Continuing Education Opportunities

The American Society for Nutrition (ASN) offers educational programs to help practitioners improve patient care and health outcomes by developing and maintaining nutrition knowledge, skills, and behaviors essential to promoting health and the treatment and prevention of chronic diseases. Through continuing education and their activities’ evaluations, ASN assesses the impact of its curricula. We offer continuing education opportunities for a variety of practitioners.

Dietitian Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

ASN (Provider #NS010) is accredited and approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) as a provider of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) programs for Registered Dietitians. CPE programs are coordinated through ASN’s Knowledge Department.

*CPE AVAILABLE

Upcoming Webinars and Events

NUTRITION 2022 Deep Dive: Food for the Brain: Bridging the Nutrition and Neurology Scientific Communities
Thursday, September 29, 2022 | 1:00 PM – 5:15 PM ET

Supported by an educational grant from Reckitt

The effects of nutrition on the brain/nervous system across the lifespan from early development to healthy aging will be explored in this upcoming Deep Dive. The event will target multidisciplinary scientists whose work impacts the fields of nutrition, development, aging, and neuroscience.

Registration Fee: $75

*CPE AVAILABLE

NUTRITION 2022 Sponsored Satellite Program – The Need for Nuance: Toward an Evidence-Based Definition and Classification of Carbohydrate Food Quality
Thursday, October 6, 2022 | 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM ET

The 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) recommends adults consume nearly two-thirds of calories from carbohydrate-containing foods; however, the advice falls short on how to choose quality sources. Unlike protein and fat quality, there are conflicting views among scientists on how to define carbohydrate quality. While some support the Glycemic Index (GI) as a surrogate marker for carbohydrate quality, new research calls into question its reliability, utility and value. A new method to defining carbohydrate quality – one that focuses on the unique nutrient contributions of carbohydrate-containing foods – is needed.

During this educational session, you will hear from experts in the fields of nutrition, exercise science, algorithm development and dietary patterns as they review the current evidence that illustrates the need for a globally accepted definition of ‘quality carbohydrates.’ The speakers will unveil an evidence-based algorithm for high-quality carbohydrate-containing foods that supports equitable healthy eating patterns and aligns with DGA recommendations.

Sponsored by: Potatoes USA

NUTRITION 2022 Sponsored Satellite Program – Methods in Nutrition & Gut Microbiome Research 
Thursday, October 13, 2022 | 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET

The development of dietary guidance relies upon the ability to synthesize a body of evidence and arrive at a reasonably well-supported conclusion. Although publications have purported to identify characteristics of a “healthy gut microbiome”, the one certainty at present is that gut microbiome is highly variable across individuals. In addition, the reality is that gut microbiome research still requires method advancement and refinement. Continuing to improve methods, and working toward alignment across laboratories will move all closer to understanding how diet can impact health at the point of the gut microbiome. In this session, the current state of knowledge related to sample collection, utility of standards, sequencing, and bioinformatic and biostatistical approaches will be reviewed by experts working in the field. Speakers will expand on how selection among the various methodological options can impact study results.

Sponsored by: Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences, in cooperation with the ASN Nutritional Microbiology RIS

NUTRITION 2022 Nutrition Rounds – Hot Topics in Nutrition & Cancer: Diet and Breast Cancer Survivorship
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET

Conducted in partnership with the American Institute for Cancer Research

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in both the developed and the developing world. With improved diagnostics and treatment, women are being diagnosed earlier and not only surviving but also surviving longer. The role of lifestyle factors in improving survival rates is a relatively new but active area of research. A growing body of evidence is increasing our understanding of what lifestyle choices may help reduce a recurrence or death from breast cancer.

The World Cancer Research Fund International’s Continuous Update Project report on breast cancer survivors is the most rigorous, systematic analysis of research on cancer prevention and survivorship through diet, weight, and physical activity. This scientific resource informs current guidelines and policy on cancer prevention and survival globally.

Join a panel of experts who contributed to the latest report on lifestyle factors and breast cancer survivorship to be published in October 2022 in the International Journal of Cancer.

