Featured Sessions

Discover how your life, career and clients can be transformed by 2 days immersed in learning. World-renowned nutrition researchers and behavioral experts who will share meaningful case studies, practical how-tos, and best practices to give you the education and career-enhancing skills you need to improve your approach with clients and get past tough barriers and plateaus.

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

Michelle Segar, PhD, MPH

From Health Care to Self-Care: New Science for Creating Sustainable Behavior Change

Friday, June 29 9:50–10:50AM

Michelle Segar, PhD, MPH

Have you ever wondered why it is that people who desperately want to adopt healthier lifestyles don’t stick with them once their initial burst of motivation fades? This provocative presentation will showcase the science for a new paradigm that better fosters sustainable behavior change. Learn why traditional reasons for changing our behavior (e.g., better heath, disease prevention, etc.) keep us stuck in cycles of starting and stopping rather than behavioral sustainability. Leave this session with a more strategic way to communicate with your clients so you can promote the sustainable behavior necessary for achieving improved health and well-being.

Amy Myrdal Miller, MS, RDN, FAND

Protein Obsessed: Sorting the Truth From the Hype

Friday, June 29 10:50–11:50AM

Amy Myrdal Miller, MS, RDN, FAND

No matter what food tribe you fall into, protein in all its forms—animal, plant or synthetic—seems to get most of today’s nutrition headlines. It promises to help us lose weight, get stronger and achieve many other benefits. In this thought-provoking session, Amy will break down the most recent science to guide you to a better global understanding of protein options. Learn what is driving this obsession and take home new tools and tips to guide this conversation successfully with your clients.

Joseph Weiss, MD

It Takes Guts! Connecting Brain, Diet and Microbiome

Friday, June 29 1:40–2:40PM

Joseph Weiss, MD

Breakthrough research is revolutionizing our understanding of the interaction and communication between the gut, brain, microbiome and diet. In this session, gain a deeper understanding of how mental and physical health are intimately tied to diet and the microbial population living on and within the human body. Take home the most up-to-date science advancements and a new appreciation for the important role the microbiome plays in the body.

Jessica Matthews, DBH

East Meets West: A Mindful Approach to Health Coaching

Friday, June 29 2:40–3:40PM

Jessica Matthews, DBH

When combined, mindfulness and health coaching catalyze powerfully for meaningful and lasting behavior change. This session blends Eastern and Western philosophies along with best practices and proven skillpower—not willpower—into a research-supported framework that equips clients to make lifestyle and nutrition changes that will transform their health and well-being. Take home new ideas, techniques and tools to help expand your career and improve client results.

Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, MS, RDN

A Love Letter to Fruit and Vegetable Haters Everywhere

Friday, June 29 4:00–5:00PM

Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, MS, RDN

Dear Diary: Today I ate the recommended 2-1/2 cups of vegetables and 2 cups of fruit. NOT! Despite an avalanche of science showing that fruits and vegetables are arguably the elusive magic health pill, most of us and our clients still struggle to eat enough. In this expert presentation, learn the science on why we struggle, and take home easy-to-implement strategies to help your clients turn the corner on what should be an easy health fix.

Christopher R. Mohr, PhD, RD

BREAKFAST SEMINAR: Beyond the Macros: Placing the Focus Back on Nutrient-Dense Foods

Saturday, June 30 8:30–9:30AM

Christopher R. Mohr, PhD, RD

You likely have clients who choose foods based solely on single nutrients. Whether they’re trying to get more protein, avoid carbs or cut out all sugar, such reductionist thinking negates the value of a food’s composite nutrient power. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast as you learn why renewed focus on nutrient-dense foods may be the start of a more productive nutrition dialogue.

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Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, FACSM

Is It Time to Eat Yet? Nobel Prize–Winning Body Clock Science Has the Answer

Saturday, June 30 9:50–10:50AM

Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, FACSM

The body clock gene plays a critical role in metabolic function. In a world of 24/7 nonstop chaotic eating, relentless stress, continuous screen-gazing, sedentary lifestyle and sleep deprivation, time has become irrelevant. Such constant disruptions of the powerful circadian rhythm are wreaking life-threatening havoc on mental and physical health. Learn a novel, science-based model to guide when and how to optimally nourish and regenerate that is truly transformational. Be prepared for surprises!

Chef Abbie Gellman, MS, RD, CDN

One-and-Done Cooking: Prep Once, Eat 10 Times

Saturday, June 30 10:50–11:50AM

Chef Abbie Gellman, MS, RD, CDN

One of the biggest hurdles our clients face for eating healthy is time. In this session, Chef Abbie Gellman will give you step-by-step instructions for exactly how to batch-cook to better behavior. Learn how 2 inspired hours on a Saturday or Sunday will help your clients achieve the health results they are looking for while efficiently managing their busy schedules Monday through Friday. Take home wholesome new recipes that will become instant favorites.

Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RDN, FAAP

LUNCH SEMINAR: Motivational Interviewing: Help Clients Own the Talk That Drives the Walk

Saturday, June 30 12Noon–1:30PM

Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RDN, FAAP

What if you could help clients to literally talk themselves into making meaningful behavior change? Motivational interviewing is a communication approach backed by decades of evidence and thousands of published studies. Join Dr. Muth for this complimentary lunch seminar that will revolutionize your approach, and take home easy-to-implement strategies that will make a true difference in your client sessions.

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Kamal Patel, MPH, MBA

Translating Today’s Nutrition Science for Your Clients

Saturday, June 30 1:40–3:00PM

Kamal Patel, MPH, MBA

The dynamic nature of research dictates that it doesn’t ever settle. It continues to layer, sometimes breaking down yesterday’s “truths” in the process. There is no right or wrong study, but there are often misleading interpretations of research. From confusion over the hundreds of new studies on sugar and fat, to the promise of research on nutrition helping chronic pain and inflammation, to overhyped studies on superfoods, Examine.com’s editor-in-chief brings us up to date with a clear look at today’s nutrition literature. Bring your questions!

MODERATOR: Sandy Todd Webster PANEL:Lee Jordan, MS, Catherine Wygal and Donald Wygal

PANEL: Three Clients and 500 Pounds of Lessons: Dramatic Portraits of Sustainable Change

Saturday, June 30 3:45–4:45PM

MODERATOR: Sandy Todd Webster; PANEL: Lee Jordan, MS, Catherine Wygal and Donald Wygal

Three “everyday” people—who over a period of many years desperately tried every conceivable diet, training method, product and approach to weight loss—testify to what finally delivered their own sustainable life changes. Gain inspiration from Catherine and Donald Wygal, and Lee Jordan, who, combined, lost half a ton of weight and reclaimed their health after years of failures. Get an honest take from the client side on where and why the traditional fitness and diet models go wrong.