March 12-15, 2020 • Hilton Atlanta • Atlanta, Georgia
American College of Sports Medicine

Trends and Updates in Nutrition

Exercise professionals need help differentiating between nutrition myths and scientifically sound principles. Sessions provide research-based nutrition information and answer questions regarding evidence-based guidelines, dietary supplements, fads and trends, fueling for athletic performance and overall healthy eating principles.

Hot Topic Panel: Nutrition in the News: The Good, the Bad, and the Biased

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Trisha VanDusseldorp

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Barry Braun

Nancy Clark

Nancy Clark

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Lynn Cialdella-Kam

In today's social media world, it's easier that ever to find nutrition "facts" and increasingly difficult to figure out which of them are true. This session will review how you sort through all the social media noise, separate good information from bad, and find sources that you can trust.

Clean Eating: Unintended Consequences for Active People


 Nancy Clark

The same personality traits that contribute to fitness success (dedication, discipline) can easily create nutritional problems. Fitness exercisers and athletes who choose to "eat clean" can suffer from not only the "food jail" of orthorexia, but also deficiency of several nutrients. This session will include case studies that expose the unintended health consequences seen among "clean eating" fitness exercisers and athletes.

Tradeoffs of Paleo, Gluten-Free, and Vegan Diets for Active Individuals

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 Lynn Cialdella-Kam

This session will begin with an overview of nutrition deficiencies and health concerns related to diets that exclude foods or food groups. Paleo Diet for Athletes, Gluten Free Diet, and Vegan Diet will be defined with an example menu for an athlete and for a recreationally active individual. The health benefits and concerns of each diet will be discussed with practical recommendations and tools provided.

Why Do We Seem So Confused about Exercise and Appetite?


Barry Braun

Barry Braun will pose and address several long-standing questions related to how exercise influences appetite and satiety. Given the confusion in both the lay and scientific communities around this topic, this is a timely discussion that has important implications for the role for exercise in weight loss and maintenance.

Fueling Women's Health at the Critical Stages of Life

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Jessica Crandall-Snyder

From the casual exerciser to the extreme athlete, females have differing nutritional needs to optimize athletic performance. Jessica will take a decade-by-decade approach to uncover the physical and social strengths and challenges of healthy eating at every age; from fad diets to scheduling challenges and metabolic changes. Attendees will learn how to best support muscle mass and energy requirement at each stage of life.

Is it Science or Sensationalism? Reading Through the Headlines to Fuel Optimal Performance

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Jim White

It seems like every day we hear of a trendy new diet plan, supplement or food that promises a quick fix, miracle cure or solution in the headlines. But how do you know if what you read or hear is based in sound science? When it comes to nutrition information in the media, it can be difficult to understand what is supported by research and what is not. To complicate matters more, understanding what falls within a fitness professional’s scope of practice as it relates to nutrition and diet advice is becoming increasingly important.

Microbiome, Macros and Metabolism: What Fitness Professionals Need to Know About Feeding the Inside Tract

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Corrie Whisner

When we make food choices, we are eating for trillions….of bacteria, fungi archaea and yeast that live symbiotically within us. The macro and micronutrients in the foods we eat impact our microbiome in ways we are only just beginning to understand. And, it turns out that the microbiome can affect just about every system in the body including the brain, body weight, and even our lactate metabolism! The microbiome has some interesting preferences for fuel and depending on what you eat (or avoid), your inner colonies may be starving. If diet weren’t enough, our microbes also respond to the exercise and physical activity we engage in daily. Come learn what we know about the microbiome, and how food and exercise can keep your trillion partners (and you!) happy and healthy.

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