Registration Fee: $30

*CPE and CME AVAILABLE

NUTRITION 2022 Sponsored Satellite Program – An Exploration: Packaged Food’s Role in Human, Societal and Planetary Health
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET

Given the urgency of the climate crisis and widespread food and nutrition insecurity, there is a need to drive adoption of healthy, sustainable diets. Defining these diets has been the focus of much global attention, yet there have been challenges aligning to a diet that considers affordability and accessibility, and little progress in achieving recommendations at scale. Existing sustainable nutrition guidance focuses almost exclusively on whole foods. If packaged foods are discussed, they are often discouraged as “ultraprocessed,” putting these diets even farther out of reach. This session will discuss the current state of the science on healthy and sustainable eating patterns, including the profiling systems which inform them. It will explore future directions for research, policy, and public health solutions that can support healthier and more sustainable food choices for all.

Sponsored by: Clif Bar

NUTRITION 2022 Sponsored Satellite Program – Developing Culturally Appropriate Recipes for Human Clinical Trials 
Wednesday, November 9, 2022 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET

The effects of nutrition on the brain/nervous system Improving representation of minority and underrepresented groups in human nutrition clinical trials is a high priority. A key consideration to increase the likelihood of translatable health outcomes in these groups is developing, testing, and successfully implementing inclusive, culturally appropriate recipes during clinical feeding trials. This session will bring together researchers and key opinion leaders from government, academia, and industry to discuss the current gaps in clinical nutrition research in minority and underrepresented groups. It will also review procedural considerations for designing culturally appropriate feeding interventions. The role of food selection, flavor, and spice in developing recipes that align with cultural foodways and traditional menus of the target research population will be explored, and an overview of the considerations when recruiting for and carrying out clinical trials using culturally appropriate recipes will be provided.

Sponsored by: National Pork Board

NUTRITION 2022 Nutrition Innovations – The Use of Adversarial Collaboration to Advance Nutrition & Obesity Research
Thursday, November 10, 2022 | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET

Supported by: University of Alabama at Birmingham Nutrition Obesity Research Center

*CPE AVAILABLE

NUTRITION 2022 Nutrition Rounds – Hot Topics in Pediatric Nutrition
Tuesday, November 29, 2022 | 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM ET

Nutrition Rounds from Research to Practice is a series of virtual events targeted to practicing clinicians that reviews cutting-edge advances in nutrition and obesity science and their applications in practice. Join us for the program on hot topics in pediatric nutrition.

Registration Fee: $30

*CPE and CME AVAILABLE

Past Webinars

NUTRITION 2022 Bonus Event – National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES): Opportunities for Revitalization
Thursday, September 22, 2022 | 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM ET

There is growing concern that the increasing challenges faced by NHANES are impairing the utility and reliability of the data provided by this survey. NHANES data are a critical component of the nation’s health infrastructure and serve as an important resource for health professionals, policy makers, researchers, the food and supplement industry, commodity groups, and public health departments.

While NHANES staff have worked diligently and hard to carry out the survey with commendable results, factors such as decreasing response rates, small sample size, increasing costs, and the lack of funds for innovation and the study of new methodologies have placed NHANES in a precarious position. Further, the current need for timely granular and sub-group specific data to address disparities greatly increases the pressure on NHANES. This webinar will outline the nature of the challenges now experienced by NHANES and then focus on considerations for solutions including a stepwise approach to revitalizing the survey. The webinar is intended to help inform the ASN interest in supporting activities important to the nutrition, food, and health community. This webinar will not focus on the specifics of the upcoming 2024 NHANES survey for which the NHANES staff anticipate offering a webinar to update ASN members in late 2022.

Registration Fee: $10

*CPE AVAILABLE

More Than Meats the Eye: Accuracy and Precision in Modeling and Classifying Red Meat Consumption to Inform Meaningful Public Health Guidance (Sponsored Satellite Program)
Wednesday, September 21, 2022 | 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM ET

Eat less red meat” has proliferated for so long it’s often woven into the fabric of public health guidance. Data clearly show most American adults, on average, eat beef well within daily recommendations. What is not clear and consistent is how red meat consumption is modeled, categorized and classified in nutrition research … from processed to fresh, muscle cuts to ground, and what constitutes “red meat” … yet this clarity is critical for responsible dietary guidance. 

Without accurately understanding consumer consumption habits and the complexity of the category, dietary recommendations are well-intentioned, yet may be misinformed. Moreover, “eat less red meat” guidance can exacerbate shortfall intakes of nutrients readily available in red meat. 

