Symposium Session: Effective Communication of Culinary Advancement In Nutrition

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: 1000, 1130, 1140, 7070
Suggested CDR Performance Indicators: 2.1.1, 2.1.3, 2.1.8, 3.2.3

In an age where everyone is connected, how can dietitians disseminate nutrition information to the masses effectively and efficiently? It’s no secret that nutrition and fitness “specialists” are popping up all over the internet. Were at a time in history where food manufacturers are teeming with innovative products. These products are often backed by sound, evidence-based research that can certainly help advance the health and wellness of the public at large.

However, it’s unfortunate, but more often than not these innovative products are lost among the fad diets and cleanse programs that surface on the web. As dietitians, it’s our job to explain to consumers the benefits behind innovations in food products using the scientific research that supports it. Plus, as nutrition experts, it’s important we continue to enhance our communication skills to facilitate evidence-based conversations surrounding these products to help consumers make the best choice possible for their health.

This session will demonstrate how dietitians can enhance their communication skills to become strong spokespeople for brands making strides in the culinary nutrition department. We’ll highlight the professional ethics that surround product messaging while integrating a hands-on experience so practitioners can see in real time how they too can become key players in the field of nutrition communications.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Identify four current challenges faced in the area of nutrition communications.
  2. Discuss three effective communication avenues to engage consumers using your voice.
  3. Evaluate the science behind food trends and nutrition hot topics.
  4. Create a digestible message for consumers to understand the results of a peer-reviewed research study.
  5. Recognize the key factors that should be considered to maintain professional integrity through using your platform.


Course summary
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  • 1.50 CDR
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Elizabeth Shaw, MS, RDN, CLT, is a nutrition communications consultant and adjunct professor of nutrition in San Diego. She’s the recipe creator behind the popular blog, freelance writer for Shape, Fitness, and Oxygen Magazine, and author of The Fertility Fueling Cookbook.

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

Available Credit

  • 1.50 CDR


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