Annual Conference Sessions

Dietitian’s Role in the Treatment of ARFID (Avoidant Restrictive Feeding and Intake Disorder)

8:15 AM – 9:45 AM 

Speaker

Hilmar Wagner, MPH, RDN, LN, CD

Description

In this presentation we will be discussing the ARFID diagnostic criteria, etiology and known risk factors. In addition, we will be examining the role of the dietitian in assessing and treating the various ARFID characteristics, including approaches specific for the three identified subgroups, the impact of Adverse Childhood Events (ACE’s), and specialized modalities such as Exposure Response Therapy, Behavioral Modification, and awareness of somatic responses to threat. Lastly, we’ll discuss how the dietitian interfaces with other members of the multi-disciplinary team such as therapy and appropriate referrals to support services such as Speech therapy and Occupational therapy.

CEU Level 2

This session is possible due to the generous support of:

The Role of Food in Healthcare

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

Speakers

Betsy Anderson Steeves, PhD, RDN, Megan Baumgardner & Courtney Liles, MS, RDN, LND

Description

This two-part session will start with a presentation on the evolving role of food in healthcare settings including: defining Food is Medicine, providing examples of and the evidence for Food is Medicine programs, and the role of RDNs in Food is Medicine. The second half of this session will be a moderated discussion between a behavioral healthcare provider and food bank dietitian currently working on Food is Medicine programs in Knoxville.

CEU Level 1

Eating Beyond the Headlines: Sorting Evidence from Emotion

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Speaker

Neva Cochran, MS, RDN, LD, FAND

Description

Alarming food and nutrition headlines not only confuse consumers but may also result in the exclusion of nutrient-rich foods from the diet. Nutrition and health recommendations should be based on the scientific evidence and not the results of a single study heralded in the media. This can be challenging especially for topics that evoke strongly held and emotional beliefs that often defy scientific reality. This presentation will examine some of the current popular nutrition topics in the news and the real scientific facts behind them as well as effective strategies to communicate with patients, clients and consumers on these topics.

CEU Level 2

This session is possible due to the generous support of:

University of Tennessee Extension Nutrition Programming: Our Work and Opportunities for Partnership

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Speakers

Kristen Johnson, PhD, RDN, Cori Sweet, MPH, RDN, Kristin Riggsbee, PhD, RDN, LDN, Lauren Patterson, MS, RDN, & Lauren Woods MS, RDN

Description

This presentation will provide an overview of the University of Tennessee Extension system and it’s role in supporting health equity and wellbeing. A description of University of Tennessee Extension’s nutrition programming will be shared, and a panel discussion of Extension faculty, specialists, and county agents will share about their  work supporting health among Tennessee communities and discuss opportunities for collaboration.

CEU Level 1

Paving the Path to Placing Feeding Tubes – Tips & Tools for RDNs and Preceptors

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Speakers

Susan Roberts, DCN, RDN, LDN, CNSC, FAND & Rachelle Baker, RDN, LDN, CNSC

Description

This session will cover: Evaluation of opportunity to be involved with tube placement; Getting started and becoming competent; Maintaining and showcasing your success; & 2022 ACEND competency standard.

CEU Level 2