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



Clients are now, more than ever, needing help with weight management and nutrition tips to maximize their overall health. This track will help arm you with the information necessary to answer the latest questions on: intake, supplements, fads/trends, and dieting strategies to help them reach their goals.


The Carbohydrate Conundrum: Are Cards Essential or Obsolete when ti Comes to Health, Fitness and Athletic Performance?

Katherine Beals

Katherine A. Beals, PhD, RD, FACSM is an Associate Professor (clinical) in the Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology at the University of Utah where she teaches graduate courses in macro and micronutrient metabolism, sports nutrition and research methods.  Prior to the University of Utah, she held an academic appointment as an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at Ball State University in Muncie, IN.  In addition Dr Beals has provided scientific counsel to Potatoes USA for over a decade.

Dr Beals holds a PhD in Exercise Science and Physical Education from Arizona State University, is a Registered Dietitian, a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics.  She has published over a dozen articles on disordered eating and the female athlete triad, two books and several book chapters pertaining to various aspects of sport nutrition.


There is increasing interest in low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diets for improving health, fitness and athletic performance. Anecdotal evidence and case reports describe weight loss and athletic successes as a result of eliminating or severely restricting dietary carbohydrates. But, are these successes because of low-carb diets or in spite of them? This session will describe the most recent research surrounding low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diets and their impact on health, fitness and athletic performance. In addition, scientifically supported recommendations for carbohydrate intake to promote optimal health and performance will be presented.



Dietary Supplements: Safe and Effective? Or Dangerous and Ineffective?

Eric Rawson

Dr. Rawson received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he studied under the direction of Dr. Priscilla Clarkson. Over the past two decades, Dr. Rawson’s research has focused on the interactions between nutrition and skeletal muscle. In particular, Dr. Rawson has studied the effects of the dietary supplement creatine on muscle and brain function. Dr. Rawson is currently an Associate Editor for Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Amino Acids, and the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Dr. Rawson has delivered more than 100 professional presentations, is co-editor of the text Nutrition for Elite Athletes, co-author of the 11th Edition of Nutrition for Health Fitness and Sport, and has authored/co-authored numerous articles and book chapters. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Bloomsburg University, and various foundations. Dr. Rawson is a member of the Board of Trustees and is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM).



Eric will discuss the latest research on dietary supplements. He will include data on the dietary supplements that might improve exercise performance or adaptations to training. Additionally, Eric will describe safety concerns related to dietary supplement use.




Nutrition Intuition: Moving Away from Dieting Practices in Active Populations

Leslie Schilling

Leslie Schilling is a nutrition and wellness expert, Master’s level registered dietitian, nationally recognized speaker, and nutrition therapist. Warm, compassionate, and entertaining, she’s been featured in Women’s Health, BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post, BarbellShrugged, The Daily Burn,, USNews, Pregnancy Magazine, The Yoga Journal, and on HGTV. She holds the highest US credential for professional sports nutrition and was the sport nutritionist for the 2014-2015 Memphis Grizzlies NBA team. Leslie currently works with various types of athletes and performers and is a sport nutritionist for Cirque du Soleil. She is also the co-founder of RDs for Body Confidence, a non-diet and healthy body-image initiative for registered dietitians across North America and Australia. When she’s not counseling, writing, cooking, or hanging out with her family; you can find Leslie using her social media channels and speaking platforms to deliver science-based, non-diet lifestyle and wellness messages with a dash of humor. One of her most recent endeavors was co-authoring the book, Born To Eat.





Leslie will discuss how harmful dieting practices are often disguised as healthy lifestyle behaviors. She will explain the most recent research using non-diet and intuitive eating strategies to fuel performance and lifelong wellness. In addition, participants will leave with tools to help clients meet their performance needs while gaining a greater sense of confidence in intuitive eating.




