November Dinner Meeting: Build Your Thriving Private Practice

November 15, 2017

On November 15, 2017, Lesli Bitel, MBA, RDN, Master Business Coach & Mentor for Dietitians, Nutritionists and Coaches taught CAND members branding basics including how to effectively articulate core messaging, defining one’s target market and niche, and positioning in the marketplace. Additionally, Lesli discussed online and local leading-edge marketing strategies, both online and local, while teaching strategies to break through self sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that may be holding you back from achieving your practice goals. Download the presentation given at The Piggery here.

September Dinner Meeting: Getting to Know Food at it’s Source – Illinois Farming 101

September 27, 2017

On September 27, 2017, Illinois Farm Families speakers Victoria Shanta Retelny, RDN and Heather Hampton Knodle discussed what it means to grow locally from an Illinois farmer’s perspective and how farming methods impact our food from farm to grocery store shelves. They also illustrated how marketing and labels can add to consumers’ confusion about food and what label claims mean at the farm level while demonstrating that role farmers can play as a resource for dietitians and consumers in conversations about food at HopCat. View their presentation here.  

Start of the Year Kick Off Meeting 2017

August 30, 2017

We started off the year at The Kerryman Bar & Restaurant with CAND president, Sarah Olender, talking about some of the great events and meetings we have planned for the 2017-2018 year!

April Dinner Meeting: Get Cooking! Why Dietitians Need Kitchen Presence

April 20, 2017

For the last dinner meeting of the year, Chicago Academy members met at Kendall College for a cooking demo and presentation called “Get Cooking! Why Dietitians Need Kitchen Presence” by Sara Haas RDN, LDN. After working as a clinical dietitian for a few years, Sara went to culinary school to pursue her passion for cooking. Now, she spends her time creating recipes and contributing content for Eating Well Magazine,, Food and Nutrition Magazine and more. At the dinner meeting she explained why it is important for dietitians to gain more experience in the kitchen because “people don’t eat nutrition, they eat food”. She also demoed a cumin chickpea taco with tomatillo salsa and cabbage slaw that was delicious! Meez Meals also presented on their DIY meal kit delivery service and provided everyone with a sample of a recipe they offer in their kits that was so tasty. Get Cooking! Why Dietitians Need Kitchen Presence Presentation

February Dinner Meeting: Evidence Analysis Library

February 25, 2017

Last week, our first CAND dinner meeting of 2017 was held at Chiba Cuban Cuisine!  Lisa Maloney MS, RDN who is the evidence-based practice manager of the Evidence Analysis Library at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics presented on “The What, Why and How of the Evidence Analysis Library”. Her presentation provided an insider’s view on the process of reviewing available research to create the guidelines we utilize in the Evidence Analysis Library. Be sure to check out her presentation below! The What, Why and How of the Evidence Analysis Library

CAND 100th Anniversary Gala

November 2, 2016

On October 27th, the Chicago Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics celebrated it’s 100th anniversary in style at the Chicago History Museum. In addition to great food and dancing, events for the night included recognition of past CAND presidents in attendance and the presentation of the Outstanding Legislator Award to the Honorable Danny K. Davis. A fun photo booth and a raffle with many fabulous prizes helped raise over $1000 for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation and ANDPAC! Dawn Jackson Blatner, the Chicago Cubs’ dietitian and star of ABC’s My Diet is Better than Yours was the MC for the evening. A special thanks to all the Gala event committee members and volunteers who helped make this event happen! Here’s to another 100 great years!! (Photos via Lindsey Mangano.) Check out this presentation from the Gala with some historical photos from CAND! CAND Gala Presentation

September Dinner Meeting: Public Policy

November 2, 2016

In light of the current presidential election, politics is likely in your mind more often of late. For the first CAND dinner meeting of the 2016-2017 year, Lisa Eaton Wright MS, RDN, LDN talked about putting a face on public policy issues that effect us as dietitians. Becoming more involved in public policy can seem intimidating, but Lisa provided some helpful tips for making it more approachable. Start out by becoming more informed and pay attention to the “Action Alerts” sent out by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. It is so simple to fill out the form to send an email to your representative about legislation that impacts the profession. Another easy way to connect with your representatives is to follow them on social media. Finally, get out and vote! Check out the handout below for more information. Putting a “Face” On Policy in the Second Century Handout

