Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Spring Conference in Traverse City has been canceled for 2020. The conference will be in Traverse City in 2021, so check back here for more details at a later date.
Michigan Academy Spring Conference
May 13 & 14, 2021
Park Place Hotel & Conference Center
Traverse City, MI
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January 2020 Update
14 CPE credits available HANDOUTS AVAILABLE ONLINE April 29, 2020
Thursday, May 7, 2020
- Update from Michigan Nutrition and Dietetics Institute (MNDI), 50-Year Member Honorees at Thursday lunch, networking, and poster sessions
- Drawing for first of TWO free 2021 Michigan Academy conference registrations
- Drawing for first of TWO free Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual membership renewals for 2020 – 2021
Friday, May 8, 2020
- Exhibitors presenting the latest in innovative products and services
- Drawing for second of TWO free 2021 Michigan Academy conference registrations
- Drawing for second of TWO free Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual membership renewals for 2020 – 2021
Park Place Hotel Reservations
- A block of rooms is reserved at the rate of $129.95 + tax.
- Call (231) 946-5000; Ask for the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics discount rate. Online reservations are not available at this rate.
- This special rate is available until April 6, 2020.
Speaker and Session Line-up
Thursday, May 7, 2020
Keynote, and General Sessions:
- Keynote Address: The Food Ripple Effect, Clancy Harrison, MS, RDN, FAND
- General Session: Licensure: I’m Just a Bill, Sitting on (Lansing’s) Capitol Hill: Bethany Thayer, MS, RDN, FAND, Chairperson, Licensure Task Force, and Tina Miller, MS, RDN, FAND, Co-Chair, Licensure Task Force
- General Session: No More Wasted Time – Ideas for Grabbing and Maintaining Your Client’s Attention: Angie Hasemann Bayliss, MS, RDN, CSP
- General Session: Going Glocal: A Recipe for Sustainable Nutrition – Katie Brown, EdD, RDN and Kim Zacharias, Black Star Farms
- Hope or Hype: Treating Inflammatory Bowel Disease with Diet: Emily Haller, MS, RDN
- Orthorexia vs. Anorexia and Other Eating Disorders – A Dietitian’s Guide to Practice: Susan Katz-Scheinker, MBA, RD
- Dietitian and Client Base Mismatch: Are There Ethical Implications: Karen Kelly-Blake, PhD
- Food Allergies vs. Food Intolerances: Knowing the Difference and How to Approach Nutritional Management: Elizabeth Hudson, MPH, RD
- Dining Reimagined for Memory Care: Jenny Overly, MS, RD
- Plant-based Nutrition for Diabetes: Meghan Jardine, MS, MBA, RDN, LD, DCES
Friday, May 8, 2020
General Session and Keynote Session:
- General Session: Brain-Gut Axis: Megan E. Riehl, PsyD, MA
- Keynote Address: Modern Diets: Fact vs. Fad: Abby Langer, RD
- Emerging Clinical Practices for Advanced-Level Registered Dietitian Nutritionists: Libby MacQuillan, PhD, RDN, CHSE
- GDM: From Diagnosis to Postpartum – a Nutritionist’s Perspective: Alyce Thomas, RD
- Creating Compelling Content: Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD
- Nutrition Management: Head and Neck Cancer Patients: Madelyn Drumm, RD, CSO
- How Will Climate Change Affect Agriculture Yields, Food Security, and Human Nutrition: Professor David Karowe, PhD
- Public Health Nutrition: A Critical Ingredient in Flint’s Recovery: Amy Saxe-Custack, PhD, MPH, RD
Questions? Contact Susanne Consiglio, RDN, Michigan Academy executive director at 586.774.7447 or firstname.lastname@example.org
December 2019 Update
Don’t miss the chance to gain inspiration and knowledge from our esteemed speakers, network with other dietetics professionals, and earn 14 CPE credits in this beautiful new location!
Check out this month’s sneak peak of a few more of our speakers who will leave you feeling energized
Join us as we kick off the conference with an inspiring session, “The Food Ripple effect,” by Clancy Harrison, MS, RDN, FAND! As dietitians, we regularly educate people about consuming a balanced diet. But how many of us ask if our clients have access to or funds to buy these nutritious foods? Learn how to revamp nutrition messaging and build strategic partnerships to help improve the health outcomes of your clients who may face food insecurity!
Expand your knowledge regarding the evidence that supports a plant-based diet to improve body weight, glycemic control, and lipid levels for individuals with diabetes! Meghan Jardine, MS, MBA, RDN, LD, DCES will describe various strategies for success when providing plant-based nutrition education and counseling!
