Public Health and Wellness

FNCE 2018

410. External Guidelines or Internal Cues? Mindfulness as a Critical Component of Nutrition Therapy

Sunday, October 21
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
CE: 1.5

Session Level 2 - Intermediate

Evidence-based dietetics 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 that encourage client intuitive awareness of their body’s needs are often lacking. Further, a client's adherence to recommendations may be challenged in times of stress or while 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 provide a theoretical rational for the integral role of mindfulness in stress management and eating behaviors; demonstrate mindfulness-based intervention strategies; and provide adaptations for populations of interest. This will empower clinicians to empower their clients for sustainable behavior change and improved overall health.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Need Codes:

  • 4090 - Health behaviors: smoking cessation, stress management
  • 6010 - Behavior change theories, techniques
  • 6020 - Counseling, therapy, facilitation skills

Stefanie Dove, RDN, SNS

Stefanie Dove, RDN, SNS is a Registered Dietitian and Coordinator of Marketing and Community Outreach for Loudoun County Public Schools in Ashburn, Virginia. She is currently completing her MBA in Marketing and Communications at Liberty University. Stefanie speaks at conferences, panels, schools and corporations locally and nationally. She has spoken on countless topics such as marketing in school nutrition, marketing to Gen Z, farm to school, brand management and marketing, Celiac Disease and food allergies. She works tirelessly with teachers in Loudoun County to promote nutrition and wellness in the schools and has been instrumental in enhancing the school garden program for her district. Prior to working in School Nutrition, Stefanie lead the marketing efforts for several food companies in New York City and was the social media manager for two nutrition lifestyle blogs.

She is a member of the School Nutrition Association where she serves on the Young Professionals Task Force and is the Past President of the Loudoun County chapter. In October, 2017, Stefanie represented SNA on the Millennial Panel to discuss engagement opportunities for associations. Stefanie is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Northern Virginia Dietetic Association where she serves as Social Media Chair, Virginia Dietetic Association, School Nutrition Services Dietetic Practice Group where she serves as the Sponsorship Chair, Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetics Practice Group, Dietitians in Business and Communications Dietetics Practice Group.

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Allison Tepper, MS, RD, LDN

Allison Tepper is a Registered Dietitian in the DC Metro area. She received her BS in Nutrition from Syracuse University and completed her dietetic internship at the Pennsylvania State University. She holds her Masters degree in Health Promotion Management from American University. Allison has experience working with clients with needs ranging from weight loss, high cholesterol, IBS, hypertension, food allergies, disordered eating and more. She currently serves on the faculty for the Department of Health Studies at American University and is owner of her private practice, Allison Tepper Nutrition Consulting. Allison is passionate about helping clients achieve their goals through an overall lifestyle approach that is unique to each individual. Her focus is on creating lifestyle changes through mindful eating, where the additional benefit is achieving a desirable weight. Her belief in a non-diet approach led her to obtain her certification in Intuitive Eating in 2013.

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Allison Tepper, MS, RD, LDN

Allison Tepper is a Registered Dietitian in the DC Metro area. She received her BS in Nutrition from Syracuse University and completed her dietetic internship at the Pennsylvania State University. She holds her Masters degree in Health Promotion Management from American University. Allison has experience working with clients with needs ranging from weight loss, high cholesterol, IBS, hypertension, food allergies, disordered eating and more. She currently serves on the faculty for the Department of Health Studies at American University and is owner of her private practice, Allison Tepper Nutrition Consulting. Allison is passionate about helping clients achieve their goals through an overall lifestyle approach that is unique to each individual. Her focus is on creating lifestyle changes through mindful eating, where the additional benefit is achieving a desirable weight. Her belief in a non-diet approach led her to obtain her certification in Intuitive Eating in 2013.

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Elizabeth Cotter, PhD

Dr. Elizabeth Cotter is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Studies at American University. She is a licensed psychologist with research interests related to 1) the prevention and treatment of eating and weight-related concerns; and 2) mindfulness-based approaches to improving health behaviors. Her most recent project focused on the development and evaluation of a community-based, culturally-relevant obesity prevention program called Vivir Sano. Dr. Cotter is currently working on several studies examining how mindfulness-based interventions might influence eating behaviors and alcohol use.

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