Wednesday, October 28, 2020

FNCE 2020: Translating the How in Eating Healthy

My takeaways from the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo 2020 include:

1) Own the Teaching Kitchen

Even if it means putting a blender in a conference room, find ways to translate the how in how to eat healthy. Start with healthy foods you prepare for yourself. Focus on skills. You don't need to be a chef. Tailor to a population you don't represent by encouraging swap-outs. It's up to dietitians to take it on!  

2) Boost Seafood

Americans aren't eating the recommended 2 servings a week. Seafood high in omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids are even encouraged in infants between 6 & 12 months. Look at your own family menu-add more seafood and different varieties-experiment with seafood recipes. Know where to find seafood in the local grocery stores.

3) Nudge Healthy Choices in Food Service and Retail

Use "choice architecture"  by placing the healthiest choices first and in convenient or busy areas. On the deli lines, replace chip sides with raw vegetables. Buy smaller cans of soda; use smaller dressing ladles. Offer buy 6, get 7th free coupons on fresh fruit. Give students a cup of raw vegetables while they wait in line. RDNs in food service-it's your job to implement!

4) Eat More Whole Grains

Commit to eating more than half the total grains as whole. Even toddlers don't eat enough whole grains. Americans eat way too many processed grains. Dietitians expand repertoires of whole grains and experiment with unprocessed whole grains never tried before.

5) Saturated Fat reduction is most important in clients with insulin resistance.

Suggest replacing saturated fats with poly and monounsaturated fats. Make grain choices whole.

6) Bits and Pieces from Motivational Speakers and More

When working in global health-follow the partners' lead. Move global health out of charity to partnerships. 

Americans eat way too much added sugar. The recommendation for children is to avoid added sugars before age 2.

Oval plates could reduce waiste in university settings. 

Have a weird hobby. Choose one you know little about so that the learning curve is the steepest.

Older Americans are at risk for too little protein, Vitamins B6 & B12.

While I understand why FNCE 2020 was deemed virtual, I'm convinced I learn more and experience more cultural diversity by attending in-person sessions. The virtual poster sessions may be the exception-I enjoyed the audio presentation.  It was good to learn a little about the current AND President. I really miss the member-product booths and Mary Abbott Hess foundation sales.

The picture is from our local WIC office, where RDNS are constructing a teaching kitchen in their 100 year old building. Teaching kitchens are not only necessary, but bring an enjoyable dimension to the everday role of the RDN. The WIC team is excited for this opportunity.



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