Over the past few weeks, the Long Island Dietetic Association has launched it’s calendar of events for the 2013-2014 year. LIDA has many exciting events planned for the year including four webinars, participation in community events such as celebrating World Food Day and health fairs, the annual half day conference in the spring and concluding with the dinner meeting in May 2014. LIDA has experienced much success and member participation with webinars in the past hence the reason for including four programs this year. The first webinar was held on October 3, 2013: Recognizing Change Talk by Molly Kellogg, RD, LCSW. A synopsis of this presentation will be posted on this blog. Although webinars are becoming increasingly popular for not only LIDA members but Registered Dietitians and Dietetic Technicians, Registered throughout the country, it remains important for all of us to connect with each other on a personal basis. LIDA accomplished this on September 25, 2013 at the third annual networking mixer which was held at Mastersons Restaurant at the Huntington Hilton. The networking event was started several years ago as a way to get nutrition professionals and students together in order to promote LIDA membership and to have a chance for all of us to connect with our mentors, peers, and friends outside of the “continuing education” venue. This year the format was a bit different but the concept was the same. Attendees were placed into groups of four and suggested topics for conversation were provided. Each person in the group was given a chance to speak about their status as a nutrition professional/student and to discuss the following: what sparked their interest in nutrition; what was their first job; what did they think of the name change for our national organization; what accomplishment were they the most proud of (either as a student or nutrition professional); and how long have they been an LIDA member. These suggested questions were extremely thought provoking and it was so interesting and inspiring to hear the responses of our fellow colleagues. The crowd was extremely talkative and the room was buzzing with enthusiasm. After about twenty minutes all attendees went to different tables where they met three new people and additional discussions commenced. This was done a third time so for about an hour each person met with and conversed with a total of nine people. It was fun and exciting and truly a wonderful way to meet Long Island nutrition enthusiasts! LIDA would definitely like to continue with this tradition each year. With everyone experiencing extremely busy lives, it is difficult at times to leave the house or work for a night out; however this event is well worth the effort. We are looking forward to making this event a success each year and hope to see you there!
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Lisa Samuels is a Long Island native who is currently a Dietetic Intern at LIU Post. She has a B.A. in Art History from Ithaca College, a B.S. in Nutrition from LIU Post & was also a practicing baker for two years. Lisa has finally found her calling. Combining her love for food, writing, and nutrition, she strives to bring you the latest news in the field.
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