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Dietitians All the Rage at Fast-Casual Restaurants

Red Brick Pizza, Noodles and Company, Freshii and Tropical Smoothie Café are just a few of the chains that are collaborating with registered dietitians (RDs) for menu development, food research and nutrition information for customers.

Obesity is the backbone of the entire movement. Consumers are taking notice of menu labels and RDs provide a reliable, credible source of information.

According to the National Restaurant Association’s “What’s Hot” survey nutrition and health, children’s nutrition, half and smaller portions, fresh produce, gluten-free options and a back-to-basics approach are in the top 20 trends for 2011.

There is a customer service element to it too. Have a question about nutrition and that smoothie you want to drink? Ask n Darcie Ellyne. She is the new RD for Tropical Smoothie. She will answer questions via social media tools and provide sound, evidenced-based nutrition information and lifestyle guidelines for all who seek to improve their lives.

The real question is…can the RD become part of a brand’s identity? What if dietitians became the next rock star chefs?

They have the training and expertise to build consumers’ trust. RDs have the opportunity to be almost as effective as the white check on the cereal box.

Learning to Delegate

Many new managers and supervisors find it a strange new experience. Instead of just being responsible for your work, now you are responsible for the work done by others.

There is a strong tendency to have little faith in other’s abilities and sometimes even less in your own ability to manage others and get things done. For some, the easiest thing to do is retreat back to the familiar and do everything ourselves. While this may work or appear to work in the short run, in the long term it is a sure path to disaster.

Being able to successfully delegate work and ensure that it is done with a minimum of fuss is crucial for any management role. Managers and supervisors are not measured based on their individual contributions but on the contributions of their team. So, even if you put in the longest hours, if your team is going nowhere you are in trouble!

So how do you learn to delegate successfully?

  • Take enough time in the initial conversation to ensure yourself and your team member that he or she can do the task
  • Agree on deadlines and details from the outset
  • Have regular meetings for progress reports, questions and support (TRY NOT TO HOVER)
  • Share information (this goes for both of you)

There are probably only another handful of management skills more critical to your personal and professional success than learning to delegate. There is much more to delegating than meets the eye. It does not mean to simply hand out assignments. It is a science and an exercise in understanding one’s self.

Leave your tips in the comments.

Exercise Drops Risk Of…

Our sedentary lifestyle is bad. You have to start exercising more and if weight loss isn’t motivation enough, consider the following:

  1. Diabetes: The researchers calculated that if a sedentary person changed his or her behavior and started walking 10,000 step/day they would achieve a threefold improvement in insulin sensitivity.
  2. IBS: In a study, those that participated in moderate-to-vigorous exercise—like brisk walking or biking—for 20 to 60 minutes, three to five days a week reported greater improvement on a standard IBS symptoms questionnaire.
  3. Colon Cancer: A Cancer Epidemiology-published study found people who were consistently active over the course of their adulthood had a lower risk of death from colon cancer than those who were sedentary.
  4. Depression: Patients who suffered heart failure are less likely to exhibit depressive symptoms if they participate in structured exercise therapy. The researchers found that the patients’ overall rates of depressive symptoms decreased by 40 percent after ET, from 22 to 13 percent.
  5. Parkinson’s Disease: A few years ago a neurologist discovered that cycling can help improve motor skills before and after rides of those diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Other forms of exercise, such as Tai Chi, can help improve balance.
  6. Osteoporosis: Weight bearing activity (walking, dancing etc) can help maintain thickness in your bones. Walking as little as three to five miles a week can help build your bone health. Resistance training can strengthen those bones. And once again, flexibility exercise (yoga, Tai Chi) can prevent injury.

Sitting Too Much?

An increasingly long work week and technological advancements have all but removed the environment demanding constant physical activity.

Consider this: We’ve become so sedentary that 30 minutes a day at the gym may not do enough to counteract the detrimental effects of eight, nine, or 10 hours of sitting. That’s one big reason so many women still struggle with weight, blood sugar, and cholesterol woes despite keeping consistent workout routines.

In a recent study, researchers found that regardless of how much moderate to vigorous exercise participants did, those who took more breaks from sitting throughout the day had slimmer waists, lower BMIs (body mass indexes), and healthier blood fat and blood sugar levels than those who sat the most. In an extensive study of 17,000 people, Canadian researchers made it clearer: The longer you spend sitting each day, the more likely you are to die an early death—no matter how fit you are.

Increasing your daily non-exercise activity thermogenesis—or NEAT can make a huge difference. That’s the energy (i.e., calories) you burn doing everything but exercise. So instead of shopping online, go shop at a mall (147 calories); cook at home rather than order in (128 more calories burned there); pace while talking on the phone (147 calories).

Shake things up throughout the day by interrupting your sedentary stints as often as possible. Stand up every half hour. If you have to sit for longer than that, take more extended and active breaks and move around for a few minutes before sitting back down.

It’s Like Silencing the Lamb, And the Lamb Wants to Scream

On this week’s Grey’s Anatomy, Dr. Bailey introduced Twitter to the hospital.  It was a great representation of how many react to Twitter when they first hear about it.

They want whoever is doing it, to stop.

I don’t think it was a great idea for the interns who were in Dr. Webber’s OR to be following the tweets instead of watching him, but Dr. Bailey’s reasoning for doing it was flawless. She cited the fact that it was a teaching tool and that she could reach thousands of residents.

Whether it’s new and cool or merely yicky, observers say there’s no question that more and more doctors — and patients — will be sharing on sites like Twitter and Facebook.

This is a reality as the medical arena makes healthcare more interactive, it’s a unique opportunity to explore innovative ways to communicate with patients and alleviative fears they may have.

Watching Dr. Webber start to understand the benefits and value of Twitter was pretty fulfilling (gosh, I am a healthcare PR nerd). The excitement he showed was fantastic.

How wonderful would it be if all our clients could be so easily convinced that social media was a great visibility tool and it wasn’t just a liability? (Oh yeah, and if the FDA saw the value too..)