Just the Facts: Why the Nutrition Facts Label Changes and How to Use it to Make Healthier Choices

Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 2:00 pm EST

Join Allison Stowell and Kitty Broihier for this free, one-hour webinar. CPE credit is available for Registered Dietitians and Dietetic Technicians, Registered.

Are you wondering what to make of the FDA’s recent changes to the Nutrition Facts label? The label, which has been stable since 1994, may seem like an unchanging fact of consuming packaged food in the U.S., but the format and required information are determined by the same evolving scientific consensus that drives the Guiding Stars algorithm. Join us to explore the research and thinking that leads to changes in the U.S. Nutrition Facts label. With most food manufacturers updating packaging to meet the January 2020 deadline to use the updated Nutrition Facts label, it’s essential that those in the nutrition field can speak to and highlight changes to consumers, patients and others.

Participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the process the FDA engages in with the public prior to updating the Nutrition Facts label
  • Explain how research and the shifting needs of our population influence the Nutrition Facts label
  • Highlight important changes to the Nutrition Facts label
  • Share science and education gained with patients, clients, colleagues, students and others to increase their knowledge and understanding of the connection between the Nutrition Facts label and public health.

This webinar is approved for one CPE credit to meet learning codes 4030, 4000, and 2090.

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Dietitian Allison Stowell
Allison Stowell, MS, RD, CDN
Guiding Stars Dietitian

Allison uses her background as a food and nutrition expert to help others adopt healthier living. Frequently asked to contribute to nutrition, wellness and family life blogs and publications. She also frequently speaks to community groups and leads seminars on nutrition, balanced diet and disease prevention. As Guiding Stars’ Consulting Dietitian, Allison supports Guiding Stars partners in using the Guiding Stars nutritional algorithm to educate the communities they serve.

Her thoughts on nutrition can be also found in her Guiding Stars health and wellness blog. Allison also serves as a Retail Dietitian for Hannaford Supermarket, a Guiding Stars retail partner. Her professional journey also includes maintaining a private practice, which emphasizes a non-diet approach and increasing mindful eating as the key to making better food choices and healthy living. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, two young children and her dog Josie.

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Kitty Broihier, MS, RD, LD
Kitty Broihier, MS, RD, LD
Scientific Advisor

Kitty is a member of the Guiding Stars Scientific Advisory Panel, a panel of experts in the fields of nutrition and public health, formed to develop a set of criteria which resulted in the design of a now patented algorithm used to analyze food products. Kitty is also a food and nutrition communications expert and the owner of NutriComm Inc., a marketing and communications company that services food manufacturers, trade groups and public relations firms nationwide.

Previously on the editorial staff at Good Housekeeping magazine, she has written many magazine articles and contributes regularly to a variety of publications and websites, including the Guiding Stars blog. Kitty is also the co-author of several cookbooks. A member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and several of the association’s practice groups, she served two terms of service as the president of the Maine Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Kitty is also an adjunct instructor in the nutrition department at Southern Maine Community College. A mother to two young adults, she resides in South Portland, Maine with her husband.

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