Yes, I’m a Brinkerhead!


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By: Nikki Nies

As of 5/4/15, I can proudly call myself a Brinkerhead! A head of what, you say?! You heard me, I’m a Brinkerhead, otherwise known as an employee at  Brinker International!  While you might not be familiar with the company Brinker International, I’m sure you’ve come across the restaurant name Chili’s or Maggiano’s once or twice!  Brinker International is the headquarters of said companies, priding itself as a multinational hospitality company.

I’ve been at Brinker for almost 2 months and have taken advantage of every learning opportunity that has come my way or which I’ve saught! What I’ve learned so far:

  • My primary role at Brinker has been to provide nutrition information for Maggiano’s banquets. While I had previously been to a Maggiano’s for a business event, I wasn’t aware of all the menus that Maggiano’s has: delivery, carry out, children’s, dessert, wine & beverage, family style, family style lunch, all day meeting, breakfast & brunch, etc. There is some crossover from the dining room, but a good portion of the banquet menu items need their own nutrition analysis as portions are different (i.e. Banquets uses a lot of ‘mini’ versions of dining room menu items).
  • Brinker uses ESHA Genesis Food Processor as the primary tool of nutrient analysis. Working with my supervisor, Ms. Alisa Via-Reque, RD, we’ve consulted with the chefs numerous times to better understand the recipes. I’ve had the opportunity prep materials for lab testing, which requires everything from coordinating the lab’s courier, to weighing the raw weight of the tested item, with breading, the edible portion (i.e. with shrimp’s tail off) and vacuum packing the products for delivery to lab.
  • I had the opportunity to partake in a ‘Culture of Accountability’ workshop, which enlightened me on the values and culture of Brinker. We’re all here to obtain desired results and obtaining results requires providing and obtaining feedback. Yes, feedback can be a sore subject, but it doesn’t have to be.
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  • Called the ‘ops experience’, I was able to work the Back of the House and the Front of the House of Maggiano’s Willow Bend in Plano, TX. I have a greater appreciation of all the work that goes into delivering a quality, fresh meal! Many restaurants claim they’re making homemade, scratch kitchen meals, but when you can take the ‘processed’ ingredients, the credibility of chain’s claims fall through. Not at Maggiano’s! I wish everyone could see what the kitchen is like! As someone said, the restaurant business isn’t ‘for the lazy.’ I’ve been working closely with the recipes, which I was proud to see that the kitchen staff follow to a tee. This brings me great pride as I know that the nutrition information that is being provided by Brinker is credible and there aren’t any ‘add ons’ being put in by the staff themselves.
  • While Maggiano’s is in a mere 47 locations, as of July 2015, it does extremely well for itself! In comparison to Chili’s 1500 locations, Maggiano’s is able to hold its own, with its banquets driving a good portion of the business!  Professional meetings and socials are equally a favorable outing to gather at Maggiano’s. With buffet lines, omelet, pasta and/or carving station, there are menu items for all to enjoy!

I’ve learned so much in the past couple months and have enjoyed soaking up as much of the corporate culture as I can. Brinker knows how to have fun while getting the serious work done first! My kind of life! Can’t wait to see what the next few months bring, I’ve been blessed!

Sources:http://www.brinker.com/company/ourstory.asp

Georgia ACE 2015


IMG_9321By: Nikki Nies

I’ve been in the Greater Atlanta area for less than two weeks, but I’ve attended my first Georgia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics state conference this week! I didn’t plan the move to coincide with this conference, but not bad timing, if I do say myself!  The Georgia Annual Conference & Exhibition (ACE) was on Wednesday March 18th and Thursday March 19th in Augusta, Georgia and was not only a great wealth of information, but had a bountiful of opportunities to connect with fellow colleagues and nutrition leaders.