CAND Kick Off Happy Hour at Emporium

August 24, 2016

CAND celebrated the start of its 100th anniversary year with a Kick Off Happy Hour at Emporium Arcade Bar in Wicker Park. This year’s CAND president, Christina Weidman, talked about some of the exciting events and dinner meetings planned for the year, including the 100 Year Anniversary Gala on October 27th at the Chicago History Museum!

April Dinner Meeting

April 14, 2016

On April 13th, CAND members gathered for some delicious food at Demera Ethiopian Restaurant and our last dinner meeting presentation for the year by Katie Knappenberger MS, RD, LDN, CSSD, ATC. Katie gave an informative talk about recovery nutrition. She works closely with athletes at Northwestern University so she had a wealth of knowledge to share with our members! Katie reviewed specific foods that will help restore glycogen, rebuild tissue, replace fluid and electrolytes, and reduce inflammation and support immunity post exercise. Click the link below for Katie’s presentation. Recovery Nutrition Presentation by Katie Knappenberger

February Dinner Meeting: Ethics and Professionalism

February 21, 2016

Our first dinner meeting after the holiday season was a hit! CAND members gathered at Cesar’s Killer Margaritas to hear Janet Helm MS, RDN talk about Ethics and Professionalism while sipping on margaritas. Janet is the Chief Food and Nutrition Strategist in North America for Weber Shandwick, author of the blog Nutrition Unplugged, and founder of the Nutrition Blog Network. She shared her expertise about how to behave online so that you protect your professional integrity. Her basic message was to always be transparent about working with brands or advertising agencies when you post on social media. Make sure to include whatever hashtag appropriately describes your relationship with a brand on social media and use disclosure messages at the beginning and end of blog posts. Ethics and Professionalism Presentation by Janet Helm MS, RDN  

November Dinner Meeting: Malnutrition and Nutrition Focused Physical Exam

December 2, 2015

On November 18th, CAND members enjoyed a wonderful (and filling!) dinner at MingHin Cuisine as well as an interesting lecture on malnutrition and nutrition focused physical exam. The presenters on the topic were two Registered Dietitians from Ingalls Hospital, Jennifer Howard and Trudi Coleman. They reviewed the criteria for diagnosing a patient with malnutrition in the hospital or clinic using both subjective criteria as well as physical focused exam. Key tips for assessing a patient’s physical characteristics with sight and touch to differentiate between normal, mild-moderate, and severe malnutrition were reviewed. For additional information, check out their full presentation as well as some reference articles by clicking the links below. Malnutrition and Nutrition Focused Physical Exam Serum Albumin as Predictor of Nutritional Status in Patients with ESRD Serum Proteins as Markers of Nutrition: What Are We Treating? Hepatic Proteins and Nutrition Assessment

September Dinner Meeting: ANDHII – Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Health Informatics Infrastructure

December 2, 2015

We kicked off the 2015-2016 CAND membership year with food trucks and an informative presentation from William Murphy MS, RDN, the Senior Manager of Outcomes Research at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. William presented information on ANDHII, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Health Informatics Infrastructure. ANDHII was developed to help dietitians track their patients’ outcomes with each new interaction or visit. For example, you could track changes in A1c in a single patient or an entire clinic over time to prove whether visits with the RDN were able to improve blood sugar control.  Click the link below to access the entire presentation for more information or visit to sign up and start using the program yourself! ANDHII presentation  

April Dinner Meeting: Intergenerational Needs

April 22, 2015

The last CAND dinner meeting of the 2014-2015 year included a great presentation by Jodie Shield MEd, RD, LDN on  Intergenerational Needs. When counseling patients, it may be beneficial to adjust your approach based on the age of your client since each generation holds different beliefs about food and nutrition. Keeping those generational beliefs in mind can also help you better relate to those you work with as well since the workforce includes many generations working together. Jodie reviewed the common traits and food/nutrition beliefs of four different generations: traditionalist, baby boomer, generation X, and millennials. Click the link below for a handout with helpful information from the meeting. Generation Gap Handout  

