12-Part Series:

A 17 Credit Self-Study CE activity for Dietitians

Part 1

Let Them Fat in Peace: Helping Fat Clients Reach Movement Goals through a Lived Experience Approach

Kanoelani Patterson, LMSW



This session will explore ways nutrition professionals can support fat / higher-weight clients with their movement goals by making space for internally directed movement. Kanolelani will discuss the impact of experiencing weight stigma and ways to support body appreciation in a body-shaming culture. Helpful strategies for professionals working with higher weight active/competitive clients will be included.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define how the experience of fatphobia impacts clients’ ability to be physically active.
  • Describe at least 3 ways in which professionals can support fat clients/athletes who are physically active or competing in the sport.
  • Identify ways in which movement can help fat clients connect with their bodies.

Kanoelani Patterson (she/her) is 40 years old living Black & fat-positive powerlifter living in Lawton, OK. She currently holds a master’s degree in social work (MSW) & is a licensed master’s social worker (LMSW) and is under clinical supervision for licensure in social work. She currently works in a community mental health setting as a children’s therapist & supervisor/team lead. Her clinical focus is children/teens and families. Social work & social justice & marginalized communities have her heart. She practices an anti-diet philosophy from a liberationist framework & believes you can be active without striving for intentional weight loss. She intuitively eats and believes that food is more than calories and fuel: food is culture, food is love, food is memories, etc. She believes freedom can be found in movement & food but to do that we have to decolonize the way we view the two. WE ARE ENOUGH AS WE ARE & should be affirmed as such. In her spare time, Kanoelani likes to spend time with her 8-year-old Black Labrador Retriever named Kaimana and her furry niece and nephew owned by her older sister. Kanoelani is an animal lover, loves to travel, is a foodie, and is a competitive powerlifter.

Part 2

Nutrition Counseling with Artistic Athletes Recovering from Eating Disorders from a HAES approach

Fumi Somehara, APD, CEDD (she/her)

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Is dance a sport, or an art? It’s both. In this session, participants are invited to explore the unique intersection of athleticism and artistry with which dancers dance, and how dietitians can support dancers in their eating disorders recovery. The session will explore individual and systemic factors that make dancers vulnerable to eating disorders; common nutritional concerns in dancers; how to set up, and work with, a team including doctors, therapists, parents, and dance teachers; tools that the team can utilize to determine dancers’ return to, or participation in, dance; and resources that can support dancers’ recovery journey.

Learning objectives:

  • Describe the common factors that make dancers vulnerable to eating disorders.
  • Understand the scope of dietitians working with dancers in eating disorders recovery.
  • Understand how to utilize, and work as, a team to support dancers’ health and wellbeing.
  • Describe how to address common nutritional concerns in the context of dancers with eating disorders.
  • Identify resources that help support treatment decision-making for dancers’ participation in dance during recovery.
  • List some tools or resources that dietitians may use to support their dietetic treatment of dancers with eating disorders.

Fumi is a Japanese-Australian dietitian and director of DDD Centre for Recovery (formerly Dancers Don’t Diet), a private practice in Sydney, Australia. She enjoys working with dancers and performing artists, especially in supporting their recovery from eating disorders and helping them develop a more peaceful relationship with food and their body. Fumi understands the exclusive nature of the dance industry and is passionate about making positive changes for a more inclusive space. With social justice at the core of her works, Fumi brings curiosity and deep compassion to the field of eating disorders treatment and prevention.

Part 3

Protein and carbohydrate recommendations for athletes: the current state of the literature

Dr. Sara Oikawa

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The consumption of sufficient protein and carbohydrates are required for optimal athletic performance. In this course, Dr. Sara Oikawa will provide an overview of skeletal muscle protein metabolism and an update on current protein recommendations for athletes to support muscle growth and remodeling. She will also discuss carbohydrate intake recommendations for athletes prior to, during, and following exercise.