During the conference, I scribbled pages of notes, as I wanted to retain what I learned and I knew I wanted to share with you some of the emerging trends.  The conference was refreshing, with me returning home recharged with ideas and information! Some of the information I learned:

  • ~25% of those with eczema develop food allergies, as eczema’s known as the “Allergic March”;
  • Registered Dietitians are equipped with the necessary food science lingo and  but are not taught as much about representing themselves well.  For those considering entering private practice, hiring a(n) (entertainment) lawyer to review contracts between two parties can help protect a brand and make sure both parties are on the same page;
  • While ongoing and continued research is a must, a lot of digestive and nutrition issues are being found to be related, exacerbated and/or due to altered microbiome. I have a lot of reading to do to catch up on the latest science, but it’s not a coincidence that the gut keeps popping up in conversations!
  •  Office Ally is an user friendly free online billing system that provides interactive internet based solutions, allowing for patient care from the point of contact in the physicians office to receiving payment from the insurance companies and providing overall care management from the IPAs and Health Plans; IMG_9318
  • While my time in Georgia has been short, I’m appreciative of the great network of RDs! In particular, Ms. Sherry Coleman Collins, MS,RDN,LD, the founder of Southern Fried Nutrition, has embraced me, introducing me to fellow RDs, sitting down with me to give suggestions on how to start my career and sharing how she juggles her business and passions in nutrition! My point is, I met Sherry via Twitter while I was still residing in Illinois, but felt more at ease coming to GA knowing there was at least one friendly face in the area! She’s a great advocate of the nutrient field and I’m proud to call her a colleague!
  • Emory Healthcare has been an advocate of sustainable food practices, enlisting a chef that has a flare for sustainability, creating their own garden and educating their staff on the importance and the how to of composting.
  • Many complain about the average salary of RDs, but there may be more harm than good that comes with RDs providing services, such as presentations, reviews and/or counseling at a lower rate than deserved. By knowing one’s value, what unique qualities they bring to the table can help RDs identify what ratio of services to charges they should be providing. Also, by talking to fellow colleagues about fee standards can give one the confidence needed to charge the appropriate price.

Where ever you may be residing, I hope you have the opportunity to attend a local, state and/or national conference, like FNCE, to connect with others in the industry and to learn what the latest news and trends are. These conferences allow you to use your networking skills to the fullest and potentially ignite new projects and ideas! I’m excited to get back to the drawing board and put into action all that I’ve learned in the past two days! Happy learning!

Sources: http://www.eatrightgeorgia.org/events-calendar/annual-meeting.html

http://www.eatrightgeorgia.org/images/downloads/ace_2015_registration_packet.pdf

Review: Visual Veggies


log12Disclosure Agreement: Review of VV software was due to compensation from the company’s whose products were reviewed. We Dish Nutrition tested each product thoroughly and gives high marks to only the very best. Opinions expressed at We Dish Nutrition are our own. 

Visual Veggies Software created by Ryan Hartz MS, RD, CSSD

Review by: Nikki Nies

Use: Practice exam questions and tests to help study for the licensure exam to become a Registered Dietitian

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Are you familiar with Visual Veggies (VV) software? There is a large following and use of the Visual Veggies software, with universities around the country either using the software in the application and/or recommending it to students.

test-correctThe VV Registered Dietitian (RD) Practice Exam allows one to study for the RD exam at own pace, using multiple choice quiz application that resembles the RD Exam format. The software provides immediate feedback of selected answer and detailed explanations.

The founder, Ryan Hartz, is a graduate of Marywood University in Scranton, PA. covering for several temporary maternity leaves, as of 2006, he is a full-time Registered Dietitian with Nestle Nutrition. The software idea came to fruition after the summer months following his internship, with a demo launched three short months of writing the program. As Ryan proudly states, he has been “Helping Nutrition Students Pass Their Registration Exams Since 2005!”

Since the development of the RD Practice Exam, Ryan has developed the DTR Practice Exam and RD/DTR Hanging with Nutrition. However, the main focus of today’s review is on the RD Practice Exam. After extensive use of the RD Practice Exam this past week, I’ve been impressed by the array of features and thought out layout of the programming software.

