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High Weight and Disordered Eating in Color:
The Intersecting Contexts of Black Women's Lives

This webinar was presented live on December 15, 2020.

The webinar session will focus on the intersection of high weight and disordered eating in Black women. Topics will examine the roots of this intersection focusing predominantly on the social and cultural forces that impact related negative health outcomes.

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The Simple Power of Listening: An Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

This webinar was presented live on December 8, 2021.

    Do you have clients who can't seem to make positive changes in their lives and are stuck in the same story? Do you want to stop being the cheerleader for change and have your clients take an active role with their desired goals? Do you often wonder if your techniques match and evolve with your client's needs? Are you tired of conversations where you are the only one talking about change? Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a way to help mitigate these frustrations and increase client movement towards change by evoking their wisdom and direction for the conversation. This webinar will introduce participants to the theory, principles, and skills of MI and related motivation-enhancing behavior change approaches.

    CPEU: 1.0
    CPE Level: 1
    Performance Indicators: 9.1, 9.2, 9.3


    Potty Talk: How Dietitians Can Mediate the Relationship Between Food and Bathroom Habits

    This webinar was presented live on October 27, 2021.

    • Review of “normal” digestion/absorption, stool formation, transit time
    • How the gastrocolic reflex (GCR) stimulates bowel movements and what dietary factors trigger it (large volume meals, high-fat meals)
    • Identify clients’ digestive euphemisms (“Doesn’t agree with me”, “Stomach issues”, etc.) and encourage them to speak plainly about symptoms
    • Review of Bristol Stool Chart and how the poles represent hyper- or hypomotility
    • Understand how the mechanics of hyper- and hypomotility may cause secondary GI symptoms (bloating, pain, gas, nausea)
    • Discuss how disordered eating may contribute to irregular bowel patterns (grazing patterns of eating, excessive consumption of “diet foods”, low-carb and orthorexic tendencies, bingeing/purging)
    • MNT for diarrhea: soluble fiber-rich foods, evaluate “diet foods” and supplements for food triggers (inulin, polyols, high vitamin C or Mg doses, etc.), soluble fiber supplement, peppermint oil supplement
    • MNT for constipation: bigger meals, adequate fat intake, soluble fiber-rich foods, Miralax or high-dose Mg, soluble fiber supplement
    • Case studies

    CPEU: 1.0
    CPE Level: 2
    Performance Indicators: 4.1, 8.1, 10.4

    Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Eating Disorders   

    This webinar was presented live on September 15, 2021.

    Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT), is an empirically based therapy, supported by more than 20 years of research, that effectively treats disorders characterized by excessive self-control, referred to as overcontrol. The counterintuitive idea behind RO DBT is that it is possible to have too much self-control. Dietitians will learn what an overcontrolled temperament is and how it applies to eating disorders, as well as techniques to treat those with it more effectively.

    CPEU: 1.0
    CPE Level: 2
    Performance Indicators: 9.6, 1.2, 2.1.5







    It All Goes Back to Food: The Role of the RD in Supporting Individuals with IDD   

    This webinar was presented live on May 24, 2021.

    Approximately 18% of children in the United States are diagnosed with an Intellectual or Developmental Disability. During this session, Registered Dietitians will understand the importance of nutritional support to Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in schools. Additionally, participants will learn barriers to providing nutritional support and understand areas where Registered Dietitians can have an impact. Participants will leave the session with an understanding of where to start the conversation to advocate for nutritional interventions and provide needed assistance.

    Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) are often asked to write menus for facilities. In this presentation, participants will learn key components of menu writing for Group Home Communities. Special considerations for menu writing for Group Homes will be discussed. Emphasis will be on providing healthy simple meals to a population with diverse nutritional needs.

    Cooking is a popular activity in programs for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). Traditional approaches, however, often approach the topic as a group activity in which watching is emphasized more than doing. The presentation introduces Active Engagement, a Hands-On Nutrition Education (HONE) curriculum for teaching authentic cooking skills. Emphasis is placed on reviewing the pictorial cueing system and how this advances cooking skills for individuals with minimal or no reading capacity.

    CPEU: 1.5
    CPE Level: 1
    Performance Indicators: 8.4, 9.3, 13.2

    Meet at the Table: Inclusive Nutrition Care in Autism Spectrum Disorder   

    This webinar was presented live on April 27, 2021.

    At all ages, people with Autism Spectrum Disorder are more likely to have nutrition related issues; from early feeding problems, to lifelong chronic illnesses such as obesity and cardiovascular disease. The hallmark features of ASD, challenges in communication and rigid behaviors, express in systemic and complex ways in this very heterogenous population. These traits coupled with common diagnostic characteristics of sensory processing issues and gastrointestinal problems, requires RDNs to expand their nutrition toolbox to assure success. Patricia Novak MPH, RD, CLE, LD, Sharon Lemons, MS, RD, CDCES, FAND, LD, and Jean Daniello, MS, RDN, CSOWM, LDN, CDCES, share a framework for collaborating with children, adults and their caregivers/families to create sustainable health-promoting nutrition habits.

