The Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE) was located in Nashville, TN this year and boy, was it fun! I was able to meet wonderful professionals and see some of the wonderfuldietitians I met at the FNCE in 2013 in Houston, TX. It is always a pleasure to network and connect with new people at such a big and diverse event like FNCE and I was excited to attend this year and to pass out my very own business cards! (Yes, I am dorky like that)
As an aspiring dietitian, I believe that in the dietetics profession it is important to meet and network with other professionals in the field. I think that it is very beneficial and almost necessary for students to attend FNCE at some point during their academic career. There are a variety of scholarships and stipends available that students can apply for that can contribute to the expenses for the conference. It really makes a difference! Fortunately, I was a recipient of the Nutrition Education for the Public (NEP) DPG student scholarship in 2013 and attended my very first FNCE in Houston, TX. This scholarship helped tremendously in paying for registration and other necessities for the conference. It doesn't hurt to apply!
Anyways, on my first day at FNCE in Nashville, TN, I attended one of the best sessions ever! The speakers for this fabulous session were Melissa Joy Dobbins, MS, RDN, CDE and Julie Beyer, MA, RDN, CWPC, who both presented on important topics in the growing nutrition field. Melissa Joy Dobbin's presentation focused on social media and the different ways to spotlight yourself on all of your social media channels. I learned so much and got really inspired to create my own YouTube channel (it's in the making!). She provided fabulous input, tips and examples on how to sell yourself on social media and be consistent and relevant with the content you share. I admire her as an RD and social media expert and I hope to keep in contact with her as I pursue a career in nutrition communications. :)
Julie Beyer's presentation was inspirational as well and focused on self publishing. She provided the pros and cons of self publishing and even shared a personal story on the process of publishing her own books. I'm nowhere near publishing a book but after her presentation, I may consider it ;)
I am glad I did not miss this session!
I am very fortunate to have met and worked with some RDs that attended FNCE this year and I was happy they could squeeze in some time to meet with me during the busy event! These awesome individuals have given me great advice and shared their opinions and personal stories to help guide me through my academics and future career as an RD. Thank you to all!
More photos coming soon!!
As I wandered the exhibit halls and sat in on what felt like a million sessions, I eventually made it to the DPG showcase where I was able to stop by some of the DPG booths. I was able to volunteer my time at the Nutrition Education for the Public (NEP) DPG and Public Health/Community Nutrition (PHCNPG) booths to provide information on each group and to hopefully gain some members! I also met the other student members of the PHCNPG and was able to talk to them about their experiences in their dietetic programs, what their goals and aspirations are and if they had any advice for someone applying to dietetic internships. It was fun getting to know these ladies (in such a short period of time) and sharing our areas of interest in the food and nutrition field.
Attending FNCE is an opportunity to connect with those professionals in the nutrition-related field and possibly gain a resource for future insight and guidance. It is essential for students to be exposed to the latest nutrition and health trends and related information circulating this profession. Attending FNCE is a great experience for all!
To top off my wonderful traveling experience at FNCE in Nashville - I saw my favorite country star at the Grand Ole Opry. Carrie Underwood was unbelievable and I still cannot believe I got to see her live!
This trip to FNCE was fun and I am glad I had the opportunity to reconnect with some friends, meet new ones and of course, see my mom!