Features:

  • Enclosed step-by-step YouTube tutorial provided when the software is initially downloaded!
  • Breakdown of strengths/weaknesses of RD exam via Progress Trackerprogress-strength
  • Provides an extensive, thorough explanation for why the answer is correct. It includes a picture, % of correct
  • Ability to adjust text size
  • Illustrations to expand on some questions and ability to enlarge picture view
  • Ability to enable or disable timer
  • Provides explanation of all multiple choice options
  • Clever way of encouraging one to retake tests—“Redeem yourself”
  • Practice Exam Monitoring Tool: allows instructors and/or students to monitor progress of software use; pretest scores, average scores overall; individual test results and overview snapshot of how well student is doing in each domain is provided

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  • Option to purchase Student and/or Academic Edition of the software. The Student Editions are intended for individual students, while the academic edition is designed for colleges, universities or other academic institutions that would like to install the software for multiple users
  • Option to pay for software via check or credit card
  • Ability to share results with others
  • Mac and PC compatible, and soon for iOS devices

The VV software has evolved into a great medium to study for the RD exam. There is still room for improvement in future versions of the software. For example, it would be helpful if one could “save” explanations to add to library for further studies, such as bookmarking and/or copying and pasting explanations into a Word document. It would also be beneficial to be able to disable or enable the feature of sharing the answer while taking the practice exams. In addition, it can be hard to scroll through the entire “explanation” of the correct answer, with the program not instantly “registering” that scrolling down to the bottom portion of the explanation is requested.

There are always opportunities for improvement and enhancement of a product, with VV launching timely updates of its software and Ryan is receptive to constructive criticism. In fact, due to student demand, VV is underway to go mobile! The goal is for the RD and DTR Practice Exam mobile versions available on iOS App Store by end of the first quarter of 2015. The Hanging with Nutrition mobile version will be launched shortly after.

Want to contact the founder? You can reach Ryan Hartz at 570-814-6665 or info@visualeggies.com

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If you find you can’t get enough of VV’s software, check out its supplemental software, RD Hanging with Nutrition, which is an additional interactive study tool hangman style.

Interested in getting your own version of the VV software? Buy the software by December 31st, 2015 and receive $20 off the software when you use the code: WEDISHNUTRITION

Photo Credit: Visual Veggies

The Life of Ginger Hultin, MS, RD, LDN


gingerBy: Nikki Nies

Since moving to the Greater Chicago area, I can’t applaud the value of the Chicago Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (CAND) valiant efforts to provide resources, connections and some good ‘ol fun to its members!

Recently, We Dish Nutrition (WDH) had the pleasure to interview CAND’s President, Ginger Hultin, MS, RD, LDN, a Registered Dietitian at the Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment in Skokie, IL.  In addition, she’s been busy coordinating future CAND events, getting ready for the holidays and has even squeezed in a trip to Myanmar! apple

WDN: What is the most rewarding aspect of being a RD?

GH: I love being a dietitian so much. Working closely with clients over time, I get to see the amazing changes they can make. Gaining or losing weight, getting a clean cancer scan, improving labs or curing nutritional deficiencies…any of this is possible when I get to work with someone and see them often. It’s rewarding to see someone empowered that they can improve their health through nutrition!

WDN: What is some of the background work that goes into being a RD at the Block Center? [i.e. what are some responsibilities and/or duties one may not realize is part of your job?]

GH: The Block Center is a very unique place to be a dietitian, but one that allows me to use the skills I worked to develop at Bastyr University where I did my graduate work. For example, the dietitians cook four days per week for our patients and their families; we have a fantastic demo kitchen and I develop recipes and cook for 10-30 people when I’m there! I also specialize in supplementation, namely vitamins, minerals and other natural products that are research-based to help treat deficiencies, lower inflammation, stimulate the immune system or whatever else my patients might need (based on blood labs, of course!). Having a background in research is critical to working in oncology environment and this is another big part of my job. Cancer research changes constantly so combing articles daily is part of what I do to stay current.

WDN: For those interested in learning more about the oncology concentrated aspect of the nutrition field, how can they learn more? 

GH: I would start by joining the Oncology Dietetic Practice Group: http://www.oncologynutrition.org/. They are a fantastic resource for new research, webinars, an annual symposium and nutrition resources. Other than that, I love the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics book Oncology Nutrition for Clinical Practice, published in 2013. It gives a broad approach to all aspects of nutrition oncology including medical nutrition therapy for different types of cancers. Finally, as we know that people with cancer are hugely interested, statistically, in complementary and alternative medicine, I use Natural Medicines Database almost daily in my practice:  http://naturaldatabase.therapeuticresearch.com/home.aspx?cs=&s=ND.

WDN: What exciting things are planned with CAND for 2015?