Speakers will address the need for accurate modeling to inform evidence-based dietary patterns, as well as persistent discrepancies with red meat classification and categorization in human nutrition research methodologies and conclusions, and the significant implications public health.

Sponsored by: The Beef Checkoff

NUTRITION 2022 Nutrition Rounds – Research to Practice: Recent Advances in the Treatment of Obesity
Thursday, September 15, 2022 | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET

This 90-minute event will review current options for the pharmacological treatment of obesity and describe the concomitant role of diet counseling and lifestyle interventions with new obesity therapies. Content will delve into the biological basis of obesity including the role of hormones on appetite and energy regulation, metabolic adaptation to weight loss, and cardiometabolic risk factors.

Registration Fee: $30

*CPE and CME AVAILABLE

NUTRITION 2022 Sponsored Satellite Program – Cut the Salt, Not the Flavor: Evidence-Based Solutions for Reducing Sodium
Wednesday, August 10, 2022 | 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM ET

While historically it was difficult for humans to get sufficient salt in their diet, we now have the opposite problem. On average and particularly in developed nations, people are consuming double the World Health Organization’s recommendations for sodium. It has been estimated that reducing sodium intakes can prevent thousands of deaths annually and save billions in medical costs. 

So how do we solve this problem when humans have an inherent preference for salty taste? And are there strategies that can be leveraged to reduce sodium without sacrificing this preference? Sensory scientist Dr. Gary Beauchamp and food scientist Dr. Soo-Yeun Lee will speak to current challenges in sodium consumption, and some of the most promising evidence-based solutions.

Sponsored by: Ajinomoto Health and Nutrition

“Crash Course” On Design And Interpretation Of Gut Microbiome Research
Thursday, July 21, 2022 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Nutrition and other practitioners will be working in the context of the evolving field of gut microbiome science for decades to come. Understanding the fundamentals of research design and interpretation are likely to be core skills. Once research is generated, interpretation and application of findings requires an appreciation for dynamics that extend beyond the food, nutrient, or intervention of interest. Effective application of gut microbiome research requires clinicians to critically appraise methodological elements of research when interpreting results. In this webinar, an overview of best practices for designing and conducting diet-microbiome research in humans will be provided. Topics will include not only intervention study designs but also recruitment tips, sampling methods, important metadata to collect, and more. Attendees will likewise understand important elements to consider when interpreting and applying gut microbiome research.

What Is “Sweetness”? The Biological Drive For Sweet Taste And Role In Quality Of Life For Individuals With T1DM
Tuesday, July 19, 2022 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET

Several authorities recommend reduction or avoidance of intake of e.g., “sweet flavors”, and suggest that intake of sweet taste in the diet promotes the desire for more sweet, resulting in greater energy intakes. However, the effect of limiting sweet taste on reduction of sugars or energy intake is unknown. In addition, the role of sweetness in the context of sensory perception and the total diet is complex, and the ability to change preference for sweet remains under investigation. Given the biological drive for sweet taste, low- and no- calorie sweeteners (LNCSs) have been acknowledged as a tool for reducing the intake of total carbohydrates, and particularly added sugars, in the nutritional management of diabetes. Although water is the standard of care for individuals with diabetes, LNCSs may help to improve Quality of Life (QoL) when some sweet taste is desired. Reduced QoL can negatively affect diabetes-related outcomes. In this session, the biology of sweet taste and its role in the total diet will be reviewed. In addition, new data from a study assessing the relationship between LNCS use and QoL in adults with Type I Diabetes will be presented.

*CPE AVAILABLE

NUTRITION 2022 Learning Lab: Laboratory Management and Statistical Analysis Plans for Clinical Nutrition Studies
Tuesday, July 14, 2022 | 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET

Human nutrition randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have unique considerations and conducting them with the highest scientific rigor is essential to the development of evidence-based dietary guidance for promoting optimal health and advancing health care. Diet-related interventions can include diet and/or behavioral manipulation, provision of foods or entire meals, or delivery of dietary components in individual food items or supplements.