Join Megan Riehl, PsyD, MA as she embarks on a “hot” gastrointestinal topic in her Friday morning general session, “Brain-Gut Axis- How it Impacts Digestive Health.” Discover how the communication between your brain and your stomach can impact both your digestive and mental health. You will learn to determine when to the refer your clients to a mental health specialist in the treatment of digestive issues, as well as the role of psychogastroenterology.
These are just a few of the conference perks!
- Physical activity: Based on positive feedback, we will continue to include a one-mile walk break each day along with a non-competitive 5K run/walk (which will now take place on Friday morning)!
- Networking: There will be many chances to network over the course of the two-day conference.
- Free Conference Winners: Register for both days and your name will be entered into a drawing. Prizes include two free 2020-2021 Academy memberships and two complimentary 2021 Michigan Academy Conference registrations! Winner must be present to win!
Important Dates to Remember in 2020
- January: The full schedule of speakers will be announced.
- February: The conference brochure will be available, and early bird registration begins.
- Friday, April 10: Conference price increase of $50 goes into effect.
- May 7: Michigan Academy Conference educational sessions and posters will take place.
- May 8: Michigan Academy Conference educational sessions, exhibits and MNDI Silent Auction will take place, with proceeds of the silent auction benefiting the dietetic student scholarship fund
Stay tuned for more conference details on this page, in the next Link eNewsletter issue, and in your email in-box. Don't miss this dynamic event in beautiful northern Michigan!
November 2019 Update
The 2020 spring conference planning is in full swing, and the committee is creating an event with an abundance of dynamic speakers that cover a myriad of topic areas. Mark your calendars, and join your fellow dietitians at this outstanding event in a new and beautiful location!
When? Thursday, May 7 and Friday, May 8, 2020
Where? Park Place Hotel & Conference Center, Traverse City, MI
How? Early registration begins in February, 2020
- Earn CPE’s
- Network and collaborate with other dietitians and health professionals
- Learn something new and get fresh ideas from our dynamic lineup of speakers
- Visit exhibitor tables to learn more about new products and resources available for your patients and clients
Below is a sneak peek at a few of our remarkable speakers, and stay tuned for more conference details in the next eNewsletter issue, on this Michigan Academy website, and in your email in-box! This is a conference you do not want to miss!
Gain inspiration with new ways to grab and maintain your client’s attention in a dynamic presentation by Angie Hasemann Bayliss, MS, RDN, CSP! You will learn how to customize communication during client interaction to achieve the greatest efficacy and obtain new tools to engage your clients. This is a must-attend presentation that can benefit dietitians in all practice areas!
As dietitians, we must be knowledgeable of “popular” diets in order to answer questions appropriately with evidenced-based information. Abby Langer, RD, will travel all the way from Canada to discuss intermittent fasting and other modern diets, how to best interpret nutrition research for or against the use of a particular diet, and the importance of being open-minded with our clients.
If you are looking to start a blog or maintain the one you already have, Sally Kuzumchak, MS, RD of RealMomNutrition.com has the answers for you! You will gain new skills to engage your reader with strong writing, find inspiration for your writing, and tailor your content to your audience.
YouTube video to check out for the speaker on Nutrition-Focused Physical Exam -Physical Exam for Fat Loss and Muscle Wasting
Fourteen CPE’s will be offered at the conference. Along with educational lecture sessions and panel discussions, you will have the opportunity to visit exhibit tables, a poster session, award ceremonies, and a run-walk event!
We have an exciting conference planned for you! Scroll below to read more about our amazing speakers, special drawings, planned exercise activities during the conference, and hotel information.
Please note the change in speaker for the Friday keynote: “Harnessing University Discovery, Engagement, and Learning to Achieve Food and Nutrition Security” to Dr. DeAndrea Beck. Dr. Beck is the Associate Dean for Research in International Studies and Programs at Michigan State University and was highly involved in the process and outcome of the report.
- Health at Every Size: Helping People Make Peace with Their Bodies and Their Food: Jon Robison, PhD, MS, MA
- Harnessing University Discovery, Engagement, and Learning to Achieve Food and Nutrition Security: DeAndrea Beck, PhD
- The New Management Paradigm for Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Key Role for Dietetics: Peter Gibson, MD
- I am a Registered Dietitian, Now What? Creating a Passionate Conversation About Your Career: Ann Cundiff, MS, RD
- Nutrition Education Through Entertainment: Jill Jayne, MS, RD
- Nutrition Focused Physical Examination (NFPE): Deborah Hutcheson, DCN, RDN, LDN
For a full speaker line-up, see the conference brochure link above
Important Dates to Remember in 2018
- February: The conference registration is open, and Early Bird pricing runs through April 4. Register from the link above. Registration for a non-competitive 5K run/walk on Thursday evening is available when you register for the conference.
- April 5: Conference price increase goes into effect. Add $50 to your registration.