GH: The Chicago Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has been on fire this year!  We have National Nutrition Month events in March with a special meeting to celebrate “RD Day” mid-month. Policy leaders from our organization will be attending Illinois State Advocacy Day in Springfield and we have a fantastic line up for the State Spring Assembly in April where several of our members will be earning prestigious Academy awards at a special educational dinner. CAND has two more education dinners for our members and I’m hoping that we can participate in a spring run or walk to help raise money for a charitable organization – with all of our physically active members, I think it makes sense to set a positive example in the community, as we have been doing all year at nutrition events around the city. I’m also really excited about CAND’s social media – we have a strong presence on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Pinterest to help connect our members in so many ways.

CAND image 2 (1)WDN: What opportunities are available for CAND members that not as many people know about?

GH: Great question – there are many!  First off, aside from the educational meetings, all members are always invited to attend board meetings. It is more exciting than it seems to see how the organization is ran and also a great way to become more involved. Our website is really a wonderful resource that we’ve worked hard on; we have an active blog (which members can post to!), a speakers bureau, and job/volunteer postings which we update weekly both on the website and in e-blasts. Some of my members miss out on the e-blasts when they go to “Social” boxes in Gmail so be sure to pull over those important pieces of CAND communication. Joining a committee is easy; all you have to do is reach out to me and I can connect you with the next meeting of whichever group you are interested in becoming involved with. We have about 10 very active committees within the organization that are always looking for new talent

WDN: You recently spent three weeks in Myanmar, what made you choose to visit this country as your vacation? What was your impression of the culture, food and the people?

GH: Myanmar was an incredible experience. As the country very recently opened to tourism due to a change in government control a few years ago, we thought it would be an opportunity to experience a somewhat unchanged culture because of their limited access to outside influences. The culture is predominantly Buddhist and this is a very important aspect of daily life for Myanmar.  Myanmar is also one of the safest places I’ve ever traveled; we had so much fun taking pictures with curious local people and experiencing their daily lives. The food was absolutely delicious – noodle and rice based, they have an emphasis on vegetables including different greens, cabbage, broccoli and hot peppers and serve egg in almost every dish. They offer a lot of seafood dishes including fish-based soups and have the most delicious tofu which is made from chickpeas instead of soybeans.

WDN: What was your most memorable meal in Myanmar?

GH: There is a state in Myanmar called Shan State and the people there are Thai decedents. Shan noodles are a staple dish served with tomato sauce, crushed peanuts and lots of garlic. The noodles are spicy and served with broth on the side, and even though the daily temperatures reach into the 90’s and above, eating hot soup for lunch and dinner is strangely satisfying. I hope to learn how to make Shan noodles at home if I can.

WDN: What do your future travel plans entail?

GH: I have a lot of US travel planned this year; I try to go somewhere new every month if I can. Also, I cannot WAIT to go back to Southeast Asia. I would love to visit Myanmar again, maybe to stay and work in a school there for awhile. I am also fascinated by Vietnam and Cambodia.  I have a dream of visiting China as well, hopefully in the near future.

WDN: What’s a holiday tradition that your family continues today?

GH: We always play board games!  Now that we’re adults, this might also include drinking red wines from Washington State, where I’m from originally. It’s fun to try new games each year – the ones with a lot of interaction are best and I really enjoy spending this time with my parents, brothers, husband and close family friends.

tahiniWDN: What’s your favorite food? How do you take your coffee?

GH: Spicy food – Pho, enchiladas, tofu, pizza….I love it all!  I am a veggie so I’m always trying new vegetarian restaurants around Chicago. Being from Seattle, coffee is important to me. I have a cup or two a day and take just a splash of almond or soy milk on top.

Thanks Ginger for this enjoyable and informative interview! We sincerely appreciate your hard work and dedication to the dietetics profession!

Winter [DI] Bucket List


By: Nikki Nies

With the holidays around the corner and responsibilities winding down, add these All Access Internships Bucket List items to your list of fun! Enjoy the holiday season!

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While I’m not necessarily applying for dietetic internships, I find these bucket list items a great “check list” of mingling, networking and improving your craft within the nutrition field. If you have an interest in writing for a blog-whether to get your feet wet or to become a more active writer, We Dish Nutrition would love to have you write! Email us at wedishnutrition@gmail.com or nikkinies@gmail.com for more information! Additionally, I myself am taking the bucket list as a personal challenge this winter and so should you!

