Recorded Webinar - Fat or Fiction: The Science of Whole Milk Diary Foods within Healthy Eating Patterns

This webinar took place on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 through the National Dairy Council's website.

While the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) recommends choosing low-fat or fat-free dairy foods, emerging evidence suggests a more flexible approach that includes fuller fat dairy foods can fit within healthy eating patterns. Join National Dairy Council's (NDC) Matt Pikosky, PhD, RD and VP of Nutrition Research, as he sheds light on the unique dairy food matrix and shares evolving research on saturated fat and whole milk dairy foods. To illustrate the application of this research to everyday eating, NDC Ambassador Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN will showcase creative ways of using dairy foods across the fat spectrum. Participants will learn about the emerging body of science supporting the association of dairy foods (i.e., milk, cheese and yogurt), regardless of fat content, with reduced risk of diseases like cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and hypertension in adults. They will also discover how enjoying dairy foods with varying fat content can help satisfy nutritional needs, as well as individual tastes and preferences.

Learning Objectives

After completing this continuing education course, nutrition professionals should be able to:

  1. Explain the emerging body of science supporting the association of dairy foods, regardless of fat content, with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and hypertension in adults.
  2. Describe the dairy matrix and how the unique combination of key nutrients, fatty acids and bioactive factors in whole milk dairy foods may be more beneficial when consumed together than individually.
  3. Provide examples on how to build healthy eating patterns that allow flexibility for whole milk or reduced-fat (2%) milk and dairy foods within the context of the DGA.

Additional Information

Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 
2020, 4040, 5160, 5190
Suggested CDR Performance Indicators: 
8.1.4, 8.3.1, 8.3.6
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CPE Level: 
Course summary
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  • 1.00 CDR
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Matt Pikosky, PhD, RDN, FACN - Vice President, Nutrition Research, National Dairy Council

Matt has over 15 years of nutrition research and scientific communications experience across government, non-profit, and food and beverage industry. Matt leads the Dairy Protein research program, which has a goal of building scientific evidence supporting consumer-focused benefits of milk and dairy protein ingredients to strengthen marketplace positioning and catalyze industry innovation. He works with leaders in the food and beverage industry to help drive menu and product innovations featuring dairy. Prior to joining NDC, Matt served as a Senior Scientist in the Applied Medical Nutrition Science group at Nestlé Health Science, was the Director of Research Transfer and Vice President of Scientific Affairs for Dairy Management Inc., and served as a Research Physiologist at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine. Matt holds a Bachelor’s degree in nutrition, a Master’s degree in exercise physiology and a PhD in nutrition from the University of Connecticut.

Leslie Bonci, MPH, RDN, CSSD, LDN

Leslie is the owner of Active Eating Advice by Leslie and co-founder of Performance365. She was a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, conducts media trainings and writes on topics such as “Communicating with Conviction” and performance nutrition. Leslie has a television segment on Pittsburgh’s KDKA-TV and is often quoted in the media. She is the author of Sport Nutrition for Coaches and The American Dietetic Association Guide to Better Digestion and co-author of Run Your Butt Off, Walk Your Butt Off, The Active Calorie Diet and Bike Your Butt Off. Leslie is an adjunct instructor at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her undergraduate degree in biopsychology from Vassar College and her MPH in nutritional epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh.

Katie Brown, EdD, RDN - Senior Vice President, Sustainable Nutrition, National Dairy Council

Katie joined NDC in June 2017 as Senior Vice President of Sustainable Nutrition. She leads thought leadership and education efforts to educate people on the benefits of dairy to health and sustainable food systems across the lifespan. Katie is a registered dietitian nutritionist and has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in dietetics and nutrition and a Doctorate degree in education. Prior to joining NDC, she served as the Chief Global Nutrition Strategy Officer and National Education Director for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. In these roles, she led the planning for a new vision and strategic direction for the profession, as it reached its 100th year anniversary in 2017. She was also responsible for the Academy Foundation’s Future of Food and Kids Eat Right public education and community-based nutrition research initiatives.

This complimentary 1-credit continuing education webinar is brought to you with support from the National Diary Council. The speakers for this recorded webinar have the following relevant disclosures: Katie Brown, EdD, RDN, employed by National Dairy Council; Matt Pikosky, PhD, RDN, FACN, employed by National Dairy Council; Leslie Bonci, MPH, RDN, CSSD, LDN – National Dairy Council Ambassador, current food/beverage clients besides NDC include California Dried Plum Board, Kellogg’s, Wonderfuls brands, Gatorade, Douglas Labs, SOYJOY, IFIC, Smuckers, Cohen & Grigsby, and Monsanto. They certify that no conflict of interest exists for this recorded webinar.

This webinar is accredited by and brought to you through National Diary Council.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 CDR


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