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  • 25 Apr 2011 9:59 PM | Anonymous

    I have to share a tip from my new resident- I LOVE tuna ' It is a maggot, it eats your fat". me-" I never heard that before".   resident- ( in a hushed voice) " nobody knows"!!!!!- admission weight 250#

    Have a good day,


  • 26 Mar 2011 8:39 AM | Mary Chambers

    Reminder to all members: Another great benefit of our pactice group is our Inservice Loan Library. Our materials are in a vary of forms: Books and Manuals, CD-DVD, Audio Cassette and VHS Tapes. Those arttending our April 6th Spring meeting in Princeton,NJ will have oppurtunity to view and  borrow the inservice materials first hand.Stop by to say Hi and pick up list and order forms. See you all soon,         Mary E. Chambers, RD,  DHCC-NJ In-service  

  • 04 Mar 2011 4:00 PM | Anonymous
    All current members should have received an email with directions on how to vote online for our 2011-2012 governing board.  If you have not, and you are a current member, please contact our administrator, Suzanne Jeska at or (973) 879-9959.  Thanks for your participation and support in our efforts to go green!
  • 03 Mar 2011 5:11 PM | Anonymous

    Thanks for the great response to my decaf coffee question.  Here is a summary of the responses:

    We serve decaff coffee on trayline and in dining rooms.  But regular coffee machines are accessible to patients in our main TV room on subacute.

    We do serve decaf, but the same thing happened recently. One resident at a meeting requested regular be served.  I defended decaf due to medical reasons, so dietary is providing regular instant coffee packets. Maybe that will work?___________________________________________________________________ 

    We serve decafe, but do have regular available for staff so if a resident requested it we could provide it. _______________________________________________

    we serve decaff coffee/tea to all residents, but will serve regular coffee /tea if requested.  I found lately that most sub acute prefers the decaffinated drinks.


    Most of my facilities do serve decaf coffee, but we have regular coffe in break room for employees so if a resident wants regular we give it to the individual.


    Maria, We did recently switch to offer regular coffee as well as decaf. Residents default to decaf unless they specify difference for the long termers. For the subacutes, they actually select menus on paper so they indicate their preferences. We use a liquid coffee base so we have the option of brewing by cup or by pot. Maxwell House is accepted by the residents really well.
    Yes we serve regular and decaf  coffee, no grapefruit/juice. Too many DNI
    We have a few residents with Dr orders stating "may have caffeine". These residents get their own coffee, whether from activities' purchasing instant coffee, or from outside source. Dietary continues to provide decaf cof/tea. Problem in many bldgs is caffeine containing sodas available in vending machine. After many months of waiting, we finally got a vending machine with no name, caffeine free sodas for a lower cost to the residents. As for the sugar content of some sodas in machine & the diabetics...a whole other issue. P.S. I thought back in the early 90's, the state didnt want dietary to serve caffeine?


  • 25 Feb 2011 11:20 AM | Anonymous

    CDR Approves “CPEU Rollover”
    At its February 2011 meeting, CDR approved a process for allowing RDs to “rollover” up to 15 excess CPEUs (up to 10 CPEUs for DTRs) earned in the last 75 days of their current recertification cycle to the next cycle. CPEUs to be transferred must meet ALL of the following requirements:

    1. Practitioners must have successfully completed the CPEUs required for their current cycle (75 CPEUs for RDs, 50 CPEUs for DTRs).
    2. Practitioners must submit (either online or postmark) their completed Step 4: Activity Log for the current cycle no later than March 17th of the last year of their recertification cycle in order to be eligible for CPEU Rollover to the next recertification cycle.
    3. The CPE activities to be transferred must be completed during the last 75 days of the current recertification cycle (i.e., CPE activities completed between March 17th and May 31st).
    4. The completion date of the first CPE activity to be transferred to the next cycle must be at least one day after the completion date of the last activity logged for the current cycle ending 5/31.
    5. RDs can transfer up to 15 CPEUs and DTRs can transfer up to 10 CPEUs earned during the last 75 days of their recertification cycle towards their next cycle that begins on 6/1. 
    6. A new Step 3: Learning Plan for the new cycle beginning 6/1, needs to be submitted no later than 120 days after the completion date of the first activity to be transferred to the next recertification cycle.
    7. Only whole CPE  programs/activities can be transferred, CPEUs from one activity cannot be divided between recertification cycles.

