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A DoubleTree by Hilton
  • It's Back! We're returning to Vegas for another Continuing Education event!
  • Olympic Gold Medalist Summer Sanders to Keynote on Monday, May 18.
  • Professionals can earn up to 15 CPEs!
  • Informative sessions, led by well-known and respected RDs.
  • Numerous opportunities for networking and peer interaction.
  • Thanks to our sponsors for their support of continuing education in nutrition + dietetics.

All registered dietitians and nutrition professionals are invited to earn up to 15 credits and connect with peers from around North America at our 2nd annual continuing education and networking event.

About the Symposium

The nation's leading independent media source for nutrition professionals is hosting our second annual Continuing Education event on May 17-20, 2015 in the popular destination of Las Vegas.

The 2015 Today's Dietitian Spring Symposium offers registered dietitians, certified diabetes educators, dietary managers, foodservice directors and other professionals a unique opportunity to earn up to 15 CE credits for license recertification and career development, while offering a variety of opportunities to interact and connect with fellow professionals from across North America.

While maintaining the elements that made our 2014 event such an enjoyable and worthwhile experience for those in attendance, the 2015 Today's Dietitian Spring Symposium will build on the success of our inaugural event with an enhanced CE program, additional networking opportunities, and new meeting space in the Tropicana Las Vegas.

Registration Includes

  • All continuing education sessions where attendees can earn up to 15 CPEUs
  • Welcome Reception — After you check in and get settled in your room on Sunday, start your Symposium experience off right by joining us at the Tropicana Beach Club for drinks, snacks and your first chance to meet and greet your fellow professionals.
  • Keynote Luncheon — While you enjoy your catered lunch on Tuesday afternoon, we will present an engaging address from our Keynote Speaker (TBA).
  • Morning fitness classes — Each morning of the Symposium will offer a fitness class such as yoga and Zumba prior to the day’s program.
  • Networking Opportunities — The program will offer a number of opportunities for peer interaction, including the Book & Product Showcase, Roundtable discussions, Mission: Today’s Dietitian game and more.
  • Breakfast, lunch + morning and afternoon breaks on program days

Your Spring Symposium registration does not include accommodations or travel to and from Las Vegas. Our event enjoys a cost-effective discounted group rate for rooms at the Tropicana Las Vegas. The Tropicana is a Doubletree by Hilton property, so HiltonHonors members can use their points and rewards.

CE Program

Our continuing education program will feature sessions that cover important subjects currently affecting professionals and their clients. All sessions and discussion groups will be led by well-known and respected experts in the field of nutrition and dietetics.

Click here to view the session schedule »

Sessions & Presenters

Session Title Presenter
Diabetes and Weight Loss: Special Considerations for Your Patients Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDE, FAND
Dietary Fats: Which Ones Belong on the Table Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDE, FAND
Dietary Targeting of Inflammation: Modification of Cancer Risk Cynthia Thomson, PhD, RD, FAND, FTOS
Expanding Your Repertoire: Culinary Techniques Every RD Should Master Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN
Food and Beverage Pairings: A Chef's Approach for Registered Dietitians Kyle Shadix, CRC, MS, RD, FAND
From Practice to the Page:  Translating Your Expertise Into Articles, Blogs and Books
Two-part workshop
Constance Brown-Riggs, MSEd, RD, CDE, CDN
Tamara Jeffries, MFA
Get Hired, Get Promoted: 10 Steps to Creating a Powerful Personal Brand Robin Plotkin, RD, LD
Healthy, Happy, Hundred: Healthy Aging Strategies for Boomers and Beyond Becky Dorner, RDN, LD, FAND
Influencing Change: How to Borrow Strategies From Industry and Media Jenna A. Bell, PhD, RD
Information Overload! Helping Patients Distinguish Evidence-Based vs. Anecdotal
Nutrition Strategies
Karen Collins, MS, RDN, CDN, FAND
Looking at Nutrient Analysis Through a Culinary Lens: Recipe Development Strategies
for Registered Dietitians
Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC
Man-Eater! The Dietary Needs of Performance-Driven Men David Grotto, MS, RDN, LDN
Meeting the Nutritional Needs of the Plant-Based Family: Key Considerations
from Childhood Through the Golden Years
Sharon Palmer, RDN
More Than One Path to a Lower Risk of Heart Disease and Cancer: An Up-Close Look at Mediterranean, DASH, Nordic & Other Eating Patterns Karen Collins, MS, RDN, CDN, FAND
7 Reasons to Use Social Media to Promote Your Brand Robin Plotkin, RD, LD
Social Media in Dietetics Practice: Ethical and Legal Considerations Neva Cochran, MS, RDN, LD, FAND
Taking Nutrition Back to the Kitchen: Mastering the Cooking Demonstration Katie Cavuto, MS, RDN, Chef
The Biggest Loser Unplugged: The Science Behind the Camera Cheryl Forberg, RD
The Supermarket Solution: Promoting Nutrition in the Aisles Barbara Ruhs, MS, RD, LDN
Today's Athletes: What Does Consumer Marketing Tell RDs
About What Their Clients Want to Know?
Jenna A. Bell, PhD, RD
When You Wish Upon a Star: Proven Strategies You Can Use
to Turn Your Career Dreams Into Reality
Becky Dorner, RDN, LD, FAND

