Recap of FNCE 2014

DSC_1739Just got back from Atlanta last Tuesday from the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo, the largest nutrition conference in the country. It was held at the Georgia World Congress Center (Left). Had such a good time! I met new Today’s Dietitian readers and reunited with those I already knew from years past. One thing I noticed about the conference this year was that there were so many more nutrition professionals in attendance compared with last year when it was held in Houston. Thousands of people attend this conference each year from across the country. It seemed like there was another 1,000 in attendance. When I walked the exhibit hall, it was elbow to elbow people (Right).DSC_1713

I really enjoyed the dietetic practice group showcase exhibits. I had a chance to speak with the chairwomen from those groups who expressed interest in following up with me to discuss future story ideas for the magazine, which is always a treat.

October TD 2014
Our October issue is the largest of the year, and our readers love it (Left). Because it was such a great issue, I was given four free tickets to see the Phillies Game from the president of my company. Remember, I wrote about that experience on this blog called Phillies Game VIP Style! If you’d like to view the digital edition of the October issue, click on the thumbnail to the left.

While at the conference, I spoke to two old friends of mine who I grew up with and who are now living in the Atlanta area. Unfortunately, I never saw them due to schedule conflicts, but I hope to see them in the future when I visit Atlanta again.

However, I reunited with one of my best friends from college. I hadn’t seen her or her daughter in about seven years. She met me at my hotel on Saturday, and of course we took pictures! I brought my really good camera with me (Nikon D5300), which I never do when I travel for business. I bought a stylish Kelly Moore camera bag, which looks like a regular handbag, and I carried it around with me throughout the entire conference with my camera in tow. My camera made my handbag very heavy, but this was well worth carrying around the extra weight. Below is a photo of us in the courtyard/pool area at the Hilton Atlanta. (No one took this photo. I simply placed my camera on a table/island that was in front of us and set the camera on a timer, and voila!) It was so warm outside that there were people actually swimming in the pool. In October?DSC_1702

Afterward, we searched for a restaurant in the area to have dinner. Now, mind you, we published an Atlanta Dining Guide in our September issue so I thought we’d be able to eat at one of the most critically acclaimed restaurants in the city. We called two of them and unfortunately we either needed reservations or the place was booked. So we drove aimlessly looking for a place to eat. We ended up eating at a Mexican restaurant, which was not in our dining guide. The food was pretty good, although my clothes smelled like the spices they used to season the food. My friend and I talked nonstop! We had a lot of catching up to do. It was so great seeing her.

Another memorable moment on this trip was the dinner I had with Constance Brown-Riggs and Marlisa Brown, two of the magazine’s editorial advisors. We went to Legal Seafoods, which was a few blocks from the convention center. It was great to get to know them better. We really had a good time. Constance has known Marlisa for 20 years, and they travel together to nutrition conferences. Here’s a photo I took of them in the restaurant.CSC_1754

This business trip was the best. I don’t remember having this much fun on a business trip ever. Usually I have a good time when I travel, but this trip was really special. Probably because I saw my friend and spoke to other friends, and I had a good time with colleagues in the nutrition profession during dinner and at the exhibits. Until my next entry, take care! See you around in cyberspace!

Reflections of FNCE

       October was an incredibly busy, busy month. The staff of Today’s Dietitian and I attended the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in downtown Philadelphia at the Philadelphia Convention Center, one of the largest nutrition conferences in the country. It was an incredible meeting. I attended workshops to learn more about the nutrition profession and the issues and trends driving it. I met many interesting dietitians and revisited with those whom I met last year at our booth on the trade show floor and at our reception—which was a smash hit. I felt like a celebrity of sorts because so many people wanted to meet me. I received lots of hugs from the writers I work with and various other dietitians. One thing about the readership of this magazine is that they absolutely love it. They rave about it.

Our September and October issues were stars of the show at our booth. Our October issue featured great articles that are top of mind for many dietitians. Our cover story gives you the Real Scoop on Sugar: Is sugar really bad for you? Is it one of the chief causes of obesity in this country? The article answers these questions. If you want to eat healthier frozen foods and find out who makes them and where to buy them, read Healthier Frozen Foods. If you’re an entrepreneur and want to learn how to market your business, read Marketing Your Practice, part 3 of our Practice Matters special feature. If you’re an iPhone fan, read The iPhone, a commemorative piece on the iPhone’s fifth anniversary and how it has literally transformed the hand-held device world, and Avoiding Spoiled Leftovers to learn about an app that tells you what’s OK to eat and what to throw out.

