Virtual Regional Meeting in December 2021

Date: Friday, December 10, 2021

Location: WebEx

Time: 8:15 am - 4:45 pm

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 Registration for this meeting ends on December 10, 2021 at 8 am.




8:15 am - 8:30 am

Welcome and Announcements

8:30 - 9:30

"Physical Activity Promotion for the Nutrition & Dietetics Professional"
- Bhibha M. Das, PHD, MPH, FACSM

Lecture Summary:
Physical activity promotion is a critical component to a healthy lifestyle. Regular physical activity is important for reducing chronic disease risk, improving healthy aging, and preventing early death. This session will discuss the role physical activity plays in the practice of nutrition and dietetics professionals. (1 CEU)

9:30 - 10:30

"Gut Health & the Gut Microbiome: the Importance of Nutrition and Nuance"
- Jessie Baldwin Hoffman, PhD, RD

Lecture Summary:
Gut health has emerged as one of the hottest topics in the nutrition and health fields, as research has greatly expanded over the past decade in both general gut health and the gut microbiome. This presentation aims to demystify the concepts of gut health and the gut microbiome, specifically focusing on how nutrition and lifestyle factors can influence these areas. Participants will leave with a foundational understanding of gut health and the gut microbiome and be able to better address client/patient questions and apply the knowledge of these concepts into their daily dietetics practice. (1 CEU)

10:30 - 10:45


10:45 - 11:45

"Policy Pep Talk: You Make a Difference in Nutrition and Food Policy"
- Rebecca L Hagedorn-Hatfield, PhD, RDN, LD

Lecture Summary: 
Policymakers commonly are not nutrition experts, but you are! This session will explore why dietitians play a pivotal role in influencing nutrition and food policy, focusing on current legislation. Participants will engage in thought about how they can share their expertise with policymakers through various means of advocacy. (1 CEU)

11:45 - 12:45 pm

"Nutritional Strategies to Reduce Risk of Illness and Infection in Athletes" - Laurel M. Wentz, PhD, RD, CSSD, LDN

Lecture Summary:
It is well established that moderate exercise provides a protective effect on immune function, reducing the risk of illness and infection, while vigorous exercise stresses the body’s immune defense. This presentation will review the effect of exercise on immune function followed by strategies to modulate the inflammatory response to support training adaptions while also reducing the risk of illness and infection. The goal of this presentation is to describe each of these strategies in detail and provide practical applications to institute in training and competition environment to minimize risk of illness and infection. (1 CEU)

12:45 - 1:00 


1:00 - 2:00

"Tactical Performance Nutrition" - Kelly Patterson, MS, RD, LDN, CSSD 

Lecture Summary:
Highlighting the growing field of performance nutrition, specifically in the tactical space. (1 CEU)

2:00 - 3:00

"The Importance of Nutrition in the first 1000 Days of Life" - Alice Merritt, MPH, RD, LDN

Lecture Summary:
This presentation will highlight the importance of nutrition during the first 1,000 days of life. You will leave this presentation with a better understanding of the key nutrients to provide babies with the best start in life! (1 CEU)

3:00 - 3:15 


3:15 - 3:45

"All Are Welcome and Have a Place at the Table" - Maggie Kane 

Lecture Summary:
A Place at the Table is Raleigh's pay-what-you-can cafe with a mission to provide community and good food for all regardless of means. (0.5 CEU)

3:45 - 4:45

Lighting Slide Research Presentations (1 CEU) 

  • "Exploring Correlations of Disordered Eating, Adverse Childhood Experiences, and Weight Bias in College Nutrition Students" - Krista Clarke

  • "Prioritized Health Needs for Action Plans Created by Congregations in Memphis, TN" - Madelyn Huey

  • "Food Insecurity Among Married Students With and Without Children in Appalachia Before And During Covid-19" - Morgan Adkisson

  • "Supplemental Omega-3 Fatty Acids and the Omega-3 Index: A Scoping Review" - Meghan Dempsey

  • "Virtual Nutrition Education Services for a Low Income, Rural Population of Food Bank Clients in Watauga County, NC During the COVID-19 Pandemic" - Bryn Mohn

  • "Food Insecurity Status and Correlates Among Marries Students at Appalachian State University Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic" - Darcy Dean 

4:45 pm


 *This agenda is subject to change. 

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