    CPEU: 1.5
    CPE Level: 2
    Performance Indicators: 1.1.8, 1.2.3, 1.3.1, 1.3.3







    Nutrition Services for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities: History, Challenges, and Future Needs   

    This webinar was presented live on February 22, 2021.

    Historically, treatment for individuals with developmental disabilities was inadequate. Many disorders were not identified until the 20th century, when The President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (formerly The President's Committee on Mental Retardation) identified the need for research, clinical services, training, public education, and methods of care. Historic and current standards of care will be reviewed in this presentation. Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities often present with challenges related to food selectivity and feeding disorders. Registered dietitians working with individuals with special needs will become familiar with their role as part of an interdisciplinary team for this complex issue. A case study highlighting a child who did not receive adequate care and nutrition intervention will be presented and a discussion on appropriate service utilization including the Nutrition Care Process and referral out to other interdisciplinary team members will follow.

    CPEU: 1.5
    CPE Level: 2
    Performance Indicators: 4.1, 10.1, 10.2


    Down Syndrome: Nutrition Considerations Throughout the Lifespan   

    This webinar was presented live on March 23, 2021.

    The impact of the third 21st chromosome plays out across the lifespan with surprises to navigate from communication to dementia. Yet with person-centered circles of support, people with Down syndrome and their families create a world in which they are in command and find joy despite those challenges. We are constantly learning more about specific health-related challenges for people with Down syndrome that can dramatically improve their quality of life and health.

    In this webinar Joan Guthrie Medlen, MEd, RDN, Lester Y Rosenzweig, MS, RDN, CDN, FAND, and Catherine Conway, MS, RDN, CDN, CDECS will share key points they have learned using thorough research and practice to support nutrition-related concerns for people with Down syndrome, their families, and those who support them from birth to death. Joan, Lester, and Cathy are a passionate trio. There is no way they could go into the detail they would like. Therefore, consider this a slice of what is possible and what is still being learned.

    This session will focus on the nutrition-related concerns for individuals with Down syndrome across the lifespan. The manifestations of and interventions for the feeding relationship, gastrointestinal issues, aging, and dementia, and Alzheimer's disease will be discussed.

    CPEU: 1.5
    CPE Level: 2
    Performance Indicators: 4.1, 10.1, 10.2

    Child Welfare, Human Trafficking, & Eating Disorders   

    This webinar was presented live on January 14, 2021.

    The session will provide an overview of the child welfare population and how to look for and assess issues related to human trafficking. The presentation will include a description of how individuals who are involved or who have been involved in the child welfare system and/or have experienced trafficking and have co-occurring eating disorders have similar presentations with trauma and eating disorders, which often have symptoms that overlap, exacerbate each other, and prove to be challenging for clinicians. The presentation will look at important issues related to specialization in treatment and advocacy for this unique population.

    CPEU: 1.0
    CPE Level: 1
    Learning Need Codes: 3020, 5070, 6020, 7110
    Performance Indicators: 9.6, 2.2, 12.2

    Masked Within Asian Diaspora:
    Diet Culture & Body Dysmorphia

    This webinar was presented live on December 3, 2020.

    This webinar aims to provide an overview of how diet culture impacts Asian & Pacific Islander communities, which in turn, leads to increasing incidences of disordered eating and body image dissatisfaction. Practical tips and considerations on culturally sensitive and weight inclusive nutrition care will be offered.

    CPEU: 1.0
    CPE Level: 1
    Performance Indicators: 1.3.1, 8.2.1, 8.3.2

    The Gut-Brain Axis:
    Can You Eat Yourself Happy

    This webinar was presented live on April 21, 2020.

    Recent research has exposed a rich symbiosis between humans and the gut microbiome. It is important enough to our health that the mother expends considerable energy helping to kick-start a microbiome in newborns, from the vaginal microbiome to the microbes of breast milk. This early exposure to commensal bacteria alters brain development and guides the future interaction between the gut and the brain, affecting mood and mental health.

    CPEU: 1.5
    CPE Level: 1
    Learning Need Codes: 1140, 1090, 1010
    Performance Indicators: 4.2.5, 2.1.4, 5.1.4, 1.3.3

    Maintaining the Momentum Helping RDNs Help Clients

    This webinar was presented live on January 23, 2020.