Learning objectives:

  • To understand the role of protein in skeletal muscle growth and remodeling and how it can benefit athletic performance
  • To understand why there is a need to differentiate protein recommendations for athletes
  • Discuss the carbohydrates as a fuel source during exercise and the recommendations for athletes before, during, and after exercise

Sara Oikawa is an R&D Senior Scientist at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI) satellite lab at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.  Sara earned her Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, Masters of Science in Kinesiology, and her Ph.D. in Kinesiology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. Sara has worked with a wide variety of populations including healthy young and older adults, pregnant women, cardiovascular rehabilitation patients, and elite athletes. She has also investigated several physical activity models such as resistance exercise, inactivity and HIIT, to investigate skeletal muscle protein metabolism. Specifically, Sara is interested in the impact of dietary protein quality on muscle protein synthesis through alterations in physical activity.

In her role at GSSI, Sara primarily supports internal research initiatives, as well as provides support for protein-related claims and strategy. In her spare time, Sara enjoys traveling, hiking, cooking, and watching Toronto-based sports teams.

Part 4

Fueling Bodies with different physical abilities: Best practices for nutrition support for clients who live with or have suffered ability changes or injuries

Liz Dunn, MS, RD, LDN

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Disabilities can not only affect how one moves, but nearly all other aspects of life as well. Due to the wide variety of disabilities that can occur, the role of a registered dietitian can vary greatly when working with this population. Clients may be facing numerous barriers when it comes to food access and preparation, as well as barriers participating in activities of daily living and exercise. This presentation will focus on physical disabilities, with an emphasis on spinal cord injuries.

Learning objectives

  1.  Identify at least two ways how disabilities can affect access to food
  2. Identify two professions registered dietitians can work with to help disabled individuals meet nutrition or movement goals
  3. Describe why hydration is incredibly important for some people with disabilities

Liz Dunn is a registered dietitian with a focus on disability and adaptive athletes. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh coordinated master’s program in nutrition and dietetics. Currently, Liz is a member of the 2022 USA Wheelchair Rugby training team. In addition to playing wheelchair rugby, Liz works as a research associate with the University of Pittsburgh Model Center On Spinal Cord Injury.

Some of her athletic accomplishments include recent travel to represent the United States at the World Wheelchair Rugby Americas Championship in Medellin, Colombia. The team placed first, winning gold and qualifying for the World Championships in Denmark this fall. She also served as an alternate for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and was the first female named to the USAWR training team during a Paralympic year.

Part 5

On the Dietitian’s Radar: Injury Prevention, Recovery and Nutrition-Related Medical Considerations in Sport

Dr. Kathryn Ackerman, MD, MPH, FACSM

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This talk will discuss eating disorders, disordered eating, Female Athlete Triad, and Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S) as they pertain to athletes. As a sports endocrinologist, Dr. Ackerman has worked with thousands of athletes from the pediatric to masters level in their struggle with low energy availability. She will discuss signs and symptoms of low energy availability in athletes and some of the common presentations in a sports clinic or athletic team setting. She will highlight the important role sports RDs play in a RED-S treatment team and some practical examples of interdisciplinary RED-S care.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe health and performances consequences of Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S)
  2. Explain how the RED-S CAT can be used as a risk assessment tool with caveats
  3. Describe various interdisciplinary treatment approaches to low energy availability, eating disorders, disordered eating, and RED-S in athletes of different ages, levels of competition, and diagnosis severity

Kathryn (Kate) Ackerman, MD, MPH, FACSM is a former national team lightweight rower, the current chair of the USRowing Medical and Sports Science Committee, and a co-opted member of the World Rowing Medical Commission. She is board certified in internal medicine, sports medicine, and endocrinology. She is an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and founded and directs the Female Athlete Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, where her program treats girls and women of all ages. She has published over 150 articles and book chapters pertaining to sports endocrinology and female athletes, and works as a consultant for the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee as well as the International Olympic Committee on female athlete health-related issues. She is working with multiple sports organizations to help them develop their Transgender and Differences in Sexual Development Inclusion Policies. She recently became a member of the National Leadership Council of the Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance, where she and her colleagues were awarded $220mill to advance human health and performance.

