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Beat the Blues: How to Manage Stress and Balance Your Life, Third Edition
Wolf J. Rinke, PhD, RDN

28 CPEUs
28 CPEUs

Manual with 1 Reporting Form, 212 pgs.
This entertaining and highly informative program is, according to one reviewer, the best Dr. Rinke has ever written. It provides you with proven easy-to-apply action strategies that will help you manage stress, and balance and improve the quality of your life.
You will learn how to:

  • conquer stress
  • energize yourself
  • make yourself happy
  • build lasting relationships
  • keep your life in balance
  • take really good care of your body
  • achieve inner peace
  • beat the holiday blues
  • live a happier, healthier and a more productive life

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28 CPEUs

Beat the Blues: How to Manage Stress and Balance Your Life, Third Edition
Wolf J. Rinke, PhD, RDN

This CPE self-directed home study program will change all that!

© 2020 Wolf Rinke. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission from the author, except for brief quotations in reviews, is prohibited.


Lana Temme: "It helped me get through the day one of those days I felt really down. It is so well written, I couldn't put it down!"

Lauren Pia-Vavra: "Love the program. I read it from cover to cover. Now I am re-reading it. This program gave me the tools to make positive changes in my life at home and at work. This is now my reference book for a happier more balanced life."

Traci Krauth: "This was one of the most interesting programs I have ever done. I loved it!"

Sherry Vaughn: "Can't wait to do Winning Management & your other books! I read most of this to my husband while we're away on business together. We were dealing with difficult people. It was just what we needed to stay positive & encouraging. Thank you! "

Sally Spencer: "Easy to read, humor breaks really fun."

Laura Ritter: "I love your writing style-so personal; like you are writing just to me. … It should be read & reviewed regularly. I want to buy this book for my best friend who is not an RD."

Deborah Foley: "[This program] was well written, interesting and full of great suggestions to better your life. I especially liked the stories."

Grace M. Fuller: "I was reading your book every night in bed, I would laugh and find myself nodding as well as sharing with my husband your humor and words of wisdom. I cannot wait to pass this book to our three adult children who are just starting out in their own life's adventures….I plan to read this over & over."

Shana Pritchett: "This was my favorite of all the courses I have done this year."

Julie Stark: "[I used up all my post-it's marking pages that I wanted to refer back to… too much excellent information.] [This program] had a huge & positive impact on me… thank you.] [This program] is not only beneficial to professionals & those w/ "the blues"… it is a guide on how to live a life of integrity, kindness, & happiness. "

Carol Freeman: "Very positive, exactly what I needed and readable. Good tips for life and work; life balance."

Margaret Park: "Very motivational and easy to read. Applicable to even a stay-at-home mom!"

Carolyn Czerwinski: "The material is actually a pleasure to study!"

Mary Lynn Powers: "This is definitely just what I needed at this time in my life, both personally and professionally. Definitely a re-read! Thank you."

Melinda Tophan: "The course had great insights and helpful direction on how to manage time, health, relationships, and stress. The course kept my attention and I was able to complete it in a short amount of time. The course was also a great value."

Adell Goldstein: "Helpful and very beneficial and practical. It is excellently written and organized."

Eileen Hillesland: "Prompt service--staff answered questions well over the phone to get me started--well presented in book. Good info for me to use in lectures about nutrition and health issues.

Pam Berentsen-Maged: "Each morning I got the children off to school and started my positive morning refreshed with Wolf and Marcela. I am trying very hard to keep up my positive attitude."

Cheri Dickerson: "I would like to read the book again and take notecards for reference around my home. There was valuable advise and great ideas. I need all the help I can get."

Janyl Finnerty: "So inspirational! A 'feel good read.' I plan on reading this again and again!"

Carolyn Price: "Interesting and enjoyable."

Gina Conti: "The organized style. The writing style: light and entertaining. Loved the Blues Buster humor breaks.

Lori Ragsdale: "I loved the blues buster breaks. They were great and made the reading more enjoyable."

Sheila Wooden: "Very interesting and insightful. I could not put it down. This course was fun and enjoyable to complete."

Sharvari Desai: "Enjoyed reading and understanding how to manage stress and balance your personal as well as professional life."

Toni Freney: "The whole CPE, hard to put down, I will keep and always refer back."

Marla Lipman: "Loved the relevant stories, reflections and especially the humor breaks. Course gave me a lot of challenges to work on."

C.S Keith: "I found the self study program to be inspiring and motivating. I will use it as a reference and reread sections as needed. I have already begun to share some of the information with my co workers- particularly the parts on having a positive outlook."

Venerine Farrell: "I liked the whole book- It has been very helpful in every aspect of my life, but I mainly like the chapter on making yourself happy."

Amelia Murphy Bell: "The Blues Buster Humor Breaks! Practical suggestions that work. Really made me feel better quickly!"