    "Maintaining the Momentum" presents resources for RDNs to support clients/patients in treatment for mental health or addiction issues, who are transitioning from one level or site of care to another. The presenters will also present the importance of nutrition as part of the treatment plan. Mental illnesses and their medications impact the age of death by 25 years. Nutrition must be in the forefront of treatment plans. This webinar provides resources and strategies to change this statistic. The material provides the direct links to RDNs to discover food sources in communities, for government sites providing educational materials for client individual or groups, as well as family members or professional colleagues.

    CPEU: 1.0
    CPE Level: 2
    Learning Need Codes: 5320, 5350, 5400, 4070
    Performance Indicators: 2.2, 2.2.1, 2.2.2, 2.2.3, 8.2, 8.2.1, 8.2.2, 8.2.3, 10.2.8, 10.2.9, 10.2.10

    Effective Communications to Inspire Behavior Change

    This webinar was presented live on December 17, 2019.

    The ability to communicate effectively with clients, patients, colleagues, superiors, and staff is essential for success throughout your career. In the digital age we must also know how to effectively convey and receive messages in person as well as via phone, email, and social media. Positive communication skills will keep the lines of communication open and increase the likelihood that your message will be received as intended.

    CPEU: 1.0
    CPE Level: 2
    Learning Need Codes: 1130, 1040, 7020, 1090
    Performance Indicators: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3

    Diets That Starve the Brain:
    Does Yours?

    This webinar was presented live on February 14, 2019.

    Daily food choices offer opportunities for optimal mental and neurological health. The unique nutritional and metabolic requirements of the brain merit close consideration. Dietary patterns that diminish the intake of foods rich in brain critical nutrients may cause inadvertent negative effects on neurological health. For example, low consumption of fish in pregnancy to avoid mercury may inadvertently cause neurocognitive deficits due to deficiencies in omega-3 fats and other nutrients. Deficiencies in vitamin B12 are common among vegetarians and low-meat consumers. These deficits are linked to increased risks of self-harm, depression and suboptimal cognitive development. Referral of clients to Registered Dietitian Nutritionists by mental health providers is essential for comprehensive care.

    CPEU: 1.0
    CPE Level: 2
    Learning Need Codes: 4040, 2100, 2070, 2090, 4110
    Performance Indicators: 8.1, 4.2, 12.2.1, 8.3

    How to Add Value to Your Presentations and Even Make Money When Speaking for Free

    This webinar was presented live on October 15, 2019.

    Our training doesn't prepare us to directly ask for money for services, so dietitians and dietetic technicians who present educational programs may struggle to price our services appropriately. In this webinar, BHN past-chair Jessica Setnick will share strategies she's developed over 21 years as a dietitian speaker for pricing and adding value when pitching yourself for a speaking engagement. She'll also cover how you can make a free presentation pay off with additional options for making money.

    CPEU: 1.5
    CPE Level: 1
    Learning Need Codes: 1130, 6060, 7150, 7120
    Performance Indicators: 3.3.4, 4.1.5, 9.6.3, 11.3.6

    The Mental Muscle – The Role of Performance
    and the Brain During RED-S

    This webinar was presented live on August 22, 2019.

    This presentation is intended to clarify the harmful messages athletes are inundated with in regard to performance and health. After listening to this presentation, one should be able to assess the early signs of Relative Energy Deficit in Sport (RED-S) and the proper interventions to correct symptoms. In conclusion you should be able to guide athletes throughout their entire season on how to stay in energy balance and most importantly their sport.

    CPEU: 1.0
    CPE Level: 2
    Learning Need Codes: 5200, 4060, 3005, 2110
    Performance Indicators: 10.2.5, 10.2.7, 9.2.4

    The CEDRD Basics and Updates

    This webinar was presented live on May 29, 2019.

    The Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) must be proficient in areas related to medical, therapeutic and nutritional needs of eating disorders with an emphasis on counseling and ethics using teamwork and collaboration. This session guides the participant through the most up-to-date educational and practice requirements to become a specialist including the process of working with an approved supervisor, as well as changes to the equivalency route and CDR's Continuing Professional Education Units.

    CPEU: 1.0
    CPE Level: 1
    Learning Need Codes: 1010, 1050, 5200, 6020, 6060
    Performance Indicators: 3.2.3, 3.2.4, 8.3.7, 9.1

    Gender Diversity and Eating Disorders: Providing Gender-Inclusive Nutrition Therapy

    This webinar was presented live on April 25, 2019.

    Though eating disorders disproportionately affect transgender people, there is a paucity of research and teaching on assessment and management of eating disorders in this population. This presentation will provide an introduction to transgender care, including discussion of basic terminology, gender-inclusive practice recommendations, dietary considerations for this population, and gender-affirming medical care. It will also address the complex presentation of eating disorders among transgender individuals, as well as approaches to nutrition therapy among this population.

