Recorded Symposium Session: Reading Between the Lines: How to Interpret and Negotiate Contracts to Get What You Want and Deserve

If you think you only need a contract when you land a huge brand…think again. Throughout your career, no matter which facet of dietetics you choose, you’ll be faced with contracts in one form or another. For some of us, these lengthy documents are filled with legalese that seem intimidating and overwhelming; before you sign on the dotted line, you’ll have to learn to read between the lines to protect yourself.

Bonnie Taub-Dix and special guest, Mitchell Dix (Bonnie’s husband and favorite legal counsel), will help you interpret and navigate through contract terms that are often overwhelming and particularly confusing. Both Bonnie and Mitchell are well-versed in the issues dietitians face!

Drawing upon their decades of experience in the profession of dietetics and familiarity with contract forms that are common in different dietetic settings, Bonnie and Mitchell will provide clear examples of sticky scenarios that could arise and teach you actionable strategies for successful negotiations. Here are just a few of the situations that will be covered in this exciting session: 

  • As a hospital dietitian, you’ll need to pay close attention to your employer’s control over your schedule,  payday, duties, termination clauses, and any limitations on outside work opportunities .  
  • As an entrepreneur working with brands, your contract should clearly state work to be done and when it’s due. Does it outline how much you’ll be paid for each item in the statement of work? What is the termination clause for each side, including payment conditions, non-compete clauses, exclusivity specifics, and additional work that may arise for additional fees?  
  • As a food photographer you’ll need to be specific about who owns your photos, where they will be shown, how you’ll be credited, and how long they will be displayed. Your rates may vary for each of these situations.
  • As a private practitioner you may need a contract with your clients. Do you need them to sign off on payment and appointment commitments?
  • As an influencer, you will want to pay attention to whether contract infringes on your personal life. That is, can the company you work with dictate what you post on social media platforms?    


Learning Objectives

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

  1. Increase familiarity with contracts to help protect the nutrition entrepreneur.
  2. Understand the bond between the nutrition entrepreneur and brands, and be able to interpret the contractual relationship
  3. Outline and define language and terms commonly found in contracts.

Additional Information

Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 
7030, 7070, 7120, 7150
Suggested CDR Performance Indicators: 
11.2.6, 11.3.6, 13.3.5, 14.2.6
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CPE Level: 
Course summary
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  • 1.00 CDR
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Bonnie Taub-Dix, MA, RDN, CDN is the award-winning author of, Read It Before You Eat It – Taking You from Label to Table, and creator of the website and blog called, Bonnie is a media personality, media trainer, spokesperson, motivational speaker, journalist, and corporate and brand consultant whose messages are laced with her culinary passion as a foodie, her credible guidance as an advisor and her wit and wisdom as a mom.

Bonnie is Director and Owner of BTD Nutrition Consultants, LLC, with offices on Long Island and in New York City. Bonnie is a health and wellness blogger and contributor for, US News & World Report, Everyday Health, THRIVE Global, Better Homes & Gardens, Family Circle, and Vitamin Shoppe’s “What’s Good V.” Her stories, quotes, and interviews have appeared in thousands in all forms of media comprised, including television, radio shows, print, and online platforms.

Bonnie is an advisor to global corporations, food companies, and media outlets, through her stories, media/social media campaigns, Twitter chats, Facebook LIVES, Instagram takeovers, wellness programs, and workshops for health professionals and consumers. She is a past spokesperson for The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the recipient of their prestigious Media Excellence Award. Her favorite pastime is cooking in the kitchen with her family.

The presenter reports the following relevant disclosures: Blue Diamond Almond Breeze, Cartoon Network,, California Avocado Commission, California Strawberry Commission,, US News & World Report. She has certified that no conflict of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.

Mitchell Dix, Esq. is the principal and founder of Mitchell A. Dix & Associates. His law practice encompasses all aspects of business, real estate, cooperative and condominium law, with a specialty serving as general counsel to over 75 cooperative and condominium boards throughout the New York metropolitan area. His articles and interviews covering a wide range of legal issues have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Real Estate Weekly, and Habitat Magazine, and he authored a regular column for Connections, a publication of the Riverdale co-op community, addressing the concerns of cooperative shareholders.

Mitchell lectures for various community organizations and trade groups, and is a recurring guest speaker at both Habitat Magazine’s Board Leadership Conferences and the Annual Housing Conferences of the Council of New York Cooperatives.

As Mayor of the Incorporated Village of Hewlett Neck for 14 years, Mitchell spearheaded and successfully completed several major municipal projects, including upgrading of the Village water systems, road surfaces and lighting, without increasing Village taxes, revamped aging Village Codes to meet modern day challenges, renegotiated agreements with contractors and service providers to preserve competitive pricing, and worked cooperatively with local police departments, fire departments and other elected officials on numerous community based initiatives. He is now serving as the Village's first elected Village Justice.

Mitchell received his Juris Doctor from the University of Buffalo. He is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and is a member of the American Bar Association, the Bar Association of the City of New York, and the Real Property Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.

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

  • 1.00 CDR


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