BU DI Annual Report


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Check out the Annual Report of Benedictine University’s (BU) graduating class’ dietetic internship (DI) at http://prezi.com/ei42jle0ytws/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share! Thank you to our program director, Julie Moreschi, for your continued support and ever present patience! Additionally, thanks for all of our friends and families support,encouragement and cheerleading sections these past 16 months!

Lastly, the wonderful presentation design is created by our very own Nicole Arcilla! Congrats to my fellow graduating dietetic interns!

Connect Nutrition Group


1349211600By: Nikki NIes

Being an active health professional does not only mean being a punctual employee, but taking a proactive stance in the food and nutrition industry.  Connect Nutrition Group, led by Penelope (Penny) Clark, MS, RD, CDN, is a a liaison company that connects clients with health and food professional.  Clark partners Registered Dietitians with appropriate events, campaigns,, writing and public policy.

Connections through:

  • Writing: create continuing education program content, journal articles and/or technical papers; write blog and website content
  • Social Media/Media: develop and implement integrated health and nutrition marketing; conduct media monitoring and analysis; oversee food photography; produce and pitch health and food print, broadcast and social media material
  • Education: develop and host webinars for target audience; plan and manage scientific symposium; create nutrition education content for health professionals and consumers
  • Experts:Create and lead scientific advisory boards and speaker bureaus; conduct research and/or focus groups; create food/health blogger influencer networks to provide evidence based messages; connect with consumers through retail dietitians (i.e. supermarkets)
  • Events:  coordinate and staff product launch programs and events; design and plan trade show booths; manage nutrition focused social media events
  • Policy:provide counsel fro product health and nutrition claims and strategy for food & nutrition policy
  • Partnerships: create public and private partnerships on nutrition initiatives to create and brand nutrition messages

Connect Nutrition Group has an extensive background in nutrition communications, clinical nutrition, public relations, marketing, nutrition science, culinary arts and qualitative research, with the confidence to connect your personal message to your audience!

Contact Penny today:penny@c-ngroup.com or Office tel: 212-595-1321; Mobile tel: 917-992-9172

Photo Credit: C-N Group

Sources: http://www.c-ngroup.com/

http://www.nutritionjobs.com/blog/resources/the-road-to-the-corporate-registered-dietitian/#sthash.LqoQrT1w.dpuf

Center for Discovery


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This past week I had the pleasure of interning at the Center for Discovery (CFD), Glenview, Illinois.  CFD consists of highly trained healthcare professionals specializing in eating disorders, specifically anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and/or binge eating. While, I can’t divulge too much of my experience there, I can tell you that it exceeded my expectations. CFD has done a phenomenal job of hiring health professionals that work cohesively together for the betterment of those struggling with eating disorders.  The center is more than just about disordered eating, providing programs that include individual and family therapy sessions, nutrition sessions, medical assessments and monitoring.  Check out a programschedule to get a better idea of what “day” at CFD is like!

I’m so grateful Malak Saddy,RD, LDN agreed to let me intern for the week! With her vast knowledge on behavioral health and individualized nutrition care, she helped me recognize the importance of a “comforting approach!”

While my time at CFD was short, I am grateful the team allowed me to see first hand the treatment that the adolescent girls receive.  I approached this rotation as a means to better understand the field of eating disorders would be an avenue I would like to pursue in the future.  I emphatically declare that “YES” I can’t wait to pursue additional experiences and/or opportunities to help those with eating disorders!

To learn more about this fabulous network of health professionals, check out their website and/or follow via social media!

Photo Credit: ANAD

Sources:http://www.centerfordiscoverychicago.com/index.html

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FNCE 2014!


By: Nikki Nies FNCE

I’m looking forward to October! Not only so I can officially wear scarves, but because it means we’re only days away from the Food and Nutrition Expo (FNCE)!  FNCE is an annual conference that brings together health professionals under one roof to learn, network and regroup! I’m lucky enough to go this year as it’s in Atlanta and my parents live in a nearby suburbs!

If you’re a budding dietitian and/or health professional, I recommend you go at least once.  The location is different on an annual basis, so wait until the conference is near you! For example, in 2015, FNCe will be Nashville, TN, closer anyone?

