The events for DPGs, MIGs and Affiliates; the Expo and the Foundation that enriched the FNCE® experience.

2019 Day at a Glance Resource (PDF)

Find Your Community and Network with a DPG or MIG at FNCE®!

Sharing ideas and building relationships with colleagues creates mutually beneficial opportunities that help expand your knowledge and advance your career. Connect with a Dietetics Practice Group (DPG) or Member Interest Group (MIG) during FNCE® and build relationships that will support you year-round!

DPG and MIG Benefits

  • Professional Development
  • Networking & Collaboration
  • Advocacy
  • Mentoring
  • Career Growth
  • Fun & Engaging
  • Leadership Opportunities
  • Awards & Scholarships
  • Workshops and Symposiums
  • Connect at FNCE®

DPG/MIG Events

DPG and MIGs host various events during FNCE®. Most events are open to both members and non-members. View a full list of events and click on “more information” to sign-up for an event.

DPG/MIG Events

DPG/MIG Showcase

Date: Monday, October 28, 2019
Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center, Arch Street Bridge (200 Level) across from Halls A/B
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Increase your professional growth potential and get involved. Learn from and visit members representing the Academy’s DPGs and MIGs. Stop by the Academy Membership Booth #1908/1906 to join a DPG or MIG.

Access the map of DPG/MIG Showcase Booths.

Affiliate Events

Academy affiliates host various events during FNCE®. Most events are open to both members and non-members. View a full list of events and click on “more information” to sign-up for an event. Some affiliate organizations host events at different venues than FNCE properties; visit your affiliate website to find more information.

Affiliate Events

Meet face-to-face with representatives from over 330 exhibiting companies at FNCE®! Please visit the FNCE Expo page for information on Expo hall events and hours.

Expo Events, Floor Plan and Hours
New Product Spotlight
Meet the Exhibitor Supporters
Information about the Foundation’s events at FNCE® are below, including the Foundation symposiums, gala and other activities and opportunities.

Gala and Symposium Tickets

Academy Foundation Nutrition Symposiums

Support Your Foundation at FNCE®

When you attend a Foundation Nutrition Symposium, the Gala, or even bid on a silent auction item, you are helping the Foundation make an impact on our profession through scholarships, fellowships, awards, research grants, disaster relief and public nutrition education programs. Purchase tickets to these events through the registration process or by logging into your FNCE® registration dashboard and support your Foundation by purchasing tickets to these events. We hope to see you there!

Nutrients and Botanicals for Everyday Wellness: New Directions in Immunonutrition

Date: Saturday, October 26
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
CPEU: 2.0


Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RDN, LD

Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RDN, LD
Director of Nutrition


Philip Calder, PhD, DPhil, RNutr

Philip Calder, PhD, DPhil, RNutr
Head of Human Development & Health; Professor of Nutritional Immunology
University of Southampton

 Tieraona Low Dog, MD

Tieraona Low Dog, MD
Director of Scientific and Regulatory
Weil Lifestyle/Healthy Lifestyle Brands

Session Description:

The emerging fields of immunonutrition and integrative medicine provide exciting opportunities to use nutrition to maintain and enhance the functioning of the immune system and promote everyday wellness. Join Philip Calder, PhD, RNutr and Tieraona Low Dog, MD for an interactive discussion of how nutrition can promote immune system functioning, with an emphasis on established and emerging research on botanical ingredients. Dr. Calder will describe recent advances in immunonutrition and discuss important nutritional factors for immunity, including the mechanistic effects of botanical ingredients and their interactions with the microbiome. Dr. Low Dog will apply her extensive clinical experience in integrative medicine to discuss practical applications of the various botanical ingredients that have beneficial effects on the immune system. Beyond the science, she will utilize short case vignettes to demonstrate how botanicals are used in integrative medicine to support immune health.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Explain the interactions between nutrients and botanical ingredients and the functioning of the immune system
  2. Explain established and emerging research into the role of botanical ingredients to support normal immune system functioning
  3. Identify practical applications for using botanical ingredients to promote everyday immune functioning

Sponsored by GSK Consumer Healthcare

Nutrient Gaps in Pregnancy: The Role of DHA and Choline for Mother and Child

Date: Saturday, October 26
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $10 donation
CPEU: 2.0


Elana Natker, MS, RD

Elana Natker, MS, RD
President, Sage Leaf Communications, LLC


Britt_Burton Freeman

Susan Carlson, PhD
AJ Rice Professor of Nutrition; University Distinguished Professor
University of Kansas Medical Center

Session Description:

Nutrient intake during pregnancy has immediate and long-term effects on the health of both the mother and her offspring, yet there are common nutrient gaps that diet alone is not meeting. This session will discuss nutrient gaps seen most often in pregnant women and women of childbearing age, and address challenges of closing those gaps. The role of prenatal supplements in helping pregnant women and women who may become pregnant will be discussed, including how even those may still fall short. Given the preponderance of science on the benefits of DHA omega-3s and choline on the growing fetus and in early childhood development, it may surprise dietitians that these nutrients are not considered essential nor nutrients of concern. The session will present the case for a focus on DHA and choline in prenatal supplements and it will also address gaps in knowledge. For example, DHA and choline have not traditionally been nutrients of concern – in part because we have biochemical pathways for their synthesis; however, recent evidence suggests both are conditionally essential nutrients in pregnancy.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify nutrients commonly inadequate in the diet of US women of childbearing age.
  2. Explain if evidence supports consumption of prenatal supplements to address nutrient gaps seen most commonly among women of childbearing age and who are pregnant.
  3. Assess the research supporting the role of DHA during pregnancy.
  4. Discuss the current choline levels in the diet of US pregnant women and impact to health outcomes.

