeds went to benefit the Little Rock School District's Coordinated School Health program and the Let Our Violence End organization.  There was a health fair before and during the game where the ArDA booth provided nutrition information to the attendees


ADA Promoting YOU!

The American Dietetic Association is creating unprecedented respect, recognition and visibility for members. Today's ADA is effectively promoting you and your accomplishments and positioning ADA members as the food nutrition experts to a wide variety of audiences, from the public and media to government agencies and Congress. Examples of recent activities include:

  • Partnering with the American Heart Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, William J. Clinton Foundation, and several insurance companies and employer groups in the new Alliance for a Healthier Generation Healthcare Initiative that extends coverage to obese and overweight children
  • Briefing the House Agriculture Subcommittee on the state of obesity in the United States and the critical role RDs play in nutrition and health
  • Working with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to bring the word of National Nutrition Month® and ADA members to more than 100 national associations
  • Leading a congressional briefing at the behest of Children's Health Care Caucus to raise awareness of children's nutrition and health issues
  • Lobbying successfully representatives in Congress for a resolution that attributes the success of National Nutrition Month to the American Dietetic Association
  • Gaining exposure with new and non-traditional audiences at NASDAQ by ringing the opening bell in Times Square in NYC

Access more information about these exciting initiatives. As the recognition and value of your expertise grows, so will demand for your services increase. It is a perfect time for you to promote your private practice, group practice or employer by joining the Nationwide Nutrition Network, ADA's online referral service, a free benefit to Active category ADA members. NNN helps you build your client base by marketing your unique expertise and services to consumers, physicians and other health-care professionals, restaurant owners and managers, food manufacturers and distributors. You can ensure that you are positioned for success by joining the Nationwide Nutrition Network. To join the Nationwide Nutrition Network, fill out this online enrollment form:


Running Start

Running Start, a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring youngwomen and girls to run for political office, has announced a $500,000 three-year grant from Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. The new grant will provide internship opportunities to young women interested in public policy.Through the Running Start/Wal-Mart’s Star Fellowship, eligible female college students will be provided the opportunity to intern on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Each semester for the next three years,Wal-Mart funds will provide for a stipend, housing and internship in a female Representative or Senator’s office for outstanding female college students. More information about qualifications for the Running Start/Wal-Mart’s Star Fellowship is available at or contact Kathleen Ragsdale, PhDAssistant Professor of Anthropology, AMEC Research Fellow, SSRC Mississippi State University. Ph: 662-325-9168 E-mail: kathleen.ragsdale@ssrc.msstate.edu_


Grant Opportunity for RDs by Quaker Oats

Quaker not only helps fuel your body with products made with whole-grain oats, but helps power your potential as a registered dietitian (RD) to do good in the community by helping fight hunger, improve nutrition status and deliver nutrition education through Quaker RD Go Grants. Quaker is awarding five winners every month from May through September 2009 for a total of 25 winners.  Simply visit the Quaker Web site navigate to the special RD section. There you’ll find an online application form requiring a 150 word or less description of your project that will help combat hunger in your community. A selection committee will review the applications submitted each month and award Quaker RD Go Grants based on:
·Originality/uniqueness (50%)
·Relevance to fighting hunger and improving nutrition status (20%)
·Potential impact on community/individuals involved (20%)
·Nutrition education components (10%) 

Winners will receive a $1,000 grant to make your project a reality. You must be a registered dietitian or a nutrition student sponsored by a Dietetic Internship Director or Preceptor to apply for a Quaker RD Go Grant. Visit  for complete Terms & Conditions. Let Quaker help you help others!


ADA Answers Member Questions on Marsh Liability Insurance

Members frequently ask wheter the Marsh Professional Liability Insurance program provides coverage for particular activities or aspects of their practice. So the June 2009 issue of The Journal of the American Dietetic Association will have an article to address some FAQs.

  • How does licensure or scope of practice affect my liability insurance coverage?
  • If I provide food labeling consultation to corporations, engage in public speaking, write articles, or conduct or participate in seminars, will I have coverage for these activities?
  • Will my Web site or telehealth practice, through which I provide advice, be covered under the liability policy?
  • Will I have coverage for claims arising from books that I may write and publish?
  • Do I have to see patients to qualify for liability insurance?

Find out the answers to these questions by viewing the June issue of The Journal of the American Dietetic Association at


ADA News Bytes June 2009

Celiac Disease Guidelines Available at the ADA EAL:  FREE!   ADA’s Research & Strategic Business Development Team is pleased to announce the publication of the Celiac Disease (CD) Evidence-Based Nutrition Practice Guideline, which is FREE to all ADA members on the Evidence Analysis Library! Within this guideline, you will find nutrition recommendations related to celiac disease on the following topics: Medical Nutrition Therapy Bone Density ScreeningGastrointestinal SymptomsGluten-Free Dietary PatternConsumption of Whole/Enriched Gluten-Free Grains and ProductsAddition of Multivitamin and Mineral SupplementCalcium/Vitamin D for Reduced Bone DensityMonitoring and Evaluation of Dietary Compliance