In case you’re interested in what sessions I’ll be attending, here’s a tentative schedule!

PRE-FNCE WORKSHOP: USING ANDHII AND NCP: DOCUMENTATION FOR YOUR PRACTICE SETTING
Objectives: Document patient progress and outcomes with the Nutrition Care Process Terminology (formerly IDNT) using the new ANHII software tool. Advance Nutrition Care Process Terminology documentation expertise within their area of practice in a hands-on documentation experience working with focused case studies in long-term care, pediatric care and adult acute care. Utilize ANDHII in their practice setting to facilitate documentation to more easily collect and measure patient care outcomes.
Time / Location: Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 11:30AM – 3:30PM Georgia World Congress Center / Room: B213-214
OPENING SESSION – CREATING AN AGE OF ABUNDANCE: UNDERSTANDING HUMANITY’S FUTURE 
Objectives: Identify two key challenges affecting food and nutrition professionals . Develop action steps to address identified challenges to implement change. Identify two incentives to motivate colleagues to adopt problem solving techniques to solve your challenges .
Time / Location: Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 4:00PM – 6:00PM Georgia World Congress Center / Room: Exhibit Hall B1
SUNDAY
HEALTHY FOOD AND SAFE WATER: A NEW ERA OF DIETETIC PRACTICE 
Objectives: Describe principles of sustainable, resilient and healthy food and water systems in the context of the new Standards of Professional Performance. Identify how hospitals, institutions and practitioners can advance healthy food and safe water systems. Demonstrate the benefits of a hospital food system that has successfully implemented sustainable food and water initiatives.
Time / Location: Sunday, October 19, 2014 from 8:00AM – 9:30AM Georgia World Congress Center / Room: B302-305 Read
THE REGISTRATION EXAMINATION EXPERIENCE
Objectives: Anticipate the nature of questions on the registration examination and the exam format. Effectively navigate the online registration, payment and scheduling to take the registration examination. Utilize key resources, such as the Study Guide for the Registration Examination, to successfully prepare to take the examination.
Time / Location: Sunday, October 19, 2014 from 10:00AM – 11:30AM Georgia WorldCongress Center / Room
WHAT’S NEW WITH RESTAURANT MENUS? 
Objectives: Recall one requirement of Section 4205 of the Affordable Healthcare Act. Define the challenges of implementing restaurant menu labeling. Define how nutrients are listed on menu boards in restaurants.
Time / Location: Sunday, October 19, 2014 from 1:30PM – 3:00PM Georgia World Congress Center / Room: B302-305
NONTRADITIONAL CAREER PATHS IN DIETETICS 
Objectives: Identify three career path options for RDNs not choosing to work in a hospital clinical setting. List a variety of career opportunities that RDN and DTR students can pursue when they graduate. Research alternative career paths using the Internet and by networking with contacts.
Time / Location: Sunday, October 19, 2014 from 1:30PM – 3:00PM Georgia World Congress Center / Room: B206
MEDICAL NUTRITION THERAPY’S IMPACT ON HOSPITAL ECONOMICS AND PATIENT OUTCOMES 
Objectives: Communicate the role of health economics research supporting the use of medical nutrition therapy as a cost-effective solution for improving patient outcomes and reducing hospital costs for the malnourished patient or those at risk for malnutrition. Identify effective clinical strategies for achieving interdisciplinary collaboration and incorporating nutrition protocols into the continuum of care. Provide EAL evidence-based nutrition practice guidelines to promote nutrition interventions to treat malnourished patients or those at risk for malnutrition in a timely manner.
Time / Location: Sunday, October 19, 2014 from 3:30PM – 5:00PM Georgia World Congress Center / Room: B401-402
MONDAY
HEALTHY AT HOME….SURELY IT’S NOT THIS SIMPLE! 
Objectives: Describe the proven role of RDNs in providing nutrition and diabetes education in the home and assisting older adults set behavior goals that can positively impact their health. Identify how communities can work together to reduce hospitalizations and health care costs. Describe how advocacy results in improved health outcomes.
Time / Location: Monday, October 20, 2014 from 8:00AM – 9:30AM Georgia World Congress Center / Room: B213-214
PROMISING PRACTICES FOR ADDRESSING ASIAN AMERICAN HEALTH DISPARITIES
