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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?

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Recent Work: from FNCE, to the First Lady, to WordPress

Since I have to remain mum for many of the projects I have been working on while at the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, I just wanted to update Mission: Dietitian with some updates about some other things I have been working on.

Today I submitted an abstract to the American Dietetic Association for the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (ADA FNCE) about a project I worked on at CNPP.  I also plan on submitting it to the Maryland Dietetic Association Annual meeting…we’ll see what happens!

Also, in the past couple of weeks I have submitted two more blog posts (I suppose it’s 3, now!) to the ever-expanding blogosphere:

Blogging: What’s the Word(press)? -about using WordPress for your nutrition-blogging needs, for the Society for Nutrition Education blog

Modeling…With Moderation -a reflection on Rush Limbaugh’s accusation that Michelle Obama does not follow her own dietary advice, for the University of Maryland College Park Dietetic Internship Blog

Check ’em out and let me know what you think!