CAND Happy Hour

March 17, 2015

In honor of Registered Dietitian Nutritionist/Dietitian Registered Day, CAND hosted a happy hour for all members at Three Aces. Members mingled together while sipping on complementary drinks and snacking on delicious appetizers. Everyone left with a KIND bar and fun RDN-related fortune to top off the night.     

“Sip and Socialize” RD Day Networking Event

March 11, 2015

In celebration of Registered Dietitian Day and in appreciation for all you do to improve the nutritional health of consumers in the Chicagoland area we invite you to join CAND at our “Sip and Socialize” Networking Event. Cocktails, light appetizers, and thank you treats will be provided!

Logan Square Indoor Farmers Market

March 1, 2015

“Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle” CAND Booth CAND is going to celebrate National Nutrition Month at the Logan Square Farmer’s Market.   

RD Appreciation Dinner Meeting

February 21, 2015

Soy Availability February dinner meeting presented by Carolyn Tempe, MS, RD, LDN, CDE. Soy-Safety-RD      

November 2014 Dinner Meeting – Intermittent Fasting

November 7, 2014

November Dinner Meeting Slides

Chicago Food Day-10/23/2014

October 23, 2014


Greater Galilee Annual Health Fair

October 12, 2014

Greater Galilee, 1308 S. Independence Blvd, Chicago

Sprouted Grains-9/18/2014

September 18, 2014

September Dinner Meeting was presented Melissa Joy Dobbins, MS, RDN, CDE       

2013/2014 Kick-Off Event!

August 12, 2013

Announcing the official 2013/2014 kick-off event Wednesday August 28th from5:30-9 pm. We’re excited to announce a new location this year at Chicago’s flagship Starbucks store in the upstairs loft, reserved for our private event (1003 N. Rush; between Oak and Rush) downtown. Please join fellow RD’s, interns and students for networking and news of the coming year.  Light fare, coffee and tea will be provided.  Specialty coffee drinks, beer, and wine available for purchase.  Some metered street parking is available with red line stops close by at Clark/Division and State/Chicago.  See you there!

Motivational Interviewing-April 2013

April 30, 2013

Slides from dinner meeting:

– Sound Bites: Making your messages memorable! (Melissa Joy Dobbins) – September 2012 Dinner Meeting

September 4, 2012

Presentation Slides

– 2012 Speakers Bureau

June 14, 2012

2012 Speakers Bureau PDF

– Food Psychology September 2012

June 14, 2012

Slides from 9/22/10 Lecture on “Food Psychology”

– Marketing The RD November 2010

June 14, 2012

Slides from Nov meeting Janet Helm Slides from Nov meeting- Lisa Eaton-Wright Slides from Nov Meeting- Mary Russell Slides from Nov Meeting- Dave Kapoor from ADA The Value of Registered Dietitians MNT Providing Return on Investment RDs Provide Better Health Outcomes

– Tappenden Probiotics February 2011

June 14, 2012

Tappenden Probiotics in Intestinal Health

– Vegetarianism – Dawn Jackson Blatner April 2011

June 14, 2012

April 2011 Meeting Slides – Dawn Jackson Blatner (Vegetarianism)

– Pics from CDA’s 2011 Annual Kickoff Event

June 14, 2012

– Fuel Up To Play 60 September 2011

June 14, 2012

September 2011 Meeting Slides – Let’s Fight for Healthier Kids Fuel Up to Play 60

– Diabetes Update February 2012

June 14, 2012

Diabetes Update Slides for CDA 2.15.2012 Meeting

– Basics of Bariatrics April 2012

June 14, 2012

Basics of Bariatrics CDA 4/18/2012 Meeting Slides Basics of Bariatrics April Meeting CPEU Certificate