Nutrition Seminar Program

The Nutrition Seminar Program, funded by the beef checkoff, works in collaboration with state beef councils to provide leading, credentialed health and nutrition experts to speak on cutting-edge issues at state academy of nutrition and dietetics meetings, as well as other meetings and conferences whose audiences include credentialed health professionals. A wide range of topics and speakers are available and can be tailored to meet each state's needs.

2017-2018 Session Topics and Descriptions

The Power of Protein

Many Americans search for the best way to improve their overall health, and one strategy for maintaining a healthy lifestyle may be as simple as re-thinking protein as a food for strength. These sessions highlight the latest research on protein’s health benefits and provide strategies to optimize protein intake.

Trending Topics in the Nutrition Environment

Sessions within this category cover trending nutrition topics, including sustainable diets and infant nutrition.

Chronic Disease Prevention and Management

An unhealthy dietary pattern is a common, modifiable risk factor associated with chronic disease and metabolic syndrome. Sessions within this category focus on how dietary patterns influence one’s risk for chronic disease and highlight strategies to prevent and manage chronic diseases, including heart disease and cancer. 

Lifecycle Nutrition

Nutrition plays an important role in every stage of life as it can impact one’s quality of life. This category includes sessions that review nutrition needs from conception through pregnancy, birth, childhood and healthy aging.

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Obesity and Weight Management

Registered dietitians and credentialed health professionals are in a unique role to educate consumers on how to successfully lose and maintain weight. These sessions focus on childhood and adult obesity, and highlight strategies that can help consumers reduce and maintain their weight.

Family-Focused and School Nutrition

Adequate nutrition, both at school and home, is critical for children as they require a variety of nutrient-rich foods to help them grow. These sessions focus on school food service and family meal planning, and include strategies that schools and parents can utilize to provide healthy offerings for their students and children.

Sports Nutrition

Nutrition is critical for athletes as it provides a source of energy required to perform activities and impacts strength, training, performance and recovery. These sessions review nutrition strategies that athletes can use to improve their overall performance.

Professional Development

Credentialed health professionals are encouraged to continuously sharpen their knowledge and skills. These sessions provide tools and strategies that health professionals can utilize to enhance their leadership and communications skills.

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Culinary Arts

Health professionals, including registered dietitians, have become increasingly interested in the culinary arts as food and nutrition are closely associated. Sessions within this category cover a variety of culinary-focused topics, including recipe development and cooking techniques.

Partnership Commitment

The Beef Checkoff and state beef councils will provide the following:

  • A variety of topic selections for your annual meeting;
  • A qualified, notable speaker who is an expert in the topic you select;
  • Speaker travel expenses (including airfare and lodging) and honorarium paid directly to the speaker;
  • Presentation materials, which may include slides and/or handouts (this will vary based on the speaker).

In return, we ask the meeting organizers to:

  • Arrange for a general or non-concurrent session during which the speaker will present (The session can be concurrent if there is a guarantee of 200 in attendance.);
  • Allow 10 to 15 minutes at the end of the session for the state beef council representative to address the group;
  • Provide a copy of the draft program approximately three months prior to the event and a final program three to four weeks prior to the meeting;
  • Forward session evaluations to Caitlin Mondelli (see contact information below).

To arrange for a sponsored speaker, please:

  • Select the top three topics that meet the goals of your program theme;
  • Schedule the date and time for the seminar (please provide the date and time when contacting the beef industry representative); and
  • Contact your state beef council or Caitlin Mondelli. Refer to the state beef council contact list to identify your primary contact.

For more information about the Nutrition Seminar Program, including topics, speakers and scheduling, please use the following form to contact:

Caitlin Mondelli, MS, RD, LD
Manager, Health Communications Outreach
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association