ADA Medical Nutrition Therapy Effectiveness Evidence Analysis Project  - We are pleased to report that the results from the Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) Effectiveness Evidence Analysis project have been published on the ADA Evidence Analysis Library®.  Visit the EAL® Web site to view the strong evidence that MNT resulted in improved clinical outcomes and reduced costs in the outpatient setting for people with obesity, diabetes, disorders of lipid metabolism and other chronic diseases. The EAL® is a free member benefit to all ADA members.  To view the MNT Effectiveness project, go to and sign-in with your ADA member number, then select Evidence Analysis Library from the list on the ADA home page.  The MNT Effectiveness evidence analysis project can be found on the EAL® in the Outcomes Management System section under the Nutrition Care Process tab, or is easily located by using the A to Z Index. We encourage members to use this important evidence-based effectiveness data in advocacy efforts to expand local coverage policies and/or to help expand or maintain RD positions in hospital facilities or specialty clinics. Members of the MNT Effectiveness evidence analysis team include Geeta Sikand, MA, RD, FADA, CDE,  Chair of MNT Effectiveness team; Suzanne Brodney-Folse, PhD, RD; Naomi Trostler, PhD, RD; Anne Wolf, MS, RD; Elvira Q. Johnson, MS, RD, CDE, LDN; Lucille Beseler, MS, RD, LDN, CDE; Theresa Dildy, MS, RD, LD, CNSD; Chris Biesemeier, MS, RD, LD, FADA; JoAnn Carson, PhD, RD, LD; and Erica Gradwell, MS, RD, Project Leader. We also acknowledge the support of Pam Michael, MBA, RD and the ADA Coding and Coverage committee.       CDR Recent Action  

Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians - At its April 2009 meeting the Commission on Dietetic Registration established a new registration eligibility pathway for dietetic technicians.  Effective June 1, 2009, individuals who have completed both a baccalaureate degree and a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) will be able to take the registration examination for dietetic technicians. Additional academic coursework or supervised practice will not be required.  This decision is consistent with CDR’s public protection mission in that it will provide a credential option to DPD graduates who are currently not credentialed, but are employed as dietetic technicians and in other nutrition-related positions.  These DPD graduates who do not go on to a dietetic internship will now have an additional option to obtain the DTR credential and it is hoped incentive to remain in the dietetics profession.   Once credentialed these individuals will be required to comply with CDR recertification requirements, the ADA/CDR Code of Ethics for the Profession of Dietetics and the Standards of Practice for Dietetic Technicians, Registered.  CDR also believes that this alternative registration eligibility option will increase the availability, accessibility and visibility of DTRs throughout the country,  ultimately enhancing the value of the DTR and the credential.

Delegate Update! 

Visit the Delegate's page on our website for more information. 


Website Watch
 As an ArDA advertiser, rd411’s banner ad is seen regularly. If you don’t receive their newsletter, you should consider subscribing. Nancy Collins, RD writes that the June issue contains the following information on new items coming to the Web site:
Here is a preview of just four new features: (1) All users will be able to create their own blog on the site to share their views, best practices, concerns and ideas about nutrition and health care. (2) All users will be able to create a directory listing with a link to their own web site including a description of products and services offered. This feature is going to be especially important because was mentioned in a recent Associated Press article as one of the best sites for nutrition information so overall site traffic has skyrocketed. (3) All users will have access to multiple professional forums where they can ask their colleagues questions and share ideas. (4) All users will be able to post their own videos and podcasts and promote them through the site. In addition, over 100 new resources are ready and waiting to be added to the site. The team has been working tirelessly on this massive expansion. I have to admit that several times, I stopped to question my sanity but it always came back to my basic premise. helps you by providing this ever growing library of reliable resources so that you can help your patients. Once the new tools are launched, everyone will be able to share ideas and resources on a much larger scale and help each other. With access to over 25,000 dietitians and health care professionals all sharing ideas, we can all be more efficient and maybe even have some time to relax and enjoy the summer!
FOOD SAFETY RECALL: Nestle TOLL HOUSE® refrigerated cookie dough products recalled due to an investigation into reported E. coli 0157:H7 illnesses that may be related to consumption of raw cookie dough. Description of recalled products and code numbers are listed.
This site is affiliated with the American College of Emergency Physicians Foundation. Good resource for safety information including pool safety and family disaster preparedness.  
The Medpedia wiki is the collaborative encyclopedia and resource for information about health, medicine and the body. The Medpedia Project is a long-term, worldwide project to evolve a new model for sharing and advancing knowledge about health, medicine and the body among medical professionals and the general public. This model is founded on providing a free online technology platform that is collaborative, interdisciplinary and transparent. Read more about this site at the “about” link above or go to the home page to see how to access articles. If you click on “nutrition” at the bottom of the page, you will see that many nutrition topics still need writers. Consider being a contributor! Note: Wiki is “a collaborative website whose content can be edited by anyone who has access to it” as defined by .    

Have a favorite Web site?  Share with the membership by contacting Celia Harkey.  




Upcoming Events - Mark your calendars!! 


ADA FNCE: Denver, Colorado; October 17 - 20



CEU Opportunities

Celiac Awareness & Education Day
July 10th, 2009
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Holiday Inn
Springdale, AR

Check this link for details!



  New Website Sponsor!  

  See special offer details below! 



Two outstanding gluten-free baking books now available to newsletter readers at a special discount. Go to to save 40% off list price today!

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"This remarkable cookbook contains mouthwatering recipes, the directions are easy to follow and the hints are a welcome extra bonus." -- Elaine Monarch, Executive Director, Celiac Disease Foundation


Job Postings  

Full Time Research Nutritionist
Arkansas Children's Nutrition Center
Arkansas Children's Hospital
Little Rock, AR 72202 
Open Date 5/27/09; Close Date When Filled

For complete listing of job postings, visit this link.


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