Symposium Session: Helping Clients in a Fad-Crazed World

This is not a webinar or course for purchase- this is a module for credit claiming for our 2018 Spring Symposium attendees and cannot be purchased or taken by non-attendees. These sessions are exclusive to our symposium, however, the topics may be revisited in the future in the form of a webinar or self-study course.

Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 4000, 5370, 6000, 6030

Suggested CDR Performance Indicators: 4.1.2, 6.2.5, 6.3.7, 8.1.2


From popular fad diets to media-hyped foods and so-called magic supplements, clients are bombarded with information, leaving them confused. Dietetic practitioners in various settings come face to face with clients who believe the misinformation, and practitioners then have the arduous task of debunking the myths and setting the record straight. This session will review misconceptions and fads that have recently been on the rise and provide tactics on how practitioners can disseminate science-based information.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. List and discuss the latest fads in food, diet, and supplements.
  2. Debunk myths when interacting with clients in various settings (eg, supermarket, private practice, corporate).
  3. Communicate evidence-based recommendations to clients who are prone to following fads.
Course summary
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With more than 19 years of experience in the food and nutrition industry, Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a leading dietitian and recipe developer who believes that healthy and wholesome can also be appetizing and delicious. As such, Toby has focused her recent energies on writing cookbooks to make healthy eating simple. Toby has become a best-selling cookbook author; her third cookbook, The 5-Ingredient Healthy Cookbook, was released in April.

Toby is the founder of Toby Amidor Nutrition, where she provides nutrition and food safety consulting services for individuals, restaurants, and food brands. For 10 years she has been a nutrition expert for, writing for their HealthyEats blog; she’s also a regular contributor to the US News & World Report Eat + Run blog and, and has her own “Ask the Expert” column in Today’s Dietitian. She also writes freelance for Furthermore from Equinox and, and has been quoted in,, Oxygen magazine, Dr. Oz THE GOOD LIFE, Reader’s Digest,, and more. Toby has also appeared on television including The Dr. Oz Show and Coffee With America. For the past eight years, she’s been an adjunct professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, and Hunter College in New York City.

Toby trained as a clinical dietitian at New York University. Through ongoing consulting and faculty positions, she has established herself as one of the top experts in culinary nutrition, food safety, and media communications.


Toby Amidor reports the following relevant disclosures: She is a spokesperson for Alliance for Food & Farming, ambassador for NDC, a member of Dannon Yogurt Board, a member of Beef Expert  Bureau (Beef Checkoff), a consultant for V8, a consultant for GOED, a nutrition partner for Truvia, and a spokesperson for California Strawberries. She has certified that no conflict of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.


Available Credit

  • 1.00 CDR


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