March 21-24, 2019 • Hilton Chicago • Chicago, Illinois


Trends and Updates in Nutrition

Health fitness professionals need help differentiating between nutrition myths and scientifically sound principles. Sessions provide research-based nutrition information and answer questions regarding evidence-based guidelines, dietary supplements, fads and trends, fueling for athletic performance and overall healthy eating principles.


Power of Protein: Quality and Quantity in Healthy Eating Patterns and Sustainable Food Systems

Nancy Rodriguez

Nancy Rodriguez, a faculty member at the University of Connecticut, Storrs since 1991, is a Professor of Nutritional Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources (CAHNR) with joint appointments in the Departments of Kinesiology and Allied Health Sciences.  She directs the Sports Nutrition program at the University and for the Department of Sports Medicine in the Division of Athletics.  Dr. Rodriguez served as Chair of University of Connecticut Institutional Review Board for the Use of Human Subjects (IRB) from 2004-2008.

Dr. Rodriguez’s research program focuses on relationships between exercise, protein intake, energy balance, and protein utilization in athletes, physically active adults, and healthy obese and non-obese children. Her work has been published in the American Journal of Physiology, Metabolism, Journal of Nutrition, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, and the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism.
Dr. Rodriguez currently teaches sports nutrition, medical nutrition therapy, and the protein component of the graduate course, Macronutrients. She also participates in the department faculty rotation for graduate seminar in nutrition and the undergraduate writing course.

Dr. Rodriguez received her B.S. in Human Nutrition and Foods at Virginia Tech.  She earned her MS in nutrition and a PhD in biochemistry at West Virginia University.   She spent two years at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN as an NIH Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Endocrinology and Metabolism. Dr. Rodriguez is an active member of the American Society of Nutrition, the American Dietetic Association and its Dietetic Practice Group – Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionists, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the American Physiological Society.  In 2014 Dr. Rodriguez was appointed to a 3 year term on the Science Board for the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition.

Emerging research has demonstrated the benefits of higher protein diets (within Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Range), particularly as it relates to sports nutrition, weight management and aging. But quantity doesn’t always equal quality—and in the context of diet recommendations, can get lost in translation—especially given the complexity of our food system. Evolving science is uncovering the effects of type of protein, it’s makeup and timing (of consumption) to help optimize intake. This session aims to clear up misinformation while presenting current recommendations, trends, and research examining the impact of quantity and quality on various health outcomes and the planet.

S.O.S. (Supplement Overload Syndrome): Science to the R.E.S.C.U.E.!

Amy Rickman

Dr. Rickman is currently an Assistant Professor in the Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences Department at Slippery Rock University. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Physical Activity (2002-2015), and the Assistant Director of the Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Center (2004-2015) at the University of Pittsburgh.  Dr. Rickman holds a doctorate degree in Exercise Physiology and is also a Registered Dietitian, completing her undergraduate coursework in Clinical Dietetics and Nutrition.  The combination of these areas of education allowed her the opportunity to work with a variety of short and long-term intervention trials.  Dr. Rickman’s career in clinical research began in 1995, when she was hired by Dr. Rena Wing. While working for Dr. Wing, Dr. Rickman obtained experience in numerous specialized areas with a number of NIH Clinical Research Trials in the area of diabetes treatment and prevention, pregnancy, amenorrhea, premenopausal women, and obesity prevention and treatment. Dr. Rickman has served as a Principal Investigator and a Co-Investigator on several NIH-funded clinical trials at the Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh and now serves as a DSMB member for the NIA. Dr. Rickman holds professional memberships in with the following organizations:  American College of Sports Medicine (fellow) and The Center for Science in the Public Interest and has had memberships in the past with The Obesity Society, The Society of Behavioral Medicine, and the Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition.


The S.O.S. (Supplement Overload Syndrome): Science to the R.E.S.C.U.E. (Research and Education on Supplements Causes Understanding and Education) Session will be an interactive workshop to teach professionals how to effectively evaluate the safety and effectiveness of supplements. There are thousands of supplements on the market today, with many of these supplements geared toward active individuals. However, due to the lack of regulation of these dietary supplements, health professionals need to be able to separate media hype from the scientific evidence about these products. This session will use a variety of interactive techniques in order to educate health professionals how to be critical thinkers when it comes to supplement use.

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