Last week I was fortunate to attend the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE), the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ (USA) national meeting, in Atlanta, Georgia.   I love to attend this meeting every year as I always come away inspired and motivated about the dietetics profession; and this year did not disappoint!

Academy President Sonja L. Connor opened FNCE by welcoming over 9,300 dietitians from more than 40 countries. (You can read the full text of her opening remarks here).  President Connor highlighted an international malnutrition forum held prior to FNCE, which I was invited to attend.  At the forum, we heard from dietitians around the world on the global malnutrition problem and discussed potential solutions.

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The opening session also included a video welcome from First Lady Michelle Obama. She said: “I want you to know how grateful I am for your work to help Americans get the information they need to make healthier decisions for themselves and their children.” Mrs. Obama also thanked Academy members for their work in improving school meals. “I couldn’t be more grateful for everything you have done for our next generation.”

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The highlight of the opening Session though was keynote speaker Peter Diamandis who spoke on “Creating an Age of Abundance: Understanding Humanity’s Future.” Click here for Peter’s full presentation.

Peter dreamt of going into space as a child.  Instead of leaving his idea behind as a childhood dream, he set about ensuring that he could realize his dream.  Peter founded the X PRIZE Foundation, which was created to fund a $10 million competition to a team that could build a private passenger-carrying spaceship.  At the time, Peter had no funding but the Foundation attracted 26 teams from seven countries, financial backers and he soon will be taking his seat on a flight into space.  The X PRIZE now operates large-scale global competitions to solve market failures or where there is a belief that a solution is not possible, including healthcare challenges. Diamandis stated: “Only through technology are we going to be able to scale to meet the health care needs of the world.”  Diamandis’ mission is still to open the space frontier for humanity and his personal motto is “the best way to predict the future is to create it yourself”!   Talk about having a clear vision, setting a focused goal and realizing a dream, very inspirational and motivating!

I will include some more highlights from FNCE in next week’s newsletter.

In the meantime, please read some reports from attendees on the top trends at FNCE.

– Food Navigator USA – What’s happening at FNCE?

– REBEL dietitians favourite food finds at FNCE

– Travelling Dietitian – FNCE 2014: Artificial sweeteners, GMOs, prebiotics + which fats are actually healthy!

 

Kalix               Amanda clark                Your dietitian

It was also fantastic to have a number of Australians exhibiting at FNCE:  Kalix Health (Claire Nichols); Great Ideas in Nutrition (Amanda Clark) and Your Dietitian (Rowan Stewart)

 

And thanks to everyone who stopped by the Dietitian Connection stand and welcome to all of our new American members!

Congratulations also to Jill Goode Englett and Devin Breedon who were the winners of our competition!!