Thank you to all DCMAND members that participated in FNCE.

It was wonderful to see everyone there!

DCMAND & MAND Reception

To commemorate FNCE taking place in Washington, DC this year, we have joined together with the Maryland Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to bring you a pre-gala gala. Our reception will be held at the exquisite Elizabeth’s On L, featuring an open bar and heavy appetizers. Please join us on this special occasion to celebrate with our Maryland peers. FNCE registration is not required for attendance.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Elizabeth’s On L,
1341 L St NW
Washington, DC 20005




  • Gourmet Cheese Plate
  • Warm Chesnut Soup Sip – black truffle, porcini foam
  • Red Snapper Sashimi – ponzu, chili, fermented black beans
  • Smoked Black Mission Fig – rosemary yogurt & coconut bacon
  • White Quinoa Cake – pomegranate molasses & housemade ricotta
  • Crispy Risotto Sphere – gruyère & romesco sauce
  • Tuna Tartare – cumin, lime, achiote flatbread, crispy shallots
  • Raw Organic Parcari Chocolate Tart – caramel & sea salt


  • A selection of Craft Beers
  • Sommelier’s selection of red & white wine
  • Non-alcoholic beverages


DCMAND Booth Information

Booth 2439 – Find us near the cooking demonstration area

What you can do at our booth

  1. Come play trivia to win DCMAND swag!
  2. Take a picture with the Washington Monument and Cherry Blossoms in our Instagram booth.
  3. Tag us on Facebook @eatrightdc or Twitter @DCDietitians to enter our raffle to win a signed Jose Andres cookbook or a gift certificate or cookbook from Founding Farmers.

Exhibit Hours

Sunday, October 21, 2018 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Monday, October 22, 2018 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.



DCMAND Member Education Sessions

Email if you are presenting at FNCE.

121. Genetic Testing in the Nutritional Evaluation: Clinical Utility and Challenges

Monday, October 22
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Ballroom BC
CE: 1.5
Level 3 – Advanced
Activity Code: 142641
Moderator(s): Ashley Vargas, PhD, MPH, RDN, FAND
Session Speaker(s): Jennifer Posey, MD, PhD, FACMG
Genetic testing has become mainstream, with many direct-to-consumer marketing options. This session will provide a clinical overview of genetic testing to include nutritional evaluation, current methods, progress, and challenges in the field. Dr. Posey will discuss key diagnoses that can be uncovered in the course of a thorough nutritional evaluation. She will also review the distinction between rare variants with large clinical effect and common variants with small clinical effect, and examine how these concepts are relevant to the interpretation of clinically available testing.


306. Reducing Cancer Risk One Meal at a Time: Updated Recommendations

Tuesday, October 23
9:45 AM – 11:15 AM
Location: 151 AB
CE: 1.5
Level 2 – Intermediate
Activity Code: 142069
Moderator(s): Alice Bender, MS, RDN
Session Speaker(s): Steven Clinton, MD, PhD, Karen Collins, MS, RDN, CDN, FAND
Prevention is an essential element in a global strategy to reduce cancer morbidity and mortality. With new recommendations issued in the 2018 report by the American Institute for Cancer Research/World Cancer Research Fund (AICR/WCRF), “Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer: A Global Perspective,” and updated guidelines from the American Cancer Society, nutrition professionals must understand what is new and how these recommendations intersect with their areas of practice. Dr. Steven Clinton will describe the global synthesis and interpretation of the research, and analyze key conclusions of the reports. Karen Collins will examine the intersection of cancer prevention recommendations with lifestyle recommendations for other major chronic diseases. She will explore research-based creative strategies to inspire patients to implement the recommendations. Attendees will be prepared to engage with patients to help them create personalized cancer-protective lifestyle prescriptions.

410. External Guidance or Internal Cues? Mindfulness as a critical component of nutrition therapy

Sunday, October 21st
1:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Ballroom A
Level 2 – Intermediate

Moderator: Stefanie Dove, RDN, SNS
Session Speakers: Elizabeth Cotter, PhD, Allison Tepper, MS, RD, LDN

In the field of dietetics, evidence-based practice traditionally involves a directive clinical approach focused on the provision of nutrition guidelines and recommendations to manage disease states. This information is critical; however, strategies are often lacking that encourage client intuitive awareness of their body’s needs. Further, client’s adherence to recommendations may be challenged in times of stress and managing daily responsibilities, despite nutrition knowledge. In this presentation, we share how clinicians can incorporate mindfulness-based strategies into their work with clients. Specifically, we 1)provide a theoretical rationale for the integral role of mindfulness in stress management and eating behaviors; 2) demonstrate mindfulness-based intervention strategies; and 3) provide adaptations for populations of interest. This will empower clinicians to empower their clients for sustainable behavior change and improved overall health.


462. When Nutrition Is Trending: What Is Credible Science?

Monday, October 22
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Location: East Salon ABC
CE: 1.5
Level 2 – Intermediate
Activity Code: 141280
Moderator(s): Cheryl Toner, MS, RDN
Session Speaker(s): Emily Callahan, MPH, RD, Connie Weaver, PhD
Nutrition research is the foundation for the advice RDNs communicate via counseling, presentations, published articles, social media, and other communications. For our advice to be trusted, there must be credibility in the conduct of the underlying nutrition research as well as in the accuracy of our interpretation and translation. Funding source is a common reason that research is critiqued as biased, but it’s important to understand other sources of bias that may occur in scientific research and publication or independent of the formal research process. In the current environment where many people claim to have nutrition expertise, RDNs must promote their role as trusted experts who critically examine and accurately translate nutrition research in the context of the broader literature on a topic. This session will help new and seasoned RDNs better promote sound science-based advice to all stakeholders.

506. Clean Eating: Clearing up the Confusion

Monday, October 22
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Location: Ballroom BC
CE: 1.5
Level 2 – Intermediate
Activity Code: 141274
Moderator: Satya Jonnalagadda, PhD, MBA, RDN
Session Speaker(s): Kavin Senepathy, BA, Kris Sollid, RD
“Clean eating” has grown from an emerging trend into a full-blown food fad. Dietitians have likely heard buzz about clean eating on social media or fielded clients’ questions on how to read ingredient lists. As consumers’ most trusted source for advice on which foods to eat or avoid, dietitians are uniquely positioned to help consumers navigate the often confusing waters on clean eating and food ingredients. This session will equip attendees with the knowledge and confidence to answer questions about the science, safety and role of several commonly-used ingredients. Presenters will analyze detailed consumer research on food ingredients and clean eating to help attendees better understand the perceptions that drive this trend. The panel will also share communications strategies to help dietitians take a science-based approach to answering clients’ questions or communicating about the topic online.