Courses & Webinars

Webinar: Skin, Bones, & Muscle – Three GOOD Reasons for Collagen

Sponsored By Life Extension
When: Wednesday 9/18 @ 1pm ET
Speaker: Mike Smith, MD and Marie A. Spano, MS, RD, CSCS, CSSD


Members will be able to speak on this rising hot interest topic of collagen to their clients and patients, addressing questions they may have and provide evidence based responses.  

Learning Objectives: By the end of this webinar participants should be able to….

  1. Participants will be able to identify two strains of collagen and their benefits
  2. Participants will be able to identify food sources of collagen in conjunction with supplementation
  3. Participants will be able to identify the importance of collagen as we age and the risk of collagen loss

Speaker Bio:

Mike Smith, MD: As Life Extension’s Director of Education and company spokesperson, Dr. Michael A. Smith provides health information in consumer-friendly language. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He is the creator of The Supplement Pyramid, an online graphic tool and a book designed to guide health-conscious people in making healthy choices. He was the host of the Healthy Talk radio program and now has his own podcast, Live Foreverish, at Dr. Smith has contributed to numerous publications in the dietary supplement industry and consumer media, including First for Women, Woman’s World, Vogue, and Martha Stewart’s Whole Living website.

Marie A. Spano, MS, RD, CSCS, CSSD, is a nutrition communications expert and one of the country’s leading sports nutritionists. She enjoys the challenge of communicating scientific information in an approachable, understandable format to a variety of audiences. Spano has appeared on NBC, ABC, Fox and CBS affiliates, and authored hundreds of magazine articles and trade publication articles, written book chapters, marketing materials and web copy on a variety of topics ranging from novel food ingredients to preventing sarcopenia. She is the lead author of the college textbook Nutrition for Sport, Exercise and Health and co-editor of the NSCA’s Guide to Exercise and Sport Nutrition (Human Kinetics Publishers).  A three-sport collegiate athlete, Spano earned her master’s in nutrition from the University of Georgia and her bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro (UNCG). Spano is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). 

CEU Codes: 3070, 3100, 4040, 4180

Expanding Your Plate: Transitioning into Group Private Practice
When: Wednesday 10/2 @ 1pm ET
Speaker: Monica Auslander Moreno, MS, RDN 


Many practitioners realize that a sole proprietor practice can quickly lead to burnout, isn’t scalable, and can feel destabilizing and isolating. Adding more dietitians to your practice may be a solution but can seem daunting. This webinar will explain how to expand gracefully and intelligently without compromising what you’ve already built. 

Learning Objectives: By the end of this webinar participants should be able to….

  1. How to recruit talented RDs whose vision aligns with yours 
  2. Develop protocols and procedures for onboarding and maintenance
  3. Maintain employee satisfaction, retention, and foster growth

Speaker Bio:

Monica Auslander Moreno, MS, RDN is the founder of Essence Nutrition, a group practice of four registered dietitians in Miami. Her practice serves private clients, corporate clients, and designs nutrition programming for various restaurants, facilities, and schools. She provides nutrition services to the Miami Marlins and is the visiting dietitian specialist at Ocean Reef Resort and Club. Before opening her practice, she completed her undergraduate education at the University of Florida and earned her Master’s of Dietetics and Nutrition at Florida International University. She was previous employed as a clinical pediatric dietitian at Jackson Memorial Hospital and as an adjunct Nutrition professor at the University of Miami. Monica has spoken at national nutrition and wellness conferences, been featured in various print and media publications, and maintains membership within the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Eating Disorder Dietitian Professional Group, and Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group. She has been a member of the Junior League of Miami since 2011, wherein she volunteers on the Therapy Dogs committee, and is a past co-chair and current board member of Jewish Community Services of South Florida’s Young Alliance. 

CEU Codes: 7070, 7090, 1070

Webinar: Tracking Food Trends: How Nutrition Entrepreneurs Can Benefit and Leverage

Janet Helm, nutritionist, blogger ‘Nutrition Unplugged,’author ‘Cooking Light’s 12 Healthy Habits’

When: POSTPONED (New Date TBD)

Speaker: Janet Helm, MS, RDN


Keeping a close eye on food trends is important for nutrition entrepreneurs to stay relevant and build successful businesses. In-depth knowledge of trending flavors and cuisines can be valuable when pitching stories to the media, creating recipes and menus, securing assignments as a consultant, or tackling a new project at work. Developing online content using buzzed-about foods and ingredients can help increase discoverability and shareability. For all RDNs, it’s vital to know what consumers are talking about, how they shop and cook, and what they care about when it comes to food.  

Learning Objectives: By the end of this webinar participants should be able to….

  1. Review consumer insights and societal shifts that are changing food values, influencing nutrition attitudes and driving food trends.
  2. Distinguish between trends vs. fads, and identify ingredients, flavors and cuisines that are currently on trend.
  3. Identify timely and reliable sources for monitoring trends.

Speaker Bio:

Janet is the Chief Food and Nutrition Strategist in North America for Weber Shandwick, where she provides strategic counsel to a variety of food and beverage clients – including some of the country’s best-loved food brands and agricultural commodity boards.   

In addition to her career in public relations, Janet is the author of the blog Nutrition Unplugged, where she examines food trends and comments on the latest diet controversies and nutrition myths.  She is also the co-founder of the Nutrition Blog Network and Healthy Aperture, and is a freelance writer — contributing to U.S. News & World Report, WebMD,, Cooking Light and the Chicago Tribune. 

As one of the first RD bloggers, Janet has become a leader in the intersection of food/nutrition and social media. She is the co-author of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics practice paper on social media, and is a former national media spokesperson and recipient of the Academy’s media excellence award.  

Janet lives in Chicago with her husband and twin teenagers.

CEU Codes: 8015, 8060, 8090