Thursday, January 19, 2017


SCAN is pleased to extend the deadline for poster submissions until Monday, January 30th!  If you were thinking of submitting, but ran out of time, now is your chance to be included in our poster session!

Practitioners, graduate students, and undergraduate students are invited to submit abstracts for the 2017 Symposium poster sessions. Posters will be judged and cash prizes awarded to the first place poster of the following categories; Professional, Graduate and Undergraduate Student Students ​(category based on 2016-2017 SCAN/Academy Membership Status)

To submit your poster and for additional information on the 2017 Symposium click HERE

Monday, January 16, 2017

SCAN Symposium Featured Topic, High Fat Diets for Athletes: Time to Abandon High Fat Diets for Athletes - Time to Change Sports Nutrition Guidelines?

During three distinct periods, contemporary sports nutrition guidelines for carbohydrate (CHO)-focused eating for training and competition performance have been challenged by interest in low carbohydrate, high fat (LCHF) diets. Recently, ketogenic (<50 g/d CHO), high fat (80% of energy) diets have been enthusiastically promoted with testimonials of improved sports performance.  Indeed, cross-sectional studies of LCHF ultra-endurance athletes show remarkably high fat oxidation rates during moderate intensity exercise.  Furthermore, AIS research on elite race walkers found 3 weeks of LCHF greatly enhanced fat utilisation even at high intensities. However, penalties included reduced exercise economy and failure to improve performance after intensified training.  Current recommendations for an individualised and periodised approach to CHO availability during training and event- specific optimisation of muscle substrates during competition requires better promotion.  Nevertheless, there may be some scenarios where LCHF diets are of benefit, or at least are not detrimental, for sports performance.

This session will be presented by Louise Burke, OAM, PhD, BSc, Grad Dip Diet, FSMA, FACSM.  Learn more about this session, here

Monday, January 9, 2017

Nutrition Resolutions? Check Out These RD Blogs

2017 is still fresh with the usual resolutions regarding health and lifestyle.  Here are a few favorite blogs to check out that nourish the athlete, wellness junkie, or lover of great food photography.  These blogs are also promoting a non-diet approach with respect to mindful eating we can all appreciate.  Have any blogs you'd like to see featured? Email  

Lori is a Columbus, Ohio based RD (I found out about her blog via a postcard lying around my local Starbucks one Saturday morning) who's also an elite cyclist and marathon runner.  She beautifully illustrates produce in a lot of her work making it easier to add more colorful produce in the middle of winter.  

One of my favorite non-nutrition blogs is Cupcakes and Cashmere that focuses on food, entertaining, fashion, and makeup.  Recently, they've added a dietitian and that's where I started following Shira, who's based in California.  

Becca is a Montana based dietitian who beautifully illustrates how easy it is to eat better.  I found her blog when I discovered The Minimalists.

Kylie has a great blog that promotes positive body image and getting rid of diets to find what works for you.  She also has some amazing infographics on improving your relationship with food.  

Gina Volsko MS, RDN, LD is a Columbus based dietitian and health data analyst.  She's also the blog coordinator for SCAN, feel free to send her an email for more information on becoming a SCAN blogger,  Feel free to follow her antics on Instagram, @gina.koko.

Monday, January 2, 2017

SCAN 2017: Syncing Nutrition Science & Practice: ADVANCING KNOWLEDGE AND BUILDING SKILLS

Click here for more information on session topics for this year's SCAN symposium.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Enjoying the Season, A Mindful Nutrition Round Up

Seasons greetings!  This is a magical time of year for many and also a potentially stressful time of year for those of us trying to hang on to healthy habits.  
So, how do you enjoy the season, the food, and the companionship without guilt?  Does it involve hours at the gym or a Spartan diet the rest of the week?  Here is a round up on some great holiday eating help to enjoy the last month of the year.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Holiday Over-Eating: Nip it in the bud

We’ve all been there before. At our family holiday party with our elastic waistband pants on and ready to indulge in the buffet style feast. It always seems like a great idea until the food hangover hits and your stomach feels like it could explode and walking seems impossible. Why do we do this to ourselves each year when we know the awful outcomes? Fatigue, cramping, bloated, guilt, and holding up the line for the bathroom. This holiday season nip over-eating in the bud with these simple and useful tips.

  1. Never go to a party on an empty stomach. You may think you’re “saving calories” by skipping a few meals throughout the day knowing you have a party at night but you’re setting yourself up to consume more calories and overeat.
  2. Stay hydrated. Often we make the mistake of being hungry when really we are just thirsty or dehydrated. Go easy on the eggnog, Starbucks lattes, and alcohol beverages.
  3. Portion control! While portion control is always important, it seems to be pushed to the wayside during the holiday season. Moderation is key.
  4. Eat slowly. It takes anywhere from 10-20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain that you are full. Eat slowly, take small bites, create conversation with those are you, or help with the dishes.
  5. Walk it off. So a few years back my entire family went to Charleston, South Carolina for Thanksgiving. It was quite warm in Charleston compared to what we were use to with Thanksgiving in Cincinnati each year. So my aunt insisted we all go on a walk after we stuffed our faces with our Thanksgiving meal. Initially, it received quite a bit of push back hence the name Charleston death march but it has quickly become a new and accepted tradition in our family. Whatever you do, just be active! Walk, clean dishes, run, play football, etc.
  6. H.A.L.T. Lastly think of the acronym H.A.L.T.
    1. H – Am I really hungry?
    2. A – Anxious or angry. Ask yourself if you are anxious, angry, stressed or another emotional reason?
    3. L – Lonely. Am I just lonely or bored?
    4. T – Tired. Am I tried or sleep deprived?
Think of the real reason you are eating. Is it because you haven’t consumed food or water in over 4-5 hours and are physically hungry? Or is it because the food is just there or you’re emotionally eating?

Follow these helpful tips and you won’t have to worry about those extra pounds that creep up on you during the holiday season! Remember, you ARE in control this holiday season.

Allison Bokenkotter is an RDN in Cincinnati.  In addition, she’s the diversity/national nutrition month chair for the Greater Cincinnati Dietetic Association.  You can find her on LinkedIn: Allison Bokenkotter. 

Monday, December 5, 2016

A Call For Posts

Interested in being a SCAN blogger?  Want to increase your online exposure?  E-mail SCAN blog coordinator, Gina at for more information.