NCAND Regional Meeting in April 2023

Friday, March 3, 2023 Changed to: April 21, 2023
Gastonia Conference Center (145 Dr M.L.K. Jr. Way, Gastonia, NC 28052)
Gastonia, NC

This event will only be available in person, there is no virtual component to this meeting.

There is a parking deck attached to the Gastonia Conference Center that meeting attendees are welcome to park in.  If this parking deck is full, there is overflow parking directly across the street from the Conference Center.

Registration Type

Regular Rate

Current NCAND Member




Student Member



Potential to obtain up to 6.0 CEUs!

Hotel Options:

NCAND does not have a special room rate at any of the hotels listed below, but can recommend these options.

Hilton Garden Inn Gastonia (3.1 miles from Gastonia Conference Center)

Courtyard by Marriot Charlotte Gastonia (2.7 miles from Gastonia Conference Center)




7:30 -7:55 am

Registration/Breakfast/Visit Exhibitors

7:55 - 8:00 am

Welcome and Announcements

8:00 - 9:00 am

"Implementing Nutrition Education within Charitable Food Organizations" - Chasidie L Glover, RDN, LDN, MS

Lecture Summary: This lecture will discuss the need for nutrition education and nutritious groceries in underserved communities. It will also touch on the work that has been done in Mecklenburg county, what we have learned and the impact that has been made amongst community members.

9:00 - 10:00 am

"Snooze-Fest vs Going Viral: The Art of Crafting Effective, Research-Based Content for Any Platform" - Carolyn Williams, PhD, RD 

Lecture Summary: Food and nutrition are hot topics on every digital platform today ranging from Instagram and TikTok to print media outlets and podcasts. Yet, it’s tough to get credible, research-based messaging heard over trending content — that may or may not be accurate or science-based. This means effective communication is critical for dietitians to get our voices heard. But how do you create attention-grabbing posts, videos, articles, and podcasts rooted in research-based science? Is it even possible to craft viral messaging that’s rooted in science? Carolyn Williams, PhD, RD is a 2017 James Beard Journalism Award Winner for Food and Health and has written 250+ print and online articles for outlets like CookingLight, EatingWell, Real Simple, and Allrecipes. She also co-hosts the popular podcast Happy Eating that explores food and lifestyle connections to one’s mental wellness.
This session is sponsored by the NC Cattlemen's Beef Council 

10:00 - 10:30 am

Break - Visit Exhibitors

10:30 - 11:30 am

"Paying for Health: Addressing the Social Determinants of Health through the Healthy Opportunities Pilots (HOP) for Medicaid Recipients" - Morgan Cooper, MPH, MCRP, RDN 

Lecture Summary: The Healthy Opportunities Pilots (HOP) is the nation’s first comprehensive program to test and evaluate the impact of providing select evidence-based, non-medical interventions related to housing, food, transportation and interpersonal safety and toxic stress to high-needs Medicaid enrollees. This presentation aims to provide an overview of HOP, including identification of pilot regions, member eligibility, and key stakeholders; to detail the food sector services and implementation processes; and to educate RDNs on their roles in fostering the pilot’s success to promote the pilot to policy pipeline. While the Pilot is in progress and outcomes are not yet analyzed, HOP has demonstrated indicators of success and has generated lessons for future implementation, which will be discussed.

11:30 am - 12:15 pm

Lunch and Visit Exhibitors

12:15 - 1:15 pm

"Your Academy in Action" - Livleen Gill, MBA, RD, LDN, FAND

Lecture Summary: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics – our members, our leaders and our headquarters team – have made a strong commitment to seeking, creating and implementing policy solutions to the food and nutrition issues that affect all people, to envisioning a preferred future for our profession, and for making that future happen. This presentation will spotlight current activities and successes by the Academy and its Foundation that support its members and the profession.

1:15 - 2:15 pm

"Kids Are Not Little Adults: Working as a Dietitian Within a Multidisciplinary Team Treating Childhood Obesity" - Melissa Calhoun Dellinger, RD, LDN

Lecture Summary: Dieting does not work for children and can even be harmful. The Dietitian role is critical as part a multidisciplinary team to effectively support caregivers who are concerned about a child's weight.

2:15 - 2:30 pm

Afternoon Coffee Break

2:30 - 3:30 pm

Lightning Slide Presentations: 

  • “Secondary Analysis of a Behavior Change Intervention with Hispanic Families: The Living Healthy Summer Camp” - Micah Teague

  • “Accuracy and Improvement of Diabetic Meal Trays at a Rural Hospital in Western North Carolina” - Ashley Aguilar

  • “Development and Implementation of a Diabetes Specific Nutrition Program in a Low-Income Rural Population of Food Bank Clients in Watauga County, NC” – Daniela Potts

  • “Using GIS Drive Time Service Area Analyses to Identify Characteristics of WIC Remote Regions” - Jonathan Farrior

  • “Food Acceptability Among Elementary Students Participating in a Summer Literacy Program: an Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Western North Carolina” - Anna Joy Calhoun

  • “What is the Sports Nutrition Knowledge Among High School Athletes?” – Aubrey Womack

  • “Factors Contributing to the College Student Food Insecurity Experience: Findings From a Focus Group Analysis” – Patrick Peele

  • “Content Validation of a Primary Care Engagement Survey to Measure Referral Practices to Food Assistance” - Danielle Adams 

3:30 pm


 *Agenda subject to change without notice.

 Sponsor/Exhibit Information

Afternoon Coffee Break Sponsor

Meredith College

Sponsor a Speaker

NC Cattlemen's Beef Council



Exhibit Only

Healthcare Services Group
Knowing Nutrition LLC
Nutricia North America
The Renfrew Center
Transcend ED
UNC Nutrition Research Institute
Veritas Collaborative