Learning Lounge

The Learning Lounge was held between educational sessions.

Simple Communication Tips for RDNs: Creating Sound Bites for Your Clients

Sunday, October 21

11:45 a.m. – Noon

Nutrition is complicated; we can’t tell you what to eat or how to lose weight without having an in-depth session. But clients are demanding simple answers they can walk away with and remember.

Short, direct communication is critical because nutrition education can be overwhelming as clients attempt to make changes to their behavior and lifestyle. Dietitians should develop phrases that sum up their main message for clients as a take-away. The most important point of our education, presented via sound bite, is what we want them to remember and implement.

This session aims to introduce the concept of why sound bites have a role in nutrition counseling. Ginger Hultin will present in broad terms how dietetic practitioners can use succinct, memorable communication with their clients to improve outcomes.

Speaker: Ginger Hultin

Ginger Hultin
Speaker Biography

Advancing Your Career with Evidence-Based Practice

Sunday, October 21

1 – 1:15 p.m.

The health care landscape is shifting. Resources are allocated now based on the best patient-centered outcomes of health services, and not just the number of services provided. As a result, health care providers cannot simply proceed as usual—they must demonstrate the value of their care. The key to demonstrating this value? Outcomes data.

Precise outcomes data has never been more important. Fortunately, the Nutrition Care Process (NCP) is designed to help practitioners track outcomes and reflect their return on investment. Join Chris Taylor, PhD, RDN, LD, FAND, as he explains how the NCP bridges the research and clinical realms by providing evidence of RDN effectiveness and impact, which in turn will help position the RDN at the forefront of future healthcare models. Chris will demystify the process of research and help you discover how to advance your career—and the profession–with data!

Speaker: Chris Taylor

Chris Taylor
Speaker Biography

My Exam Preparation Techniques That Led to Success!

Sunday, October 21

3:10 – 3:25 p.m.

Internship directors and professors continually prepare each dietetic intern academically and professionally to become registration eligible and successfully pass the registration exam. While no RDN will ever forget taking their registration examination, memories fade, and test-taking procedures evolve.

This presentation shares a firsthand account and success story of one recently credentialed dietitian’s process of preparing and passing the registration examination. While each internship experience and structure is different, the end goal is the same.

Key points covered will include an explanation of what the registration process looks like detailing realistic time frames and what to expect. Information on how to create an effective study plan, efficient study strategies, personal recommendations as well as what to expect upon arrival and tips for taking the test will also be discussed.

Speaker: Anna Hall

Anna Acre
Speaker Biography

Creating Content Your Audience Will Love

Monday, October 22

9:40 – 9:55 a.m.

There’s one question that will help you create content your audience will love: What problem am I solving?

People care about content if it’s solving a problem they have—they want to read about real solutions to real problems. Your content should define their problem, solve it, and provide motivational action.

Learn how to ensure your content ROCKS with Dawn Jackson Blatner’s three-point Checklist of Awesome, and motivate your audience to take action!

Speaker: Dawn Jackson Blatner

Dawn Jackson Blatner
Speaker Biography

What You Don’t Know Could Kill Your Career: The Importance of Following the Money

Monday, October 22

12:15p – 12:30 p.m.

Ignorance may be bliss, but not when it comes to money matters. Your career is dependent on the business know-how of where your income comes from and how your salary is paid. Yet, based on recent survey results, many nutrition and dietetics practitioners are not following the money, and may be leaving important dollars on the table.

Are you being left out of opportunities to demonstrate value? Are you missing the chance to leverage existing and create new opportunities to get paid what you’re worth?

Join Past President Lucille Beseler as she explains why a baseline understanding of payment language and a knowledge of where the money comes from is crucial to capitalizing on opportunities for respect and remuneration and securing the future practice of nutrition and dietetics.

Speaker: Lucille Beseler

Lucille Beseler
Speaker Biography

Being Brave: Carving out Your Leadership Niche

Monday, October 22

3:10 – 3:25 p.m.

Do you find yourself speaking up in your work place? Do you seek out areas that may be lacking and offer solutions? Do you offer specific ideas that you may have which you believe may ultimately behoove the organization and promote the role of the RDN? Why or why not?

In this discussion, Mary Purdy will touch on how to find opportunities for more confident and proactive participation in your organizational or company setting that can help to make you a leader in both the company and the field.

Come find how why it’s so important to take a front row seat in the conversation about your company’s direction and why this can ultimately benefit and elevate the overall profession of dietetics.

Speaker: Mary Purdy

Mary Purdy
Speaker Biography

Understanding Netiquette: Navigating Through the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Tuesday, October 23

11:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Social media is a powerful tool to network, reach new audiences, discover breaking information, and advocate for the profession. It can also present challenges of false information and incivility. Registered dietitian nutritionists may struggle to maximize the power of social media while complying with vague and evolving notions of online etiquette.

Fortunately, the Academy’s Civility Pledge can serve as the foundation for online interaction. Join Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, recipient of the Academy’s Media Excellence Award, as she helps define ethical online practices through the prism of the Civility Pledge. Toby will offer tips on posting original content, responding to online criticism, and developing a respectful approach to challenging others’ content.

Speaker: Toby Amidor

Toby Amidor
Speaker Biography