Part 6

Understanding the Etiology of REDS (Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport) and Applying the “All In” Principles of Hypothalamic Amenorrhea (HA) Recovery

Dr. Nicola Sykes (Rinaldi)

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In this webinar, Dr. Sykes, author of the book No Period. Now What?, shares knowledge and insight on hypothalamic amenorrhea (HA), a component of Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport. We will cover the basics of HA, including etiology and diagnosis, then go over the protocol for recovery and the factors that are most important. We’ll talk about changes in food, exercise, and stress that can be helpful, as well as the best ways for dietitians and medical professionals to support clients/patients through the process. Finally, we will discuss some common and less common recovery experiences.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe and understand hypothalamic amenorrhea, diagnosis, and etiologies
  2. Be able to apply the “all in” principles when working with clients (Nutrition guidance, Exercise guidance, and Understanding and eliminating common stressors)
  3. Recognize common pitfalls in the process of recovery, as well as strategies for navigating these challenges

Dr. Nicola Sykes (Rinaldi) has a PhD in biology from MIT. Since experiencing hypothalamic amenorrhea (missing periods) herself, Dr. Sykes has been on a mission to spread awareness of the condition and how to recover. In 2016, she published the book No Period. Now What?, updated in March 2019 to be more Health At Every Size aligned. This book is a comprehensive resource that includes much of the medical and scientific research that underlies our current understanding of the triggers for amenorrhea, what steps to take for recovery, and treatments to use for recovery and pregnancy as needed. In addition, Dr. Sykes performed the largest survey to date of women who likewise experienced amenorrhea and includes results from the survey answering many of the common questions women have. Since publishing No Period. Now What?, Dr. Rinaldi has appeared as a guest on dozens of podcasts, attended and presented at industry conferences, as well as participated in ongoing academic research studies. She now also works with clients on period recovery and getting pregnant.

Part 7

RED-S in Olympic Sport: Current Practices, Lessons Learned, & Next Steps

Megan Chacosky MS, RD, CSSD and Alicia Kendig Glass, MS, RD, CSSD

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A review of current evidence-based research in supporting RED-S and ED spectrum cases among international Olympic athlete populations, along with athlete care experiences from Team USA Summer and Winter Olympic dietitians, Alicia Glass and Megan Chacosky. In addition to lessons learned, continued areas for improved inclusivity and collaborative RED-S and ED support practices in sport settings will be shared.

Learning objectives:

  1. Understand existing guidelines for RED-S/ED/DE identification, monitoring, and return to sports practices within international Olympic sports communities
  2. Gain further insight into elite sports settings’ challenges to reducing athlete RED-S/ED/DE risk and suggested tactics to improve methods of identifying, monitoring, and returning athletes to full health
  3. Summarize existing gaps in RED-S/ED/DE protocol to address spectrums of athletes’ sport, weight, shape, size, and gender

Megan Chacosky MS, RD, CSSD has supported US Winter Olympic sport teams for 8 years as a sport dietitian and performance chef; her roles have directly supported US Biathlon, USA Bobsled & Skeleton, USA Luge, USA Figure Skating, and US Ski & Snowboard teams with sport performance nutrition applications and travel chef provisions throughout athlete training and competition phases. Megan has impacted nutrition planning and execution in the 2018 PyeongChang and 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games. She also serves as a member of the USOPC Nutrition team, collaborating with fellow Olympic dietitians and contributing to internal educational documents, dietetic protocols, and performance nutrition best practices. Megan is passionate about using sport nutrition practices to encourage not just peak performance, but also sustainable, positive relationships with food and body image within athlete populations.

Alicia Kendig Glass, MS, RD, CSSD, USOC Senior Sport Dietitian, Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics

Alicia Glass is in her 11th year working for United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee. She provides nutrition support and services at home and on the road during domestic and international travel for the USA Track and Field and USA Swimming National teams and athletes. Alicia was fundamental in the nutrition planning and on the ground sport nutrition support at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, 2016 Rio Summer Olympics and led Team USAs Sport Nutrition dept in their planning for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games.  Before coming to the USOPC, Alicia spent numerous years at the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to educate athletes on both sport nutrition and the risks associated with dietary supplement use.