    CPEU: 1.0
    CPE Level: 1
    Learning Need Codes: 5200, 5410, 5000, 1040
    Performance Indicators: 1.3.3, 6.2.5, 8.1.2, 8.2, 8.2.3

    My Client Wants to Lose Weight, Now What? Counseling Strategies for Enhancing Well-being in Challenging Clients through HAES

    This webinar was presented live on March 11, 2019.

    Most people attempt weight loss at some point, whether due to medical recommendations or efforts to fit into culturally accepted body norms. Yet scientific research and life experiences demonstrate that dieting does not result in lasting weight loss for the vast majority of people. These efforts are not harmless; weight loss interventions can cause collateral damage to mental health by fostering body image issues, depression, and eating disorders. The biological reason that diets do not work lies in the brain's role in defending a weight range that is specific to each individual. Fortunately, the brain also supports the learning of new habits that can contribute to better mind and body health, even without weight loss. By promoting a self-care approach for bodies of all sizes, dietitians are well positioned to improve mental health and well being while reducing weight stigma. Scientific evidence to support such a paradigm shift and practical skills for dietitians will be shared.

    CPEU: 1.0
    CPE Level: 2
    Learning Need Codes: 5200, 1050, 6020
    Performance Indicators: 1.3.4, 8.1.2, 9.3.3

    Malnutrition In the Setting of Mental Illness

    This webinar was presented live on March 5, 2019.

    This webinar will explore different presentations of malnutrition within mental illness, specifically depression, addiction and eating disorders. We will discuss the differences between refeeding and refeeding syndrome as well as provide information on how to use MNT to treat medical complications that can arise from malnutrition.

    CPEU: 1.0
    CPE Level: 2
    Learning Need Codes: 3090, 5285, 5350, 5200
    Performance Indicators: 10.1, 10.2, 4.1

    Resources for Behavioral Health Nutrition

    This webinar was presented live on January 15, 2019.

    This webinar will showcase the Behavioral Health Nutrition (BHN) Dietetic Practice Group's Resource Professionals (RP) and offer a brief overview of the RDN's role within each of the four practice areas (Addictions, Eating Disorders, Mental Health, and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities). BHN has a designated Resource Professional for each practice area that aims to offer the latest research, events and conferences that will support your professional development, as well as, offer wisdom from their expertise. This distinction comes with years of clinical experience, research knowledge, and professional insight that supports our practice group's vision to be the centralized location for RDN's to receive training on behavioral health nutrition.

    CPEU: 1.0
    CPE Level: 1
    Learning Need Codes: 1010, 6060, 7050
    Performance Indicators: 8.3, 3.2, 3.2.2, 3.2.3, 4.1, 4.1.4, 2.2, 2.2.4, 1.2, 1.2.2, 1.2.5

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    BHN Newsletters

    Winter 2019 - Edible Reinforcements: A Reward or Punishment?


    Food rewards to encourage behavioral change seem to make sense. People generally respond well to food as a reinforcer. The rationale for the use of food rewards in behavioral therapy is that food is a primary or natural reinforcer, which does not require any learning process in order to be effective. Other sources of behavioral or psychological reinforcers that occur naturally are warmth, air, sleep, water and sex. Of these natural reinforcers, food can be used in most settings and is easily provided without a significant amount of effort. Food as a reinforcer seems an obvious choice, but years of research does not lead us to conclude that food rewards are consistently effective. This article discusses the use of food as a reinforcer and possible alternative strategies to behavioral solutions.

    CPEU: 1.0
    CPE Level: 2
    Learning Need Codes: 6010, 5180, 5320, 5370
    Performance Indicators: 8.1.2, 8.2.1, 8.3.6



    Winter 2019 - Probiotics for Depression and Anxiety: Emerging Mechanisms and Considerations for Clinical Application


    This article was produced in collaboration with The Integrative RDN, a publication of Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine DPG

    The microbiota-gut-brain axis has been explored broadly for its role in behavior and the mind, including pain perception, cognitive function, mood and emotion, temperament, stress management, and even social interaction. In the Journal of Physiological Anthropology, Selhub, Logan, and Bested hypothesize that increased prevalence of anxiety and depressive disorders can be attributed, in part, to a decrease in microbial diversity fueled by modern food choices such as decreased intake of dietary fibers acting as microbiota-accessible carbohydrates, citing population studies which link traditional healthy diets (such as Mediterranean or Japanese) with lower risk of anxiety or depression. Skillful application of therapeutic lifestyle interventions which strategically modify the microbiome, even if modifications are transient in nature, holds potential to address the significant burden of anxiety and depressive disorders.

    CPEU: 1.0
    CPE Level: 2
    Learning Need Codes: 5420, 4040, 5320
    Performance Indicators: 10.4.1, 8.1.5, 8.3.1