Symposium Session: Healthy and Southern? You Bet Your Biscuits!

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: 2020, 5370, 8015, 8100
Suggested CDR Performance Indicators: 1.3.9, 8.4.2, 8.4.5, 13.2.7

Southern food culture certainly tempts us with deep-fried chicken and mile-high pies. But as a registered dietitian who’s lived most of her life in the South, Carolyn knows that Southern meals are a celebration of the region’s farming, fishing, and fine cooking that just happens to be nutritious and delicious. Peaches, pecans, okra, greens, and sweet potatoes fill Southern pantries with good health and great taste. Learn how dietitians are helping to shine the light on healthful eating patterns in the land of biscuits and bacon with strategies that apply to lightening up and brightening up all regional cuisines.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Identify ingredients used in Southern cooking that lead to unhealthful eating patterns elevated in sodium, saturated fat, added sugars, and total calories
  2. Discuss cultural culinary practices in the South that may help or hinder efforts to improve overall health and nutrition.
  3. Implement and demonstrate three culinary techniques for improving the nutritional profile of traditional dishes that may be too high in salt, fat, sugar, and total calories.
Course summary
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  • 1.50 CDR
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Carolyn O’Neil, MS, RDN, LD, is an award winning food journalist, nutrition communications consultant, author, blogger, television personality, and registered dietitian nutritionist. She is the author of Southern Living’s The Slim Down South Cookbook: Eating Well and Living Healthy in the Land of Biscuits and Bacon. Carolyn contributes to Thrive Global, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles magazine, and WebMD Magazine. She appears on NBC Atlanta & Company and played “The Lady of the Refrigerator” on Alton Brown’s Good Eats on Food Network. Carolyn reported on food, nutrition, and cuisine at CNN for nearly 20 years, including assignments to “study” the food and drink of New Orleans. Carolyn has three James Beard Foundation Awards, including Who’s Who in Food and Beverage.

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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