        In addition, if you’d like to take a peek at our online Philadelphia restaurant guide, visit Savoring the Finest of Philly. In this supplement, we profile some of the finest restaurants and the top 10 things you can do in the City of Brotherly Love. You can download it as a PDF to use for future reference. We also published an online Showstopper publication. In this special supplement, we featured a conference preview, the top restaurants to visit, and an article on the history of continuing professional education in the nutrition profession.
Please enjoy these articles and supplements. Soon I’ll tell you all about the great articles in our November issue, our special Thanksgiving holiday edition. See you around in cyberspace!

Highlights From San Diego!

Just wanted to let you know how much of a great time I had in San Diego. I went to the American Dietetic Association’s Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo at the San Diego Convention Center. We call the conference FNCE (pronounced Fencee) for short. FNCE is the largest annual nutrition conference in the country.

The convention center was huge. I heard almost 7,000 nutrition professionals attended the conference from around the country. Large, medium, and small food manufacturers set up gorgeous booths to showcase their products, and offer food and snack samples to passersby. Some of the food was delish; some not so tasty. 

At my booth, I met many of the readers of Today’s Dietitian, the freelance writers I work with, and I greeted many registered dietitians who expressed interest in writing for the publication. I discussed the magazine and various article ideas I plan to pursue in the near future. The workshops I attended were informative. I learned a great deal about the nutrition profession, the growing trends, hot topics, and the thorny issues dietitians face. Read full post …

Flying to San Diego

Hello Everyone!

This coming Saturday, I’ll be flying to San Diego to attend the annual American Dietetic Association’s Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo, also known as FNCE (pronounced Fencee). It’s the largest food and nutrition show in the country where about 10,000 nutrition professionals convene to learn about the latest trends in their field, which will help them build their businesses, counsel clients, accrue education credits, and more!

It’s going to be exciting. I’ll be attending workshops and manning our booth on the trade show floor where I’ll be meeting and greeting hundreds of Today’s Dietitian’s readers. I’m looking forward to it because I’ll get to learn a great deal about the nutrition profession, meet interesting people, and get numerous story ideas I can develop into articles for the magazine, which will last for months. The digital version of TD’s October issue is now online here. The print version will be coming out on Thursday of this week.

I’ll also get to dine in one of San Diego’s finest restaurants called Jsix Restaurant & Lounge, which we wrote about in our San Diego dining guide here.  I’ll be taking pictures, so I’ll tell you all about my trip and post the photos when I return. Take care!

Highlights from Vegas!

Wow what a time I had in Las Vegas!

The food, the trade show, and the workshops at the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) annual meeting were fantastic. I really learned a great deal about diabetes prevention, treatment, and management from the registered dietitian’s and certified diabetes educator’s perspective.

Because I was so busy attending workshops and manning our booth on the trade show floor, I didn’t get a chance to walk around Vegas and see the sites. It was very sunny and 105 degrees during the day, so it’s just as well I didn’t venture out. I would have baked — or roasted out there. The good news is that I didn’t neglect to take some photos. (For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a diehard photo enthusiast and wannabe professional photographer.) I took the photo above at the crack of dawn the other morning from my Read full post …

Heading to Vegas!

Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to give you an update on my new job. Not to brag, but just to let you know how everything is going. The job is going very well. I’m working hard to bring myself up to speed. I have much to learn, and I’m excited about it.

Early Tuesday morning I head out to Las Vegas to the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) Annual Meeting and Exhibition, where I’ll be attending workshops, meeting and greeting the readers of Today’s Dietitian and learning all I can about the role nutrition professionals play in the treatment and management of diabetes. I’ll be staying at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. Heard it’s really nice.

Tell me about your experiences in Las Vegas, whether business or pleasure. I’d be interested in hearing about them. When I return home later this week, I’ll let you know how my trip was. Until then, keep networking!