Wednesday, May 7, 2014

SCAN's 30th Annual Symposium Update

This June SCAN will be presenting its 30th Annual Symposium! The most comprehensive sports cardiovascular, wellness, and eating disorder symposium for RDNs available will be held June 27-29 in Huron, Ohio at the gorgeous Saw Mill Lake Resort on the shore of Lake Erie. The symposium offers the opportunity to earn up to 35 hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits through CDR, along with CPEs through other professional associations. While 26 credits are available through educational sessions, the symposium is unique in that an Advanced Practice Workshop will have 9 hands-on learning stations. Presentations will also emphasize career-building strategies, such as creating and expanding your practice, demystifying contracts and compensation, branding and how to promote yourself. You can register for symposium at
As the social media coordinator of SCAN’s sports nutrition subunit, SD-USA, I am happy to be able to highlight the expert speakers in the sports nutrition field that will be presenting cutting edge research, tactics and practices for not only sports dietitians, but also athletics professionals earning credits through ACE, ACSM and CHES.

In the first symposium post, we are highlighting David A. Wiss, MS, RDN, CPT. David is the founder of Nutrition In Recovery, which specializes in the nutritional management of: Food Addiction, Substance Abuse, Eating Disorders, Weight Management, Sports Nutrition, and General Wellness. Mr. Wiss has shared his expertise with a myriad of eating disorder and addiction facilities throughout the greater Los Angeles area. You can learn more about David, his expertise and services at

David will be presenting Muscle Dysmorphia: What Happens When Body Image Collides with Exercise, Nutrition, and Substance Abuse? on Friday, June 27. Below he answered some questions about his presentation and how it can benefit diet and fitness professionals.

Q: Is there any additional information you can provide about the topic you will be presenting about at the SCAN symposium this June?
A: The information will reflect the latest research in co-occurring eating disorders and substance use disorders. I recently published a chapter in an academic textbook on the co-occurrence in the male population. I have much insight and experience into this population, having a background as a private fitness trainer prior to becoming a dietitian. 

Q: Why do you feel it is essential for sports dietitians and future sports dietitians to hear the information in your presentation? 
A: Dietitians need to be able to screen for an array for behavioral health disorders. Muscle dysmorphia is often ego-syntonic, meaning that individuals see themselves as being healthy and are not inclined to seek help. It is a thin line between a healthy pursuit of fitness and psychiatric illness, and sports dietitians can often be on the front line to detect problems before they progress. 

Q: Can other health professionals who are not dietitians benefit from the information? If so, who and in what capacity?
A: The presentation will appeal to dietitians, fitness professionals, therapists, psychiatrists, or anyone who encounters Muscle Dysmorphia in the male population. The presentation will help professionals to detect potential dysfunction where they otherwise would not suspect it. Recommendations for assessment tools will be made. 

Q: Overall, what is the number one reason you think dietitians should attend SCAN symposium?
A: Dietitians should attend SCAN Symposium to stay-up-to-date on the latest research and continue building our professional networks.

You can register for this years’ SCAN Symposium at to benefit from David Wiss’ engaging presentation as well as many other presentations from expert speakers. Rates go up May 10, 2014 so register soon!

Kelly Jones, MS, RD, LDN, who teaches college nutrition courses and is a sports nutrition consultant, is the SD-USA social media coordinator. Follow SD-USA on twitter @Sportsdiet_USA and find us on Facebook and Pinterest!
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