Who Feeds America? An Examination of the Condition of the Food Labor System

Sharon Palmer, RDN


There are a myriad of reasons for professionals to participate in the 2015 Today’s Dietitian Spring Symposium, but one of the most compelling incentives to join us is the ability to establish connections with the dynamic and influential group of RDs who will be leading our program as session presenters and roundtable panelists.

Summer Sanders,
Keynote Speaker

Olympic swimmer, television personality and healthy lifestyle advocate Summer Sanders will be the Keynote Speaker at the 2015 Today's Dietitian Spring Symposium. The International Swimming Hall of Fame inductee will speak at our Keynote Luncheon on Monday, May 18 at the Tropicana Las Vegas. More »
Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN
Nutrition and food safety consultant at Toby Amidor Nutrition, PC in New York, NY. Author of The Greek Yogurt Kitchen: More Than 130 Delicious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Day. More »
Jenna A. Bell, PhD, RD
Senior vice president and director of food and wellness for Pollock Communications based in NY. Cofounder of Swim, Bike, Run, Eat! Sports Nutrition. More »
Constance Brown-Riggs,

National speaker for PESI HealthCare based in Massapequa, NY. Author of The African American Guide to Living Well with Diabetes, member Today's Dietitian advisory board and the American Association of Diabetes Educators board of directors. More »
Tamara Jeffries, MFA
Contributing editor for Health magazine based in Greensboro, NC. Assistant professor of journalism at Bennett College. More »
Katie Cavuto, MS, RDN, Chef
Registered Dietitian for the Philadelphia Phillies and Flyers in Philadelphia, PA. President of Healthy Bites and Nutrition Advisor for Unite for Her. More »
Neva Cochran, MS, RDN, LD, FAND
Nutrition Communications Consultant
in Dallas, TX.  More »
Karen Collins, MS, RDN, CDN, FAND
Nutrition advisor to the American Institute for Cancer Research, consulting from Buffalo, NY, area. Coauthor of the "Nutrition and Cancer Prevention" chapter in third edition of The Clinical Guide to Oncology Nutrition.
Cardiometabolic Health Alliance Think Tank participant, representing the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. More »
Becky Dorner, RDN, LD, FAND
Founder and president of Nutrition Consulting Services Inc., and Becky Dorner & Associates, Inc. based in Naples, FL. Served on the Academy's Board of Directors from 2011-14 and current Chair of the Council on Future Practice. More »
Cheryl Forberg, RD
James Beard award-winning chef and nutritionist for the NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” based in Napa, CA. Author of A Small Guide to Losing Big and numerous NYT bestselling books. More »
David Grotto, MS, RDN, LDN
President and founder of Nutrition Housecall, LLC in Chicago, IL. Author of The Best Things You Can Eat and Senior Nutrition Marketing Business Partner for Kellogg Company. More »
Sharon Palmer, RDN
Editor for Environmental Nutrition and nutrition editor for Today's Dietitian magazine based in Los Angeles, CA. Author of The Plant-Powered Diet and Plant-Powered for Life.
More »
Robin Plotkin, RD, LD
Culinary and nutrition communications consultant in Dallas, TX. Co-founder, Blog Brûlée and contributing blogger, Dallas Morning News Health Blog. More »
Barbara Ruhs, MS, RD, LDN
Supermarket nutrition and retail-health promotion consultant at Neighborhood Nutrition, LLC based in Phoenix, AZ. More »
Kyle Shadix, CRC, MS, RD, FAND
Culinary nutrition food scientist based in NY. Pursing PhD in Food Science at Rutgers University. More »
Cynthia Thomson,

Professor at the University of Arizona. Director of the Canyon Ranch Center of Prevention and Health Promotion and Arizona Smokers Help Line. More »
Jill Weisenberger,

Speaker, writer and consultant dietitian in Southeast VA. Author of The Overworked Person's Guide to Better Nutrition and two diabetes titles.   More »
Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC
Certified athletic trainer and fitness consultant in Fairfield, CT. Assistant clinical faculty member and sports dietitian at Quinnipac University. More »

Hotel + Travel

Our suggested travel itinerary for this event would be:

