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Featured Sessions

At this conference, you will learn about new tools, techniques and application strategies while being inspired by world-renowned nutrition researchers and behavior experts who know to press the gas pedal on client transformation. New for 2017, experience the art of cooking with live demos by well-known, health-focused chefs who will teach you how to mater wholesome recipes and techniques.

Check out the incredible lineup for this one-of-a-kind learning experience:

Amy Myrdal Miller, MS, RDN, Emcee and Featured Speaker

Today’s Food Conversation

Friday, July 21, 2017 9:40–10:40 AM

Amy Myrdal Miller, MS, RDN

The ongoing discussion about food, nutrition and health is a complicated one. Get an inside glimpse from this nutrition communication and marketing expert into what is driving today’s nutrition conversation, and how it influences what your clients eat and their attitudes about food. Learn how to guide that discussion with evidence and inspiration.

Mark Berman, MD

Can Technology Be Harnessed to Inspire Lasting Behavior Change?

Friday, July 21, 2017 10:40–11:30 AM

Mark Berman, MD

The high prevalence of people who struggle with excess weight—and who have repeatedly failed with traditional compliance approaches—obliges professionals to approach the challenge with fresh eyes and strategies. Learn from this Yale and Harvard-trained expert how emerging technologies can be useful in promoting positive dietary modifications, weight management and behavior change that will bolster your client’s pursuit of a sustainably healthy lifestyle.

Ashley Koff, RD

Goodbye Infobesity, Hello Action Plan!

Friday, July 21, 2017 1:30–2:30 PM

Ashley Koff, RD

Information overload (infobesity), even good quality research, is a big part of what's keeping your client from results. This expert will lay out a clear roadmap of action steps on how health professionals can help clients to set the destination, navigate the road, conduct self-assessments, recognize when tune-ups are needed and instill confidence to maneuver around detours.

Christopher McGrath, MS

Motivational Interviewing Skills Produce Targeted Results

Friday, July 21, 2017 2:30–3:20 PM

Christopher McGrath, MS

Our clients are individuals who differ widely in their challenges and aspirations for health and well-being. If we’re trying to unlock their motivation, why would we ask them all the same boilerplate questions? Individual needs demand tailored solutions. Learn to elicit the most important information from clients through skilled interviewing techniques that establish trust, spark motivation and ignite success stories.

Chef Chad Sarno

Cooking Demo: Unleashing Plant Power in the Home Kitchen

Friday, July 21, 2017 4:00 PM–5:30 PM

Chef Chad Sarno

Grasp the basics of cooking better and have a blast in the process! Nourishing, delicious food need not be complicated or expensive. With a few fundamentals and a little planning, you and your clients can crush the excuses that keep you out of the kitchen and away from optimum health through wholesome, approachable plant-based recipes and techniques.

Rebecca Scritchfield, RDN

BREAKFAST SEMINAR - 5 Food Essentials for Better Eating Habits and a Happier Life

Saturday, July 22, 2017 8:30 – 9:30am

Rebecca Scritchfield, RDN

Could trendy diets and restrictive “healthy lifestyle” programs sabotage progress toward sustainable, healthy eating patterns? Biological research and positive psychology studies suggest so. Yet clients with weight and health concerns need help making food decisions to create a satisfying, unrestricted life. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast as you learn how to help your clients find their way to better health through a non-diet path and accelerate their behavior changes with the power of positivity and committed actions.

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Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, FACSM

Caving to the Craving: The New Science of Food Addiction and Recovery… With a Twist

Saturday, July 22, 2017 9:40–10:40 AM

Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, FACSM

Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, FACSM, will present the latest science behind addictive eating behavior and lay out a science-based, three-stage recovery plan that incorporates cutting-edge discoveries in epigenetics and neuroscience. Dr. Peeke will share practical tools that you can use to help guide your clients as they transition from obsessions about “false fixes” to a reliance on healthier behaviors. Dr. Peeke will present her novel Recovery-Centric lifestyle treatment blueprint, which incorporates top-level science integrating the three basic pillars of mental, nutritional and physical fitness.

Michael Greger, MD

Weighing the Evidence Behind Nutrition Research

Saturday, July 22, 2017 10:40–11:30 AM

Michael Greger, MD

It took more than 7,000 studies and the deaths of countless smokers before the Surgeon General’s report on tobacco was released in the 1960s. How many people are suffering needlessly from preventable dietary diseases today? What are the most important nutrition issues we should turn our attention to today, and why are we so confused about the research surrounding them? Dr. Greger will sort through critical evidence and underscore the trip wires in his hallmark get-to-the-point style.

Jessica Matthew, MS

LUNCH SEMINAR - Key Ingredients for Coaching Behavior Change

Saturday, July 22, 2017 11:45am – 12:45pm

Jessica Matthew, MS

Effective coaching has been proven to play a pivotal role in producing long-term behavioral change. Explore the essential components of coaching behavior change that effectively translate into meaningful lifestyle change and improved health outcomes. Enjoy a healthy lunch and leave with best practices and science-supported strategies that establish and enhance a positive and productive relationship with clients.

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MODERATOR: Amy Myrdal Miller, MS, RDN, FAND
PANEL: Mark Berman, MD, Christopher McGrath, MS, Ashley Koff, MS, RDN

PANEL: The Connected Team—The Client’s Killer App!

Saturday, July 22, 2017 1:30–2:30 PM

MODERATOR: Amy Myrdal Miller, MS, RDN, FAND
PANEL: Mark Berman, MD, Christopher McGrath, MS, Ashley Koff, MS, RDN

Become a productive partner in the client’s care continuum while you fortify your professional network. Whether physician, dietitian, health coach or personal trainer—all professionals play a critical role in getting clients on a lifestyle path that works. Learn from these experts how to cross-pollinate with other pros who also play a critical role.

P.K. Newby, ScD, MPH, MS

Guiding Others to Create Their Healthiest, Most Delicious Life

Saturday, July 22, 2017 2:30–3:20 PM

P.K. Newby, ScD, MPH, MS

A whopping 80% of diseases can be prevented through lifestyle changes such as diet. Transforming what you eat and how you do it isn’t easy, but it is possible. In this talk, Harvard-trained health expert Dr. P.K. Newby lays out the evidence behind nutrition behavior change, highlighting key skills that make healthy eating easy and delicious through practical, science-based tips that will change clients’ diets—and their lives.

Chef Steven Petusevsky

Global Health and Wellness Lessons From a Traveling Chef

Saturday, July 22, 2017 4:00–5:30pm

Chef Steven Petusevsky

Chef Steve was the National Director of Creative Food Development for Whole Foods Market from 1990 to 2002. He wrote the book on natural foods, quite literally. He is the author of The Whole Foods Market Cookbook – A Guide to Natural Foods with 350 Recipes published by Clarkson Potter in the fall of 2002. Chef Steve is currently a member of the Menus of Change Advisory Board for the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and is co-chair of the CIA’s new Appetites & Innovation initiative, a national leadership collaborative created for the purpose of advancing culinary excellence, health & wellness, sustainability, and cultures of innovation in retail food service.