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Rush University was once again well represented at the 2014 Food and Nutrition Conference & Expo, the annual conference for nutrition professionals by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 
Marisa Mozer,MS, RD, a recent graduate of the Rush Combined MS and dietetic internship program, presented results from a recent quality improvement initiative. In a convenience sample of hospitalized patients admitted to Rush University Medical Center with pressure ulcers, handgrip strength was significantly lower in patients identified as malnourished by subjective global assessment. In addition, this patient population was consuming less than their estimated protein and calorie needs.  Marisa completed her abstract as part of the Rush clinical nutrition graduate program with the support of Rush faculty Melanie Betz, Anne Coltman, and Diane Sowa.
 Heather Rasmussen, PhD, RD, LDN, led the presentation entitled, “Beyond Fat: The Influence of Individual Fatty Acids on Health,” which spoke to the Academy’s current position on dietary fatty acids.  Dr. Rasmussen discussed the health impact of monounsaturated, saturated, and trans fats, and addressed the recent controversy surrounding coconut oil, oleic acid and health, and saturated fat intake.
Photo Caption: Food and Nutrition Conference & Expo

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