Recorded Symposium Session: The New Age of Dietary Assessment: From Quantity to Quality

Traditional dietary intake assessment methods—food frequency questionnaires, 24-hour recalls, and food logs—while valid and widely used in practice, have important limitations, both in the methodology and application of results. Nutrition professionals recognize the need for innovative approaches. Diet Quality Photo Navigation is one proposed solution, complete with its own potential applications and limitations. A simple tool backed by complex science, it uses fully assembled dietary prototypes, compiled by RDs and based on defining attributes of each diet, as well as specific, objective measures of diet quality. This technique is undergoing validation with an Institutional Review Board-approved research study. The tool has great potential: in research settings, integrated into electronic health records, and/or as a tool in MNT, it can be part of an effective, comprehensive program to decease chronic disease risk. 

Dietary assessment is undergoing a paradigm shift: from nutrient quantity to diet pattern quality, and from cookie cutter approaches to personalized solutions. Tools such as the Healthy Eating Index 2015, emerging energy balance theories, and mobile technology all unite to assist the modern dietitian in providing top-notch services to their clients and patients, and in realizing potential applications in public health and epidemiological research.   

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Identify the pros and cons of, and best practices for existing dietary assessment methodologies. 
  2. Analyze and compare current technology trends and options in nutrition assessment and tracking. 
  3. Explain scientific validation requirements for measurement of diet quality and implications of health outcomes, disease risk, and health care costs.   

Additional Information

Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 
3010, 1065, 9020
Suggested CDR Performance Indicators: 
6.1.4, 6.2.5, 9.4.7, 10.2.1
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Course summary
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Dina Aronson is an internationally-recognized nutritionist, author, and speaker specializing in wellness technology and healthy living. She is currently lead dietitian for Diet ID, a digital startup devising innovative methods to assess and track diet and behavior change. She has worked with numerous technology companies, fitness organizations, restaurant groups, and food service teams to build health and nutrition-related apps and programs.    

Serving on several boards and committees dedicated to educating people on health and wellness, Dina is passionate about empowering people to optimize their health by using customized solutions, including creative nutrition and fitness technology. She believes it is never too late to change your lifestyle and build a better life!   

Dina earned her bachelor’s degree in Nutrition from Cornell University and her Master’s in Nutrition from Tufts University. She has served on the Today’s Dietitian Editorial Advisory board for many years. In her spare time, Dina enjoys spending time with her two children and dog, vegetable gardening, weight training, cycling, hiking, and vegan cooking.

The presenter reports the following relevant disclosure: Diet ID. 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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