March Update 
A bi-monthly e-mail from
the ON DPG Executive Board.

Calling for Symposium Session Submissions

The next Biennial Oncology Nutrition DPG Symposium will be held April 13-15, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota!

Would you like to present at the Symposium?  We want to hear from you!  The Planning Committee is looking for innovative presentations that highlight what is new in oncology nutrition.   

Complete the application and return to Heather Bell-Temin at by May 1, 2017.

It’s Awards Season!

Please take the time to nominate a friend, colleague, or yourself for one of our two awards. Winners receive $500 and recognition at our annual breakfast during FNCE 2017!  

The two awards are: the practice award, for those members who work to promote oncology nutrition through research, and the service award for members who have served the DPG.

For questions please email

Distinguished Practice Award

This award is designed to recognize an outstanding ON DPG member who has worked to promote nutrition as a vital component of oncology patient care through professional presentations, publications, involvement in other oncology related organizations and active participation in oncology related patient activities.

Distinguished Service Award

This award is designed to recognize a member who has demonstrated leadership and/or service to the ON DPG, and who has worked to promote dietetic professionals in the field of Oncology Nutrition.

Any active member of the ON DPG, including oneself, may submit written nominations. (Exempted members include the Award and Scholarship Committee members, ON DPG Chair and ON DPG Chair-elect, and previous winners of the award)

Nominees MUST meet all deadlines (May 1 2017) and requirements for the applications to be considered.

To nominate an ONDPG member for the Distinguished Service Award, email

The award recipient(s) will receive $500 and a commemorative certificate at the ON DPG Business Meeting, during FNCE 2017.
In addition, the recipient(s) will be featured in the Winter issue of the Oncology Nutrition Connection newsletter.

From the ONDPG Nominating Chair

Katie Badgett, MS, RDN, CSP, LDN
I would like to say a BIG thank you to all the candidates who ran and participated in the ONDPG election this year!

Please join me in congratulating our winners who will begin their term on the Executive Committee June 1st:

Chair-Elect: Alice Bender, MS, RDN
Treasurer: Paula Charuhas Macris, MS, RD, CSO, FAND
HOD DPG Delegate: Shayne Robinson, RD, CSO, CDN

National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month® 2017 - "Put Your Best Fork Forward!"

National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. 

The theme for 2017 is "Put Your Best Fork Forward", which acts as a reminder that each bite counts. Making just small shifts in our food choices, can add up over time. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggest starting with small changes in order to make healthier lasting changes you can enjoy.

This year's theme for National Nutrition Month®inspires us to start with small changes in our eating habits – one forkful at a time. So whether you are planning meals to prepare at home or making selections when eating out, Put Your Best Fork Forward to help find your healthy eating style.

Key Messages:

  1. Create an eating style that includes a variety of your favorite, healthful foods.
  2. Practice cooking more at home and experiment with healthier ingredients.
  3. How much we eat is as important as what we eat. Eat and drink the right amount for you, as MyPlate encourages us to do.
  4. Find activities that you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week.
  5. Manage your weight or lower your health risks by consulting a registered dietitian nutritionist. RDNs can provide sound, easy-to-follow personalized nutrition advice to meet your lifestyle, preferences and health-related needs.

Check out the NNM webpage or ideas, social media messages, graphics and press releases: 


You Asked, We Answered!

The Oncology DPG is proud to let you know that the Academy recognizes the importance of having a dietitian in cancer centers and wants to make sure patients are getting what they deserve when it comes to their nutrition care. We already know this, but we need to show cancer centers the importance of the RDN in cancer centers.  The ON DPG and the Academy are partnering together to study the benefits of the RDN in cancer centers. 
We will need your help to make this happen!  Oncology dietitians in outpatient cancer centers will be asked to participate in this study and provide data via the Academy’s research database, ANDHII, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Health Informatics Infrastructure. 
I will be sending out more details in the near future, but for now we just want you to know that we are working to help solve this huge problem.  We truly want to participate in making sure that every cancer patient gets the nutrition care they deserve.
Stay tuned,
Tricia Cox
Past Chair and ON DPG Research Coordinator

More Great Resources

Don't forget about the great resources on our website including recipes for patients like this one! 

High Protein Green Smoothie  
Serves: 1 
Serving Size: 16 Fl oz 

1 ½ bananas, frozen   
½ cup raw spinach   
¼ cup raw zucchini 
2 Tbsp. almonds   
1 teaspoon chia seeds  
½ scoop of protein powder of your choice  
1 Tbsp. peanut butter  
Ice (if needed)

1. Place all ingredients in a blender container.
2. Cover and blend on high speed until smooth. 
3. Chill before serving. 

Calories 440-521       
Fat (g) 24        
Carbohydrate (g) 67   
Protein (g) approx. 19-21    



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