Earlier this week, I returned from a whirlwind weekend in San Diego. Thousands of dietitians, including many of the movers-and-shakers in the nutrition field, gathered in one place for the American Dietetic Association’s annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (ADA FNCE). Luckily for us, it was in beautiful Southern California! I was born in Long Beach, and my parents met and married in the area, so we used to go back and visit there often. I hadn’t been in years so it was great to be back, especially for my first FNCE.
I was so excited to be reunited with three of my fellow dietetic interns, my internship director, and several of my preceptors. I quickly found out this is half the appeal for those going to FNCE- reuniting with old friends and colleagues!
Back in my internship, I had submitted an abstract to FNCE about a project I did at CNPP, which was accepted, meaning I was to prepare a poster presentation. Then, last month, I was informed that my abstract scored high enough to also qualify for an E-poster, or a powerpoint presentation that was available at kiosks in the conference center. Furthermore, I was standing by my poster during the session on Sunday and some women came by and said they were judges for an award, and my poster was being considered! I was so surprised and delighted that a little project I worked on as an intern gathered so much interest.
See for yourself: (unfortunately I had to submit them RIGHT before I took the RD exam so my credentials are not listed!)
FNCE was such a great experience: I attended educational sessions, met a ton of other RDs at networking events, had a lot of fun exploring the Expo, and enjoyed learning more about new developments in the nutrition world. I must admit, my bags were significantly heavier going home after getting a ton of freebies in the Expo hall.
I was not employed at the time I signed up for FNCE, so I paid my own way. However, I have no regrets- it was definitely worth the money. I came away so inspired from it all. The sessions were really educational as well!
Did you/would you go to FNCE? Why or why not?