Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo™ (FNCE®)

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The 2020 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo™ will be held virtually.

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Looking for pediatric content and networking opportunities at FNCE®? Don’t miss out on these great sessions and posters presented by fellow PNPG members!


PNPG at FNCE: Ask the Pediatric Nutrition Experts 

The Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group (PNPG) will be hosting a live virtual Q&A session on WebEx with leading pediatric nutrition experts. This free event is perfect for individuals exploring a career in pediatric nutrition or looking to shift career paths within the specialty. Tune in to ask your questions during the live moderated event or send your questions to PNPG by October 16th and watch the recording. Registration (free, and open to all) is required.  

Topics & Speakers include: (Click HERE for more information)

  • Neonatal Nutrition - Deborah Abel, PhD, RDN, LDN
  • Eating Disorders - Shonda Brown, RD, CSP, CEDRD
  • Pediatric Oncology - Courtney Huddle, MS, RDN, LDN
  • Dietetic Internship during COVID-19 pandemic - Martha Barnes, Dietetic Intern

Date: Sunday, October 18th 2020

Time: 5:00 pm (Central Time Zone)

Registration*: Free! Click HERE to register. Submit your questions via the registration link by October 16 or during the live event!
*A 15% off discount code on a NEW Pediatric Nutrition Care Manual (PNCM) subscription will be offered to all PNPG FNCE event attendees (NEW subscriptions only, not renewals. One license per subscription). Valid through the end of 2020.


DPG/MIG Showcase
Monday, October 19, 2020
12:30 - 2:30 PM (Central Time Zone) 
Stop by PNPG Showcase Booth for Networking! 

  • Enter to win PNPG grand prize PNCM subscription* if you engage in the PNPG showcase chat function between October 17 and October 20.
    *A NEW single-user Pediatric Nutrition Care Manual (PNCM) subscription only, not renewal. 
  • Sharing ideas and building relationships with colleagues creates opportunities that help expand your knowledge and advance your career. Start making these connections today by joining PNPG
  • Visit the virtual PNPG Showcase on Monday, October 19 to engage with PNPG leaders and peers. Ask questions in a live chat with a PNPG leader, download resources and videos and learn about how to get involved!


Special Mention: Sessions Provided by PNPG Members
Names of PNPG members are indicated in bold.

Sunday, October 18, 2020
10 -11 AM
Opening Session- Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges
Moderator: Linda Farr, RDN, CSOWM, LD, FAND. President, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Speaker: Amy Cuddy, Social Psychologist, Best Selling Author

4-5 PM
2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee: Lets Talk About the Evidence
Moderator: Meghan Adler, MS, RDN, FAND. Nutritionist, USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion at the Food and Nutrition Service
Barbara Schneeman, PhD. Professor Emerita, University of California, Davis
Regan Bailey, PhD, MPH, RD. Professor of Nutrition, Purdue University; 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee
Kathryn Dewey, PhD. Distinguished Professor Emerita, University of California, Davis; 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

Nudging Nutrition: Using Behavioral Economics to Make Healthy Choices Easy in Food Service Operations
Moderator: Deanne Brandstetter, MBA, RD. Vice President Nutrition and Wellness, Compass Group
Melissa Pflugh Prescott, PhD, RDN, FAND. Assistant Professor of School/Childhood Foods and Nutrition, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Tracy Wilczek, MS, RDN, LDN. Nutrition Director, Compass Group USA

2020 Lenna Frances Coopers Memorial Lecture- Good Nutrition Speak in a Polarized World: May We Have a Courteous Discourse?
Moderator: Aida Miles, EdD, MMSc, RDN, LD, FAND. Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Speaker: Mary Chin, MS, RDN. Nutrition & Health Communications Consultant, Nutrition Edge Communications

Bringing the Joy Back to Food for Kidney Disease Patients
Moderator: Michael Spigler, MCHES. American Kidney Fund
Aisling Whelan, MS, RDN, CDN. Private Practice, Aisling Whelan
Linda Blaylock, Chef. CKD Culinary Consultant, American Kidney Fund
Della Major. National Patient Advocate/Ambassador, American Kidney Fund
Blake Shusterman, MD. President, Carolina Nephrology and The Cooking Doc, LLC

Monday, October 19, 2020
10 -11 AM
Member Showcase: Building Trust in Distrustful Times
Moderator: Linda Farr, RDN, CSOWM, LD, FAND. President, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Speaker: Neil Pasricha. Author, Entrepreneur, Podcaster

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Ethical Implications for Social Responsibility and Fairness
Moderator: Susan Laramee, MS, RDN, FADA, FAND. Retired
Mary Russell, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND. Medical Science Liaison, Baxter Healthcare
Marianne Smith Edge, MS, RDN, LD, FADA, FAND. Founder, Principal, The Agri-Nutrition Edge

Home Delivered Meals: Evidence, Impact and the Role of the RDN
Moderator: Lucille Beseler, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE, FAND. President, Family Nutrition Center of South Florida
Julie Aiken, RDN. Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships, Mom’s Meals
Catherine Macpherson, MS, RDN. Chief Nutrition Officer, Mom’s Meals

2:30 - 3:30 PM
Going Pro: Turning Your Passion for Writing into Your Next Gig
Moderator: Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN. Active Eating Advice by Leslie
Julie Stefanski, MEd, RDN, CSSD, LDN, CDCES, FAND. SME Content Writer, Relias
Maggie Moon, MS, RD. Author, Elsevier, Ulysses Press, Livestrong, MindBodyGreen, and more

