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Registered Dietitian Nutritionists Ramp Up Influence and Persuasion Skills

16, April 2014 9:34 AM


A few minutes of cruising the Internet can lead consumers to wild, too-good-to-be-true claims about nutrition and health. How can health professionals be more effective at guiding consumers away from inaccurate claims to information that research has shown works?

That is the question addressed during a session sponsored by Dairy Council of California, during the California Dietetic Association annual meeting in Pomona, California last week.

Registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN) have extensive knowledge to share with consumers but just having accurate information does not make someone influential. RDNs attending the session learned skills to overcome assertions rooted in fads or opinion instead of scientific fact.

During the session, Dr. Robert Gass, Professor of Communications at California State University Fullerton shared his expertise in argumentation, persuasion and social influence. He taught dietitians specific skills to influence and persuade professional colleagues, clients, friends and family to embrace consensus science and research-based dietary recommendations

He was joined by Ashley Rosales, R.D.N. As Manager or Policy & Opinion Leader Relations at Dairy Council of CA, Ashley helped attendees learn how to combat nutrition assertions rooted in opinion instead of science-based facts. As a dietitian herself, she felt this training is essential in helping RDN’s find unique ways to be heard over all of the white noise in the health and wellness environment.

Dairy Council of CA is also doing our part to keep nutrition consensus science, and specifically milk and dairy’s essential role in healthy eating patterns, at the forefront over the misconceptions that abound. That is why we have created our Scientific Research page to help factually answer the many questions that arise about milk and its health benefits.

It’s critical to help other health professionals think of nutrition in a broader sense, instead of being led astray by recommendations and messages that are either not valid, are overly simplistic or cause unintended consequences.

 Maureen Bligh, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist



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Weekly Family Meals: Grilled Cheese Please

14, April 2014 9:00 AM


Red, White and Green Grilled Cheese from Keep the Beat™, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health.

No matter how you slice it, your family will say “grilled cheese please” all week long with healthy recipes from Dairy Council of California.

Read on for a complete family meal menu, shopping list and additional recipe selections to help you get cooking with your kids!

Red, White and Green Grilled Cheese from Keep the Beat™, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health.



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Categories: categoryHealthy Eating

Weekly Family Meals: Stinking Rose

07, April 2014 9:00 AM


Creamy Garlic Pasta with Shrimp and Vegetables, EatingWell. Photo by Ken Burris.

Keep the vampires at bay and celebrate National Garlic Month in April with recipes that feature the stinking rose.

Read on for a complete family meal menu, shopping list and additional recipe selections to help you get cooking with your kids!

Creamy Garlic Pasta with Shrimp and Vegetables, EatingWell. Photo by Ken Burris



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Categories: categoryHealthy Eating

Weekly Family Meals: Make a Mockery

31, March 2014 8:30 AM


Mock Risotto, EatingWell

Celebrate April Fool’s day by making a mockery of your family meals with recipes that save time or use alternate ingredients.

Read on for a complete family meal menu, shopping list and additional recipe selections to help you get cooking with your kids!

Mock Risotto, EatingWell.



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Categories: categoryHealthy Eating

Weekly Family Meals: Out Like a Lamb

24, March 2014 9:00 AM


Grilled Lamb and Asparagus Pitas, California Asparagus Commission..

Send March out like a lamb with tasty lamb and side dishes.

Read on for a complete family meal menu, shopping list and additional recipe selections to help you get cooking with your kids!

Grilled Lamb and Asparagus Pitas, California Asparagus Commission., California Asparagus Commission.



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Categories: categoryHealthy Eating

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