Symposium Session: Where Health Meets Food: The Intersection of Food as Medicine in 2022

This is not a webinar or course for purchase - this is a module for credit claiming for our 2022 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.

Over half of American adults have at least one chronic, diet-related disease. Food is the culprit, but it can also be the cure. Adults who eat healthfully live longer and have lower risk for obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers.

The potential of diet quality and its influence on biomarkers of aging is built upon a robust body of scientific research which has revealed how food is medicine that can reduce chronic disease and lead to longer lives. This session will highlight the latest scientific evidence on nutrients, foods, beverages, and dietary patterns that showcase the vital impact food has on prevention, management, and reversal of chronic disease along with secrets of “superagers” and biologic aging.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Recognize the urgency to help clients and patients improve diet quality to improve their health, longevity, and reduce cost of healthcare.
  2. Acquire a better understanding of the robust body of evidence on how specific nutrients, foods, and beverages influence health outcomes.
  3. Comprehend the consequence of overall dietary patterns and lifestyle choices on chronic disease and life span.
  4. Learn the secrets of the “superagers” approach to dietary patterns and lifestyle choices.

Additional Information

Suggested CDR Performance Indicators: 
8.1.5, 8.2.2, 8.2.4, 8.4.2
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Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RDN, LD, is a food, nutrition, and media communication consultant and owner of No Nonsense Nutrition, LLC. She recently retired as the director of nutrition for WebMD after 16 years where she helped build a state-of-the-art food, diet, and nutrition portal.

Kathleen has received one of the highest honors from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), the 2016 Lenna Frances Cooper Memorial Award in recognition of a distinguished career and remarkable contributions to the dietetics profession. In 2007, she was awarded the prestigious AND Media Excellence Award for her contribution and commitment to educating consumers about food and nutrition. The American Society for Nutrition (ASN) named Kathleen the 2011 recipient of their Nutrition Science Media Award for outstanding science and nutrition journalism. The Institute of Food Technologists awarded her with the 2012 Media Award for Excellence in Consumer Journalism. In 2014 she was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from Montclair State University. 

Kathleen’s media experience is extensive, including co-hosting a weekly radio program for four years, serving twelve years as a national spokesperson for the Academy, over 1000 print and television appearances and a co-author on several books. She served as a contributing editor to the Academy’s Food & Nutrition Magazine and is currently a member of the board of directors of the True Health Initiative and Nutrition4Kids medical advisory board. Kathleen received her master’s degree in public health from Tulane University and her Bachelor of Science from Montclair State University.

The presenter has no relevant disclosures to report regarding this program. 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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