Michigan Academy Annual Conference - May 4 & 5, 2017
Grand Valley State University Eberhard Center
Grand Rapids, MI
Registration is Now Closed
You can view and download the full Annual Conference Brochure. Handouts will be available in the Member Area starting April 26.
Two FREE 2018 Conference Registrations Awarded
Those that attend both days of the 2017 Michigan Academy annual conference to have your name entered into a drawing for a free registration for the 2018 Annual Spring Conference in Bay City, Michigan. One winner’s name will be drawn on Thursday, May 4 at the end of the Poster Session. The second winner’s name will be drawn on Friday, May 5 at the conclusion of the conference. You must be present to win!
Additional Prizes: Complimentary Academy Membership Renewal!
Two Academy membership renewals for 2017 – 2018 will be awarded at the 2017 Annual Conference. Approximate value is $240 per membership. Must be present to win!
Important Dates to Remember in 2017:
February: Conference brochure will be available; Early Bird pricing and registration as soon as brochure is released; runs through April 11. Go to www.eatrightmich.org for online registration. Registration for The Tale of Beer City USA 5K Walk and Run will be included in the conference brochure.
April 12: Conference price increase goes into effect. Add $50 to your registration.
May 4: Michigan Academy Conference Educational sessions and posters
May 5: Michigan Academy Conference Educational sessions, exhibits and MNDI Silent Auction, Proceeds to benefit the dietetic student scholarship fund.
The conference committee is pleased to present an exciting line-up of speakers and topics, for a total of 14 CPE credits.
In addition to our Keynote and General session speakers, the Michigan Academy is pleased to offer a variety of breakout sessions based on your feedback from past conferences. We’ve added sessions on “foods of the future," including GMO information, successful programs to reduce food waste, social media and nutrition blogs, yoga and nutrition, indirect calorimetry, nutrition and autoimmune disease, and nutrition for the cancer patient just to name a few!
You asked for and we fit it in! Each day we made room for a 15 minute organized walk to get you out of your seats and re-energized!
On Thursday evening, be sure to check out The Tale of Beer City USA 5K Walk and Run tours! The Tale of Beer City USA, also known as Grand Rapids, as told to you by fit and fun tour ambassadors from Grand Rapids Running Tours (http://grandrapidsrunningtours.com)! In the narrative of this fun and fascinating tour, you will learn about the history of the beer brewing industry in Grand Rapids, its demise and its recent comeback that earned Grand Rapids the “Beer City” title. You will be so captivated by the story, that your feet won’t even know they are moving!
The Walk and Run group tours takes place Thursday May 4, 2017 at 6:45 pm, rain or shine. All paces are accommodated! Registration fee is only $16, nonrefundable under any circumstances. Look for details in the conference brochure in February 2017.
A block of rooms is reserved for the conference at the Holiday Inn, Downtown Grand Rapids. The hotel is ½ block to the L.V. Eberhard Conference Center. Why wait? Book your room now. Rates are $128 plus tax per night. Rooms can be booked online by using this link: MI Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. The Michigan Academy group code is: AND for the discounted rate. Or by calling the hotel by calling (616)235-7611. Be sure to include the group code: AND for the discounted rate for the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Make reservations by April 14, 2017 to receive discounted rate. Complimentary Parking at the hotel if staying overnight.
Look for the full schedule in the January enewsletter, “Save the Date and Speaker Lineup”
Conference Keynote and General Session Speakers: The Annual Spring Conference Committee has dynamic speakers lined up for you!
During Thursday morning’s keynote presentation, attendees will hear about the latest research on the gut microbiome. Is it really true you are what you eat? Can what you eat affect your current and future health status? Dr. Robert Britton, professor in the Dept. of Molecular Virology and Microbiology and the Center for Metagenomics and Microbiome Research at Baylor College of Medicine, will discuss how the intestinal human microbiome protects us from disease, focusing on new research identifying probiotics that have a scientific basis for treating human disease.
Dr. James Painter, a Registered Dietitian since 1980 and an Adjunct Professor at University of Texas, School of Public Health is our General Session Speaker Thursday morning. You can bet that an esteemed Registered Dietitian (who is also an academic, author, and nationally recognized speaker) with a CV that is 56 pages long certainly has something to say! We can’t wait to hear Dr. Jim Painter speak “from the heart” in what is sure to be a lively presentation.
