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Symposium Central
May 21-24, 2017 • Astor Crowne Plaza • New Orleans, LA

Session Titles Are Now Available!
Join us in New Orleans for our amazing line up of first-class presenters and informative sessions, including:

Dr. Felicia D. Stoler
Keynote Speaker, presented by Regular Girl
Melissa Joy Dobbins, MS, RDN, CDE
Express, Engage, Empower! Be a Better Speaker
Becky Dorner, RDN, LD, FAND
The Future of Nutrition and Dietetics
Michelle Dudash, RDN
#EatClean: What's it Mean?
The Health, the Hype, the How-to
Regan Miller Jones, RDN
Blogging Workshop—Building A Better Blog:
An RD's Guide
Sylvia Klinger, MS, RD
U.S. Hispanic Health & Purchasing Behavior:
Current Trends Relevant For Dietitians
Penny Kris-Etherton, PhD, RD, FAHA, FNLA
Coming Soon!
Amy Myrdal Miller, MS, RDN, FAND
The Savvy Dietitian's Guide to Modern Agriculture
Carolyn O’Neil, MS, RDN, LD
Healthy and Southern? You Bet Your Biscuits!
Sharon Palmer, RDN
New Orleans Food & Farm Tour
Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN
The Breakfast Controversy:
Is it really the most important meal of the day or another excuse to eat dessert?
Barb Ruhs, MS, RDN, LDN
Using Supermarket Selling Strategies to Nudge Shoppers Towards Better Health
Matt Ruscigno, MPH, RD
How to Counsel a Vegan Client with Confidence and Expertise: It's Not as Challenging as You Think!
Kate Scarlata, RDN
The FODMAP Story: Unraveling the Latest Research
Rebecca Scritchfield, MS, RD, LD
The End of Dieting: Why People Are Tossing Their Diet Books and Smashing Their Scales—And What You Can Do To Help Them Succeed
Elizabeth Shaw, MS, RD, CLT
Effective Communication of Culinary Advancement In Nutrition: What, Where, Why & How?
Kathie Swift, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND, EBQ
Integrative and Functional Nutrition Therapy for Mood Disorders
Chris Vogliano, MS, RD
Reducing our Environmental "Food-Print:"
The Necessity for Collaboration
Hope Warshaw, MMSc, RD, CDE, BC-ADM
Diabetes Workshop
Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDE, FAND
Diabetes Workshop
Lis Weiss, MS, RD
Family Meals Matter:
Barriers, Benefits, and Strategies for Eating Together

Early Bird Registration
Register at our Early Bird Rate of $349 before it ends January 31!

Registration includes:*

   •  All continuing education sessions and workshops offering more than 20 CEUs!
   •  Networking opportunities with peers and presenters
   •  Product sampling from our sponsors
   •  Keynote address
   •  Fitness activities
   •  Happy Hour


*Registration does not include accommodations or travel to and from New Orleans.

Join Us On Our Attendees-Only New Orleans Local Food & Farm Tour
Add a day to your Today’s Dietitian Spring Symposium stay and enhance your experience with this special and intimate look at the local food scene in New Orleans. Led by Sharon Palmer, RDN, you will have the opportunity to gain access to a personalized tour of local venues, as well as taste local, seasonal food prepared by an award-winning chef.

Numbers are limited to only 25 attendees in this small, private tour, which is $129 per person and includes transportation, tours, and lunch. Space will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis and tour participants must be registered for the symposium in order to attend. View the Itinerary and Register Here »

Scholarships Are Still Available
We are still accepting scholarships for complimentary registrations! Applicants will be considered on a first come, first served basis until the deadline of December 31, 2016 and recipients will be notified the first week in January. Please note: Scholarships include all educational sessions, CEUs and on-site networking opportunities, but do not include travel or accommodations. Submit Scholarship Application »

2017 Symposium Roommate Finder
If you would like a roommate to help offset your travel costs, please take advantage of our roommate finder to connect with other attendees!

Click here to submit your information to our roommate finder »
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Thanks to Our Symposium Sponsors!

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Gigi Grillot at 646-942-2214 or email
Buy 2 Courses, Get 1 FREE!
Choose three of these new courses and apply coupon code HOLIDAY16 at checkout to get one FREE! Offer expires at 11:59 PM EST on Monday, January 2. Discount excludes books and Becky Dorner programs.

