If you are a dietitian, dietetic intern, or a dietetic student, then I’m sure you have experienced FNCE. If you haven’t, you definitely need to at some point! This was my first time going and it was in Washington D.C., which was also a first for me. I got to go along with the five other interns in my DI and we had a blast! With all the great sessions, the freebies at the expo, and getting to explore DC, I wish I could replay it again.
So I just wanted to post a little recap for those of you who didn’t get to attend or were curious about a first-timers experience. I want to share my favorite sessions, some of the neat stuff I got at the expo, and my pictures from exploring DC.
Lets start with the sessions. There were SO many to choose from and since it was my first time, I honestly didn’t know where to start. Some were about research studies, some were debates, and some were information that could be utilized in the field altogether. I have two favorite sessions, so I will talk about those.
The first was “Reducing Cancer Risk One meal at a Time”. I don’t know why cancer fascinates me so much. But, I think it is amazing how a lot of cancers can be tied to our health, more specifically what we eat. This session was led by Steven Clinton, MD, PhD and Karen Collins, MS, RDN, CDN, FAND. The session was about the cancer process and what factors play a role in development of cancer. Some topics that were touched include maintaining a healthy weight, being physically active, and eating a well-balanced diet: limiting saturated fats, alcohol, etc.
My next favorite session was “External Guidelines or Internal Cues? Mindfulness as a Critical Component of Nutrition Therapy”. I liked how this one focused on the psychology behind how someone eats. It amazes me how much goes into our health, outside of just working out and eating healthy. It just shows that there’s no simple, quick fix and sometimes you have to get to the root of the problem before you can expect to see big changes. This session was led by Allison Tepper, MS, RD, LDN and Elizabeth Cotter, PhD. They spoke about how clinical approaches that focus on providing information based on the nutrition guidelines and recommendations to manage disease states does not take into account the person’s psychological issues that can affect their health. Some topics touched were depression and anxiety and how those interrelate with our eating patterns and physical health.
Along with those, I went to
Exercise Professionals and Registered Dietitians= A Winning Combination
Improving Dialysis Patient Outcomes within the Constraints of RDN Time
Farming with RDNs: What Nutrition Professionals Need to Know About Agriculture
Expert Panel: Hot Career Paths in Nutrition
Member Showcase: Changing the World Through the Power of Food
Innovative Approaches to Improve Outcomes in At-Risk Low-Income Renal Populations
If you have any questions about my thoughts on any of these other sessions, feel free to comment or send me an email at email@example.com.
The sessions were incredibly informational and made me more passionate about the field of nutrition, but the expo was definitely where the fun was at! I mean, who doesn’t love tasting good food and lots of freebies? Some of my fav new snacks I found at the expo were Biena’s Chickpea Snacks (https://bienasnacks.com), Unreal’s dark chocolate almond butter cups (https://getunreal.com/#home), and Watusee’s organic chickpeatos (https://watuseefoods.com/products/popped-chickpeatos). It was also great to see and talk to some of my fav brands like KIND(https://www.kindsnacks.com), Kodiak Cakes (https://kodiakcakes.com), RX Bar (https://www.rxbar.com), GoMacro (https://www.gomacro.com), and Health Warrior (https://www.healthwarrior.com). And these were just a few out of hundreds of vendors!
Lastly, I want to recap on DC! Like I said, this was my first time there and can I say GORGEOUS?! Although it was a little windy and chilly, the sights were beautiful. I got to see the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, the Capitol, and the Air and Space Museum. Plus, getting to eat at many different restaurants. If there were anything I could change about the trip, it would be getting to sight see a little more!
Here’s some pictures of me and the interns around DC.
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