Symposium Session: How to Counsel a Vegan Client with Confidence and Expertise

Theses courses are exclusive to Spring 2017 Symposium attendees and cannot be purchased or taken as regular courses by those who did not attend.

Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 4000, 4110, 8090
Suggested CDR Performance Indicators: 8.1.4, 8.2.3, 8.3.6, 8.4.1

Interest in vegan and plant-based diets and their variations is on the rise, and it is imperative for RDs to familiarize themselves with these eating patterns in order to be the go-to nutrition experts for clients seeking guidance. This session will cover key nutrients and foods along with the relevant research and theories from the world of plant-based nutrition. Attendees will learn what motivates those following these diets and gain the knowledge to create balanced meal plans that meet a variety of limitations.     

Learning Objectives

After attending this session, nutrition professionals should be able to:

  1. Identify the motivations and needs of vegan and plant-based clients.
  2. Construct a balanced diet that avoids animal-based foods.
  3. Discuss the potential benefits and nutritional challenges of a plant-centric diet.


Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 CDR
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Matt Ruscigno, MPH, RD, is the past chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and has over 15 years of experience working with vegan clients. He is the coauthor of No Meat Athlete with Matt Frazier and Appetite for Reduction with Isa Moskowitz.

Previously a college instructor, Matt is an avid speaker, giving presentations at conferences, trainings, and vegetarian fests all over the world. Through his private practice, he works closely with vegan athletes and is a recreational athlete himself who competes in marathons, ironmans, ultraruns, and 24-hour mountain bike races. He lives car-free in Los Angeles.

The presenter has no relevant disclosures to report regarding this program. He has certified that no conflict of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.

Available Credit

  • 1.50 CDR


Please login or create an account to take this course.