Glass holds a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and a master’s degree in public health nutrition from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Part 8

Returning from the Sideline: Introducing the Safe Exercise at Every Stage Athletes Guideline

Danika Quesnel M.Sc, CSEP-CPT

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Athletes are at heightened risk of developing an eating disorder, yet there is little information about adapting treatment to this unique population. Supporting athletes with an eating disorder to return to sport includes both managing medical and psychological risk as well as the challenges of returning to training and competition. This presentation will provide an overview of the complex role of exercise in eating disorder symptoms for athlete populations, introduce the Safe Exercise at Every Stage – Athlete Guideline, and include strategies to implement SEES-A into clinical practice. This presentation aims to provide attendees with greater confidence in helping athlete move from the sidelines to their sport in a healthful and fulfilling way.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand dysfunctional exercise in athletes with eating disorders
  2. Discuss the development of a novel clinical tool (SEES-A) for helping athletes safely engage in returning to their sport during and after ED treatment
  3. Demonstrate the use of SEES-A for determining the safe progression for returning to sport

Danika obtained a degree in Kinesiology / Human Kinetics with a specialty in Health Promotion and a certification in Personal Training for the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology. Following this, she completed her Master’s in Interdisciplinary Studies between Health Sciences and Psychology at the University of British Columbia, in which her research focused on the role of exercise in the treatment of eating disorders. Since the completion of her MSc, Danika has conducted research on exercise and eating disorders internationally, contributing to peer review publications to the field of exercise and eating disorders, perfectionism, body image and problematic internet use. Danika has presented as guest speaker, as well as achieved national recognition for her contributions to the field of exercise and eating disorder. She is currently undertaking her graduate studies in Clinical Psychology at Western University.

Part 9

Inclusive Counseling for Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Athletes

Jacs Scheinman RDN, LDN (they/he)

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This recorded webinar focuses on understanding and enhancing the experiences of LGBTQ+ athletes in all levels of sport. It will dive into the systemic barriers in place that impede upon both athletic participation and performance for people all across the LGBTQ+ spectrum. By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to provide queer athletes with conscious, celebratory care and ultimately form a space of acceptance and advocacy within their dietetics practice.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of pertinent definitions regarding gender and sexuality.
  2. Utilize gender-affirming language in their practice.
  3. Identify barriers to athletic involvement and performance for LGBTQ+ athletes.
  4. Discuss the intersection and prevalence of eating disorders amongst LGBTQ+ athletes.
  5. Acknowledge clinician oversights and challenge implicit bias towards LGBTQ+ individuals.
  6. Provide affirming, celebratory nutrition counseling to advocate for queer athletes.

Jacs Scheinman graduated from Dominican University with a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics. They went on to complete their post-baccalaureate studies through Montana State University in Great Falls and Bozeman, MT. After graduating, Jacs began working as a registered dietitian in eating disorder treatment at the outpatient and intensive outpatient levels. As a transgender dietitian, Jacs has a deep understanding of the specific nutrition needs that present within the LGBTQ+ community. He is uniquely positioned to treat those who struggle with gender dysphoria, body dysmorphia, and other gender-related nutrition and body concerns. Jacs strives to provide culturally competent care in support of body inclusivity and gentle nutrition. When they aren’t talking about nutrition, Jacs enjoys rock climbing, pole dancing, and drawing.

Part 10

Performance Nutrition Tidbits: Timing, Adequacy, Hydration and Supplements.

Rasa Troup, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, OL

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This presentation will address a few important aspects of sports/performance nutrition: timing, adequacy, hydration, and supplements. Each of these aspects will be approached from the lens of the practitioner, providing practical suggestions to help practitioners to support athletes and performers of all levels and walks of life in their journey to fuel their bodies well.

Learning objectives:

After this presentation practitioners will be able to:

  • Identify at least 3 areas of struggle that athletes and performers experience in fueling their bodies in training and performance.
  • Learn at least 2 strategies to help athletes and performers to improve their practice of performance nutrition
  • Describe, and understand at least 1 strategy used by sports dietitians to fuel and hydrate athletes before, during and after their training/performance.
  • Understand at least 1 supplement regulation for different sports organizations in the USA and in the world.

Rasa Troup is a veteran sports dietitian in private practice. Some of Rasa’s former experiences in sports and performance nutrition come from her past work with the University of Minnesota Athletics, The Emily Program (eating disorder clinic), Vivernat (PT clinic), the Minnesota Vikings, the Minnesota Twins, and the University of Minnesota Physicians. Rasa is a Registered Dietitian with her Masters of Science degree in nutrition and her Bachelors of Art degree in Physiology from the University of Minnesota.