December CPE Monthly:
Vitamin D—Learn About Its Impact on the Immune System, Its Role in Autoimmunity, and Its Importance for Specific Autoimmune Diseases
This continuing education course explores the impact of vitamin D on the immune system, explains the role of vitamin D in autoimmunity, and discusses the importance of vitamin D in specific autoimmune diseases based on the latest research.
An Update on WIC
This continuing education course examines recent updates to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children WIC program and details the ways dietitians can use their knowledge of WIC to provide the best nutritional care to low-income women, infants, and children.
Eating Disorders in College Students
This continuing education course examines the causes, consequences, and treatment of eating disorders in college students. MNT for eating disorders has a significant psychological component and, therefore, is different than nutrition counseling for other nutrition problems. This course helps RDs develop a new set of skills with which to help their college student clients who have eating disorders.
Examining the Causes, Evaluation, and Management of Intestinal Gas
This continuing education course examines the common causes of intestinal gas, methods for evaluating the causes, and strategies for management.
Fecal Microbiota Transplantation
This continuing education course describes the process of fecal microbiota transplantation and the evidence that supports its use as an intervention for recurrent Clostridium difficile infection and other clinical disorders. In addition, it explores the various protocols that have been used and the regulatory issues that the process has faced.
Food Addiction: A Different Perspective on Obesity
This continuing education course examines the history, assessment, diagnosis, and neurobiology of food addiction and its potential role in obesity. In addition, it discusses strategies with which nutrition professionals can help clients with addictive food behaviors.
The Gluten-Free Diet for Nonceliacs—Good for All?
The gluten-free marketplace is a multibillion dollar industry in the United States alone, and gluten-free is a huge buzzword around the globe. With countless TV and newspaper segments devoted to both the advocates and detractors of the gluten-free diet, clients understandably want to know whether they should go gluten-free, too. Increasingly, the popular media is touting a gluten-free diet for weight loss, general wellness, fatigue, digestive distress, and more. This CE course reviews and evaluates the current research available about both potential benefits and drawbacks of following a gluten-free diet for a variety of health conditions and generalized health promotion.
The Health Benefits of Berries
This continuing education course explores current research on the health benefits of berries and provides dietitians with the knowledge and tools to help patients and clients enjoy these delicious fruits while improving their health.
The Role of RDs in Guiding Healthful Nutrition and Lifestyle Choices
for Women With BRCA1 and 2 Mutations

This continuing education course reviews the basic biology of BRCA1 and 2 mutations and discusses the research suggesting positive nutrition and lifestyle changes that may help manage cancer risk in individuals with these mutations. It explores the role dietitians can play in guiding individuals diagnosed with BRCA1 and 2 mutations toward healthy nutrition and lifestyle choices.
The Role of Vitamin D in Wound Healing
This continuing education course examines the role of vitamin D in wound healing, specifically looking at the functions of vitamin D nuclear receptors in the wound healing process. It also examines the ways vitamin D deficiency can develop in wound patients, signs and symptoms of vitamin D deficiency, and treatment guidelines.
Worksite Wellness: A Place for Dietitians
This continuing education course examines the state of wellness programs in the United States and the qualifications and opportunities for dietitians in worksite wellness.
Recorded Webinars
Measuring the Impact of Food Miles on Sustainability
This entertaining and unique 1 CEU webinar, presented by Sharon Palmer, RDN, explores the science and data on how far food is traveling today to get to the plate. In doing so, she will explain how food travel affects consumers’ carbon footprint and sustainability of the food system. RDs will be provided with surprising revelations about the food system, together with bottom line advice to give to patients and clients who express interest in making a difference with their forks. Register for FREE with purchase of Sharon Palmer’s The Plant-Powered Diet plus the 12 CEU exam! Register Now »

Evidence-Based Nutrition:
The Problem of Proof

This complimentary 1 CEU recorded webinar, presented by Jeffrey B. Blumberg, PhD, FASN, FACN, provides an overview of the common research strategies of randomized clinical trials and provides RDs with relevant and practical skills for interpreting data and evidence-based recommendations to patients and clients. Sponsored by Nature Made. Register Now »

Understanding the Science of Diet and Cancer Risk: Assessing the “Meat” Behind the Evidence
This complimentary 1 CEU recorded webinar, presented by Roger Clemens, DrPH, Kevin Maki, PhD, CLS, FNLA, FTOS, FACN, and Melissa Joy Dobbins, MS, RDN, CDE, puts cancer risk into perspective by sharing strategies for interpreting research findings, offering insights on how to frame studies in the appropriate context of the overall body of scientific evidence, and providing guidance on translating the research into accurate, consumer-friendly messages for various audiences. Sponsored and accredited by The Beef Checkoff. Register Now »