Spring Conference 2018

Greetings from your Spring Conference Chair and your Spring Conference Chair-Elect Julia Berman and Allison Acquisto! We are looking for a new venue for our Spring 2018 Conference. Unfortunately, the Raddison Hotel is not available. So… we want to change it up a bit. OUR SPRING CONFERENCE IS LOOKING FOR A NEW HOME! If you have been to any great conferences in our beautiful state, or have any “connections” and would like to share, please send us a message, we would love to hear from you. Thank you!  Please send any ideas/information to Julia at springconference@eatrightri.org

Now Accepting Proposals for RIAND Spring Conference in May 2018

RIAND is now accepting proposals for our 2018 Spring Conference until October 1, 2017. Submit all proposals to springconference@eatrightri.com

Please include the following items with your proposal:

  • Brief description of your presentation
  • Any examples of your presentation you would like to share
  • Length of presentation (preference 45 minutes to 90 minutes)
  • Target Audience
  • Learning Codes/ Objectives
  • Cost/Fees

RIAND requirements:

  • Provide handouts and/or a copy of the presentation for our attendees
  • Include 1 slide showing how your topic can be used in a clinical setting

If you are interested in sponsoring a vendor table at our 2018 Spring Conference, please email springconference-elect@eatrightri.org



RIAND Spring Conference Schedule 2017

Spotlight Speaker: Marydale Debor, JD

Marydale DeBor founded Fresh Advantage LLC after 25 years experience in health care administration and philanthropy. Throughout her career, she has been dedicated to improving the health status of individuals adversely affected by poverty and lack of access to care, food and shelter. Her goal is to help institutional clients to provide nutritious, wholesome, and culturally appropriate meals to those they serve.


A national perspective of food system organizations and an update on Dietitians working in the community in Rhode Island, including the importance of Dietitians in this work and the many roles that they can play in building community health.



Dr. Kathleen Laquale PhD, ACT, LAT, LDN

Understanding the Immune System: Where  Nutrition Fits In

Dr. Kathleen Laquale PhD, ACT, LAT, LDN is a licensed dietitian, a licensed and nationally certified athletic trainer and has been a professor at Bridgewater State University (BSU) since 1997 where she teaches both undergraduate and graduate nutrition courses.  She received her doctorate in food science and nutrition at the University of RI, her master’s degree in athletic training from Indiana State University and her undergraduate degree in Physical Education with a minor in biology from the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Laquale’s interest areas includes sports nutrition, dietary practices of collegiate wrestlers, performance and nutritional supplements, medical issues of the female athlete, flexibility and stretching strategies (WS)2.  As such, she is well-published as an author of peer-reviewed journal publications, book chapters, and as a contributing author on two NATA Position Papers (Evaluation of Dietary Supplements for Performance Nutrition and Weight Loss Guidelines for Athletes).

In this session, a brief overview will be presented of how the immune system works and what factors compromise or improve the immune system.  The main focus of the session will assess the current state of the science regarding the use of nutrients and dietary supplements to improve the immune system.


Dayle Hayes, MS, RD

Childhood Food Insecurity & Federal Child Nutrition Programs: Why These Issues Mather & What Rhode Island RDN’s Can Do.

Dayle Hayes, MS, RD is an award-winning author and educator. Her creativity and common-sense have made her a sought-after speaker across the USA. As a parent and member of the School Nutrition Association, Dayle has dedicated decades to making school environments healthy for students and staff. She collected success stories for Making It Happen, a joint CDC-USDA project; wrote a chapter on communicating with students in Managing Child Nutrition Programs: Leadership for Excellence; and co-authored the 2014 Position of the Academy of Nutrition Dietetics: Nutrition Guidance for Healthy Children Ages 2 to 11 Years. In recognition of her professional and volunteer leadership, Dayle has received numerous honors, including Montana Dietitian of the Year and an ADA Excellence in Consultation and Business Practice Award.

Session description: One of every five children in Rhode Island is food insecure. Federal child and school nutrition programs feed millions of high-risk children, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers in Rhode Island and across the USA. WIC, CACFP and all school feeding programs play a critical and proven roles in the overall well-being, physical health and academic success of American youth. Dayle will review the scientific research, political challenges and educational opportunities involved in Child Nutrition Reauthorization, the funding and support for these programs.