  • Arrive in Las Vegas in the afternoon/evening on Sunday, May 17 (Group rate available for Friday and Saturday night for those who wish to arrive early.)
  • Enjoy our Welcome Reception from 7-9pm on Sunday evening
  • Stay at the Tropicana Las Vegas on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights
  • Attend a full program of sessions on Monday and Tuesday, plus our special session on Wednesday morning
  • Depart on Wednesday afternoon (Group rate still applies for those who wish to stay at the Tropicana Tuesday night)


Tropicana Las Vegas
3801 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
1.800.GO2.TROP | 702.739.2222

Symposium attendees enjoy a cost-effective discounted group rate for rooms at the Tropicana Las Vegas starting at just $95 per night. Now a Doubletree by Hilton property, the Tropicana will accommodate all HiltonHonors® member benefits and points.

Located on the Strip just across the walkway from the MGM Grand and the Monorail, as well as the tram to Mandalay Bay and Luxor, the new Tropicana Las Vegas will be an oasis of comfortable learning for our Spring Symposium attendees.

After a recently completed $200 million transformation, the bright, South Beach-themed new Tropicana provides a casually elegant resort experience in the middle of all the glitz and flamboyance that is the Vegas Strip. The transformation of this classic resort includes a fresh redesign of every room and suite, more than 60,000 square feet of meeting and exhibition space, the 50,000-square-foot casino, several new restaurants and bars, first-class entertainment, and Glow®, a 5-star Mandara Spa. The hotel's state-of-the-art fitness center opens at 6 am for early risers and remains available until 7pm for those looking to move after a full day in class.

Book a room online or by phone (1.800.GO2.TROP) and mention code STDY15 to take advantage of our special group rate.


*Sponsors do not provide input in the content or design of the Symposium session program. Course content is written and created by the instructor and approved by the Today's Dietitian Continuing Education division in accordance with CDR guidelines.

a2 Milk Company®

The a2 Milk Company® changed the milk category in Australia—we’re bringing milk that may be easier to digest to the US. a2 Milk® is a natural cows’ milk with a small difference—a protein called A2 beta-casein. Ordinary milk contains both A1 and A2 proteins. We select specific cows that only produce A2. Research shows that A2 is digested differently and may not cause discomfort that some feel after drinking milk.


Almased is a unique and all-natural dietary supplement that has been clinically confirmed in over 10 years of research to support weight loss and overall well-being. It is made from non-GMO soy, yogurt and honey in a special fermentation process that releases bioactive peptides unique to Almased. The gluten-free and diabetic-friendly formula has a low glycemic index (27) and contains no artificial sweeteners, fillers, flavors, added sugars, preservatives or stimulants.

Your clients can replace one or two meals a day with an Almased shake for weight loss, or add it to their regular diet routine for weight maintenance and wellness. With just one serving of Almased, they may already feel its beneficial effects.

American Pistachio Growers

American Pistachio Growers is an agricultural trade association representing members who are pistachio growers, processors and industry partners in California, Arizona and New Mexico. These states represent 100% of the domestic commercial pistachio production. Governed by an 18-member Board of Directors, American Pistachio Growers are headquartered in Fresno, California. Pistachio nutrition research, government affairs, product development and market development are key activities conducted by the Association.

Diabetes Sentry Products

Diabetes Sentry's mission is to greatly improve the daily lives of Type-1 and Type-2 insulin dependent diabetics who suffer from a diabetes related chronic condition known as "hypoglycemia". Leveraging 15 years of research and development the company's patented and FDA approved medical device that targets this condition is ready for manufacturing and mass-market distribution.


Life happens to all of us. We have all seen a family member get sick and lose weight, even when they don’t want to.  Or we know an underweight child that refuses to eat healthy meals despite their parent’s best effort. Maybe an athlete is training so hard for their next challenge that they struggle to find enough calories and protein to fuel their quest. Perhaps you need extra protein and calories after a joint replacement to promote a strong recovery. When life happens, sources of healthy, convenient and calorie-dense nutrition can be hard to find, and having a healthier choice is the inspiration behind ENU.

A team of nationally respected doctors and dietitians, specialists in oncology and integrative medicine, hand selected each ingredient in ENU to deliver more protein and healthy calories than the conventional brands – without adding the sugar, corn syrup, or other ingredients that might upset the stomach. ENU (pronounced like “N-you") is a Latin word meaning “Ideal” – and true to its name – ENU provides an ideal way to enjoy a high protein complete meal in a single serving.                   

Everyone from kids to adults are enjoying ENU’s great taste and smooth texture! Our team has proven that nutritional shakes can be both good, and good for you.


From running local 5k’s, competing at a professional level, or balancing the ever increasing demands of being a parent and managing a career we are all reaching for Good!