Weight Management Myths and Truths

Laura Kruskall

Dr. Kruskall received her Master’s degree in Human Nutrition from Columbia University, her Ph.D. in Nutrition from Penn State University, and is a Fellow of both the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). In addition, she is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, and holds a certification in Adult Weight Management, Level 2, from the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association).

She is currently the Director of Nutrition Sciences and the Nutrition Center at UNLV. Her areas of expertise are sports nutrition, weight management, and medical nutrition therapy.


Weight management and energy balance is a simple concept, yet overweight and obesity is a popular health concern. Many patients and clients are looking for the quick fix to weight loss or a specific approach that is simple and novel. There are so many diets, strategies, and dietary supplements on the market that promise weight loss success with ease. This session will highlight the most popular diets, strategies, and supplements used for weight loss examining the claim versus the scientific support.



Wheat, Microbiome and Health: The Science Behind Gut Health and Food Intolerances

Corrie Whisner

Dr. Corrie M. Whisner is an Assistant Professor of Nutrition in the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion at Arizona State University (ASU). After receiving both her BS and PhD in Nutrition Science from Purdue University, she was a USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative postdoctoral fellow in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University. Dr. Whisner’s research at ASU builds on both her doctoral and postdoctoral experiences which focused on nutrient metabolism in pediatric populations. During her doctoral work, she studied the effects of prebiotic (novel dietary fiber) supplementation on calcium absorption and the gut microbiome in healthy adolescent boys and girls. Dr. Whisner utilized her postdoctoral training to expand her research expertise to include the effects of maternal diet on prenatal bone loss and fetal programming among pregnant adolescents. Currently, Dr. Whisner’s research focuses on the intricate relationships between dietary intake and intestinal microbial communities. Her work includes observational studies aimed at identifying dietary factors that impact the intestinal microbiome and supplementation trials to alter systemic metabolic health via microbial functions. Specific areas of systemic health that she has expertise in, include osteoporosis and obesity. Most recently, Dr. Whisner has completed a longitudinal study of college freshmen to assess how changes in lifestyle behaviors (diet, exercise, and stress) impact the intestinal microbiome and subsequent weight-related outcomes.

Dr. Whisner is a member of the American Society for Nutrition (ASN). She has been a member of the ASN Public Information Committee and has provided regular blog entries on the ASN blog. In her short tenure at ASU, she has become a faculty affiliate with the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center, a national Exploratory Center of Excellence on minority health and health disparities, as well as a Core Faculty Member of the Fundamental and Applied Microbiomics Research Center. In June 2015, Dr. Whisner was one of 20 early career professional inductees into the Dannon Institute’s Nutrition Leadership Institute and a recipient of a “Diamond of the Department” award from her alma mater in May 2016.



Gluten sensitivity and Celiac Disease have been increasing in prevalence over the past 20 years. Numerous celebrities, talk show hosts, athletes and authors have touted the benefits of a gluten-free diet for the non-Celiac population touting benefits ranging from weight loss to curing heart disease and diabetes. For some, wheat and gluten-avoidance is a solution to life-long digestive woes. But, is this an approach that everyone with poor gut health should take? What other factors might be involved in the complicated relationship between food and digestive health? Learn ways to advise clients who are experiencing some of the difficult symptoms of food intolerance so they improve their quality of life and well-being.



You are When you Eat: Timing is Everything

Leslie Bonci

Leslie Bonci is the owner of Active Eating Advice by Leslie, a nutrition consulting company based in Pittsburgh. She is a nutrition consultant for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Carnegie Mellon University athletics, the Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Chiefs. She was the sports dietitian for the Pittsburgh Steelers for 24 years, and has also worked with the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Nationals. In addition, she is the company nutritionist for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and a sports nutrition consultant to the WNBA.



When it comes to nutrition, it’s not only what your clients eat but also when that can make all the difference. During this session, nutrition expert (TBD) will review current recommendations for nutrition timing, focusing on what and when to eat for energy and recovery, and providing examples plus practical tips to use with your clients – from the recreational athletes to active individuals and everyone in between.



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