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SVAND Networking & Consumer Focus Meeting: Popular Diets and Practices

Join your colleagues at the 2014 SVAND Networking and Consumer Focus Meeting. Stay up to date on current diet trends and connect with fellow nutrition practitioners and health professionals. Three current diet trends will be reviewed: Paleo, Clean Eating and Detoxification. Registered Dietitians will present a synopsis of each method, along with benefits and possible pitfalls. Participants will consider a variety of methods to educate patients in evaluating popular diet practices for safety and effectiveness. The program will explore the impact of social media and marketing on consumer perspectives and decision making (as described in the International Food Information Council Foundation (IFIC) 2014 Food and Health Survey.)


















Kristen Chang, MS, RD Clinical Dietitian, Warm Hearth Village; Instructor, Virginia Tech

















Michele D. Lewis, MS, RD Instructor, Foods, Nutrition and Exercise, Virginia Tech

















Rachel Werkheiser, MS, RD Clinical Dietitian, LewisGale Medical Center, Salem, VA


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Salem VA Medical Center

1970 Roanoke Blvd.
Salem, VA 24153

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There will be signs for the meeting once you arrive at the VA


CPEUs requested: 3



4000 Wellness & Public Health

4100 Social Marketing

4030 Dietary Guidelines, DRIs, Choose My Plate, food labeling



Upon successful completion of the program, the participant will be able to:

  • Explore how Americans view their own diets and their efforts to improve them.

  • Examine the influence of social marketing strategies on the popularity of various diets and practices.

  • Describe features of select popular diets and consumer practices and compare them to evidenced based guidelines.

  • Discuss approaches to assist clients in evaluating popular dietary practices for safety and effectiveness.




3:30-4:00 Registration & Light Refreshments

4:00-4:10 Welcome & SVAND/VAND News (Mary Jean Miller)

4:10-4:25 Introduction of Topic: Consumer Beliefs & Practices from 2014 IFIC Survey (Mary Jean Miller)

4:25-4:45 Networking Activity/Discussion of Topic

4:45-4:50 Wrap-up Networking; Transition to Presentations

4:50-5:20 “Paleo Diet” (Kristen Chang)

5:20-5:30 Break

5:30-6:00 “Clean Eating” (Rachel Werkheiser)

6:00-6:30 “Detoxification Diets” (Michele Lewis)

6:30-6:50 Panel Discussion Q & A

6:50-7:00 Conclusion & Evaluation





For Meeting Handouts, please follow the links below and be sure to print out all three handouts:

Clean Eating

Detox Diets

Paleo Diet in a Nutshell



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