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Foundation Events at FNCE

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation offered many exciting educational and social events for attendees of the Academy's Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo™ (FNCE®), including nutrition symposiums, the Foundation Gala, a silent auction and more.

To register for Foundation FNCE® events, please add the Foundation event you would like to attend to your FNCE ® registration form or call Martha Ontiveros at 312-899-4773.

Foundation Gala

Monday, October 5
Reception 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Dinner 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Omni Hotel

Enjoy an evening of gourmet food, spectacular entertainment and dancing. The Gala is the social event of the conference. Mingle with industry professionals, Academy leaders and your peers all while supporting the Foundation of your profession. Semi-formal attire is acceptable. Individual tickets are $200, $25.00 tax deductible donation ($220 if purchased after August 21st); tables of 10 are $2,000 for non-profit groups, $250 tax deductible donation ($2200 if purchased after August 21st) and $3,000 for corporations, $1,250 tax deductible donation ($3200 if purchased after August 21st). Sponsored by Academy National Sponsor National Dairy Council and ConAgra Foods®

Foundation Nutrition Symposium: A Balanced Approach to Understanding the Science of Antibiotics in Animal Agriculture

Saturday, October 3
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Music City Center
Registration fee is $10

Learning Need Codes: 2000, 4070, 8018

This forum will present the science supporting different viewpoints about the role of antibiotics in animal agriculture and their impact on public health, animal health and the environment. Scientists and an RDN farmer will share research, identify gaps and highlight where there is agreement in the evidence. An engaging Q&A session will allow participants to be better prepared to communicate with and educate the public.

After attending this session, attendees will be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast the science supporting differing views on antibiotic use in the food system
  2. Explain how public health, animal health and the environment, are or could be impacted by varied approaches to antibiotic use in food production
  3. Consider effective ways to communicate and educate consumers about antibiotics impacting food systems, food choices and health

Supported through an educational grant to the Academy Foundation from: Elanco, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, Academy National Sponsor National Dairy Council and National Pork Producers.

Foundation Nutrition Symposium: The Science of Sweetness

Saturday, October 3
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Music City Center
Registration fee is $10

This symposium will feature exciting new research on the application of low calorie sweeteners to weight management, hunger and satiety, and human health. Additionally, the physiology of taste modification and how that can be applied to weight management will be explored. Finally, a communications expert will offer solutions for using this information in clinical practice. After attending this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the latest research on the application of low calorie sweeteners to human health/weight management
  • Explain the physiology and application of taste modification by using flavors for beneficial effects
  • Apply scientifically based messages on low calorie sweeteners and sugar reduction to clinical practice

Session Moderator

Kathryn Keim, PhD, RD, LDN
Rush University/Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, Ill.

Session Presenters

James Hill, PhD
University of Colorado
Denver, Colo.

Alexander Bachmanov
Monell Chemical Senses Center
Philadelphia, Pa.

Sponsored by Academy Premier Sponsor PepsiCo

Foundation Nutrition Symposium: From Fringe to Flourish- The Future of Plant-based Eating

Sunday, October 4
5:15 - 7:15 p.m.
Music City Center
Registration fee is $10

CPE Level: 2
Learning Need Code: 2010, 4110, 6010

Recommendations by health organizations encourage Americans to shift to a diet with more plant-based foods, but consumers are confused about what these recommendations mean. This session will share new trend data and survey results that provide consumer and RDN insight on plant-based eating, along with tools that RDNs can use to teach clients that plant-based eating is not an all-or-nothing proposition. Speakers will provide examples of the wide array of plant-based eating plans and the research supporting their health benefits. A culinary demonstration focused on overcoming common consumer acceptance barriers will showcase plant-based recipes.

After attending this session, attendees will be able to:

  1. Apply the prevalence and trends in consumer plant-based eating patterns to educate clients about plant-based diet recommendations
  2. Cite the scientific support for plant-based diet guidelines
  3. Identify newly identified barriers to plant-based eating and adopt a food-forward approach to overcome those barriers when promoting plant-based eating to patients

Session Moderator:

Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN, CSSD, LDN

Session Presenters:

Nirvana Chapman, MS
Mintel Senior Consultant, Chicago, IL

Roger Clemens, DrPH, CFS, CNS, FACN, FIFT, FIAFST
Adjunct Professor, Pharmacology & Pharmaceutical Sciences, USC School of Pharmacy, International Center for Regulatory Science, Los Angeles, CA

Wendy Bazilian, DrPH, MA, RD
Private Practice; Author, Bazilian's Health Clinic, San Diego, CA

Sponsored by California Walnut Commission


Foundation Booth Activities

While at FNCE® stop by the Foundation Booth located in the Music City Center.

Dollars for Scholars

Attendees have the option to add a donation to their purchase at the bookstore and at the Foundation kiosk to benefit the Foundation Scholarship Program.


Kids Eat Right Corner

Attendees will have the opportunity to talk with RDN Nutrition Coaches, RDN farmers and agriculture experts. Additionally, attendees can learn more about the Kid Eat Right Campaign and Future of Food initiatives, sign up to become a campaign member and learn more about new toolkits and resources available to campaign members (including mini grants).


FNCE® Silent Auction

FNCE® attendees have the opportunity to bid on unique items donated by Academy members, Affiliates, Dietetic Practice Groups and exhibitors. Bidding will take place until 2 p.m. on Monday, October 5. Winning bidders may pick up their items at the Foundation Booth beginning at 3 p.m. that same day. If you are interested in making a donation to the silent auction, contact Martha Ontiveros at montiveros@eatright.org.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

The Foundation has an important and highly visible presence during the annual Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo. Foundation events at FNCE® are promoted to nearly 73,000 nutrition professionals through a multitude of venues - before and after the event. These events provide an opportunity for Academy members and corporate friends to support the Foundation.

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