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RD Urban Legends: The Craziest Stories Ever Told

RD Urban LegendsAs dietitians, we all hear crazy stories from our patients about the things they’ve been told regarding their health. Sometimes the things they say are so disturbing, we bottle them up inside and try, with all our might, to pretend like we never heard them say it. But, others are funny enough that we have to share with everyone around us! We’ve been compiling some of the favorites that we’ve heard from other dietitians so that we can share them with you here on the blog. Have you heard any of these?

  • “Bananas are the worst food you can eat because they have an enzyme in them that makes you fat!”
  • “I heard it’s not healthy to shake salt on my food, so I spoon it on instead.”
  • “I thought it’s not good for you to have fruit after 2 pm?”
  • Patient in a wheelchair, with 2 below-knee amputations was sucking down packets of mayo in the hospital cafeteria, telling people freely “I have diabetes and can’t eat carbs”.
  • This is not from patient, but from a pharmacist (not a technician either) “About 6-8 years ago, when we all were learning about Lipitor interaction and cautioned to not consume grapefruits.”The pharmacist said to not have grapefruit, but you can have grapefruit juice because juice is not the same thing.”
  • “Well I’m probably not going to lose much weight now because it’s winter time.  Your metabolism slows down because your body has to preserve the fat because it’s cold.”
  • Anything that begins with the phrase “But I heard on Dr. Oz…..”
  • “Clear colored soda doesn’t have any calories”
  • I had an MD tell me (on TV!) that eating a potato will “make you fat”
  • .”Don’t combine fruit with proteins when eating.  When you do this the fruit stays in your stomach longer and rots. Always eat fruit by itself.”

And the #1 urban legend goes to this gem of wisdom…

  • I replace all sugar in my recipes with brown sugar instead”, with the person thinking this now made them a whole grain

Because we all know that if it’s brown, it’s a whole grain… right? Thank you to everyone who shared your best RD Urban Legends with us! We got a kick out of reading all of them! Do you have any stories to add to this list? If so, please share them in the comments below or email us at info@ncescatalog.com. We could all use a good laugh today!

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Turning Your Nutrition Product IDEA in to a Sellable Product

Have you created a product or written a book that you’re ready to take on to the next step? Being around so many dietitians all the time, we know that many of you have great talent, are very creative and have the drive to create a product aimed at helping people live healthier lives!

At NCES, one of our proudest reputations is that of helping dietitians create the products that they dream of creating. NCES was actually started as a way to distribute a book that had been written by a dietitian who needed an outlet for distributing her book. We have continued that tradition throughout the years as we create and select new products to bring to you at NCEScatalog.com. Roughly 35% of our current vendors are other dietitians that we are proud to work with and support.

Our production team will help no matter where you’re at in the creation process. With our team of dietitians, writers and graphic designers, we’ll help you take your idea from concept to creation. We also provide access to our extensive network of printers, illustrators, packaging specialists and much more.

Lastly, we help you with distribution through NCEScatalog.com and related media outlets. Currently, our combined social media reach is approximately 36,000 nutrition professionals.

Unlike many in this industry, whose success is based solely on selling their own products, NCES is proud to support other dietitians. From carrying products created by other dietitians, like “Super 15” and “Lipo Visuals” to helping dietitians make their dreams a reality, like we were fortunate to be able to do with “Lainy’s Polite Bite”, we love having the opportunity to work with dietitians from across the country and across different specialties.

If you have an idea you’d like to work with us on, please email Carrie Mark or give her a call today at 877.623.7266. Carrie will work with you to get started on your project right away.

I think I’ve said enough about this for one day! But, before you go, listen to what Emma Fogt has to say about it all! Emma wrote the children’s book “Lainy’s Polite Bite” and worked with NCES to turn her story in to a bookshelf worthy book that is now selling at NCEScatalog.com.

Emma Fogt Lainys Polite Bite Video Cover

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How To: Create the Perfect Nutrition Education Kit

NCES Primarily ProfessionalOur staff here at NCES are always working hard to bring together the most comprehensive catalog of nutrition education teaching tools in the industry. As part of our mission to save you time and money we have created themed nutrition education kits that include everything you would need to get started as a nutrition educator. These kits include topics like children’s nutrition, diabetes, and even basic nutrition. But, we also understand that there are times when you need to create your own kit based on the needs of your colleagues or clients. So, what goes in to creating an all-inclusive, impactful nutrition education kit?

