Linking nutrition and research key to U.S. leadership in global nutrition investments

Four years have passed since government officials representing eight separate U.S. federal departments and agencies launched the U.S. Government Global Nutrition Coordination Plan 2016-2021. The sub-groups that make up this unit have worked to define the purpose and role of each member, identified six technical focus areas, and accomplished national achievements through inter-agency collaboration that reinforces the United States’ position as a leading investor in nutritional health. Among the many agencies and U.S. government departments that make up the coalition include: Peace Corps S. Agency for International Development (USAID) S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) White House Office of Science and Technology Policy S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) What is the U.S. Government Global Nutrition Coordination Plan? The… Read more >>
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Congratulations Class of 2020!

Graduation video for the Class of 2020 We love graduation because it’s the one time of year that we get to physically see the depth of beauty that we’re helping bring to our students’ lives. Because we can’t see you in person this year, we asked our faculty and staff to submit short video messages for you. The first video is a compilation of short clips from these messages.  4-minute video (get tissues)   This 27-minute video features full-length messages from our faculty and staff. You’ll see messages from some of the instructors and Student Support staff that you’ve come to know during your program. Throughout each of the video messages, one sentiment is universal – you’ve worked hard to get to this point, and we celebrate… Read more >>
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Get the full picture of what’s in your food with the new Nutrition Facts label

January 2020 marked the official compliance date for food manufacturers—with annual revenue of $10 million or more—to update the nutrition label found on their products as a result of the 2016 FDA Nutrition Facts Label Rule and Serving Size Final Rule. To best support these manufacturers as they shift production to meet the deadline, the FDA assembled a task force to create ongoing education and media campaigns. These campaigns alert consumers to the change, develop public understanding regarding how the changes can benefit consumers, and initiate educational outreach that prioritize specific populations such as low-literacy consumers and those with an elevated risk of nutrition-related diseases. In 2018, UNE Online shared more detail about the Nutrition Facts Label Rule and the Read more >>
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Nutritional experts advise USDA against recommended changes to school nutrition standards

Approximately 30 million children receive school-provided lunch–and almost half those receiving breakfast as well–through coordinated efforts and federal partnerships operated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA provides these meals to over 99,000 public and nonprofit private schools as well as reimbursement for meals that align with federal nutrition guidelines and standards established in 2010 through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA). (Many changes that this policy enforced moved into effect in 2012.) Despite the growing evidence illustrating the positive impacts HHFKA has brought forth, the USDA proposed multiple reforms in January 2020 that reverse these effective nutritional standards. Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) Notable legislation passed in 2010 that updated nutritional standards for school meals for… Read more >>
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Leading RDs share 3 top ways nutrition can protect and improve your health during a pandemic

Discovering creative ways to adjust to a new, temporary way of living demands flexibility and patience. As many prioritize their personal health to reduce exposure to the coronavirus, nutrition remains an essential piece of the regimen to help strengthen your immune system and overall health. Maintaining a well-balanced, nutritious food routine can be challenging even in optimal conditions. With protective guidelines adding a new layer of complexity and making proper food choices for you and your family seem less convenient or accessible, accomplished members of the American Society for Nutrition share expert tips to prove that making simple, everyday steps can lead to improved overall health through nutrition. Part of their top 3 steps include manageable suggestions for putting these… Read more >>
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Immune-boosting foods proven to reduce your risk of infection

As COVID-19 test kits reach key areas across the country and opportunities to be tested rise, the world eagerly waits as health experts explore possible cures and develop vaccines for future protection. A proven and effective way to toughen your immune system includes a nutritious diet filled with nutrients your system relies on. Although you’re likely familiar with the many letters paired with “vitamin” like K, D, and C its doubly important to know what food sources provide your body with these immune system essentials. In a recent article reported by CNN Health, they breakdown the key foods, preparation methods, and boosting effects they play in improving health. Some of the immune-boosting staples include: Nutrient Food Source Effect Vitamin C… Read more >>
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Jump-start your Journey to Become a Registered Dietitian (RD/RDN)