Join an esteemed faculty for a training on the design and conduct of human nutrition RCTs, documentation and reporting of all aspects of clinical trial management, and data analysis and reporting of results. Course content is based on a series of articles published in Advances in Nutrition

Registration Fee: $50

*CPE AVAILABLE

NUTRITION 2022 Learning Lab: Designing and Conducting Human Nutrition RCTs
Tuesday, July 12, 2022 | 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET

Human nutrition randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have unique considerations and conducting them with the highest scientific rigor is essential to the development of evidence-based dietary guidance for promoting optimal health and advancing health care. Diet-related interventions can include diet and/or behavioral manipulation, provision of foods or entire meals, or delivery of dietary components in individual food items or supplements.

Join an esteemed faculty for a training on the design and conduct of human nutrition RCTs, documentation and reporting of all aspects of clinical trial management, and data analysis and reporting of results. Course content is based on a series of articles published in Advances in Nutrition

Registration Fee: $50

*CPE AVAILABLE

ASN Student Interest Group Webinar: Science Communication
Wednesday, May 4, 2022 | 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM ET

Join the ASN SIG for a webinar about all things SciComm! Learn about the progression of the 3MT phenomena from creator, Professor Emeritus Alan Lawson. Join Dr. Jessica Garay on her SciComm journey with the public as a science policy fellow. Dr. Rola Hammoud and Dr. Amadeo Salvador will then provide tips for how to deliver ASN award-winning virtual platform and poster presentations.

ECN Professional Development Webinar: Tips and Tricks for How to Set Up and Run Your Lab/Research Program as a Junior Faculty
Wednesday, April 27, 2022 | 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM ET

ASN MEMBER ONLY EVENT

This webinar hosted by ASN’s Early Career Nutrition (ECN) Interest Group will provide resources and best practices for establishing or negotiating for research/lab needs for junior faculty and discuss how they can establish a positive working environment, including developing safe and ethical working conditions, recruiting, and retaining qualified personnel and developing strong relationships for success. The format will be a discussion with panelists representing different research/lab settings: (1) a wet lab, (2) community/public health/epidemiology, (3) clinical. Live Q&A will follow the panel discussion.

Nutrient Gene Interaction Interest Group (NGI RIS) Career Panel Forum
Friday, April 22, 2022 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

ASN MEMBER ONLY EVENT

Please join the Nutrient-Gene Interaction RIS for our upcoming Career Panelists Discussion to learn more about career opportunities outside the traditional role of Academia. In this career panel discussion, you will be able to talk with professionals in industry, government, and at commodity boards. This will be a great opportunity for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and early-stage investigators within the American Society of Nutrition (ASN) to talk and network with professionals from a variety of exciting careers.

*The Nutrient-Gene Interactions RIS members are focused on: (1) mechanisms of gene expression and their regulation by nutrients and other dietary constituents; (2) identification of novel genes that influence the effect of dietary components on health and disease processes, and (3) the influence of genetic variation on the metabolic response to dietary factors. Activities emphasize the concepts and techniques in the areas of biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, genetics, genomics, proteomics and systems biology. Nutrition research ranges from the molecular to the organismal level in humans and other vertebrates, and model organisms such as yeast.

ECN Professional Development Webinar: Funding for Early Career Nutrition Research
Tuesday, March 22, 2022 | 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM ET

ASN MEMBER ONLY EVENT

Back to Basics: Understanding Terms and Methods in the Gut Microbiome Space
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 | 11 AM – 12 PM ET

A collaboration between the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Research Dietetics Practice Group (RDPG), the Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences (IAFNS), and the American Society for Nutrition (ASN), Nutritional Microbiology Research Interest Section (RIS)

*CPE AVAILABLE

Vitamin and Minerals Research Interest Group (V&M RIS) Virtual Mentoring Event
Friday, March 4, 2022 | 2 PM – 3 PM ET

ASN MEMBER ONLY EVENT

A virtual mentoring event held by ASN’s Vitamin and Minerals Research Interest Group (V&M RIS)*. This meeting aimed to provide trainees at all levels an opportunity to expand their professional networks in the continued absence of the ability to meet in person. Mentors from sectors including academia, industry, and the government will be available for networking and informal discussions.

*The Vitamins and Minerals RIS and its members promote research on the basic understanding of the function, metabolism, and utilization of vitamins and minerals to establish nutritional recommendations. This RIS strives to encourage the development of new research techniques to better understand and promote the contributions of these vitamins and minerals to health promotion and disease prevention.

