Virtual NCAND Regional Meeting in September 2023

Friday, September 8, 2023
Location: Zoom

Registration Type


Current NCAND Member




Current NCAND Student Member



Registration for this meeting is now closed.

Approved for 7.0 CEUs!



Speaker and Title

8:25 - 8:30 am 

Welcome and Announcements

8:30 - 9:30 am

"Nutrition and Fertility - Is There A Link?" - Lauren Manaker, MS, RDN, LD 

Lecture Summary: 1 in 6 couples will experience infertility. More data is highlighting how diet may play a role in fertility outcomes for both males and females. In this lecture, the evidence will be covered and practical tips to share with clients will be shared.
*Sponsored by the Dairy Alliance

9:30 - 10:30 am

"Combating Obesity in the Hospitalized Patient: When Weight is a Barrier to Discharge and Weight Loss Takes Center Stage." - Leslie C Murray, RD, LDN, CNSC 

Lecture Summary: Growing obesity epidemic impacting acute care and patient discharge from the hospital when medically ready. Dietitians now tasked with developing weight loss plan to promote rapid and significant weight loss. This presents many unique challenges including determining nutrition goals, weight loss education and patient compliance in an inpatient setting.

10:30 - 10:45 am


10:45 - 11:45 am

"Nourishing Community: An Emergency Food Locker Program in Rural Western North Carolina" - Amanda Hege, MPH, RDN, FAND 

Lecture Summary: The Emergency Food Locker Program at Bethel Elementary, located in rural western North Carolina, is making a significant impact by distributing healthy, locally sourced food to families in need. Fresh food lockers, situated behind the school gym, are stocked with approximately 50 pounds of food each week, encompassing fresh produce, non-perishable staples, frozen pre-made meals, and frozen meats, predominantly sourced through the High Country Food Hub, ensuring freshness and supporting local farmers. The program offers its services entirely free of charge, and anyone in need can easily sign up by completing an interest form. Each food box provided holds a value of $100-$150 worth of essential nourishment. Since its inception, the initiative has proved invaluable for more than 13 families, including 42 children, and serving a total of 400 boxes to date. The impact on participants has been substantial, with positive feedback highlighting the ease and convenience of the locker pickup process. Families have reported that they can allocate funds to other vital expenses like transportation and living costs. Moreover, this program has empowered families to eat healthier and alleviated concerns about running out of food, providing much-needed relief during challenging times. The positive influence of the Emergency Food Locker Program extends beyond the immediate recipients. The estimated impact on the local economy has reached an impressive $36,904 to date, stimulating the community and fostering support for local farmers. In summary, this program is making a substantial difference in the lives of families in rural western North Carolina. By providing fresh, healthy, and locally sourced food, it has not only improved the well-being of participants but has also contributed to the overall resilience and prosperity of the community.

11:45 - 12:45 pm

"From Admission to Discharge: Clinical Implications for Indirect Calorimetry in All Phases of Care" - Laura Van Althuis, RDN, LDN 

Lecture Summary: Indirect calorimetry is the gold standard for measuring resting energy expenditure in a hospital setting. Learn how to capture dynamic energy needs at all stages of care, interpret measurements, and apply this to your clinical practice. Common barriers to obtaining/using a metabolic cart will also be discussed.

12:45 - 1:00 pm


1:00 - 2:00 pm

"Precision Nutrition - Recent Advances and Controversies in Genetic Testing" - Ahmed El-Sohemy, PhD

Lecture Summary: There is increasing awareness among researchers, educators, healthcare professionals and consumers that the one-size-fits-all, population-based approach to nutritional guidance is inefficient and sometimes ineffective. Genetic differences can explain individual differences in response to various dietary factors and randomized controlled trials show that DNA-based dietary recommendations can improve compliance. With increasing awareness and demand for genetic testing, there is a need for healthcare professionals to have sufficient knowledge to understand and determine the benefits and limitations of the science and testing.

2:00 - 3:00 pm

"Nutrition and Solid Organ Transplant: Neonate to Adulthood" - Patience Ergish, MS, RD, CSP, LDN 

Lecture Summary: This presentation will take a journey through pre-transplant nutrition.

3:00 - 4:00 pm

"From RD to CEO: Utilizing the Power of Social Media to Grow Your Online Private Practice" - Illa Garcia, MS, RD, LDN 

Lecture Summary: In this lecture, Illa, the founder and CEO of The Millennial Nutritionist, will explore the potential of social media for registered dietitians looking to grow their online private practices. Illa will explain the power of social media platforms in reaching and booking your ideal client, discuss strategies for establishing a strong online brand, provide insights on content creation and strategy, and explore ways to maximize your income from varied social media platforms. By leveraging online marketing, building an engaged online community, and utilizing social media analytics, registered dietitians can dominate the online nutrition space, increase job satisfaction, and diversify their revenue streams.

4:00 pm


Agenda subject to change without notice.


Sponsor Information: 

Virtual Sponsor Opportunities include the following:

$300 Virtual Meeting Sponsor 

  • Sponsor contact information sent to all attendees along with a short advertisement (3-4 sentences) about your company/entity.

  • Complete list of meeting attendees contact information. 

Add on option for virtual meeting sponsor: 

Option to add a newsletter ad to your registration for an additional $100 (note: you must register for the $300 virtual meeting sponsor to be eligible for the discounted $100 newsletter ad).