Donna J McNeill: "Fun to read, in-depth research to document data. Again, I laughed out loud at some of the stories while others made me feel warm and cozy. I learned a lot."


Welcome to Beat the Blues: How to Manage Stress and Balance Your Life, 3rd Edition an accredited self-study program pre-approved for 28 continuing professional education units (CPEUs).
This CPE program is designed to help you manage stress, and balance and improve the quality of your life. It is also designed to help you earn 28 level 2 CPEUs.
To get the most benefit from this program, we suggest you adhere to the following four steps:
Step 1: Review the objectives for the CPE program.
Step 2: Study each chapter. As you read, think of patients from your own practice who fit the situation described.
Step 3: Assess what you have learned by completing the self-assessment instrument at the end of this CPE program.
Step 4: Compare your answers to the answer key and explanations that have been provided. If you score at least 80% (80 questions) correct, you are ready to transfer your answers to the CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION REPORTING FORM. If you scored less than 80% correct, re-read the appropriate sections of the program, and re-test yourself until you score at least 80% (80 questions) correct.
After you have successfully completed the program, complete the CPE REPORTING FORM and the MANDATORY Critical Thinking Evaluation Tool (CTT) which per CDR must be completed by all credentialed practitioners and:
Submit them online at www.easyCPEcredits.com (be sure to use Option T),
Or fax them to (410) 531-9282,
Or mail them to Wolf Rinke Associates, Inc., 13621 Gilbride Lane, Clarksville, MD 21029.

Upon receipt of your CPE Reporting Form and the CTT, we will email you a Certificate of Completion within 3-5 business days.

NOTE: Per CDR we are NOT able to send you a Certificate of Completion unless we receive your completed CTT.

When you submit your CPE Reporting Form and the CTT to us via www.easyCPEcredits.com, fax or mail, be sure to write your correct email address in the space provided on the CPE Reporting Form. If writing by hand, be sure to print your email address clearly.

To ensure that our emails are delivered to your inbox (instead of your junk/spam folders), please add cpesupport@wolfrinke.com to your Address Book or Safe List of allowed email senders. Also, be sure to allow attachments from this email address.

Enjoy practicing the strategies outlined in this CPE program! They will help you and your clients/patients Beat the Blues once and for all. If you have questions or suggestions, please contact me at cpesupport@wolfrinke.com.

Wolf J. Rinke, PhD, RDN


As a result of studying and applying the concepts presented in this self-directed accredited learning program, you will be better able to:

  • Distinguish between the blues, depression, and other anxiety disorders
  • Identify the causes of the blues
  • Explain the mind-body connection
  • Apply specific strategies to energize yourself
  • Deal more effectively with difficult times
  • Recognize the downside of acting like a “victim”
  • Discover the power of psychoneuroimmunology
  • Develop a positive “explanatory style”
  • Preserve psychological health in negative situations
  • Recognize the symptoms of stress and its negative impact on the quality of life
  • Distinguish between acute, episodic acute, chronic, and traumatic stress
  • Apply specific strategies to manage stress
  • Get rid of worries
  • Discover the power of hope
  • Start each day with an attitude of gratitude
  • Master the PIN technique
  • Take advantage of every “Moment of Truth”
  • Chase your passion—not your pay
  • Discover the health benefits of laughing
  • Get more of what you want
  • Build positive and lasting relationships
  • Repair broken relationships
  • Deal more effectively with conflict
  • Network more effectively
  • Improve the quality of life by exercising and eating right
  • Achieve and maintain a healthy weight
  • Improve the quality of sleep
  • Establish and maintain priorities to achieve work-life balance
  • Manage time more effectively
  • Overcome procrastination
  • Avoid perfectionism
  • Keep life in balance
  • Achieve inner peace
  • Beat the holiday blues
  • Live a happier, healthier, longer, and more productive life.


