ACE Conference in Athens, GA

In March 2012, I had a chance to attend the Annual Conference & Exhibition (ACE) at The Classic Center, in Athens, Georgia.    This year conference focus on “Food For Thought – Dig In! 21st Century Issues For Nutrition Professionals”.  It was a great opportunity to network with other fellow Registered Dietitians and to see what new things are going on in the areas of Nutrition and Dietetics.   There were very inspiring and informative speakers that gave us alots of incredible information.

Mary Lee Chin, MS, RD from the Nutrition Edge Communications spoke about “The Sustainable American Dinner Plate: A Revolution Putting Food on the Modern Table”. Ms. Chin spoke about understand impact of nutrition and sustainability that affect consumer behavior of food purchases.  She had discuss on the examination of food production methods and the food sourcing trends.   Ms. Chin compare the benefits, claims and realities of local, small-scale, family-owned, organic and natural foods, and big, fast, modern, conventional, biotechnology, processed global foods.  She explained about evaluating the economic impact, efficiency and food mile costs of how food is produced.  She also provided consumer guidance and clarify misconceptions regarding nutrient composition of foods.

The ACE Conference had the distinguish honor of having the Past President of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Judith C. Rodriguez, PhD, RD, FADA, LDN came to the Conference and spoke about “PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT THROUGH SERVANT LEADERSHIP” .  Dr. Rodriguez gave us the definition of what is Servant Leadership, what are the characteristic of a servant leader and what are the key characteristics of a Servant Leadership.  Dr. Rodriguez also focus on the different service opportunities that are available in the area of servant leadership.

Mary Ann Johnson, PhD from the Faculty of Gerontology at University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences spoke about” LONGEVITY AND NUTRITION Myths & Facts & Uncertainties”  She explained about that people are living longer but alot of them have poor health conditions that are nutritionally related.  She gives Registered Dietitians on ideas about how to assist this population with the nutritional health that they need.

Being a Diversity Mentor for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, I had the opportunity to participate in the ACE Conference with assisting in the poster board presentation.  Diversity Leader – Roop Jeannot MPH, RD, LD and myself did a poster board presentation on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics “Diversity Leaders Program”.  This gave the Georgia Chapter of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics the chance to learn more about the Diversity Leaders and Mentors Program.

There were alot of other speakers at the ACE conference that gave excellent speeches and informative information.  Each year the ACE Conference is held in Georgia and in 2013 it is going to be held in Atlanta, Georgia.  So if you want to learn more about the latest in nutrition then come to the ACE Conference in Georgia.

Click here for pictures of the ACE Conference in Athens, Georgia.

Check out the HEPSA Living Healthy website for further Nutritional information –


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