Public Health and Wellness

FNCE 2018

222. Generational Approach to Counseling People with Diabetes

Tuesday, October 23
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
CE: 1.5

Session Level 2 - Intermediate

Dietitians are as likely to see a 42-year-old adult who has just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes as they are a child or teen that has just been diagnosed with type 1, or a 74-year-old whose doctor said she has pre-diabetes. Much like gender, socioeconomics and race, generational affiliation strongly influences how people think, learn, and communicate, and may affect how they make their food choices. It is important that dietitians understand the individual generational elements that can impact their diet and overall diabetes care and how can dietitians can best approach different generations to achieve the desired educational outcome. This presentation will cover generational characteristics, the impact of these differences in patient care, and best practices for diet strategies in the pursuit to manage diabetes or pre-diabetes. There are five generations that we are most likely to encounter in our counseling. Each will be introduced via a short video interview.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Need Codes:

  • 4040 - Disease prevention
  • 5190 - Diabetes mellitus (disease/disorder)
  • 6020 - Counseling, therapy, facilitation skills

Jonathan Vredenburg, MBA, RD, CDE, CSSD, LD/N

Jon began his career as a clinical dietitian, working in hospital settings in New York and Florida, before transitioning into wellness where he worked 17 years for the City of Jacksonville’s Parks and Recreation Department. In addition to his work experience in nutrition and fitness, he has also managed his own diabetes for 30 years.
He currently leads programs in Employee Wellness for University of Florida Health in Jacksonville.Florida. Jon has also served as the former consultant dietitian for the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars and is a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, and a Certified Diabetes Educator.He is a contributing writer to many local and national publications, and has been featured on television and radio for helping people on their path towards improved health and performance. He is a traveling lecturer for Vyne Education and he previously served on the Florida Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness. In his spare time, he performs as a stand-up comedian performing in clubs throughout Florida where he has opened for Darrell Hammond and Tommy Davidson, among others.


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Toby Smithson, MS, RDN, LD, CDE

Toby Smithson is a registered and licensed dietitian, certified diabetes educator, and holds a Master’s of Science in Nutrition and Wellness. She serves in leadership roles for the American Association of Diabetes Educators, and is on the advisory board of Diabetic Living magazine. Toby is a former national spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Smithson is the principal author of Diabetes Meal Planning and Nutrition for Dummies (John Wiley & Sons, October 2013), and writes regularly for U.S. News and World Report and Toby often serves as an expert for print and online resources including local and national newspapers and magazines. She has successfully managed her own type 1 diabetes for 5 decades, and in 2010 founded as an online technical and lifestyle support resource for people with diabetes. Toby is a consultant to Heartland Food Products Group to promote good science around the safety of sucralose.


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