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My Very First FNCE: Overview

At FNCE 2011

With another former UMD Intern and the Laughing Cow in the FNCE Expo Hall

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?

Say Yes to the Plate…MyPlate & More

choosemyplate.gov dietary guidance logoI was so thrilled earlier this week when the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) released the new dietary guidance logo, MyPlate, to replace MyPyramid.  Last January/February, I spent five weeks interning at CNPP in Alexandria, VA, where my partner and I were informed about the upcoming plate logo.  In addition to all the work we did to follow up the release of the Dietary Guidelines, 2010, we had the opportunity to participate in meetings and projects to support the plate, it’s new website, remodeling the partnership program, and developing additional resources.  See my posts from that rotation here, here, and some photos right here.

When I mentioned that I couldn’t be specific about what we were doing at CNPP, it was because it was plate-related!  It felt really awesome to be ahead of the rest of the nutrition community and be such an integrated part of the CNPP team.  Then, I checked the new choosemyplate.gov website and found that they just updated it with all of the projects we had worked on.

For example, the 10 Tips nutrition fact sheet series are used all over the nation by consumers as well as educational tools for health professionals.  I had the opportunity to actually contribute to this series!  Ala and I brainstormed the tip ideas featured in these resources, and worked with the staff to create the exact wording you’ll find on the web (all in PDF form):

It still blows me away to think that people across the nation will see this, what I personally had worked on during my dietetic internship rotation at CNPP!
So what’s next from USDA and CNPP? Look out for the upcoming SUPERTRACKER to be released at a later date, an updated tool for tracking activity and nutrition.

							

At the “Center” of it all

Interning at the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) is going great, I’m really enjoying it (especially because it is so timely!) With my background at the Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC), I already knew that I really enjoy consumer education and web-based nutrition communication.

However, I also love the whole nutrition policy part of USDA.  To think that you could influence the way America learns about healthy eating is really great.  I told my preceptor: it will be so cool in the coming years, no matter what I do as a Registered Dietitian, the Dietary Guidelines and Food Guide Pyramid will always be a large part of dietetics.  So a couple years from now, I can look back and see how some of my work has helped- even with my little five week rotation.  Speaking of, the past three and a half weeks has flown by.  I can’t believe next week is our last!  Then, I’m back to community nutrition, interning at Moveable Feast in Baltimore, MD.

Until then, I’m working on my abstract and poster presentation for the Maryland Dietetic Association, and I’ve already started preparing for the RD exam a little bit.  I know…it’s four months away…but I don’t want to forget anything I learned in clinical at the beginning of the internship!

And the Coolest Place to Intern Right Now is…

Hello all, sorry about another lengthy delay in updates.  My life as an intern has become even more hectic with over 3 hours of commuting to Northern Virginia each day.  Luckily I can often drive in with my dad (who works in DC nearby) or stay with friends who are closer.

But I don’t mean to sound whiny- I feel like the luckiest dietetic intern out there.  Why, you ask?  I have the opportunity to currently be working at the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP).  Still not clicking?  Well, you may have heard that the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 recently came out.  USDA’s CNPP along with the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are the ones responsible for this project that is released every 5 years.

In a nutshell, I have been afforded the opportunity to be rotating with the organization responsible for releasing the Dietary Guidelines, a document that outlines the best nutrition research out there, DURING the release of the Dietary Guidelines…which only happens once every 5 years.  How cool is that?!

USDA MyPyramid

USDA CNPP is also responsible for the Food Guide Pyramid

The people working at CNPP are so inspiring, whether they are Registered Dietitians or non-dietitians who work to support nutrition communications and policy.  They all seem to love their job and feel very passionate about communicating nutrition to the American public.  Can you tell I love it here, or what?

The projects we are assigned to work on are very exciting!  My partner and I are mainly working with the Nutrition Communication and Marketing Division of CNPP.  I actually can’t share too much with you all because it’s confidential at this point in time…but as certain things are released I will blog about it and let you know what I was a part of.  It feels awesome to know that things I am helping out with now may impact the public on a national level.  It blows my mind!  I mean, I loved helping people on an individual level during clinical, but to reach thousands, potentially millions of people?  I can’t even tell you.  I mean, I’m just an intern!

I’ll return another time to summarize what I’ve learned about the development of the Dietary Guidelines that were recently released.  Looking forward to another three weeks here at CNPP!