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Twitter Tips for Registered Dietitians and Nutritionists

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Ideas For Dietitians and Nutritionists

TO:  Registered Dietitians:  How much can you say in 140 characters?  A lot — and often.  Just ask the millions of Twitter users worldwide.

Large and small consulting practices: such as Registered Dietitians and Nutritionists are aggressively growing their Twitter presence to communicate directly with their current clients, alliance partners, investors, employees and potential clients.

In response, Dietitians are creating profiles that showcase their expertise, opinions and character:  to attract relationships with potential alliance partners, clients, industry gurus, etc.

Not too late to start:  If you’ve been tweeting since the early days of Twitter, congratulations — you have cultivated a substantial digital asset for yourself. If you’re just starting out or you’ve abandoned your account, the good news is that it’s never too late to start.

The best day to begin (again) is today. Twitter is forgiving like that. Here’s how to get going and stay going:

1. Set up your account. Twitter profiles are very simple to create and update. The essential elements are:

  • @name: Select a name for your account that’s distinct and professional. If possible, use some form of your real name.
  • Image: Post an image that is a clean and appropriate — a quality headshot, an artistic avatar, a logo or an image that suits your line of business. Do not use the generic Twitter image.
  • Description: Write a 160-character overview of who you are and what you tweet about. Most professionals list their role, or company, and then what they are passionate about as space permits.  The passionate part is what your audience will sense and remember.
  • Background Design: Choose a background design and image that complements your stated profile. Twitter supplies templates in the Design section of your account page and there are paid Twitter background apps available on the Internet with a wide variety of selection and price.  Typically the more expensive a product or service…the more conservative you will want to be.  A conservative image enhances first impressions and trust…especially in today’s hyper competitive markets.

2. Go mobile. Be prepared to participate by downloading the mobile version of Twitter. The platform is best enjoyed and maximized on the go. Twitter is available for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry users on their respective app stores. The functionality is incredibly good on mobile and easily recognizable from the desktop version. Many find Twitter to have transformed networking at trade shows and conferences with its simplicity of finding people, getting session feeds and tracking down event locations.

3. Give to get and learn the lingo. Twitter enables and encourages you to interact — it has distinct terminology and functionality. The sooner you learn the lingo the sooner you can reap benefits. In your initial days and weeks of engagement, focus on mastering the technology and publishing roughly 1 to 3 tweets daily.  Very important is:  you MUST provide value in every tweet.  This is especially important when using Twitter in your professional marketing efforts.  Remember that every communication…via any format (Twitter, email, in-person, etc.) is like an interview…your audience is always evaluating your potential “value add” to them…for their current or future initiatives.

Some Twitter Terminology:

Twitter terms definitions

Tip:  The best tweet content for earning new clients for your nutrition practice are those which demonstrate your knowledge and skills.  Use hashtags (#) before keywords to identify the subject matter or important aspects of your message that may not be used in the words in your tweet.  For example, if you’re offering tips on when to consult with a nutritionist, you can use the hashtags #nutrition and #allergy and #dietitian. That way, if others are searching for tweets about nutrition, they can find your tweet.

4. Focus on Your Target Market. Beyond tweeting with hashtags, your next priority is to wisely select followers to grab their attention. For example, if you are trying to gain corporate clients… i.e. to provide “Lunch and Learn” Nutrition Seminars to the employees (prospective clients) of the large firms in your area…then target HR managers and Corporate Communication managers that tweet about the company’s committment to their employees, community, what’s happening at the company, and industry trends. Use their tweets to learn their potential needs and to be relevant.  Learn about their corporate culture.  Read their tweets, list or favorite them, and retweet their most relevant tweets.  Help them.  If they follow you back, you then have the opportunity to send them a Direct Message of 140 characters. Learn to introduce yourself and ask for what you want (the value you can provide) succinctly.