RDN talking to patient The online M.S. Applied Nutrition program at UNE recently matured in the candidacy process with the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) as the program develops an exciting new pathway for students to earn the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential. An excerpt from the approval document:  “The University of New England has applied to the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) to open an innovative program preparing students to lead careers as Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RD/RDN). As a result of demonstrated leadership in education, ACEND® has accepted UNE’s application to be a part of an exclusive cohort of programs. And awards the program candidacy in the process of accreditation under the new “Read more >>
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Earning your Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS®) certification just got easier

A Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) sits with a client It can sometimes feel challenging to figure out which credentials you’ll need to demonstrate your commitment and expertise to employers and patients and successfully lead in the field of nutrition. If you’re dedicated to gaining industry skills and best practice techniques, but feel unsure about which credential best suits your career interests, earning your Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS®) certification tells peers, clients, and your community that you’re qualified as an advanced nutrition professional–and it’s often included in state licensure laws. The Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS®) Credential The Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS®) is regarded as a high standard for advanced nutrition professionals and remains the only non-dietetics credential widely named in state nutrition licensure laws. As consumer interest in healthier living… Read more >>
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Policy - An Interprofessional Approach

A series of illustrated, intertwined gears to depict how How our online, interprofessional public policy course works Have you ever wondered what people mean when they talk about policy? What is it? Who needs it? How does it work? Why should I care about it? UNE Online’s new public policy course, Policy: An Interprofessional Approach (GPH 702) is a great way to find out answers to these questions. You will work with students from other disciplines to better understand how policy impacts individuals, communities and populations and the importance of cross-sector collaboration and partnerships. What is Policy? Public policy refers to any federal, state, or local government action that influences individual or agency behavior. It can be laws, executive orders, regulations, ordinances, court rulings, appropriations, or board and committee decisions. Government decision-making impacts all of us personally… Read more >>
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Student Spotlight: Annie Lin, Applied Nutrition Program

Annie Lin Master of Science in Applied Nutrition Annie Lin is a second-year student in the online Master of Science in Applied Nutrition program at the University of New England. We spoke with Annie about her experience in the program, her poster presentation at a nationally-renowned conference for the field of nutrition, and her thoughts on being a part of an online learning community. Can you tell me a little bit about yourself, and what encouraged you to pursue your Master of Science in Applied Nutrition? I grew up in a traditional Chinese medicine household. We always prioritized health and nutrition, but it wasn’t until my husband had a liver transplant and stroke that I decided to focus on nutrition.  While he was recovering from the transplant he… Read more >>
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What "Dietitian" Means & How to Become a Certified Nutrition Specialist

Two women and a boy in a garden looking at fresh vegetables and explaining what the term dietitian means Year over year, Google searches for “dietitian” tend to slow in December. We get it: no one wants to think about diet and wellness when there’s turkey and chocolate fudge to be had! However, there’s no better time of year to consider nutrition-related career goals for the coming new year. Today, we’ll answer some of the most common dietitian questions, explain a few different types of dietitians, and explain why becoming licensed—especially as a Certified Nutrition Specialist—can give your career some additional momentum. What is a dietitian and what do they do? A Dietitian is a professional who aims to improve one’s quality of life through food- and health-related research and counsel. Furthermore, a Registered Dietitian (or RD) is a… Read more >>
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Applied Nutrition Program Overview

Applied Nutrition professionals The Master of Science in Applied Nutrition online program at UNE, offered through the College of Graduate and Professional Studies, strives to enhance, expand and enrich learning opportunities in the field of Applied Nutrition. The UNE Online staff is invested in the success of each student from application to graduation and beyond. It is through a student-centered approach that UNE Online is able to uphold a solid commitment to its students to ensure that they receive a high quality, rigorous education that provides a true return on investment in their professional career. All UNE Online students engage in research and scholarship alongside dedicated faculty who are committed to their academic and professional success. Our academic programs ensure that students have… Read more >>
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Spotlight on the Applied Nutrition Trends & Issues Student Blog

