Recorded Symposium Session: Ethics of Practice: When Science and Beliefs Conflict

Nutrition topics like Keto, Essential Oils, Fasting, CBD, celery juice, and more hot topics on the internet constantly challenge the practice of the RD. For RD’s helping clients understand the science of nutrition, deciphering these trends to determine what’s best for the client while still maintaining a client base, can be a challenge to practice. 

In this session, Connie will look at how the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Code of Ethics provides a framework for dealing with nutrition topics that may not yet have a body of evidence to support them. Connie will teach you how to speak to the science rather than personal beliefs, and how to find a balance between beliefs and the body of evidence. The session will look at the components of the ethics code that can guide practitioners in how they can communicate science vs perceptions, vs beliefs. At the same time, all practitioners are responsible for monitoring how we each practice related to the code, and the session will also address how to handle practice issues that violate the code. 

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Describe the code and its crucial importance to professional practice.
  2. Outline best practices for the use of the ethics code in dietetics practice, including how to accurately communicate science (tempered with a personal understanding of that science).
  3. Identify potential code violations and detail the recommended, ethical response.
  4. Renew and refresh your personal commitment to ethics and professionalism.

Additional Information

Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 
1050, 1070, 6080
Suggested CDR Performance Indicators: 
1.1.6, 2.2.4, 4.2.1, 6.2.3
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CPE Level: 
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 CDR
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Connie Diekman, M.Ed, RD, CSSD, LD, FADA, FAND, is a Food and Nutrition Consultant in St. Louis, Missouri. She is a Former President of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a former chair of the American Heart Association – Missouri affiliate. She is Immediate Past Chair of the Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group, a subunit of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.   

Connie is a former television and radio nutrition reporter who is quoted regularly by the media on food and nutrition issues. She is also author of “The Everything Mediterranean Diet Book: All You Need to Lose Weight and Stay Healthy!” and the newly released book “SuperFood Nuts.”

Connie has received several awards and recognitions, including the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Medallion award, the Alumni Distinguished Service Award from Fontbonne University, the Outstanding Dietitian of the Year Award from the Missouri Dietetic Association, the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year – Missouri, and the Dr. Arthur Strauss Award, from the American Heart Association – St. Louis. 

The presenter reports the following relevant disclosures: Food and Nutrition Consultant, former President of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Board/Advisory Panel Member: Monsanto LEAD Network, Fontbonne University College Education and Allied Health Professions Advisory Board, GMO Answers Independent Expert, Member Advisory Board Parent's Magazine, Member Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics ANDPAC Board, Member Les Dames d'Escoffier STL Board, Immediate Past Chair Weight Management DPG. She has certified that no conflict of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.

This webinar is approved by the CDR for 1.0 ethics CEU.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy) and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) are not responsible for the provider’s interpretation of the Academy/CDR Code of Ethics for the Nutrition and Dietetics Profession or its enforcement as it relates to the scenarios and content presented in this activity.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 CDR


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