Expo Briefings

Little Changes = Big Results for Kids: Enhancing Youth Well Being through Nutrition & Physical Activity

Date: October 8
Time: 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Expo Hall Expo Theater

Sponsored by FNCE® Signature Sponsor: General Mills

The future stability of our nation depends on the physical health, mental wellness, and overall resiliency of our youth. How they nourish their bellies, move their bodies and fuel their minds has a sustained impact on their emotional well-being. This briefing will provide the latest statistics on childhood well-being, review the current state of nutrition for children and adolescents and discuss current dietary intake patterns including the Healthy Eating Index. We will dive into areas of nutrient deficiency, while also proposing strategies to enhance dietary health and elevate these values.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the gaps in nutrient intake compared to recommendations for children and adolescents.
  • Describe the ways in which physical activity and healthy dietary patterns can enhance physical and emotional wellbeing in children and adolescents.
  • Explain how physical movement can contribute to improved academic performance.
Christopher Mohr

Christopher Mohr, PhD, RD

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Kara Mohr, PhD

Amy Cohn

Amy Cohn, RDN

How Prunes Support Women’s Health: Research and Practical Application Across Generations

Date: October 8
Time: 12:45 – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Expo Hall Expo Theater

Sponsored by FNCE® Signature Sponsor: Sunsweet Growers

There is a newfound eagerness to speak openly and honestly about women’s health and wellness topics and an acknowledgement that all life stages are on a continuum. As once taboo topics such as fertility, hormones, menopause and stress-management are now discussed on traditional and social media, it is critical for nutrition professionals to stay abreast of the latest research on dietary interventions that can help support women’s health and wellness across the life span. In this briefing, Shirin Hooshmand, PhD, RDN, will ground us in the latest research on how the unique combination of nutrients in prunes support women’s health, and then Valerie Agyeman, RDN, and Lauren Harris Pincus, MS, RDN, will apply this research with practical health and wellness guidance that nutrition professionals can share with their Gen Z, Millennial, Gen X and Boomer+ audiences to increase knowledge and inspire new health-promoting and self-care behaviors.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the findings of at least three published clinical studies on how prunes support women’s health.
  • Define at least two nutrition considerations for Gen Z, Millennials, Gen X and Baby Boomer women.
  • Describe four different messages about prunes as a dietary intervention that can help support women’s health and wellness and identify what message might resonate best for each generation.
Valerie Agyeman

Speaker: Valerie Agyeman, RDN

Lauren Harris-Pincus

Speaker: Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN

Shirin Hooshmand

Speaker: Shirin Hooshmand, PhD, RDN

Thriving with Food Allergy: Using Amino Acid-based Formula Creatively

Date: October 9
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Expo Hall Expo Theater

Sponsored by FNCE® Signature Sponsor: Reckitt/Mead Johnson Nutrition

This briefing will explore the nutritional management of food allergy patients using amino acid-based formulas to supplement restricted diets. It will address feeding difficulties that arise before and after an allergy diagnosis, and how to overcome them. Attendees will learn how to incorporate amino acid-based formula into recipes to make restricted diets more enjoyable and suitable for patients’ development.

Learning Objectives

  • List potential barriers to food allergy avoidance.
  • Demonstrate the versatility of amino acid-based formula to support the patient with food allergy.
  • Describe methods to enhance comprehensive nutrition management for the family navigating food allergy restrictions.
Raquel Durban

Speaker: Raquel Durban, MS, RDN, LDN

Jessica Thornton

Moderator: Jessica Thorton, MS, RDN, CSP, CNSC, CLC

Vitamin D & Me: A Science Based Collaboration

Date: October 9
Time: 12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Expo Hall Expo Theater

Sponsored by FNCE® Signature Sponsor: Council for Responsible Nutrition Foundation

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the important role of nutrition for overall health and immunity came to the forefront. In this briefing, the role of vitamin D in COVID-19 and the unique, successful, scientifically-based industry collaboration, Vitamin D & Me a science-based resource website, that was undertaken to communicate the scientific findings surrounding the importance of vitamin D will be discussed.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the mechanisms behind the role of vitamin D in overall immune health.
  • Identify the key scientific studies regarding the role of vitamin D in COVID-19 outcomes.
  • Describe the example of a unique industry collaboration to communicate the science and the role that a RDN played in the collaboration.
Susan Hewlings

Speaker: Susan Hewlings, PhD, RD

Building Resilience to the Gut Microbiome

Date: October 9
Time: 1:30 – 2 p.m.
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Expo Hall Expo Theater

Sponsored by FNCE® Expo Briefing Sponsor: Microbiome Labs

Metabolic Endotoxemia is a condition that is driven by gut dysbiosis and bacterial endotoxins, known as lipopolysaccharides. The systemic increase in LPS contributes to low-grade chronic inflammation, a key characteristic of chronic disease development and progression. Key strategies to address the dysfunctions in the microbiota, the mucosal immune response and barrier structures to restore resilience in the gut microbiome will be explored in this briefing.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain optimal vs suboptimal gut characteristics.
  • Define lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and its impact on the gut microbiome.
  • Describe metabolic endotoxemia’s role and potential impact on the gut microbiome.
Kara Siedman

Speaker: Kara Siedman, RDN, CDCES

Clinical Study Outcomes Supporting Benefits of Using Stevia for Weight Management

Date: October 9
Time: 2:15 – 2:45 p.m.
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Expo Hall Expo Theater

Sponsored by FNCE® Expo Briefing Sponsor: Cargill

Stevia is a plant-based high-intensity sweetener which can be used to reduce the intake of added sugars. There are recent well-designed human clinical studies that illustrate safety and benefits of using stevia to manage weight. Join this briefing to explore stevia’s origin, production, and its pivotal role in reducing added sugars in our food supply by Marketing Leader Carla Saunders. Nutrition Scientist Dr. Corey Scott will uncover stevia’s effects on health including appetite, food intake, glycemia, gut microflora and brain reward centers.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the significant effects of stevia on health outcomes including food intake, appetite, gut microflora and glycemia.
  • Explain that stevia is a safe and effective tool to reduce added sugars in the diet and aid in weight management.
  • Identify opportunities to replace added sugars with stevia when discussing dietary plans with clients and patients.

Speaker: Carla Saunders, MBA

Corey Scott

Speaker: Corey Scott, PhD

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