Applied Nutrition Blog One of the goals of the online nutrition masters degree at UNE Online is to prepare individuals for leadership roles in the field of nutrition. We do this by advancing knowledge and expanding skills that promote excellence and innovation in all areas of nutrition practice. The program also fosters an emphasis on evidence-based best practices to support the wellbeing and health outcomes of individuals, families, and communities through education, research, and service. One of the ways our students in the Applied Nutrition program demonstrate thought leadership and expand their skills in the field of nutrition is through blogging. Transferring skill sets Authoring scholarly papers is a skill that students in the University of New England Online’s MS in Applied Nutrition… Read more >>
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U.S. FDA Issues Extension on Nutrition Fact Label Requirements

Nutrition Facts Label On May 27, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) submitted the Nutrition Facts Label Rule and the Serving Size Final Rule to update nutrition requirements found on food labels. This rule was first set with a compliance date set for July 26, 2018 at the earliest. These final rules demand food manufacturers help the public make better and more informed choices with their food. On July 3, 2018, the FDA extended the compliance dates by 18 months. Although 29,000 products have already implemented these changes, other manufacturers’ updates are still in progress. Let’s look at how these changes will affect how we read food labels. “Working to improve the nutrition and diet of Americans can be a transformative effort… Read more >>
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UNE Online Presents & Exhibits at SNEB 2018 Conference

society for nutrition education and behavior logo against a nature background The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) hosted its 51st Annual Conference in Minneapolis this July, where UNE Online was welcomed to present and exhibit. This year’s event theme, Optimizing Impact: Supporting Food Systems with Nutrition Education, attracted SNEB’s professional members, national educators, and nutrition students eager to showcase their current work while learning about the future of nutrition. Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) represents the unique professional interests of nutrition educators worldwide. SNEB is dedicated to promoting effective nutrition education and healthy behavior through research, policy, and practice, and has a vision of healthy communities, food systems, and behaviors. Their work takes place in colleges, universities, and other schools,… Read more >>
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Today's Dietitian Webinar, Sponsored by UNE Online

UNE Online sponsors Nutrition Webinar - Today's Dietitian The Master of Science in Applied Nutrition program at UNE Online is proud to have sponsored a free webinar with the nutrition experts at Today’s Dietitian on July 11, 2018. We identified and shared tips on interviewing from the other side of the mic. This webinar was hosted by CNN executive producer and correspondent, Carolyn O’Neil. As registered nutritionists become more involved in media, it’s important to learn the skills needed to become an expert. About the host Carolyn O’Neil, MS, RDN, LD, is an award-winning food journalist, nutrition communications consultant, author, blogger, television personality, and registered dietitian nutritionist. She is the author of Southern Living’s The Slim Down South Cookbook: Eating Well and Living Healthy in the Land of… Read more >>
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Welcome to Nutrition 2018!

ASN Live Stage at Nutrition 2018 At UNE Online, the Applied Nutrition graduate program got the summer started as an exhibitor at Nutrition 2018 conference hosted by the American Society of Nutrition (ASN). UNE Online joined 48 other booth exhibitors to welcome over 3,000 guests to share the latest research, science, and technology in nutrition science. Here are some highlights! What is Nutrition 2018? Hoping to provide a space where the best in science and health meet, the American Society of Nutrition decided to offer a conference exclusively for nutrition science. Prior to this, ASN hosted an annual meeting around experimental biology. With input from more than 1,000 ASN members, the Nutrition 2018 conference was approved and created to address the specific needs of nutrition professionals… Read more >>
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Program Director Spotlight: Dr. Ellie Dodge – Applied Nutrition Program

Dr. Ellie Dodge Dr. Dodge is the Program Director for the Master of Science in Applied Nutrition program at UNE Online. Her program has a diverse student body, and her faculty all follow the scholar-practitioner model, making the program highly desirable for students with a passion for nutrition. Recently we sat down with Dr. Dodge to discuss the Applied Nutrition program here at UNE Online. Can you tell me a little bit about your background and what drew you to UNE Online? I did my Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. in Nutrition, all at the University of Maine. My dissertation, Evaluation of the Impacts of a Cooperative Extension 4-H Nutrition Education and Gardening Program on Nutrition Behavior and Self-Efficacy, involved developing a nutrition education… Read more >>
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1st Annual UNE Nutrition Symposium