Good! is consistent. It wakes up early, it stays up late, it get the job done. Good! knows that people are counting on you to do what you said you would do, when you said you would do it. Always improving, always learning Good! doesn’t arrive, instead it is evolving, changing, getting better. Good! is a journey.

The Good! journey demands a healthy diet and in today’s environment requires convenience. Because often times, our struggle for Good! requires we be away from our kitchen. That’s where Good Green comes in.

Our line of bars and powders taste great and are designed to fuel your Good! Our proprietary formula of dried fruits and vegetables provides an excellent source of vitamins and the antioxidant equivalent to 100% of the daily recommended fruits and vegetables. Our snacks and powders also include a clinically proven probiotic to support digestive and immune health. In the office, on the field, or in the minivan Good Greens is exactly the tool to help you reach your Good!

Whatever you are, Wherever you are, Be.Do.Good!

GO Veggie!

GO Veggie! is America’s leading provider of delicious cheese free products. GO Veggie! is proud to offer an array of choices for consumers looking to cut back on dairy and lactose, whether they are vegan, vegetarian, living with a food allergy, or trying to eat healthier by lowering cholesterol and fats. Founded more than 30 years ago, GO Veggie!’s mission has remained grounded while its products have stretched and spread: allow the millions of Americans seeking healthy dairy and lactose free alternatives to enjoy the cheesy foods they love.

Nature's Legacy

Only baking grain suitable for FODMAPS diet

For nearly 30 years Purity Foods has maintained that anecdotal reports confirmed that spelt is truly one of a kind. Most recent studies by medical professionals are now confirming that as well.

Spelt is the only gluten-containing grain that is recommended for the FODMAPs diet: a diet recommended for sufferers of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

1 in every 5 people are dealing with this condition; spelt products can help them.

National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators

The Certified Diabetes Educator® (CDE®) is a highly respected designation in the healthcare arena. The CDE credential demonstrates your comprehensive knowledge in diabetes management, prediabetes and prevention. Certification helps you achieve a personal career goal and distinguishes you from other educators. The CDE credential shows you have taken the extra step to ensure you have the knowledge to help your patients effectively manage their diabetes.

Omax3® Ultra-Pure

Omax3® Ultra-Pure provides the highest concentrations of omega-3 available. With over 94% concentrated omega-3, omax3 can provide  over 1.5 grams of omega-3 in two easy to swallow soft-gels. Omax3® is twice tested for purity and concentration and blister packed for freshness and convenience.  Developed by Yale University affiliated physicians, Omax3® has a patented EPA to DHA ratio that has been show to provide superior omega-3 benefits.

Organic Valley

Organic Valley is a farmer-owned cooperative representing 1,800+ organic farmers in 35 states and Canada. Focused on its founding mission of saving family farms through organic farming, the co-op produces over 200 organic dairy, egg and produce products sold nationwide. With its regional model, milk is produced, bottled and distributed right in the region where it is farmed to ensure fewer miles from farm to table and to support our local economies. Organic Valley celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2013 and is looking ahead to many more years of quality organic food, sustainability and preserving family farming culture.

Soy Connection

Soy Connection, your resource for all things soy! Led by United Soybean Board, Soy Connection provides soy health resources, soy recipes, and the latest soy research. The United Soybean Board is 70 farmer-directors who oversee the collective soybean investment on behalf of all U.S. soy farmers.


StarKist® offers a variety delicious of tuna options. The classic cans are perfect for casseroles and sandwiches.  Our Flavor Fresh Pouches in regular, low sodium & seasoned varieties make a wonderful addition to salads & sandwiches. With great flavors like Sweet & Spicy and Ranch, the Tuna Creations are great straight from the pouch! StarKist® makes it easy and affordable to eat more, healthy seafood!  #thatsNewSchool


Sunfiber is tasteless, colorless, odorless, gluten free, and readily dissolves in water. A true regulating fiber, it improves both conditions of constipation and diarrhea. The result is regularity with healthy consistency. Sunfiber dissolves rapidly and crystal clear in your favorite beverages. It won’t alter the taste or texture of foods. Sunfiber may be added to recipes when cooking or baking.

Zing™ Stevia Sweetener

Introducing Zing™ Stevia Sweetener—a victory for sugar substitute users who seek a sweetener made with only real ingredients and perfect sweetness. Clients can make a smart dietary choice with the delicious sweetening of Zing™ Zero Calorie Stevia Sweetener and 5 Calorie per serving Zing™ Baking Blend. Both are made without artificial ingredients and have a satisfying sweet taste. These new stevia sweeteners are a great choice for those pursuing health and wellness goals.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact
Gigi Grillot at 646-942-2214 or email ggrillot@gvpub.com.