Unique Nutrition Requires Unique Solutions

We all know a balanced diet is crucial to our health, but are you aware that March magnifies the focus on proper nutrition? It is designated as National Nutrition Month® by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as well as Nutrition Month by Dietitians of Canada. Moreover, March 10th is this year’s RDN Day (which honors both Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and Nutrition and Dietetic Technicians, Registered), and March 17th is Dietitians Day in Canada. It should come as no surprise that we are kicking off our revamped blog with dietetic health on the brain!

The 2021 nutrition month themes revolve around personalized meals. We are all unique, so it makes sense to consume foods that are suitable for our culture and lifestyle. Food and nutrition experts (such as RDNs) understand that it is vital to consider an individual’s preferences, traditions, and goals when working on a customized eating plan.

Colorful lunchboxes, hands, and water bottles grouped around a table

While dietitians operate in various industries from education to fitness, they are perhaps best recognized for their clinical expertise. A therapeutic diet is often integral to a patient’s healing process and overall wellbeing, which means that food and nutrition professionals must personalize their patients’ care. How can nutrition staff in healthcare facilities maintain the delicate balance of safety, satisfaction, and efficiency, particularly when it comes to a large population?

Luckily, the power of modern technology can automate many dietetic processes. For example:

  • Staff can utilize diet tracking software to verify that the right tray is delivered to the correct patient, thereby reducing the risk of errors and protecting patient safety. A timely alert can prevent complications (e.g., a rescheduled surgery due to an NPO diet order change) or even more serious adverse effects.
  • Patients can personalize their own eating plan when a hospital offers self-ordering via electronic devices like tablets or in-room monitors. An interactive ordering process empowers the individual, which can help boost satisfaction. Behind the scenes, nutrition staff maintain ultimate control by selecting menus that take into account patient allergies and diet restrictions.
  • Operators can promote beneficial choices in healthcare retail settings with a transparent, FDA-compliant labeling system. Displaying allergens and nutrients educates patrons and encourages them to make safe, informed decisions.

By practicing based on evidence and employing the latest nutrition informatics solutions, dietitians significantly impact their communities. We appreciate nutrition HEROES everywhere and hope you feel inspired to #PersonalizeYourPlate and #FindYourHealthy!

Disclaimer: This article does not serve as an endorsement of Computrition’s products by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics or by Dietitians of Canada.