- April 26: Michigan Academy Conference educational sessions and posters will take place.
- April 27: Michigan Academy Conference educational sessions, exhibits and MNDI Silent Auction will take place. Proceeds of the silent auction will benefit the dietetic student scholarship fund
Summary of Special Events
Thursday, April 26, 2018
- Michigan Nutrition and Dietetics Institute (MNDI) scholarship recipient awards at Thursday lunch, networking, and poster sessions.
- Drawing for first of TWO free 2019 Annual Conference registrations! PLUS
- Drawing for first of TWO free Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Membership Renewals for 2018 – 2019!
Friday, April 27, 2018
- Exhibitors will display the latest nutrition products and services. Visit our exhibitors and sponsors to learn more about the products and services they have to offer you and the communities you serve!
- Drawing for second of TWO free 2019 Annual Conference registrations! AND
- Drawing for second of TWO free Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Membership Renewals for 2018 – 2019!
You must be present to win in all drawings!
Walking breaks and 5K run/walk
- We received a lot of positive feedback about the physical activity breaks last year, so we made room for a one mile organized walk to get you out of your seats and re-energized each day!
- Thursday April 26th at 7pm: After a day of exercising your mind, come move your body in a fun and non-competitive 5K run or walk! This is a great opportunity to explore beautiful Bay City while mingling with fellow dietitians!
Doubletree Hotel Riverfront
One Wenonah Park Place, Bay City, Michigan 48708
Hotel Room Reservations: A block of rooms is reserved for the conference at the Doubletree Hotel. Room rates are $95 plus tax per night for a single or double occupancy. Reserve your room by calling the hotel at (989) 891-6000. Ask for this special rate and refer to the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The special rate is available until April 3, 2018. You can also reserve a room online: http://doubletree.hilton.com. Use the conference code “MAN” for online registrations.
Hotel Amenities: These include access to the fitness center, complimentary wifi, use of the business center, and a refrigerator in each guest room. Complimentary parking at the hotel will be provided if you are staying overnight.
Meet Some of Our Speakers!
Are you carrying out your passion as a dietitian in a way that is meaningful to you? In an interactive general session, Ann Cundiff, RD, LD, LSC, FAND, will help you explore your personal philosophy and identify outlets that align with your passion. No matter what point of your career you are in, you will leave this presentation feeling energized and refreshed to take on your next challenge!
In a captivating panel format breakout session, three community dietitians will describe the important roles they play in influencing the nutrition status of members of their communities. You will have the opportunity to learn from these experts about Michigan State Extension (Dawn Earnesty, MS, RDN-left), Taste the Local Difference and the Groundwork Center (Paula Martin, MS, RDN-center), and Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools school based health center (Jevgenija Meyers, RDN-right).
Whether you are specializing in sports nutrition or occasionally counseling active individuals, questions regarding sports nutrition often arise. In an informative breakout session, Allison Tropf, MS, RD, CSSD, will discuss how to fuel youth athletes by examining sports specific nutrition recommendations, hydration guidelines, timing strategies, and ways for youth athletes to overcome barriers to eating in order to promote optimal performance.
With diabetes being such a rampant disease and the research around diabetes constantly evolving, there is a lot of information to sift through. In an enlightening breakout session, Wendy Gregor, MA, RD, CDE, will discuss the latest MNT recommendations from the 2018 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes along with the ADA’s new self -management program. You will leave this session feeling more confident that you are providing your clients with the most current-evidence based information.
Research consistently suggests that body size and health behaviors are not the major causes of health disparities across the United States, but that The Social Determinants of Health are more to blame. During the Health at Every Size keynote presentation, Dr. Jon Robison will discuss an alternate health-centered approach to helping individuals with weight concerns without a narrow focus on weight. In his Health at Every Body breakout session, focus will be paid to relevant weight and eating-related issues in our fat- and food-phobic culture including; weight stigma and discrimination, food preoccupation and shaming, and disordered eating.
Are you interested in working with elite level athletes and curious about how to get there? Sarah Snyder, Detroit Lions Team Performance Dietitian, will be providing insight into how to carve out your own career path working with athletes, from active individuals in your community to the top NFL players in the league. You will also gain understanding of the performance nutrition needs, as well as responsibilities of the dietitian, at the NFL level through first-hand experience and with the most current and critical research.
Welcome back Jill Jayne; and the Jump with Jill Rock Star Nutrition Show! Join the party as Jill performs catchy songs and upbeat dance moves to illustrate how children get excited about nutrition through this nationally acclaimed rock and roll concert! Jump with Jill energizes and engages audiences to make the choices that show their bodies the respect they deserve. Sing and dance along with Jill and learn about the science behind the show’s strategies in making nutrition rock for our students.