Rasa is a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD), ISAK 2 Certified Anthropometrist, and Olympian (OLY). She has been working in the area of nutrition for over 20 years and values her experiences in different areas of the nutrition field that led her to practice from an anti-diet approach with humans in various walks of life and athletes of all abilities from amateur to professional.
Her passion is to bring more joy, passion, compassion, and love to human lives by forming respect, care, attunement to inner wisdom and inner values of our bodies, our communities and our planet.

Part 11

Pathway to the Pros: Working with elite athletes as a sports dietitian

Oluremi Famodu-Jackson PhD, RDN, CSSD, LDN, CLT

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This session will provide a personal path on what it took to work with professional athletes and what a typical work week looks like to provide nutrition care to elite athletes. The session will detail ways to expand experience and skill set in order to achieve “buy-in” within the high performance setting. 

Learning objectives:

  1. Identify tasks and jobs as the nutrition professional that are separate from those of other multidisciplinary team members within the elite setting
  2. Understand enablers and barriers to nutritional adherence in a high performance setting
  3. Provide examples of practical experience in order to achieve success as a RD working with professional athletes

Dr. Oluremi (Remi) Famodu-Jackson serves as the Sports Dietitian with the Minnesota Vikings. While attending graduate school at West Virginia University, she studied sleep and its impact on performance and nutrition among female athletes, in addition to the effects of a healthy diet on gut bacteria in young adults. At WV she worked alongside the sports dietitian to help serve the student-athlete nutritional needs, worked in a small bed hospital, and was the dietitian for two weight management clinics. Before settling into a more permanent career outside of academics, Oluremi was a post-doctoral student at the University of Florida before becoming TCO’s first full-time dietitian. Currently she oversees 4 full-time and one-part time dietitians. Her current specialties include nutrition for exercise/sport, food sensitivities, and overall quality of life. Outside of work, Remi enjoys spending time with her family, including her 2 year old daughter, as well as spending time with her immediate family in their soccer business.

Part 12

Plant Based Performance Nutrition

Mary Ellen Kelly, MS, RD, CSSD

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This presentation will explore foundational principles of vegan and vegetarian fueling strategies for athletes and active individuals. Important considerations for individuals following these eating patterns will be identified and safe dietary supplementation options will be explored Supporting Vegan and Vegetarian Athletes for Sports Performance

Learning objectives:

  • Introduce foundational principles of plant-based performance nutrition for athletes and active individuals
  • Identify important considerations for athletes and active individuals following vegan and vegetarian eating patterns
  • Explore safe dietary supplementation options for vegan and vegetarian eating patterns

Mary Ellen Kelly is credentialed as a registered dietitian (RD) and board-certified sports dietitian (CSSD). She holds a bachelor’s of science in nutrition from Boston University, where she was a 4-year member of the NCAA Division 1 varsity women’s track and field team. She earned her master’s degree in clinical nutrition from New York University and completed her clinical training at the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center (JJPVA) in Bronx, New York.

In 2018 Mary Ellen Kelly founded Fuel Forward, private practice and nutrition consulting business offering nutrition-related speaking, writing, consulting, and coaching for teams, currently as a WNBA dietitian, as well as for groups and individuals. Mary Ellen is the Manager of the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association (CPSDA) Sports Nutrition Immersion Program (SNIP) fellowship. She is also currently an Adjunct Faculty for Boston University. In 2014 she was hired into a full-time team dietitian role in the National Football League (NFL) with the Miami Dolphins and worked with them for over three years. Mary Ellen was the Head Sports Nutritionist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and prior to UNC, she served as the Campus Dietitian/Sports Nutritionist at St. John’s University in Queens, NY. She began her career as a staff dietitian at the JJPVA.


All materials and videos will be provided to students via Teachable. Course expires for CE credit through CDR on 9/15/25.

Series access includes:

  • Downloads and Handouts
  • 17 CE Credits for registered dietitians
  • Readings and resources
  • Access to watch and re-watch the videos as many times as you need.


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