Recorded Symposium Session: Menopause Ahead: Exploring the Intersection of Nutrition, Health, Hormones, and Aging

Many women worry about the physical and emotional changes that accompany the transition through menopause and question whether midlife weight gain is just inevitable. In today’s anti-aging and nutritionally-sensationalized world, women struggle to make informed decisions about their health and are looking to clinicians for answers. Join Val Schonberg, an RD and Certified Menopause Practitioner with the North American Menopause Society, as she discusses evidence-based nutrition and lifestyle strategies that can minimize symptoms and prevent long-term health problems such as heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and cancer.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Describe the three stages of menopause and the emotional and physical changes experienced during each stage.
  2. Explain the effects changing hormones, aging, lifestyle, and dieting have on a woman's physical and emotional well-being.
  3. Recommend evidenced-based nutrition strategies and lifestyle changes that will help prevent long-term health problems associated with menopause.
  4. Counsel clients on how to balance the impact positive nutrition has on long-term health coupled with the realities of weight bias and disordered eating behaviors.

Additional Information

Suggested CDR Performance Indicators: 
8.1.2, 8.1.4, 8.1.5, 10.2.4
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Val Schonberg, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD, NCMP, FAND, is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian with a master’s degree in Nutrition Science from the University of Minnesota. She is Board Certified as a Specialist in Sports Dietetics, a Certified Menopause Practitioner with the North American Menopause Society and a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Val owns EnlightenU Nutrition Consulting, LLC, a private practice in Atlanta, Georgia where she specializes in nutrition for recreational and professional athletes, dancers and performing artists, women in midlife and menopause, and individuals with disordered eating concerns.

Originally from Minnesota, Val’s experience and expertise come from years of practice in many settings including eating disorder treatment, Division I college sports medicine, professional dance organizations, and speaking regionally and nationally on numerous nutrition related topics. In addition to individual nutrition counseling, she is currently the consulting dietitian for Emory Sports Medicine and Orthopedics and Atlanta Ballet.

Val is passionate about providing nutrition care to populations vulnerable to disordered eating and promoting positive nutrition messages that help people make informed decisions about their health and live a life where they feel free to confidently embrace their best self.

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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