ArDA e-Communiqué

Volume 4, Number 10
October 16, 2009
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Member Feature

                         Lynn Seabolt

Where you work:
Mercy Health Systems of Northwest
Arkansas in Rogers    

Clinical Dietitian

ArDA Board of Directors:
Secretary/Treasurer Elect


More about my job: 

My job at Mercy is mainly floor work. I see general admits on the Med/Surg floor as well as consults for Peds. I am also working on a pediatric wellness program that was supposed to start this last summer, but due to unforseen circumstances, probably won't start until the new year.


October 5, 1975


Collinsville, OK

Current City of Residence: 







Golf, vegetable garden, tinkering around the house

Favorite Singer/Type of Music: 

Dave Matthews Band, Pink Floyd; I can listen to most any kind of music. I have never gained an appreciation for the current country music though.

Favorite TV Show: 

The Office

Chocolate or Vanilla?  


Favorite Sports Teams: 

Arkansas Razorbacks. I don’t really follow pro sports.

Favorite Thing to do on a Sunday Afternoon: 


Favorite Quote: 

The devil has put a penalty on all things we enjoy in life. Either we suffer in health or we suffer in soul or we get fat.  Albert Einstein

I wouldn't be caught dead wearing:

A dress

If I won a million dollars, I would:

I’d be rich…

In my Free Time, you will find me: 

Working in the yard or watching TV

Best Decision Ever Made:

To marry my wife, Natalie.

Best job ever: 

Diabetes Education at Vanderbilt Eskind Diabetes Clinic, Nashville, TN. The endocrinologists allowed the RDs and APNs to work with autonomy. We were able to actually help our patients manage their diabetes as opposed to only educating them.


Job Postings  

Morrison Healthcare Food Services Arkansas State Hospital
Diet Technician, Full Time

Little Rock, AR
Open: Immediately; Closed: When Filled

Sparks Health System
Clinical Dietitian: Full Time
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Open Date: Immediately; Close Date: When Filled.


Call for Nominations

Please submit nominations for Outstanding Dietetic Educator of the Year (ODE) by November 1, 2009.  Decisions will be made based upon the ADA selection criteria and materials that are submitted by November 1.  Please see for instructions.  Encourage your nominees by offering to assist with compiling their information.  Most individuals are not comfortable putting themselves forward for such an honor.   The ODE for Arkansas will be submitted to the Dietetic Educators of Practitioners (DEP practice group of ADA) by the January 15, 2010 deadline in order to be considered for the national award.  Our recipient will be honored at the ArDA Annual Meeting in April.  

Submitted by: Cindy Moore, Director of Member Services


Just Do 2--RDs to visit schools in February to Educate Arkansas Children

Our president, Kim Dowell, has issued a challenge to all members this year to get involved and volunteer just two hours of our time to community service over the next year.  Our mission is to empower members to be the nation’s food and nutrition leaders.  As many of you know, the third annual Feed Your Feet Fun Run will be held in March 2010 and March is also National Nutrition Month.  We know that all of you are parents, aunts, uncles, or know of a school in your local community that would love to have a dietitian visit a class.  We want you to get out and help spread the word about good nutrition to a school of your choice during the month of February, to promote National Nutrition Month and the Feed Your Feet Fun Run.  Most schools would be ecstatic to have a Registered Dietitian come in and spend 30 minutes to an hour educating a class on a healthy lifestyle.  That’s all the time it would take you to do your part in this drive to get RDs into the schools to educate children about nutrition.  We will be working on a child nutrition education curriculum for anyone interested, to have available to you if you choose to use it.  We currently have more than 500 ArDA members, so just think of the number of children we could reach if each member visited one class.  If you would be interested in being involved in this endeavor, please contact Sarah Chunn, RD, LD, at

Submitted by: Sarah Chunn, RD, LD 


Just Do 2--Hall of Fame

Just Do 2! ArDA Volunteer Campaign to increase visibility of the RD, DTR and student members across the state of Arkansas. The ArDA Board of Directors voted to support a “Just Do 2” program asking each ArDA member to do two hours of community service over the next year. This could be health fairs for your community or local schools, work with local hospitals in the community, work on the ArDA Legislative Day at our state capitol, or help with the 3rd Annual Feed Your Feet Fun Run in March 2010. Go to the “Just Do 2” page on the ArDA Web site to log in your activities and be a member of the Just Do 2 Hall of Fame.

Dietetic Interns, Sarah Pflugradt, Ashlee Tappe, and Hauna Leiker, and UAMS grad student, Chris Leach, volunteered their time at the Arkansas Dietetic Association’s exhibit at the Parent Institute Health Fair in Little Rock, held Saturday, October 3.  The booth focused on providing tips for healthy kids including healthy meals, healthy snacks, and fun ways to get active.  They also had handouts and healthy snacks, including a variety of soy joy bars and apples, available for attendees.

