NCAND Regional Meeting in April 2023

Friday, March 3, 2023 Changed to: April 21, 2023
Gastonia Conference Center 
Gastonia, NC

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

Registration Type

Early Bird Rate

Regular Rate

Current NCAND Member






Student Member



Early bird rates end February April 14, 2023.

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.

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

Presentation 6/Lightning Slide Presentations

3:30 pm


 *Agenda subject to change without notice.

Lightning Slide Submissions

NCAND Regional Meeting in April 2023 - Lightning slide information


  • Abstracts due February 10, 2023 changed to March 17, 2023

  • Reviewers comment by February 17, 2023 changed to March 31, 2023

  • Revisions due by February 24, 2023 changed to April 7, 2023

  • Final slides due to [email protected] by March 1, 2023 changed to April 14, 2023

Taylor Soloff Scholarship 

Taylor Soloff was a dedicated dietitian and an integral member of the Charlotte Dietetic Association (CDA), who selflessly volunteered her time and energy to serve on the board and contribute to advancing our profession. Taylor was a clinical dietitian at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte (now Atrium Health) for more than 7 years working mostly with oncology patients. Through her position as Volunteer Events Coordinator with CDA, she gave back to the community and our profession in more ways than we can count.

After a long and hard fought battle with cancer, Taylor was taken from us too soon in November 2016. By creating this scholarship, we want to honor Taylor and ensure that her legacy will not be forgotten.

Two NCAND student members will each be awarded the Taylor Soloff Scholarship on March 3rd at our Regional Meeting in March. One will be from the Charlotte area, and one open to all student members of NCAND. Both will receive $500. Recipients can self-nominate or be nominated by peers. When applying or nominating someone, please make sure the following criteria are met:

  • Active NCAND Member

  • Resume

  • 1 Professional Letter of Recommendation

  • Personal Statement highlighting your commitment to volunteerism

Deadline for submission is March 31 , 2023

 Sponsor/Exhibit Information

All sponsor and exhibit space for this meeting is sold out.

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