Recap of ADA's FNCE 2010 in Boston
I just spent five days at an exhilarating, exhausting, inspiring, and exciting conference. This was my fifth time attending the American Dietetic Association’s Food and Nutrition Conference (FNCE), and as much as I love traveling to this conference (Chicago! Denver!) I was happy to welcome 10,000+ dietitians to my home turf of Boston.
Here were some highlights of 2010 FNCE for me:
The Meal Makeover Moms book release party. Janice and Liz are 2 of my favorite dietitians who also hail from Massachusetts. Their second book, No Whine With Dinner, just came out and I was honored to celebrate the occasion with them!
Dinner with Robyn Webb and company (including Jessica, another Jess, Emma all the way from Australia, Nicole, Jill, Deanna, Corinne and more!) Robyn is a spunky chef/nutritionist/author who I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know through social media. She also gave me some of the best tips for our Italy trip! Her blog and cookbooks are amazing, and her zest for life is contagious. Not to mention, she’s a fellow Syracuse Nutrition School alumni. What’s not to love!?
The sessions, of course! I went to some interesting ones on social media for dietitians (got some great info to use in my talks when I present this topic at the Massachusetts and Oregon state conferences!), restaurant menu labeling, sodium reduction, eating disorder obstacles, and more.
Leading my first Member Value Committee meeting. This is my second year on this committee and it has been a valuable learning experience for me, and a great way to get involved with the American Dietetic Association, and dietitians from all over the country! This year I’m serving as vice-chair and am as excited as ever to serve this committee as chair next year. We have some passionate and driven dietitians on the committee who are full of ideas to meet the needs of ADA’s members! Dietitians if you’re reading this – I HIGHLY recommend you get involved on one of ADA’s committees. I also got to meet my twitter pal Brooke, who happens to be on the committee with me.
The expo. Oh, the expo. As overwhelming as it was to be faced with a sea of food vendors (in an area the size of a football field), I was so glad to see some of the faces behind some of my favorite food companies, including Frito Lay, Haas Avocados, California Strawberries, Sunsweet (the cherry essence prunes are unbelievable), Barney Butter, Food Should Taste Good, Popchips, and many, many more.
Spending time with some of my best friends in the whole wide world who I went to grad school with (we missed you Lindsay!). How lucky am I that I get to see these ladies at professional conferences? It’s like a built in reunion every year.
Attending the Ketchum reception where I got to see and meet some dietitians who have inspired and encouraged me over the years, including Michelle Dudash, Jackie Newgent, Liz Weiss, Gloria Tsang, and more.
Thanks to twitter and blogging, I got to put faces to the names of many people I’ve tweeted with over the past few years. We all felt like we already new each other and it was so nice to recognize people in the crowds of 10,000 dietitians!
And finally, hearing Anthony Bourdain wrap up the conference with a closing session. Admittedly I have only watched about an episode and a half of his No Reservations show, and have never read his books. But his crass,
sass, and candid talk was entertaining and spot on: we need to enjoy good food. That means opening our eyes, and our palate, when exploring new cuisines. I knew he wouldn’t be a fan of vegetarian diets, and he made it clear, but aside from that, I was really happy with ADA’s choice to have him as the closing keynote.
Every year I walk away from FNCE brain-buzzing, head-spinning with new ideas, tips, inspiration, and passion for my profession. I can’t wait to put some new ideas into action, and look forward to seeing everyone at FNCE 2011 in San Diego.