Maintaining the Momentum Helping RDNs Help Clients

Recorded Webinar

This webinar presents resources for RDNs to support clients/patients in treatment for mental health or addiction issues, who are transitioning from one level or site of care to another.

  • Release Date: January 23, 2020
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This product is free for BHN members.

This webinar was presented live on January 23, 2020.

"Maintaining the Momentum" presents resources for RDNs to support clients/patients in treatment for mental health or addiction issues, who are transitioning from one level or site of care to another. The presenters will also present the importance of nutrition as part of the treatment plan. Mental illnesses and their medications impact the age of death by 25 years. Nutrition must be in the forefront of treatment plans. This webinar provides resources and strategies to change this statistic. The material provides the direct links to RDNs to discover food sources in communities, for government sites providing educational materials for client individual or groups, as well as family members or professional colleagues.

CPEU: 1.0
CPE Level: 2
Learning Need Codes: 5320, 5350, 5400, 4070
Performance Indicators: 2.2, 2.2.1, 2.2.2, 2.2.3, 8.2, 8.2.1, 8.2.2, 8.2.3, 10.2.8, 10.2.9, 10.2.10

Learning Objectives

  1. Increase knowledge base of available resources for use in clinical nutrition practice for assisting clients in a state of transition from one facility to another facility or transitioning to the community.
  2. Understand the complexities of mental illness and their treatments on nutritional health
  3. Better understand mental illness and how to successfully treat their clients


Ruth Leyse Wallace, PhD, Retired Clinical RD

Ruth graduated from UC Davis (BS) followed by an internship and MS degree at the U of Kansas. Her intern class took the trial of the examination for becoming a Registered Dietitian and was in the first group to have the title "RD". In 1992 she returned to graduate school after 20 years of clinical practice, to earn a PhD at the U of Arizona . This was during the time that the idea of nutrition diagnoses was being developed and when the practice of performing a nutrition-focused physical examinations was initiated (exciting times !).

In the early 1980s Ruth opened one of the first dietetic private practices and was commissioned to write a series of pamphlets for Fleming Food Company, who pioneered the idea of providing nutrition educational material in grocery stores. For several years she served as an adjunct faculty member at Mesa Community College in San Diego.

Since retirement Ruth has published two books, a variety of articles and educational material regarding nutrition and mental health. She has served on the Executive Committee of the Behavioral Health Nutrition practice group Mental Health Resource Professional.

Over time Ruth has presented the topic of mental health and nutrition at conferences for professionals and lay audiences. Ruth declares "practicing in the field of mental health has been a wonderful career…there was never a dull moment; and I anticipate many fascinating developments in the future".

Marilyn K Ricci, M.S., RD

Marilyn is a dietitian with both personal and professional experience working in the mental health field. Her passion is to work with those living with mental illness and their families. (how to include that her adult son is diagnosed with schizophrenia?) She has written articles for mental health magazines and is a speaker at mental health conventions. She is a past president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and was Outstanding dietitian BHN. Marilyn is dedicated to furthering the health and well-being of all living with a mental illness and their families.

  • Release Date: January 23, 2020