5. Know the Etiquette. In your first level of proficiency with Twitter, keep these rules in mind:

  1. Remember that tweets live forever and are spread at the speed of light.
  2. Don’t hog your knowledge — Twitter demands sharing and interaction.
  3. Balance the quantity and quality of your tweets.
  4. “Follow back” someone who follows you as appropriate.
  5. Participate in real-time to get real results.

Best wishes for your success.

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Resource Summary to help seniors… ranging from Insurance to What You Can Do to Prevent Falls.

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(Photo credit: The U.S. National Archives)

A good summary of resources to help senior citizens – many topics ranging from insurance to what you can do to prevent falls.

Click here for the Resource Summary for Seniors

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37 Key Indicators: A good set of tools for learning the senior marketplace and/or educate your senior clients…

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Orange=Nations with some type of universal health care system. Yellow=Nations attempting to obtain universal health care. Brown=Health care coverage provided by the United States war funding. Gray=Nations with no universal health care.

The following link provides the latest data on 37 key indicators to portray aspects of the lives of older Americans and their families. It is divided into five subject areas: population, economics, health status, health risks and behaviors, and health care.

Click here for:  Federal Interagency Forum on Aging Related Statistics

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A small fyi on snow shoveling:  Coat the blade of your snow shovel with cooking spray.  That way the snow and ice will slide off the shovel instead of sticking to it. This works for both plastic and metal shovels.

Infographic: How Much is Spent on the Lottery State by State

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Sign Your Lotto Ticket, As of January 28, 2008, lottery customers are required to sign their lottery tickets. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Interesting chart from Bloomberg and the Census: Infographic: How Much is Spent on the Lottery State by State

(looks like my state…NY ranks almost the highest % of income going towards buying lottery tickets).

Allergies and Pregnancy

Pregnant woman at a WIC clinic in Virginia (ve...

Pregnant woman at a WIC clinic in Virginia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Good article to share with your clients: for those clients who are pregnant and have allergies to certain foods – they should be particularly careful to avoid them while pregnant as allergic reaction may affect their fetus too.

Common offending foods are: cow’s milk, eggs, citrus, and wheat.

SEE Allergies and Pregnancy.

12 Dietary Changes that Will Lower Your Cancer Risk

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Endoscopic image of colon cancer identified in the sigmoid colon on screening colonoscopy for Crohn's disease

This link is good for identifying some foods that contribute to the development of cancer.  

Also other foods that lessen the risk.

The following anti-cancer diet greatly lowers your risk of colorectal cancer and nearly all other types of cancers.

It can also prevent cardiovascular disease. For people with a genetic tendency toward colorectal cancer, it is not just an option, it’s a lifesaving necessity.  See more details at:  12 Dietary Changes that Will Lower Your Cancer Risk

 

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A tip I read about:  “If you’re having trouble sleeping, try this salty tip:  At bedtime, drink a glass of water, then let a pinch of salt dissolve on your tongue, making sure it doesn’t touch the roof of your mouth.  Studies have shown that the combination of salt and water can induce a deep sleep”.

Example of how a successful nutrionist sets up her practice, and services offered…

Nutrition

Example of how nutritionists set up successful practices

To give Registered Dietitians an example of how a successful nutrionist sets up her practice, and what services she offers…see the following link:

SERVICES THEY OFFER:

Nutritional Consultations

  • A private consultation to establish nutritional goals, evaluate behavior patterns and eating habits and develop a personalized meal plan to optimize nutrient intake.

Nutrition And Healing

  • Find out how diet and supplements can help you. Receive a private consultation along with an individualized nutrition and supplement plan specific to your health concerns.

Comprehensive Weight Control

  • A personalized weight loss program that includes a consultation along with nutrition education, behavior modification and an individualized eating program which maximizes energy and eliminates food cravings.

Presurgical Evaluations

  • An individualized plan which optimizes health prior to surgery and facilitates healing after surgery.

Optimal Health And Wellness Evaluations

  • A comprehensive evaluation of all the body’s intricate organ systems along with supplement recommendations to improve overall health.

Health Questionnaire Analysis

See more at this link:   Meta-eHealth.

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