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Upcoming Events


2016 BRAND Fall Meeting
When: Friday, October 28th
Where: Barren Ridge Vineyards
984 Barren Ridge Rd
Fishersville, VA 22939



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Join us for a full-day professional meeting with wonderful networking opportunities at a picturesque vineyard with mountain views. Enjoy engaging presentations led by speakers with profound knowledge and expertise in their field on trending nutrition and health-related topics, such as most current research on sleep and obesity, yoga and meditation in healthcare and wellness, public policy, wine industry and more. Unwind and relax after the meeting during a social event featuring music and local wine available for purchase while enjoying great company and beautiful sunset views. This day promises to be great!

Event Schedule

8:00 - 8:30 AM Breakfast & Registration
8:30 - 9:15 AM Nourishing the Hungry: When Food Access is No Longer Enough ● Michelle Hesse, PhD, RD (Assistant Professor of Dietetics, James Madison University) & Michael McKee, CEO of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank
9:15 - 10:15 AM Weight Management: Zzzz's and Lbs. ● Devon Golem, PhD, RD (Founder of the Institute of Continuing Education for Nutrition Professionals (ICENP) ● 2015 FNCE Presenter on Sleep & Obesity
10:15 - 10:30 AM Break & Refreshments
10:30 - 11:30 AM Public Policy: Impacting Change ● Lesley L. McPhatter, MS, RD, CSR (Public Policy Coordinator, VAND) & Andrew T. Lamar (Legislative Consultant, VAND)
11:30 - 11:45 AM What's New with BRAND and Welcome from Our BRAND's President ● Laura Cason, MSEd, RD
11:45 - 12:45 PM Lunch & Vendors (lunch provided by The Fresh Market and Great Harvest Bread Co.)
12:45 - 2:00 PM Yoga in Healthcare: Is There a Role for RDNs? ● Cynthia Moore MS, RDN, CDE, FAND, Integral Yoga Teacher ● Brief experiential practice of breathing/postures will follow. No special clothing required.
2:00 - 2:45 PM New Perspectives and Innovations: Enhancing the Dining and Nutritional Experience in Senior Communities ● Laura Spicer, MSEd, RD
2:45 – 3:00 PM Break & Refreshments
3:00 - 3:30 PM The Nutrition Side of Wine & Other Alcohol ● Ielyzaveta Shkoda, RDN, CNSC
3:30 - 4:15 PM Let's Talk Wine: From Growing to Tasting ● Karl Hambsch, Winemaker (Owner of Loving Cup Vineyard & Winery, North Garden, VA) & Michael J. Wingate, Guild Of Sommeliers
4:15 - 4:30 PM Wrap-Up & Evaluations
After 4:30 PM - Until Sunset You are invited to stay for a social & networking event at the winery featuring music and gorgeous sunset views.
*Local wine & a variety of onsite cheeses, spreads, and crackers will be available for purchase.


RDN Day 2016
Organized by BRAND and celebrated at Pollak Vineyards by dietitians from Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, Rockingham, Palmyra, Lynchburg, and Madison, to name a few. Attendees enjoyed great local food and wine and listened to a thoughtful and engaging presentation by Cynthia Moore, registered dietitian from UVA HS Nutrition Counseling Center, about Holistic Approaches to Nutrition.