Sponsored by Nature Made

A meal will not be provided during this session, please plan accordingly.

New Insights in Potential Vascular and Metabolic Health Impact of Strawberries

Date: Saturday, October 26
Time: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $10 donation
CPEU: 2.0


Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN
Toby Amidor Nutrition, PC


Britt_Burton Freeman

Britt Burton-Freeman, PhD, MS
Director, Institute for Food Safety and Health’s (IFSH) Center for Nutrition Research
Associate Professor in Food Science and Nutrition
Illinois Institute of Technology

Arpita Basu

Arpita Basu, PhD, MPH, RD, LD
Associate Professor, Kinesiology & Nutrition Sciences
University of Nevada

Session Description:

Strawberries are the most highly consumed berry in the U.S. and in 2017 ranked third in consumption among all fresh fruits. Clinical research has demonstrated that regular consumption of strawberries may help reduce the risk of chronic disease and promote health. This session will go beyond the high nutritional content and low caloric value of strawberries to explore their unique phyto-bioactive chemistry, bioavailability and metabolism in humans, and explore their relationship with potential health outcomes. As the number of adults and children in the U.S. managing chronic conditions including atherosclerosis, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes is historically high, understanding the acute and chronic effects of adding strawberries to the diet on markers of these conditions is critical. Numerous recent clinical trials examining the health effects of strawberries on vascular and metabolic health will be presented. After the presentation, registered dietitian nutritionists will be able to utilize this latest research to help advise patients/clients in clinical settings and private practice.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Describe the unique polyphenol components of strawberries and their metabolite profile linking to biological effects.
  2. Explain the latest research on the possible health effects of strawberries on vascular and metabolic outcomes using clinical and molecular biomarkers.
  3. Utilize the research on strawberries to make science-based recommendations to patients/clients.

Sponsored by: California Strawberry Commission

A meal will not be provided during this session, please plan accordingly

Academy Foundation Gala

Date: Monday, October 28
Location: Philadelphia Marriott Downtown (FNCE® Host Hotel)
Time: 8 – 10 p.m.

Give back to the Academy Foundation while celebrating at the premier social event during FNCE®!

The Academy Foundation’s annual Gala celebration is a reception style event honoring donors, volunteers and recipients and is a great opportunity for individuals to network, socialize and celebrate the Foundation’s success in a festive atmosphere. Guests will enjoy hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, food stations, and drink tickets. Live music and dancing is interspersed with Foundation videos and a short program from the Foundation Chair. Cocktail attire is encouraged and Academy members of every generation join in the social event of FNCE®. Enjoy a great evening, while supporting your profession.


Single Tickets: $120 (After early-bird: $130)

Single Gala tickets include open seating and two drink tickets
(Tax deductible amount: $20)

Reserved Tables of 10: $2,500

Gala tables are available for purchase and provides a designated reserved table placement with seating for 10 guests, a bottle of wine for the table, 2 drink tickets per seat (20 total drink tickets), listing in the evening virtual program book, a table sign and a tax deductible donation to the Foundation. (Tax deductible amount: $1,500)

Reserved Affiliate and DPG Tables of 10: $2,000

Affiliates and DPGs are able to purchase Gala tables at a special price. Each table purchase provides a designated reserved table placement with seating for 10 guests, 2 drink tickets per seat (20 total drink tickets), listing in the evening virtual program book, a table sign and a tax deductible donation to the Foundation. (Tax deductible amount: $1,000)

Interested in Sponsoring the Gala? See the full list of Gala Sponsorship Opportunities.

Gala tickets may be purchased in your FNCE® registration dashboard, to purchase a table or sponsor the Gala – you may use this form.

Foundation Booth Activities

Stop by the Foundation Booth located in Broad Street Atrium on the 100 Level at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and learn all the ways you can engage with the only Foundation solely devoted to nutrition and dietetics, empowering Academy members with scholarships and awards, food and nutrition research grants, and our public education programs including Kids Eat Right and Future of Food.

Limited Edition Second Century Tote Bag

Pre-order your limited edition Foundation tote bag for a $20 donation. Tote bags are no longer included with FNCE® registration, so this is your opportunity to support the Foundation and be among the first to have a unique tote bag for use at FNCE® 2019 and beyond! Bags will be available for pick-up at the Foundation booth during FNCE® show hours, Oct. 27-29. Supplies are limited and, remember, your donation is tax-deductible.

Foundation Silent Auction 2019

Stop by the Foundation Silent Auction located at the Foundation Booth and bid on exciting silent auction items including:

4 signed copies of FNCE keynote speaker Adam Grant’s NY Times best-selling books,

an autographed item by FNCE keynote speaker Abby Wambach,

as well as, hotel stays, designer purses, spa gift certificates and many more items.

Participants will have the opportunity to bid on items starting on Saturday, October 26, bidding ends at 12:00 noon on Monday, October 28.

*All auction items must have a minimum value of $150

*All gift cards/certificates must have a minimum value of $100

Donation form complete by September 7, 2019

Label required on all Silent Auction donations

  • Ship via UPS, DHL, or FEDEX. United States Postal Service packages will not be accepted. Items received prior to Thursday, October 24 will not be accepted. Items that arrive after Friday, October 25, 2019 may not be delivered to the auction area in time to be displayed.
  • Hand delivered items should be dropped off at the Foundation booth on Friday, October 25, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Winners may pay for their item(s) beginning on Monday, October 28 at 2 p.m. through Tuesday, October 29 at 10 a.m.. Once the item(s) is purchased, winners may carry their item(s) home or make shipping arrangements with the Foundation staff.

Thank you for considering this fun opportunity!

Please contact, Martha Ontiveros, Foundation Executive Assistant with any questions at