Hey, everyone! How’s it been going?
Sorry to be so MIA but I went to my first national nutrition conference this past weekend, which has made me a little out of touch… whoops! But now that we are now reunited with the wonder that is WiFi, I can share with you my visit to Atlanta, GA.
I was fortunate to attend the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE), which is kind of big deal. People from all over the world flock to FNCE to network, educate, learn, and share their products with the nutrition and dietetics community. Super cool and super fun.
And it was in Atlanta, a city I have never been to before.
The home of Coca-Cola.
And the College Football Hall of Fame.
And CNN… who knew?
As much as I loved touring around and looking at these amazing buildings housing places I know so well, being at FNCE was really exciting.
They brought in some amazing speakers to talk with us.
Hey there, First Lady Michelle Obama!
Confession: she started speaking and I squealed. Yes, squealed. She’s not only doing wonders with her Let’s Move campaign but she is also my style icon… it was awesome to see her speak.
We also had Jane Andrews, RD of Wegman’s, come speak to us as well.
I decided that I would like to be her when I grow up – smart, successful, and gets to work at the best place on Earth (Wegman’s, I miss you!).
The two events that made me laugh the most were given by Pamela Jett and Adam Kreek.
Pamela came to FNCE to teach us about how to communicate effectively and ethically in the workplace – two things that are ESSENTIAL when working with patients. She was hilarious, gave great advice, and had an interesting presentation.
Wait, what does a goat have to do with anything?!
Adam Kreek is a gold-medalist in the Summer 2008 Olympics in men’s rowing. He came to talk to us about leadership and determination and actually PASSED AROUND HIS GOLD MEDAL. I wonder if he got it back…
He was the funniest of all the speakers, which really livened up the closing session where everyone was passing out from exhaustion and sugar-high crashes (check back tomorrow for all about FNCE food!.
He told us that we needed to stretch because sitting is the new smoking when it comes to harmful health habits…
So he told us to shake out our arms.
And then put our hands in the air like we just don’t care!
It was a perfect stretch break… lighthearted and much-needed. And it totally fit into his casual, yet effective, presentation.
FNCE was a perfect combination of reconnecting with friends, exploring a new city, and learning about topics I do not normally learn about. I had a great time and I can’t wait for FNCE Nashville 2015!
So, kiddos, how was your past weekend? Did you go to FNCE? What did you think? Let me know!
Your empowered RD2Be,