Katie Cavuto MS, RD

Taking Nutrition Back to the Kitchen: Mastering the Cooking Demonstration

Katie Cavuto MS, RD, Chef is a Philadelphia-based registered dietitian and wellness advocate. Katie is the dietitian for the Philadelphia Phillies and the Nutrition Advisor for Unite For Her, an organization that supports newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. She appears in regular nutrition and cooking segments on local and national TV.  Her writing and recipes have been showcased nationally in Eating Well Magazine, Everyday with Rachel Ray Magazine, O, the Oprah MagazineParents Magazine and more. For more of Katie’s recipes and wellness tips visit her wesbite Nourish.Breathe.Thrive. Her first book, Whole Cooking and Nutrition is available now!

In this session led by chef, blogger and media expert, Katie Cavuto MS, RD, you will learn how to plan and confidently implement a cooking demonstration/nutrition lecture that is both educational and engaging to your audience – be it 10 or 500 people.


Dr. Martha Belury

Stress: You Just Don’t Get Over It

Dr. Martha Belury is a Registered Dietitian who received her doctorate from the University of Texas in Biological Sciences, specialization in Carcinogenesis.  She has been the Carol S. Kennedy Professor of Human Nutrition at The Ohio State University.  Dr. Belury’s research seeks to identify components of the diet that modify energy metabolism and inflammation.  Dr. Belury’s research group uses pre-clinical models and clinical intervention studies to evaluate the mechanistic contributions of dietary fatty acids to influence metabolic outcomes.  Her work has generated over 100 peer-reviewed research articles with continual funding support from a variety of agencies (NIH, USDA, NASA), private organizations (American Cancer Society, American Institute for Cancer Research) and for-profit companies.

Session Description: Many people think that stress leads to weight gain. Recent research shows that people who had a stressful event show worsened response to a test meal for a day or days after the stressful event occurred. In our research, lipids and the stress hormone, cortisol, remain elevated while our ability to burn calories is decreased at least one day after the stressful event. The lasting effect of stress on our metabolism may be cause of the weight gain associated with a stressful life. We will talk about ways we can boost our metabolism and mitigate these effects of stress on weight gain


Martina Cartwright

Orthorexia Nervosa: A “Healthy” Eating Disorder

Martina Cartwright is a registered dietitian (R.D.) with a Ph.D. in Nutritional Science and Biomolecular Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has more than 18 years experience in medical education, scientific research and clinical practice in both the academic and pharmaceutical settings. Martina’s clinical interests include intensive care medicine, malnutrition, sepsis, infectious diseases, and eating disorders. An accomplished public speaker, she is frequently invited to present at scientific-medical conferences and symposia. For over 20 years, Dr. Cartwright has been an adjunct faculty member in the department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Arizona and Scottsdale Community College. As president of her own consulting firm, Beacon Science Inc. Martina serves as an independent biomedical consultant to several well-known companies.

Session description: More people than ever before are dealing with eating disorders in the United States. In this session learn the characteristics and triggers associated with Orthorexia Nervosa; how to recognize the early stages of this eating disorder and what challenges Dietitians may see when treating a patient.


Directions to Radisson Airport Hotel
From North: Take I-95 South to Exit 13/T.F.Green Airport. Take Exit for US-1/Post Rd. Turn Left off of the exit. Hotel will be 0.2 miles on your left.
From South: Take I-95 North to Exit 13/T.F.Green Airport. Take Exit for US-1/Post Rd. Turn Left off of the exit. Hotel will be 0.2 miles on your left.

Sponsor the Conference

Thank you for your interest in sponsoring the RIAND Spring Conference and Meeting, we are looking forward to welcoming you to our event. The exhibitor form and welcome letter are below. For more information please contact the appropriate representative below.

To submit a speaker proposal or to sponsor a speaker please contact Julia Berman, RD, LDN at springconference@eatrightri.org

For Exhibitor tables, vendors and donations contact Anna Abdollahi, RDN at

Sponsorship Levels

Current 2017 Conference Sponsors, Thank you!