Symposium Session: Conflict or Consensus: Balancing Consumers' Demands With Professional Ethics

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: 1010, 1050, 7210

Suggested CDR Performance Indicators: 1.1.2, 1.1.8, 2.1.8, 11.1.5

Today’s definition of health and wellness reaches beyond “good for you” to encompass ethical issues such as animal welfare, production methods, and sustainability as well as what’s not in the food (from preservatives to GMOs). Dietitians, as trusted, credentialed health professionals, are expected to navigate this emerging space within professional boundaries and with the mounting impact of social media. The challenge facing the profession is to leverage consumers’ broad array of food beliefs as a bridge to communicating the tenets of healthy eating while operating within the professional code of ethics. During this session, the dietitians’ professional code of ethics will be applied in case studies illustrating guardrails governing responsibility to clients and the profession, as well as a roadmap to responsible communications when scientific evidence is limited. Emphasis will be on ethics in communications and business environments.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Describe the professional code of ethics for RDNs through case study analysis.
  2. Effectively communicate to consumers on topics with limited scientific support while maintaining trust and authenticity.
  3. Understand personal bias and the difference of opinion vs violation of the code of ethics to appropriately advise clients and promote foods within healthy eating habits.
Course summary
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  • 1.00 CDR
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Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, LD, is a nationally recognized nutrition correspondent serving as the director of nutrition for WebMD Health, a contributing editor for Food and Nutrition Magazine and a nutrition expert for United Healthcare providing monthly webinars, articles, recipes and blogs. In 2016, she was awarded the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Lenna Frances Cooper Memorial Award in recognition of her distinguished career and remarkable contributions to the dietetics profession. She has extensive media experience and was awarded the 2007 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Media Excellence Award for her contribution and commitment to educating consumers on the role of diet, health and nutrition issues through the media.

Kathleen Zelman reports the following relevant disclosure: she is a consultant to Monsanto.
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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