Today @ MAND – May 2019

May 22nd, 2019

Malnutrition Awareness WeekTM and Clinics

May 13-May 17

The Massachusetts Commission on Malnutrition Prevention Among Older Adults, in partnership with the Massachusetts’ Elderly Nutrition Program, is holding over 80 malnutrition awareness clinics May 13 – May 17. The campaign’s kick off will be 11 a.m., May 13, 2019 at Keystone Apartments, 151 Hallet Street, Dorchester.

Clinics are in celebration of Older American’s Month and free to adults aged 60 years and above. Activities will include refreshments, individual malnutrition risk screening, an education session, free snack giveaway, and questions answered by dietitians.

Up to 60% of hospital patients are malnourished and malnutrition can extend one’s stay about five days.  Chronic health conditions lead to malnutrition and malnutrition leads to complications, falls and hospital readmissions.

Reservations are not necessary. Please check the locations and times to attend. Click here for the complete schedule of events.

For more information, contact Tara Hammes at

The EOEA Massachusetts’s Elderly Nutrition Program is funded by the Older American’s Act and state funding. Over 9 million meals are provided to approximately 75,000 seniors in order to improve nutrition, reduce hunger, and promote socialization.  Over 7,000 volunteers contribute approximately 450,000 hours yearly. Malnutrition Awareness WeekTM is a mark of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN). Used with permission from ASPEN.  


The 2018 Exercise Guidelines: What the Past 10 Years Have Taught Us

By Hailey Crean, MS, RD, CDE, CSOWM

The United State Department of Health and Human Services has updated its exercise guidelines! The 2018 guidelines are an update to the first-ever published recommendations in 2008, which included a weekly goal of at least 150 minutes to 300 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity in bouts of at least 10 minutes at a time. In this second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans what they recommend may not surprise you: most of us need to move more! The Department estimates that at present  50% of Americans are not meeting the current exercise recommendations and 30% of Americans report doing no moderate-vigorous intensity physical activity at all. With the release of the new guidelines maybe what changed most significantly is the growing body of evidence behind the reasons why we should care about this.

A Growing List of Benefits

While some benefits were known and highlighted in the 2008 guidelines the 2018 report continues to add to the list of conditions which benefit from regular physical activity, including:

  • Reduced risk of developing or progression of certain chronic conditions including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and osteoarthritis
  • Improvements in brain health including reduced incidence of dementia and improved mood
  • Prevention of weight gain
  • Improved sleep including a reduction in time to fall asleep and improvements in sleep quality
  • Reduced risk of developing gestational diabetes during pregnancy
  • Reduction in the incidence of postpartum depression
  • Reduced risk of falls and related injuries, in older adults
  • Reduced risk of certain cancers including breast, colon, endometrial, esophagus, kidney, lung, stomach and bladder

The report also released new findings that show for individuals who perform little or no moderate-vigorous activity, replacing their sedentary time with light-intensity activity reduces the risk of all-cause mortality, incidence of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  The evidence in this area was previously lacking.

What’s Else is New?

  • Removal of the 10-minute bouts minimum- all movement now counts toward the daily goal
  • New recommendations to include preschool-aged children (ages 3-5 years old) and the benefits seen in bone health and reduced risk of excessive weight gain
  • A new Move Your Way campaign to help promote and inspire regular exercise

Bottom Line

Individuals who move more tend to feel better, sleep better and have reduced risks of certain diseases!  For the most benefit, Americans are encouraged to participate in some form of moderate to vigorous physical activity for 150 minutes to 300 minutes per week, plus 2 days of strength exercises. If that is not possible exercise appears to provide benefit in a dose-dependent manner, even including light-intensity movement, so any amount of movement is better than none.  If you are looking for support to start, check out the interactive Activity Planner on Move Your Way, set a goal on your wearable fitness tracker or schedule it into your calendar.  If you set a goal, rather than leaving it to chance, you’re more likely to follow through.

Hailey Crean, MS, RD, CDE, CSOWM is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator at Hailey Crean Nutrition, LLC. Article originally published on Mar 1, 2019.

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Today @ MAND – April 2019

April 15th, 2019

President’s Update Happy Spring! It’s hard to believe that Spring is finally here. It’s so nice to have the longer days. I always feel a bit more productive when the weather starts to get warmer. We had a busy and very successful March. Starting with MAND’s Annual Day on the Hill where we were at […]

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Today @ MAND – March 2019

March 14th, 2019

ANCE is in 2 weeks, have you registered? Please join us for our annual conference at The Four Points Sheraton, Norwood. To register for the event, please go to: To download a copy of the flyer, please click here We look forward to seeing many of you on Friday, March 29th for a fun and educational […]

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Today @ MAND – February 2019

February 13th, 2019

TB12: Fact or Fiction – Part 2 Research conducted by graduate students in NUTR 903: Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism at Framingham State University. The TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance by Tom Brady was published in 2017, and quickly made the New York Times Best Seller list. At 41 years […]

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Today @ MAND – January 2019

January 14th, 2019

President’s Update Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season, were able to take some time to relax and recharge and are ready to take on a new year. As I look back, Fall was a busy time with FNCE, PPW and several successful MAND events including a Dairy Tour at Great […]

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Today @ MAND – December 2018

December 20th, 2018

  MDEF joins with RADA Cutlery to Fundraise for Dietitian Scholarships Please help us raise $3000 this year to fund scholarships for worthy candidates.  You get great knives and kitchen utensils at eye-popping savings and MDEF gets 40% of the cost.  Get your holiday gifts and make a wonderful charitable contribution at the same time.  Click […]

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Today @ MAND – November 2018

November 13th, 2018

Trusting Your Gut: An Intro to Intuitive Eating By Jennifer O’Brien MEd, CHES What is Intuitive Eating? The concept of Intuitive Eating (IE) was coined in 1995 by two registered dietitians, Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, as an evidenced based, mind-body approach to sustainable nutrition.1 Research has shown that chronic dieting or restrictive approaches to […]

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Today @ MAND – October 2018

October 22nd, 2018

President’s Welcome Happy October! I hope you all enjoyed your summer and were able to take a little time to relax and recharge. I wanted to start off by thanking all our members for electing me in this position. I am honored to be serving as your president this year, and am looking forward to […]

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