Posted on 11/12/2013 at 03:51:36 PM by Student BloggerBy Sarah Gold
Thus far, 2013 has been another exciting year for the nutrition community. The base of scientific research has continued to expand; yet, nutrition still remains a developing science with many areas of uncertainty. The obesity epidemic remains a pressing issue, and the debate over the best way to solve this challenge is at the forefront of nutrition and health professionals' conversations. From gluten-free diets and technological advances in calorie tracking to bariatric surgery, it seems the number of ways to kick start weight loss grows just as fast as our country's waistline. That is why it's no surprise that several of the lectures at this year's Advances and Controversies in Clinical Nutrition conference will provide guidance for nutrition professionals working to improve our nation's health outcomes through weight management.
On the same note, the number of people with obesity-related chronic diseases grows. It has become more apparent that a multi-disciplinary approach to preventing and managing these conditions is the best method to address these health consequences. That's why the workshop on maximizing the impact of an inter-professional approach to nutrition conditions should be at the top of any health professional's list of sessions (Saturday, December 7 at 1:30 pm). For those working directly with patients, other top sessions include New Technologies for Monitoring Food Intake, and Translating Nutrition Science to Clinical Practice. Great research is only beneficial if we can communicate it effectively to patients.
While obesity and its related health conditions is such a hot topic, food and nutrition touches so many other parts of our lives. The growing body of research on organic foods and their connection to health is at the top of many consumers' minds. For years, it was thought that the reason to buy organic produce was to avoid pesticides and other chemicals that may be harmful. A study published last year questioned whether or not organic food offers more nutrients than its conventional counterpart, opening up a larger debate on the benefits of buying organic. For this reason, Dr. Roger Clemens' session on organic foods could be eye-opening for many attendees.
Gut health has recently taken center stage as a player in total body health. Emerging research suggests that one's gut health can be a predictor of (and maybe even play a role in) many other health conditions, from autoimmune disorders to obesity. Dr. Federico Rey, Assistant Professor of Bacteriology, will set out to differentiate between fact and fiction on this burgeoning topic.
There is no shortage of controversies in the nutrition profession. This year's conference line-up is an excellent reflection of the exciting advances happening in the field. Whether you are an academic, health care professional, student, or public health advocate, there is no question that you will walk away with a wealth of new knowledge after this weekend. You may even leave the conference with more new questions after getting so many answers.
View the full program for the conference and register today.