Blues... Schmooze ... Gezooze ... What's the Big Deal?
What Causes the Blues?
Blues and the Mind-body Connection
It's All in Our Head
Pills Won't Cure What Ails You
Tuesday September 11,2001(9/11)
The 9/11 Aftermath
Blues Buster Action Steps for Difficult Times
You Are Not a Victim
Fake It Till You Make It
Blues Buster Action Steps for Developing a Positive Explanatory Style
What If You Fake It And Still Don't Make It?
How Bad Are Things?
Symptoms of Stress
The Three Most Powerful Stress Reduction Techniques Ever
Blues Buster Action Strategies to Conquer Stress...
Get Rid of Worries
Worry Busters
Keep Hope Alive
Nicole's Story
Take a Pity Break
What is Happiness?
What's in It for You?
How to Get Started?
Focus on the Good Stuff.
Focusing on the Good Stuff Works Because
Blues Buster Action Steps to Focus on the Good Stuff
Chase Your Passion--Not Your Pay
Laugh Already
Give More of What You Want
Love Someone
Do It Often and In Small Doses
How to Destroy a Relationship
How to Build a Positive Lasting Relationship
How to Fix a Marriage on the Rocks
Get Out of an Abusive Relationship Now
How to Maintain Positive Relationships with Family and Friends
Reconnect With Loved Ones
Nine Blues Buster Action Steps for Re-Connecting with Friends and Family
Keep Your Net Working
Fifteen Steps to Build a Powerful Professional Network
Get a Physical
What'sin It for you?
Start With an Exercise Lite Program
Take It to the Next Level--Exercise
Eat Right
Why Do You Want To Lose Weight?
Sleep Well
The Paris Story
Take Action
Balance the Basics
Technology May Be Hurting More Than Helping
Know Thy Time
The Rubber Band Approach to Time Management
How to Get the Most Out of Every 24 Hours
Get Into the Zone
Principles for Achieving Inner Peace
How to Beat the Holiday Blues


Wolf J. Rinke, PhD, RDN is the president and founder of Wolf Rinke Associates, Inc., a company that has provided high-quality CPE programs to nutrition and dietetics practitioners since 1990.
Dr. Rinke earned a BS at Drexel University, an MS at Iowa State University, a PhD in Continuing and Vocational Education (Adult Ed) at the University of Wisconsin and interned at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He successfully completed a CPE test item writer workshop sponsored by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
Dr. Rinke is a past Adjunct Associate Professor, Graduate School of Management & Technology at the University of Maryland, and a former Adjunct Faculty Member of the School of Continuing Studies at The Johns Hopkins University.
He has served as past president of the District of Columbia (DC) Dietetic Association and has been honored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics with the Award for Excellence in the Practice of Management, the Outstanding Dietitian of the Year Award, and the Outstanding Service Award, in addition to delivering the Lenna Frances Cooper Lecture.
Dr. Rinke has served in numerous leadership roles at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Chair of the Scholarship Committee for Dietitians in Business and Communications; Chair of the Communication Committee, Honors Committee, and Licensure Panel and Ethical Practices Task Force for the Commission on Dietetic Registration; Chair of the Area Coordinating Committee and Chair for the Code of Ethics; Member of the Resource for Education Programs Committee; Member of the House of Delegates; and Member of the Board of Directors.
Dr. Rinke is the author of more than 500 articles, numerous CPE self-study programs, and several popular books including Make It a Winning Life: Success Strategies for Life, Love and Business; Winning Management: 6 Fail-Safe Strategies for Building High-Performance Organizations; and Don’t Oil the Squeaky Wheel and 19 Other Contrarian Ways to Improve Your Leadership Effectiveness.
His popular CPE programs available at www.easyCPEcredits.com include:

  • Win-Win Negotiation: Fail-Safe Strategies to Help You Get More of What You Want
  • Time Management: How to Stretch the Time Rubber Band
  • Knock ‘em Alive Presentation Skills: How to Make an Effective Presentation for 1 to 1,000
  • The Power of Communication: How to Increase Your Personal and Professional Effectiveness
  • Manage Electronic and Traditional Meetings and Correspondence More Effectively
  • Delegation and Coaching: High Impact Strategies for Doing More with Less
  • Don’t Oil the Squeaky Wheel and 19 Other Contrarian Ways to Improve Your Leadership Effectiveness
  • High Impact Strategies for Achieving Peak Team Performance
  • Develop a Positive Attitude: Live a Healthier and More Productive Life
  • Goals—Your Road Map to Success
  • Manage Your Energy: Get More Done and Have More Fun


Mary Ann Cockram, MS, RD is retired from Abbott Nutrition where she was a Research Scientist in the Scientific and Medical Affairs group. In this role, she provided clinical nutrition education and brand support internally to Sales and Marketing and externally to clinicians and consumers for Abbott’s critical care and surgical enteral nutrition products. Her area of interest is enteral feeding.
Mary Ann received a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, IN, and a Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition from Rush University in Chicago.
Mary Ann served as chair of the Medical Nutrition Practice Group, and as the assistant editor and editor of Medical Nutrition Matters, the newsletter of this practice group. Mary Ann participated as an evidence analyst on the Evidence Analysis Team for Adult Weight Management for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and she attended the test item writer workshop sponsored by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.


Special thanks to the following individuals for their careful review.

Karen Bargmann, MS, RD
Sonora, CA

Richard F. Patterson, EdD, RD
Adjunct Associate Professor
Hospitality Management and Dietetics
Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, KY

Laura Ritter, MS, RD, CDE
Clinical Dietitian
Center for Diabetes and Nutrition Education
St. Joseph Mercy Health System
Ann Arbor, MI

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