Other October additions to the Just Do 2 Hall of Fame: Jana Gardner and Susan Goolsby. Visit the Hall of Fame to see our total number of hours so far and the contributions to our Arkansas community

Submitted by: Sarah Chunn, RD, LD and Lea Hyland, ArDA Executive Secretary


Majority of Americans not eating their fruits and veggies

According to the report State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables, 2009, released on September 29, 2009, by the CDC, no state is meeting national objectives for consumption of fruits and vegetables. The report is the first to provide state-by-state data about fruit and vegetable consumption and polices that may help Americans eat more fruits and vegetables.

CDC surveys indicate that only 33 percent of adults met the recommendations for fruit consumption and only 27 percent get the recommended servings of vegetables.

For high school students, 32 percent reported that they eat approximately two servings of fruit a day, while only 13 percent of them eat approximately three servings of vegetables a day.

The Healthy People 2010 objectives aim for at least 75 percent of Americans to eat the recommended two or more servings of fruit a day; and for at least 50 percent of Americans to eat the recommended three or more daily servings of vegetables.

The full report The State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables, 2009 provides in-depth details on key policies and environmental factors that may cause low consumptions of fruits and vegetables throughout the states. For example, only eight states have a policy for healthier food retail improvements, and less than half of the states (21) have a policy to support farm-to-school programs.

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Web Site Watch
Check out the Quaker Oats Health Professionals website to see Grant Winners, see what some of them did with the grants, and watch one winners documentary. This website also contains some downloadable printable brochures about oats, breakfast--3 quick and easy solutions, heart health, and much more.
This business provides online technology for businesses and organization. Look at the portfolio and you might see some RD Web sites, as well as district and state dietetic Web sites. Let your webmaster know if you see anything interesting that ArDA might want to pursue.
Submitted by Ruth Johnston, GRECC, CAVHS and ADA Education Committee
“Full service career management site for food, nutrition, and culinary professionals.” Some of the tabs on home page include: Plan (finding your dream job, personality assessment), Expert Advice (Career Q&A, Career Marketplace, Featured Career Articles) and Get Connected (Continuing Education Providers).
Submitted by Ruth Johnston, GRECC, CAVHS and ADA Education Committee
CArDDA is now on Facebook.  Any dietitian in the state is welcome to join the Facebook group regardless if they are members of the central region.
Submitted by Michelle Justus, ArDA Public Policy Panel and CArDDA officer   
WIC Learning Online has many resources and do a very good job of sharing on this Web site. Spend a little time searching through the materials and information available. The site states “The WIC Works Resource System (WWRS) began in January 2000 as a joint project between the National Agricultural Library/Food and Nutrition Information Center, USDA/Food and Nutrition Service, and the University of Maryland.  The WIC Works mission is “to serve as an encompassing resource for WIC nutritionists and other WIC professionals nationwide.” Since that time, the WWRS has grown to become an informative and thorough online resource for health and nutrition professionals serving in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).”
Online Nutrition Services by RDs. Take some time to review all the tabs on this site. Thirty-eight Registered Dietitians are listed as individual counselors on the site with detailed biographies. As opposed to many other nutrition/diet sites, a lot of the information is available without joining the program. The site states “Real Living provides online weight loss programs to empower people to make small changes so they can receive lasting results. We designed our programs from research that studied those who have lost weight and kept it off for 3 or more years. We are interested in helping people to find long term solutions instead of quick fixes.”    
ADA Student Scoop - The ADA Student Council is a national student organization within ADA formed to address student-related issues and increase peer networking. All current ADA student members are automatically Student Council members. The purpose of the ADA Student Council is to increase involvement of ADA student members by creating opportunities for leadership within the Association and to facilitate communications among student members and with the ADA leadership.

Have a favorite Web site resource? Send suggestions to
Celia Harkey 


Upcoming Events - Mark your calendars!!  

October 17-20
Denver, Colorado  

October 29, Thursday, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. 
Free webinar for 1 CPE “Safeguarding the Health of America’s Children: The Important Role of Nutrient-Rich Foods” open to all health professionals and child nutrition thought leaders. Sign up at . Presented by National Dairy Council, nutrition scientists Lynn Moore, DSc, MPH, and Karen Rafferty, RD will share timely insights and their latest research on the importance of nutrient-rich foods in improving child health and wellness. Moore will discuss her research on food intake and eating patterns in children, and Rafferty will discuss her research on the school milk pilot test as well as other recent research on flavored milk. In addition, Ann Marie Krautheim will serve as moderator and will highlight some child nutrition news from NDC: The launch of the new youth-driven Fuel Up to Play 60 program, the new ADAF Healthy Schools partnership and new child nutrition educational tools on For additional background, Moore joined the faculty of the Section of Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology at Boston University School of Medicine in 1993 where she is currently an associate professor of medicine. Rafferty is the Senior Research Dietitian for the Osteoporosis Research Center at Creighton University and owner of Nutrition Science Resource, a professional consulting service for research and industry.

November 6
1 Day Workshop
Jonesboro, Arkansas



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