    Visit CDR’s website for details.

    Looking for volunteers
    Looking for volunteers to participate in the Let's Move Newark program running this spring through next fall.   There are opportunities for RDs, DTRs and dietetics students to participate in this exciting initiative.  We also need volunteers who speak Spanish and Portuguese (not required, but helpful).  If you are interested - please EMAIL Felicia Stoler at


    NJDA annually select and honor the Outstanding Dietetic Student, Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year, Recognized Dietetic Technician of the Year, Emerging Dietetic Leader and the Carolyn Sebastinalli Distinguished Member Awards. Awards will be presented at the state’s annual meeting on May 13, 2011.  Additionally, students enrolled in a Supervised Practice Program (Dietetic Internship) or Accredited Dietetic Technician Program who are NJ residents can apply for the Dietetic Student Initiative Award.

    Award criteria and nomination forms are available on the NJDA website (, in the “Members” section.  For additional information contact Brenda Murdock, RD at 973.980.9320 or  Award packets must be submitted by March 7, 2011.

    • Outstanding Dietetic Student
    • Dietetic Student Initiative
    • Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year
    • Recognized Dietetic Technician of the Year
    • Emerging Dietetic Leader
    • Outstanding Dietitian of the Year

    Did you receive an NJDA award between 1985 and 2010?  We are formulating a database of recipients and would love to hear from you!  Please contact Kathleen Carozza at with your name, the award year and award title.




    NJDA is now on Facebook!

    Join us today! Search for ‘New Jersey Dietetic Association’ and simply click on the “Like” button!

    For 2011, the NJDA executive board adopted a New Strategic Plan to improve the way NJ’s food and nutrition experts network and communicate with each other. One of the tactics planned to enforce this idea was to create a Facebook account for NJDA. The page will increase awareness among members/students and will improve our capability of communicating information simply and quickly.

    Bottom line, NJDA created its own Facebook Fan Page in order to gather up all our members in one place and stream a constant flow of the who, why, what , when, where (and how) that’s happening  in and around New Jersey regarding our members, our organization, nutrition and food issues, healthcare issues, and much more.


    Region 1 will be hosting a networking meeting on March 18, 2011 at Scotland Run Country Club in Williamstown.  Discussion on licensure and a round table on "What can NJDA do for you?" are on the agenda. CE credits are pending at this time. A light dinner will be served.  Please contact Amy Kaminski at if you would like to attend. 

    Cost: $17

    Please send check and dinner choice to:  Amy Kaminski, 424 Atlanta Ct.

    Sewell NJ 08080.  Please make the check out to New Jersey Dietetic Association. 

    Dinner Choices are:

                Chicken or Tuna Platter

                Wood Grilled Pear Salad

                Pub Club

                Original Burger

                Our Own Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork

                Classic Caesar Salad

                Grilled Breast of Chicken

    Please submit everything by March 1st if you would like to attend.

    Thank you!

    Dear NJDA member,

    Below you will find a link to download an electronic copy of the Winter NJDA newsletter, News & Views. We are currently evaluating our process of distributing the newsletter to take advantage of changes in technology and maximize efficiency. Please help us in our efforts to determine the manner in which the NJDA newsletter is distributed by completing the survey below. The survey should take you less than 5 minutes. 

    The names of all participants will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win complimentary registration to the NJDA 2011 annual meeting.  Please click the link below to complete the survey:

    Click here to download the Winter NJDA Newsletter (Adobe PDF)
    Thank you very much for your assistance.
    Nancy Munoz, NJDA President
    Shara Aaron and Jaime Schwartz, N&V editors

  • 25 Feb 2011 11:18 AM | Anonymous
    Do you do a complete new assessement with a new assessement form for the annual ?  Or do you write a soap note?
  • 20 Feb 2011 8:48 AM | Anonymous
    Let me know ifyou know of any consultant or part time LTC positions for RD I know.. 
  • 19 Feb 2011 5:58 PM | Anonymous

    Ronni found this info and is passing it on to the practice group.  I am experimenting on using the blog.


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  • 10 Feb 2011 12:48 PM | Anonymous
    Watch for upcoming information!
  • 07 Feb 2011 6:33 PM | Anonymous

    LTC/Sub Acute facility in Jersey City, NJ is seeking an RD.

    If interested, please fax your resume to 908-608-0887 ATTN:  Pat Finnerty, RD or email to:


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