  • Resource Books – When you’re considering venturing out in to a new presentation topic, it’s important to have a complete understanding of the topic at hand. In all of our nutrition education kits, we offer at least one professional resource book that can be used to learn more about a new concept or just to reference when necessary if you need to freshen up on a topic.
  • Visuals – Each kit needs to contain a visual that demonstrates your lesson. Posters offer an easy way to demonstrate to a group the message that you’re going to be teaching. Hands-on visuals like Glucose Wands or Test Tubes are also great for demonstrating your message. As you know from past experiences sitting through presentations, words can get lost. However, if you help your audience to visualize the message, they can more easily understand and remember.
  • Take Home Piece – As humans, we are constantly being overwhelmed with more information. Sometimes, it’s just too much to retain. However, if you include a take-home piece that your client can use at home, they will be more likely to remember your message because it can be displayed at home or work to reinforce your message. This can easily be done with a handout. Many of our NCES posters have matching handouts that accompany them. Or, you could also send home something useful like the NCES Right-Size Portion Plate for a take-home piece that your audience can actually use.
  • Follow-Up – Create a way to follow-up with your audience after your presentation. While you’ve got them listening and interested in your message, get their email address so you can follow-up with them with updated notes, further discussion or even just to check in on progress. You can follow-up with each one individually. Or, the NCES Health Beat newsletters offer 24 pre-designed newsletters chalked full of great nutrition information that you can use to continue to bring your message to your audience even after they’ve left your presentation.

A good nutrition education kit is one that is all-inclusive with everything a professional nutrition educator needs to do their job effectively. There may be some kits that require more than these essential elements. However, this is the basic guide we use when we begin creating a new kit. One thing that sets NCES apart is our on-staff dietitian that is always willing to help you choose the products that will fit your needs. Contact Us anytime for help creating the perfect nutrition education kit.

Our staff here at NCES are always working hard to bring together the most comprehensive catalog of nutrition education teaching tools in the industry. As part of our mission to save you time and money we have created themed nutrition education kits that include everything you would need to get started as a nutrition educator. These kits include topics like children’s nutrition, diabetes, and even basic nutrition. But, we also understand that there are times when you need to create your own kit based on the needs of your colleagues or clients. So, what goes in to creating an all-inclusive, impactful nutrition education kit?

  • Resource Books – When you’re considering venturing out in to a new presentation topic, it’s important to have a complete understanding of the topic at hand. In all of our nutrition education kits, we offer at least one professional resource book that can be used to learn more about a new concept or just to reference when necessary if you need to freshen up on a topic.
  • Visuals – Each kit needs to contain a visual that demonstrates your lesson. Posters offer an easy way to demonstrate to a group the message that you’re going to be teaching. Hands-on visuals like Glucose Wands or Test Tubes are also great for demonstrating your message. As you know from past experiences sitting through presentations, words can get lost. However, if you help your audience to visualize the message, they can more easily understand and remember.
  • Take Home Piece – As humans, we are constantly being overwhelmed with more information. Sometimes, it’s just too much to retain. However, if you include a take-home piece that your client can use at home, they will be more likely to remember your message because it can be displayed at home or work to reinforce your message. This can easily be done with a handout. Many of our NCES posters have matching handouts that accompany them. Or, you could also send home something useful like the NCES Right-Size Portion Plate for a take-home piece that your audience can actually use.
  • Follow-Up – Create a way to follow-up with your audience after your presentation. While you’ve got them listening and interested in your message, get their email address so you can follow-up with them with updated notes, further discussion or even just to check in on progress. You can follow-up with each one individually. Or, the NCES Health Beat newsletters offer 24 pre-designed newsletters chalked full of great nutrition information that you can use to continue to bring your message to your audience even after they’ve left your presentation.

A good nutrition education kit is one that is all-inclusive with everything a professional nutrition educator needs to do their job effectively. There may be some kits that require more than these essential elements. However, this is the basic guide we use when we begin creating a new kit. One thing that sets NCES apart is our on-staff dietitian that is always willing to help you choose the products that will fit your needs. Contact Us anytime for help creating the perfect nutrition education kit.