What’s What! Probiotics, Postbiotics, Prebiotics, Synbiotics, and Fermented Foods
Thursday, December 9, 2021 | 11 AM – 12:30 PM ET

A collaboration between the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Research Dietetics Practice Group (RDPG), the Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences (IAFNS), and the American Society for Nutrition (ASN), Nutritional Microbiology Research Interest Section (RIS)

*CPE AVAILABLE

Strengthening Research Integrity: Which Areas Should the Research Community Focus On?
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 | 11 AM – 12:30 PM ET

This webinar is organized jointly by the Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences (IAFNS) and the American Society for Nutrition.

*CPE AVAILABLE

Child Nutrition Reauthorization: Nutrition Opportunities and Considerations
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 | 1 PM – 2:30 PM ET

*CPE AVAILABLE

Gut Check: What you need to know about the microbiome and nutrition
Wednesday, July 28, 2021 | 12 PM – 1 PM ET

*CPE AVAILABLE

Best Practices for Human Nutrition RCTs
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 & July 20, 2021 | 12 PM – 5 PM ET 

*CPE AVAILABLE (live attendance only)

Conversations in Nutrition & Obesity Research

Webinar 1
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 | 2 PM – 3 PM ET

Webinar 2
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 | 2 – 3 PM ET

Webinar 3
Monday, May 24, 2021 | 4 – 5 PM ET

The 2021 Danone International Prize for Alimentation Laureate Lecture
Thursday, June 3, 2021 | 10 AM ET
Sponsored by the Danone Institute International

Webinar Series: Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Webinar 1: A Behind the Scenes Look at the Development of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Friday, January 22, 2021 | 1 – 2 PM ET
*CPE AVAILABLE

Webinar 2: Utilizing Evidence Gaps Identified by the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report to Inform Research Priorities
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 | 1 – 2 PM ET
*CPE AVAILABLE

Webinar 3: Designing, Implementing and Presenting Research to be Reviewed by the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 | 1 – 2 PM ET
*CPE AVAILABLE

Medical Foods: Their role in therapeutic nutrition
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 | 12 – 1 PM ET

*CPE AVAILABLE

Sweet Talk: A Review of the Science of Sweetness and Its Potential Impacts on Health
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 | 12 – 1 PM ET 

Sponsored by PepsiCo.

*CPE AVAILABLE

Public Health Implications of Recent Clinical Evidence on Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Cardiovascular Disease
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 | 2 – 3:30 PM ET

Sponsored by Royal DSM

*CPE AVAILABLE

Low-Carbohydrate Eating Patterns for Health – Friend or Foe?
Thursday, March 19, 2020 |  1 – 2 PM ET

Organized by the American Society for Nutrition in partnership with Tate & Lyle. Funded by Tate & Lyle.

*CPE AVAILABLE

Can Meat Take the Heat or Should it Get Out of the Kitchen? Meat Cooked at High Temperature and Cancer Risk
Thursday, December 12, 2019 |  1 – 2 PM ET

Sponsored by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff

*CPE AVAILABLE

Protein’s Role in Bone Health: Does Protein Type and Amount Matter?
Thursday, September 27, 2018  |  12 – 1 PM ET

Supported by an educational grant from: Dairy Management, Inc.Egg Nutrition Center, and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

*CPE AVAILABLE

The Farm Bill and Beyond: Advocating for Nutrition and Research
Tuesday, April 10, 2018  |  1 – 2 PM ET  

ASN is partnering with the Academy of Nutrition and DieteticsSociety for Nutrition Education and Behavior, and the Food Trust to host a Hill day on Tuesday, April 24 in Washington, D.C. We will meet with congressional offices between 10 am and 3 pm to advocate for nutrition education and nutrition research in the 2018 farm bill.  Email Sarah Ohlhorst for more information.

Drink Equivalents and Counseling Patients on Alcohol Consumption
Thursday, November 30, 2017  |  3:30 – 4:30 PM ET

Iron and Vitamin D – Impacts on the Microbiome
Tuesday, November 28, 2017  |  1 – 2 PM ET

Why is Vitamin E Important for Infants and Children?
Thursday, June 16, 2016  |  1 – 2:30 PM ET