NCAND Regional Meeting near Charlotte


Date: Friday March 6, 2020

Time: 8 am - 5 pm

Location: Gastonia Conference Center 

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*Online early bird registration for this meeting ends March 2 at midnight or when the meeting reaches capacity, whichever happens first. 

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Early Bird Rates
on or before March 2, 2020

Onsite Rates

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Hotel Information:

NCAND has arranged a small room block at a hotel near the venue.  Use the link below to secure a room if needed.
Hotel: Hampton Inn Charlotte-Gastonia (1859 Remount Road, Gastonia, NC)
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Call for Poster Presentations:

There will be poster presentations at this regional meeting.  The deadline to submit a poster abstract was January 31, 2020.  Click here for more information about the submission process and poster guidelines.

Canned Food Drive:

NCAND will be having a food drive to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Food Pantry. This food pantry benefits children with CF whose family indicated struggling with food insecurity. For each item of food donated you will receive a raffle ticket to be entered to win a Trader Joe's gift card. (MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN)

For every three items donated to the canned food drive you will be entered into an additional drawing to win a sur la table gift card.

Please no glass or opened items.


Speaker & Lecture Title
8:00 - 8:30 am
Registration & Breakfast & Visit Exhibits
8:30 - 8:45 am
Welcome and Announcements
8:45 - 9:45 am
"Nuances with Applying the low FODMAP Diet"
Kate Scarlata, MPH, RDN
Lecture Summary: Up to 80% of individuals with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) perceive diet as a trigger to their GI distress. The most evidenced based nutritional therapy for IBS is the low FODMAP diet. Although 50-70 percent of IBS patients will effectively manage their digestive symptoms with the low FODMAP diet, it is not an intervention for all IBS patients. Dietitians should be able to select the best candidate for a 3 phase low FODMAP diet as well as know when to offer a more flexible application of the diet called, "FODMAP gentle". Alternatively, dietitians should be able to assess which patients might be best suited for non-diet interventions as first line therapy for symptom management. This session will cover the 3 phase application of the low FODMAP diet, explain what a FODMAP gentle approach entails, as well as discuss other modalities to consider in your IBS patients when an exclusion diet is contraindicated.
9:45 - 10:45 am
"Social Entrepreneurship and Food Advocacy"
Alisha Pruett, Founder & Executive Director of The Bulb, Social Worker, Board Member of Charlotte Mecklenburg Food Policy Council 
Lecture Summary: The lecture will be focusing on identifying gaps of service in regards to food in your community. We will go over how to bridge gaps efficiently with gaining proper data, gaining community support, and understanding what food advocacy means while not "reinventing the wheel."
10:45 - 11:30 am
Break & Visit Exhibits & Posters
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
"Be A Game Changer: Incorporating the Power of Plants Into Your Practice"
Tina Marie Bloomer, MS, RD/LDN & Jill Mongene, MAcc, RD/LDN
Lecture Summary: It is time for dietitians to shine! With the momentum of the vegan movement, there has never been a better time to promote the power of plants. Whether or not you personally embrace a vegetarian or vegan diet, current statistics indicate that public interest in consuming more plants is at an all-time high. Our presentation will equip you with knowledge, practical resources and potential collaborations as together we capitalize on this megatrend.
12:30 - 1:30 pm
Lunch & Visit Exhibits & Posters
1:30 - 2:30 pm
"Why Diversity Matters in Dietetics"
Basheerah Enahora, MBA, MS, RDN, LDN & Amber Porter, MS, RDN, LDN
Lecture Summary: As the United States population becomes more diverse, the need for culturally competent nutrition professionals is essential. This presentation will explore the concept of diversity in the field of dietetics and how we can prepare dietitians for the future. 
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Coffee Break & Visit Exhibits
3:00 - 4:00 pm
"Nutrigenetics and Laboratory Diagnostics"
Dr. Martin Kohlmeier
4:00 - 5:00 pm
"Creating and Sustaining a Community-Academic Partnership for Improving Nutrition Status, Food Security and Chronic Disease Outcomes in Rural Appalachia"
Melissa Gutschall, PhD, RD, LDN 
Lecture Summary: This presentation will describe initiatives implemented by the partnership, including community nutrition education, sustainable food systems, healthcare-based food security screenings and resource referrals, and community-based focus groups to gather information about local food and nutrition needs. It will also describe characteristics of the partnership that were advantageous or challenging over time, and the interface among academic and local partner interest, resources, and goals.
5:00 pm

*Agenda subject to change.

Sponsor Information:

If you would like to exhibit or sponsor at this meeting, please complete this form to hold you space.


Sponsor Level


Lunch Sponsor

Appalachian State University

Coffee Break Sponsor

Lenoir-Rhyne University



Aveanna Healthcare


Monash University FODMAP Diet

Nutricia North America

Plant Power RD's / Health Made Simple

The Renfrew Center

Literature Distribution

Nutrition Practice Management