This last weekend some of the University of Maryland College Park interns were given the opportunity to volunteer in exchange for free admission to the conference. I was so excited and have been looking forward to this conference for months. As some may know, I am very passionate and interested in sports nutrition so this was a perfect symposium for me to attend, not to mention that I am also a member of the SCAN DPG.
For those of you who are not familiar with SCAN, members of Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) are “experts in nutrition for athletic performance, fitness and weight management, cardiovascular health, wellness, and in the prevention and treatment disordered eating and eating disorders.” 30 years ago SCAN started off to a slow start but grew exponentially with support every year and is now the largest DPG in the Academy with almost 7,000 members and just celebrated its 28th national symposium. This year’s symposium was in Baltimore and brought out over 400 people from all over the country.
My top 2 favorite presentations were:
· “Train to Manage Pain: How the Foods We Eat Can Optimize Exercise Recovery” by Leslie Bonci MPH, RD, CSSD, Kerry Keuhl, MD, DrPH, and Leanne Shear
· “Fueling for Power and Strength” by Paul Goldberg, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS
Top 5 Quotes of the weekend:
· “To train with pain sends athletes down the drain” –Leslie Bonci
· "Eat food with color in it, that's not a skittle" –Leslie Bonci
· "The tsunami in the ocean is poor blood glucose control, diet and exercise are the prevention" –James Rippe
· “Discipline is a muscle and it fatigues” –Dan Buettner
· “You can't spell ‘nerd’ without RD” –Jon Vredenburg
My classmates and I tweeted throughout the whole symposium with the designated hashtag of #SCANsymposium. I think I logged over 85 tweets full of information from the presentations, quotes, pictures, and comments about exciting updates from SCAN. For more information on this follow me @ErikaWincheski or any of my classmates who also joined ( @SashaBaRD, @rccoury, @AngelaAFarris, and @JoyceLHornick).
I cannot wait until next year’s symposium in Chicago!