2018 Nutrition Symposium UNE Online and the Graduate Programs in Applied Nutrition are excited to announce our first annual UNE Nutrition Symposium! The event will be held on Saturday, April 21st right here at Innovation Hall in Portland, ME. We have an exciting lineup of speakers and breakout sessions. Attendees will: Become familiar with best practices in the field of sports nutrition. Identify nutrition strategies to apply to both team and individual athletes. Understand the concepts of motivational interviewing as well as be able to identify determinants of behavior change. Gain a broad understanding of health informatics and be able to put documentation processes into practice. Topics and speakers will include Best Practices in the Field of Sports Nutrition Speaker Carrie Banner Aprik,… Read more >>
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The Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) Credential

Certified Nutrition Specialist logo Along with an increased awareness of the need for proper nutrition comes an increased demand for skilled nutrition professionals such as Certified Nutrition Specialists to provide care for patients with various medical conditions and to advise people who desire to improve their overall health. We all know that eating a balanced diet is vital for good health and wellbeing. Food provides our bodies with the energy, protein, essential fats, vitamins and minerals to function properly – and we need a wide variety of different foods to provide the right amounts of nutrients for good health. Elite athletes have long understood the importance of proper nutrition – but more and more people are realizing the importance of fueling their bodies with… Read more >>
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Applied Nutrition: Focus your studies

The Master of Science in Applied Nutrition program at UNE Online is a 36 credit-hour program that can be completed in as little as two years. It is 100% online, with no campus visits required, and no GRE is required for admission. Our program offers four optional focus areas in various aspects of nutrition. What you’ll get with your Master of Science in Applied Nutrition The mission of the Master of Science in Applied Nutrition is to prepare individuals for leadership roles in the field of nutrition, to advance knowledge and expand skills that promote excellence and innovation in all areas of nutrition practice, and to emphasize evidence-based best practices to support the well-being and health outcomes of individuals, families,… Read more >>
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Faculty Spotlight: Leanne DiMaio – MPH Program

Leanne DiMaio, MBA, MPH Recently, Leanne DiMaio was asked to be the subject matter expert and course designer for a brand new course within the Masters of Science in Applied Nutrition program, ‘Nutrition, Wellness, and Multimedia Communication.’ Leanne has been a course facilitator in the UNE Online MPH program since 2012, directly after graduating from the MPH program herself. She earned her MBA from Saint Joseph’s College and a Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York Chiropractic College. Leanne is currently in the process of earning her Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition (DCN). Leanne currently works in the field of Population Health and Wellness and leads a team who focuses on managing disease management and wellness programs. Here, she discusses her interactive teaching style… Read more >>
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Meet Our Team: Kat Davis

Kat Davis, MSAN Enrollment Counselor Meet Kat Davis: an Enrollment Counselor for the Graduate Programs for Public Health. Kat graduated with a BS in Marketing from Plymouth State University before joining UNE in the summer of 2016 as the Program Coordinator for the Applied Nutrition program. Kat recently transitioned to a role on the Enrollment team, assisting students who are interested in enrolling in the Public Health program. At UNE Online students are our top priority, and their success is what drives each and every one of us to do what we do. We’d like to share a little bit about the people that are dedicated to making that happen every day. What do you do at UNE Online? I’m an Enrollment Counselor for the… Read more >>
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Meet Our Team: Jonathan Chavoustie

Jonathan Chavoustie, Student Support At UNE Online students are our top priority, and their success is what drives each and every one of us to do what we do. We’d like to share a little bit about the people that are dedicated to making that happen every day. Meet Jonathan Chavoustie: Student Support Specialist for the Science Prerequisites for Science Professions (SPHP) suite of courses. Jonathan joined UNE Online in March of 2017 and comes from a background of unique jobs, including retail banking, bartending, building koi ponds, and delivering phone books. Jonathan studied at several universities in the northern US and the Netherlands before earning his BA in Humanities and Philosophy from the University of Southern Maine. What do you do at UNE… Read more >>
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