Thursday’s closing motivational presenter is a native of Grand Rapids. Kendra Bylsma, fitness entrepreneur, spent the first decade of her career in corporate wellness before starting her own wellness company, Allegro Coaching in Grand Rapids. Ms. Bylsma’s presentation, “Redefining Work Life Balance,” will help us to reflect upon ways we spend our time in our essential roles as health care professionals, parents, spouses, friends, etc. Additionally, she will demonstrate how we can incorporate strategies of making intentional choices, practicing mindfulness, and being present to balance personal and professional time.
Friday’s general session will be presented by Dr. Mark Messina, the co-owner of Nutrition Matters, Inc., an adjunct associate professor at Loma Linda University, and the executive director of the Soy Nutrition Institute. Dr. Messina brings us an informative session on soy, soy isoflavones & health. His extensive research on soy and its role in both women’s and men’s health is not to be missed.
Last, but not least, our Friday keynote speaker is Mr. Kenneth Wasco. Mr. Wasco is an author, marketer, catalyst and doer. As a representative of the leadership team at Gordon Food Service to their largest customers for the past 35 years, Ken has focused on the hospitality industry and working with leaders to create their success through a better understanding of people. Mr. Wasco will address "Harnessing the Dynamics of Change". Come listen to how successful change will always focus on innovation. Together, leadership and innovation harnesses the dynamics of change. It will surely be a thought provoking session.
As you can see, this is a conference not to be missed! Make sure to plan on attending this event at the L.V. Eberhard Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Look for more Annual Conference details in your email inbox.
In addition to the 14 CPEs offered by full conference attendance, you’ll have the opportunity to network with RDNs from all over Michigan and beyond. Our exhibitors will provide information on new products and services important to RDNs as practitioners to meet the needs of their patients, clients, and personal development and growth.
Early registration starts in February. See you this spring in Grand Rapids!
In addition to the 15 CPEs offered for full conference attendance, you’ll have the opportunity to network with RDs from all over Michigan and beyond. Our exhibitors will provide hands-on explanations about new products and services important to practitioners and their patients and clients. Grand Rapids is a walkable community with much to do and see. The conference center and hotel are located close to many great restaurants, microbreweries, museums and shopping.
From community to clinical, here are a few highlights:
- The Gut Microbiome: Dr. Robert Britton, Baylor College of Medicine
- Updates to the Nutrition Care Manual- Dislipidemia: Dr. James Painter, RD, University of Texas Houston
- Foods of the Future: Abigail Andrew Copenhaver, RDN, CDE
- Food Waste: Julie Schilf from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- Nutrition Entrepreneurship: Nicole Morrissey, RDN, CDE, aka “The Prevention RD"
- Maternal and Child Nutrition: Dr. Sarah Comstock, Michigan State University
- Overeating and Obesity: Dr. Alexander Johnson, Michigan State University
- The Diabetes Prevention Program: Joyce Patterson, MPH, RDN, BC-ADM, Adult Diabetes Education Program, University of Michigan Health System
- Redefining Work Life Balance: Kendra Bylsma, Small business entrepreneur, wellness coach, wife and mother
- Indirect Calorimetry to Measure BMR: Jennifer Wooley, MS, RD, CNSC
- Nutrition for the Patient Living with Cancer: Christy McFadden, MS, RDN, CSO, Spectrum Health
- Get Hands-On: Explore The Latest Kitchen Tools & Trends That Support Healthy Eating: Laura Chalela Hoover, MPH, RDN
Early registration starts in February. We look forward to seeing you in the spring in Grand Rapids, “Beer City USA”!
Michigan Academy Annual Conference - April 21 & 22, 2016
Hundreds of Michigan dietitians enjoyed informative and fun-filled events at the Michigan Academy 2016 Annual Spring Conference in Lansing, Michigan April 21st and 22nd. Speakers from Michigan and around the nation provided updates on key dietetic and nutrition topics and issues ranging from obesity to sports nutrition. One of the featured general session speakers, Mary Abbott Hess, an iconic dietitian familiar to most practitioners, highlighted the need for RDs to more fully appreciate looking beyond nutrients and understand why food matters. In addition, dietitians and dietetic students and interns were presented with prestigious awards, and the membership was able to pay tribute to three 50-Year Academy members. Exhibitors brought a wide variety of information on products and services of vital importance to RDs.