Nutrition Talks

Nutrition Programs

Are you interested in learning about the latest nutrition “hot” topics?  If so, then you are in luck as Employee Wellness is excited to offer a series of nutritional talks with the Biomedical Sciences Department!  All topics will be presented by registered dietitians and/or faculty members in Biomedical Sciences.  Due to our love of food, light snacks will be served at each session!  There is no fee for these talks, but registration is required. 

All events will take place in the O’Reilly Clinical Health Sciences Center, Room 100. (O’Reilly address: 640 E. Cherry, directly east of McQueary Hall & across the street from Professional Building).

Dispelling Nutrition Myths – Tuesday,  January 31st (5:15 – 6:30 PM)

Nutrition information is more readily available today than ever before; however, it is difficult to sort out fact from fiction.  This session will set the record straight about coconut oil, gluten free foods, organic foods, GMOs, and popular diets.  Additionally, solid strategies for weight loss and maintenance will be presented.
Presenter: Natalie Allen, MEd, RD, LD

The Skinny on Sugar & Fat – Tuesday,  February 28th (5:15 – 6:30 PM)

Despite being essential for health, few nutrients have received more negative press than sugar and fat.  Come learn about the types and food sources of each that are actually healthy for you.  Research over trans-fat, high fructose corn syrup, added sugars, and artificial sweeteners will also be presented.
Presenter: Carmen Boyd, MS, RD/LD, Director of Didactic Program in Dietetics

Nutrigenomics: Food and Your Genes – Wednesday,  March 22nd (5:15 – 6:30 PM)

Can the food you eat influence your DNA?  In this session, you will learn about the fascinating field of nutrigenomics.  We will examine how nutrients like fats, proteins, vitamins, and phytochemicals influence DNA, regulate the expression of your genes, and maintain the integrity of your DNA.  Don’t let the big words intimidate you as this is a session you do NOT want to miss!
Presenter: Colette Witkowski, PhD, Department Head of Biomedical Sciences 

Be an Informed Shopper – Tuesday,  April 11th (5:15 – 6:30 PM)

Food packaging claims and food labels were designed to inform, yet they can be confusing and even misleading. This session will teach you how to decipher information found on food packages; topics will include the new food label (coming soon!), front-of-package labeling, food ingredients, & tips on becoming a more informed consumer.
Presenter: Sarah Murray, MS, RD, LD 

Aging Well with Nutrition – Tuesday,  May 2nd (5:15 – 6:30 PM)

Is there an optimal eating plan for aging?  What nutrients are crucial for promoting health, longevity, and resilience?  Are supplements necessary once we hit 40 years of age?  Come learn the answers to these questions (and many others!) in this informative session over nutrition for healthy aging.  
Presenter: Tara Stulce, MPH, RD, LD

Food Insecurity: How it Affects Everyone – Tuesday,  May 9th (5:15 – 6:30 PM)

Food insecurity, the state of being without reliable access to affordable, nutritious food is one of the biggest issues facing our nation today.  In this session, you will learn how food insecurity affects all of us. Additionally, several personal and community strategies to improve food sustainability will be presented.
Presenter: Florence Uruakpa, PhD, RD, LD

Please register using the new Learning Management System:
- Login at My Missouri State.
- Go to the “Profile” tab.
- Click “My Learning Connection” under the Professional Development section.
- Once there, type Nutrition Talks into the search box at the upper right of the screen.
- Follow the prompts to use your non-credit fee waiver or pay for the class.

Questions?  Contact Ben Hunt at 836-4064.