fnce2015nashville Look out Boston, you are about to be bombarded with about 10,000 Foodies and Nutrition Nerds.

Every October the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics holds their annual Food and Nutrition conference and expo: FNCE® for short. For many dietitians like myself, who telecommute, it’s an opportunity to meet up with fellow colleagues that we do virtual work with all year. I’m fortunate to not only be working in a profession that I love, but also have so many opportunities over the years to meet so many wonderful women and men in the profession.

The 2016 conference is hosting a few great keynotes, and a broad choice of educational sessions.

I’m looking forward to sharing ideas and news with friends and colleagues and also hope to learn more about new food products, the latest science about diet and health, food processing, and diversity in agriculture. There’s even a session about aquaculture which I’m excited to learn more about.

And of course, there is the food Expo where a diverse selection of purveyors, corporations and associations (including colleges) have the opportunity to set up booths and allow questions about their products. They also provide informational materials, new product info, and often small giveaways or food samples (if they are a food company).

I’m hoping to come home with lots of blog topic material including the latest nutrition science and technology about hot topics including:

  • Nuts and seeds
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Avocado
  • Canola, Soybean
  • Grains
  • Genetically engineered foods, Agriculture
  • Plant-based diets
  • Pediatric Obesity
  • The new Dietary Guidelines for Americans

This annual event is also a wonderful opportunity to network with colleagues, and many sessions will focus on the business of nutrition as well as effective communications. I plan to hit several business communications sessions, and be updated on telehealth, evidence-based practice, marketing, and future practice opportunities. Off to Boston!