Objectives: Discuss the unique cultural and health beliefs as well as dietary practices among Chinese Americans. Identify evidence-based educational resources developed specifically for Asian Americans populations. Apply educational and counseling strategies to promote adherence to dietary and lifestyle recommendations among Chinese American clients.
Time / Location: Monday, October 20, 2014 from 8:00AM – 9:30AM Georgia World Congress Center / Room: B207-208
BE ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF PRACTICE: INTERPRETING THE 2014 NUTRITION IN CRITICAL CARE GUIDELINE 
Objectives: Describe historical background on previous guidelines and update on GRADE approach to literature review. Discuss highlights of the 2014 ASPEN/SCCM Nutrition in the Critical Care Patient. Explain how guidelines can be brought to the bedside in the ICU.
Time / Location: Monday, October 20, 2014 from 1:30PM – 3:00PM Georgia World Congress Center / Room: B102
STEP UP TO HEALTHIER FOOD AND BEVERAGE OPTIONS IN PUBLIC VENUES 
Objectives: Describe national, state and local policies to improve foods and beverages in public places. List three common challenges and possible solutions experienced when trying to implement policies for healthy foods and beverages in public places. Cite three tips for successful implementation of nutrition guidelines for public places and workplaces and where to find helpful materials and resources.
Time / Location: Monday, October 20, 2014 from 3:30PM – 5:00PM Georgia World Congress Center / Room: B302-305
TUESDAY
BEHAVIORAL AND NUTRITION STRATEGIES FOR WOMEN’S LONG-TERM WEIGHT LOSS MAINTENANCE 
Objectives: Discuss the Expert Clinical Obesity Guidelines, their implications and preventative strategies. Explain the complexities of unsuccessful weight loss maintenance (WTLM) in 55+ women including behavioral issues, biological maladaptations, and physiological dysregulations. Translate current evidence-based WTLM behavioral and nutritional strategies into various healthcare settings.
Time / Location: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from 8:00AM – 9:30AM Georgia World Congress Center / Room: B312-314
GOING INTERNATIONAL: USING KIDS EAT RIGHT TO ADDRESS CHILDHOOD OBESITY AND UNDERNUTRITION 
Objectives: Discuss the state of childhood obesity worldwide and different public policy approaches implemented to overcome it. List the issues involved in adapting and implementing the KER International Campaign in other countries. Identify variables that should be taken into account to adapt the KER program, Energy Balance for Kids with Play, in a disadvantaged international environment.
Time / Location: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from 9:45AM – 11:15AM Georgia World Congress Center / Room: B213-214
NUTRITION CARE ACROSS CARE SETTINGS: A NEW WAY TO SHARE – HIMSS/ACADEMY
Objectives: Describe the role of present health information technology standards and terminology in supporting nutrition data transmission across the care continuum. Depict the success of the IMPACT (Improving Massachusetts Post-Acute Care Transfer) Project and its role in development and support of template transmission standard. Illustrate practical use of the Nutrition Care Process (NCP) and NCP terminology (previously IDNT) to in electronic health records (EHR) with the intention of nutrition data following the patient across care settings.
Time / Location: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from 12:00PM – 1:30PM Georgia World Congress Center / Room: B103
GOING GLOBAL: ENTERING THE WORLD OF INTERNATIONAL NUTRITION AND DIETETICS 
Objectives: Locate and utilize relevant resources for involvement in international nutrition and dietetics. Identify some of the diverse roles held by nutrition and dietetics professionals around the world. Explain specific steps needed for pursuing a career in international nutrition and dietetic
Time / Location: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from 12:00PM – 1:30PM Georgia World Congress Center / Room: B207-208
CLOSING SESSION – MANAGING CHANGE SUCCESSFULLY: OVERCOME OBSTACLES TO ACHIEVEMENT 
Objectives: Implement two new change management techniques Identify the key obstacles to change in team environments Develop personal techniques to manage change in unique work settings
Time / Location: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from 2:00PM – 3:30PM Georgia World Congress Center / Room: Exhibit Hall B1
If you’re attending the conference as well and would like to meet up, don’t hesitate to contact me!  Additionally, what sessions have I missed that you think are “must” attend? I can’t wait to see old and new friends!