Nutritional Care in the NICU: Innovations, Challenges, and Opportunities
Moderator: Jessica Thornton, RDN, LDN. RB Health/Mead Johnson Nutrition
Deborah Abel, PhD, RDN, LDN. Director, Graduate Certificate in Pediatric Nutrition, and Clinical Associate Professor. Florida International University
Wendy Cruse, M.M.Sc., RDN, CD, CSPCC, CLS. Milk Lab Clinical Program Manager. NICU Dietitian Senior. Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health

Saturated Fat: Navigating the Controversies
Moderator: Lisa Moloney, MS, RDN. Nutrition Researcher, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Sarah Johnson, PhD, RDN. Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
Jo Ann Carson, PhD, RD. retired professor, UT Southwestern Medical Center

4 - 5 PM
Health Coaching and MNT: Opportunity or Threat
Moderator: Lucille Beseler, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE, FAND. President, Family Nutrition Center of South Florida
Julie Schwartz, MS, RDN, CSOWM, CSSD, LD, NBC-HWC, EP-C. Health Promotion Dietitian, Saratoga Medical Center
Caroline Susie

Moving Beyond Effectiveness: Addressing Childhood Obesity Disparities with Translational Research
Moderator: Linda Snetselarr, PhD, RD. University of Iowa
Jamie Zoellner, PhD, RD. Professor of Public Health Sciences, University of Virginia
Hollie Raynor, PhD, RD. Professor, College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, University of Tennessee

Diabetes, Telehealth, and Apps: Navigating Technology for People with Diabetes
Moderator: Toby Smithson, MS, RDN, LD, CDCES. Diabetes Lifestyle Expert, Diabetes Every Day
Jennifer Smith, RD, LD, CDE. Director of Lifestyle and Nutrition, Integrated Diabetes Services
Susan Weiner, MS, RDN, CDCES, FADCES. Owner, Susan Weiner Nutrition, PLLC Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist Certified Diabetes Educator, Susan Weiner Nutrition, PLLC

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
10 -11 AM
Failing to Make the Grade: Food Insecurity on College Campuses
Moderator: Stephanie Rogus, PhD, RD. New Mexico State University
Marsha Spence, PhD, MPH, RDN, LDN
. Associate Professor of Practice; Director, The University of Tennessee
Alana Davidson, MS. Acting Director of Communications, Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
From the Ground Up: Expert Update on Heavy Metals in Childrens Foods
Moderator: Susan Pac, MS, RD. Senior Manager Regulatory Affairs, Nestle Nutrition
Conrad Choiniere, PhD. Director, Ofc. of Analytics & Outreach, Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition, FDA
Tom Neltner, JD, CHMM. Chemicals Policy Director, Environmental Defense Fund
Wendy Johnson, Ph.D, MPH, RD. Director, Public Policy and Public Policy, Nestle

Mastering Mastermind Meetings
Moderator: Caroline Passerrello, MS, RDN, LDN. University of Pittsburgh
Nancy Farrell, MS, RDN, FAND. CEO/Owner, Farrell Dietitian Services
Malina Malkani, MS, RDN, CDN. Owner, Malina Malkani, LLC
Ginger Hultin, MS RDN CSO. Owner, Champagne Nutrition®
Vandana Sheth, RDN, CDE, FAND. Owner. Vandana Sheth, RDN, CDE, FAND

1:30 - 2:30 PM
The Benefits of Family-Based Treatment Strategies for Pediatric Eating Disorders in Inpatient Settings
Moderator: Shonda Brown, RD, CSP, CNSC, CEDRD. Clinical Dietitian IV, CHOC Children’s Hospital
Shonda Brown, RD, CSP, CNSC, CEDRD. Clinical Dietitian IV, CHOC Children’s Hospital
Katelyn Anderson, PhD. Pediatric Psychologist, CHOC Children’s Hospital
Sarah Kavlich, RD, CLEC. Registered Dietitian, CHOC Children’s Hospital

3 - 4 PM
Closing Session: The Puzzle of Motivation
Moderator: Linda Farr, RDN, CSOWM, LD, FAND. President, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Speaker: Daniel Pink. Bestselling Author

Poster Sessions:
Sunday, October 18, 2020. 1 - 2 PM
A Glimpse into the Future of Protein-energy Malnutrition Identification: Comparing Diagnostic Guidelines. Catherine E. Carter, Registered Dietitian II

Assessing the Effectiveness of the Nutrition Focused Physical Examination in the Acute Care SettingCatherine E. Carter, Registered Dietitian II

Better Nutrition, Better Care: An Initiative to Improve Early Identification and Intervention of Malnutrition in Pediatric Oncology and BMT Patients. Courtney Huddle, MS, RDN, LDN

Characterizing the Parental Perspective of Food-related Quality of Life in Families After Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Diagnosis. Kelly P. Fisher, DCN, RD, CSP, LD

Effectiveness of the Pediatric Nutrition Screening Tool at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare. Jennifer M. Graham, MS, RD, CSP, LD/N

Identifying Pediatric Malnutrition in the Outpatient Setting. Kristi Thaete, MS, RD, LD, CNSC

Providing Evidence-Based Diet Recommendations for Immunocompromised Oncology Patients. Paula Charuhas Macris, MS, RD, CSO, FAND, CD

Tuesday, October 20, 2020. 1 - 2 PM
8 Weeks of Lentil Consumption Improves Insulin Sensitivity in Overweight and Obese Adults - A Randomized Controlled TrialSteephanie Wilson, MS

Community Approaches to Support and Promote BreastfeedingPamela Reichert-Anderson, RDN, CLC. Anastasia Schepers, MS, RDN, CDN, CLC