Sports Nutrition Challenges and Solutions
Thursday, March 23, 2023
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
- Marie Spano, MS, RDN, CSCS, CSSD
- Dietitians play an integral role keeping athletes well-fueled and in the game. While following research-based principles, the application of sports nutrition is often far from textbook and requires mixing science and behavior change into a variety of solutions that produce results. This session will detail how to troubleshoot some of the most common, yet complex scenarios encountered by sports dietitians.
- Explain the top 4 nutrition-related causes of fatigue and develop a plan for specific case scenarios.
- Distinguish between common causes of stomach issues that can hamper an athlete’s ability to play and feel their best.
- Explain which supplements and foods can help athletes recovering from injuries.
CEU Level 2
This session is possible due to the generous support of Kentucky Beef Council.
Healthier Kidneys Through Your Kitchen: Earlier Nutrition Intervention for Chronic Kidney Disease – A VA Innovation
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
- Rebecca Schlueter, RD, LD
- Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a frequent diagnosis; many are unaware they have it and don’t know how to manage it. The need for earlier nutrition intervention for patients with CKD prompted the Lexington, KY VA Healthcare System to develop the Healthier Kidneys Through Your Kitchen program. This highly successful program explains the stages of CKD and lifestyle changes that slow progression; teaches patients how to monitor protein and potassium intake; and focuses on the importance of controlling blood pressure and sugar levels. Medical nutrition therapy that includes behavior change counseling is also a primary concentration of the program, with RDs playing an important and influential role not only in their patient’s care but as critical members of the care team. This innovation has spread to at least 20 VAs since its initiation in 2017, with more continuously being added. This program was featured at the Spring 2022 National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meeting and was awarded as a Gold Status Best Practice within the VA’s Diffusion of Innovation Network. It’s been published in “Practical Aspects” Journal of Renal Nutrition January 2021 edition.
- Understand the importance of and make recommendations for early nutrition interventions for patients with CKD.
- Implement a cooking-based renal nutrition class in your practice.
- Collaborate with primary care physicians, nephrologists, and health care professionals to encourage RD referrals and emphasize the impactful role RDs can play on the care team.
CEU Level 2
The Farm Bill: Implications for the Food System and Dietetic Practice
10:20 AM – 11:20 PM
- Christina Badaracco, MPH, RDN, LDN
The Farm Bill is one of the most important pieces of legislation in the US. Negotiated and signed every five to seven years, it has tremendous implications for food production, nutrition assistance, habitat conservation, international trade, and many other fields. Yet at nearly 1,000 pages, it is difficult for policymakers—let alone citizens—to understand. As Congress is now working to write and refine the 2023 Farm Bill, all consumers and healthcare providers need to understand its implications and opportunities to make a positive influence.
Christina will present an overview of what the Farm Bill is and what it covers, a brief history of how it was created, and how it has changed over time. Christina will review how the Bill affects various social and environmental factors, including how RDs and their patients are affected as both taxpayers and consumers. Finally, she will explain how RDs can both advocate and strive for a more just and sustainable food system through their day-to-day work in food service, clinical care, nutrition education, and various other practice areas.
- Identify at least 3 influences behind the creation and evolution of the farm bill throughout US history
- Explain at least 5 negative impacts on societal, environmental, and health factors from the state of the current US agricultural system
- Recommend at least 3 modifications to our federal food and agricultural policies (including the farm bill) to promote better human health and environmental sustainability
- Identify at least 3 ways that dietitians can advocate for and/or support food and farming systems that promote better health
CEU Level 2
Case Presentation: Filling nutritional gaps from an elimination diet for Eosinophilic Esophagitis
11:20 AM – 12:20 PM
- Alison Cassin, MS, RD, LD
- This presentation will discuss different dietary elimination management approaches for eosinphilic esophagitis and use a case study to highlight the benefits of amino acid based formula for patients following these diets.
- Define EoE and outline history of diet therapy
- Compare step-up vs step-down approach
- Discuss practical challenges to diet therapy
- Highlight the benefits of amino acid-based formula while following an elimination diet
CEU Level 1
This session is possible due to the generous support of the Ajinomoto Cambrooke.
Food-Drug Interactions: Asserting our Role as RD’s
2:15 PM – 3:15 PM
- Lauren Roberson, PhD, MS, RD, LD
- The presentation will open with a conversation about the role of the registered dietitian in pharmacotherapy. Benefits of an interdisciplinary approach to patient care will be discussed. Then, a comprehensive overview of principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics will be provided. Comparisons will be made with nutrient metabolism. Common drug-nutrient interactions will be identified (e.g., alcohol & CNS depressants; MAOIs; antacids; grapefruit juice & statins; potassium-sparing & potassium-wasting diuretics etc.). A discussion of commonly prescribed drugs, their nutrition-related side effects, and lab values to monitor will also be provided. Attendees will have the opportunity to practice giving patient education related to drug-nutrient interactions.
- After attending the session, participants will be able to differentiate between drug and nutrient metabolism.
- After attending the session, participants will be able to list common drug-nutrient interactions.
- After attending the session, participants will be able to provide effective MNT for patients receiving pharmacotherapy via counseling and medical documentation.
CEU Level 2
Creating Value for Dietitians
3:35 PM – 4:35 PM
- Aaron Schwartz, MBA, MS, RD, LD
- This presentation introduces the concept of incorporating negotiations into the profession of dietetics. The goal is to encourage the discussion and highlight the importance of this skillset through an interactive, hands-on approach.
- Identify why effective negotiation is important to the dietetic profession.
- Learn the process of a negotiation from preparation to settlement.
- Understand appropriate ways to apply negotiation in specific situations.
- Identify resources to improve the skillset.
CEU Level 1
Addressing College Student Food and Nutrition Insecurity in Kentucky utilizing Hunger Free Higher Ed Approach
4:35 PM – 5:35 PM
- Abbigail Hickey, PhD, RDN, LD
- Food insecurity is the limited or inconsistent access to adequate food for an active, healthy lifestyle (Core Indicators, 2000). Approximately, 32% of college students experience food insecurity at some point in their college career (Abbey et al., 2022). Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) is a collaborative partnership between academic researchers and community members in which health concerns can be addressed through the development and implementation of evidence-based, culturally relevant strategies that draw upon the strengths and resources of the community (Israel et al., 1989). Academic researchers with expertise in food and nutrition security developed Hunger Free Higher Ed (HFHE) Approach utilizing CBPR principles to systematically reduce college student food and nutrition insecurity by leveraging action through the use of campus-based food security coalitions. 29 Alabama campuses implemented the HFHE approach with promising outcomes. This presentation will describe HFHE approach and its development as well as discuss plans for implementation among Kentucky campuses.
- Participants will be able to describe food and nutrition insecurity and its impacts to college students.
- Participants will be able to describe Community-Based Participatory Research and its applications for addressing college student food and nutrition insecurity.
- Participants will be able to describe the Hunger Free Higher Ed approach and its potential role in addressing college student food and nutrition insecurity in Kentucky.
CEU Level 2