Penny Kris-Etherton, PhD, RD
3 Sessions
Monday, Oct 5, 2015
8:00 am –  9:30 am
Medical Nutrition Therapy
Room 104
Emerging evidence suggests that certain foods and their bioactive components can reduce blood pressure in individuals with high blood pressure through improvements in vascular function. This session will provide an overview of the role of vascular function in hypertension. Additionally, research findings supporting the use of functional foods and their bioactive components in the prevention and treatment of hypertension will be presented with implications for medical nutrition therapy.

Describe the role of vascular function in hypertension and overall cardiovascular health.

Discuss evidence supporting the role of functional foods and their bioactive components in improving blood pressure and overall vascular function.

Provide evidence-based recommendations for clients and/or patients regarding the use of functional foods and their bioactive components in preventing and managing hypertension and maintaining overall vascular health.
Member Price: $32.00
7:00 pm –  7:00 pm
Wellness and Prevention
Thomas Murphy Ballroom 1-2

A new body of research is developing that underscores the benefits of plant proteins and their effect on the prevention of heart disease, diabetes and possibly even cancer. Foods high in plant proteins provide a potent nutrient mixture to promote health, improve dietary patterns, and improve nutritional status in a variety of ways. This new research has implications for how diet recommendations should be implemented.


  • Discuss the latest research on plant protein and the special role they can play in preventing risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and possibly some cancers.
  • Discuss the emerging research on the optimal distribution of protein, carbohydrate and fats in the diet and, in particular, how plant protein can improve both macro- and micronutrient levels.
  • Discuss the role of plant proteins in healthier dietary patterns and how they fit into the latest dietary recommendations to promote healthier weight management..


Member Price: $27.00
Sunday, Oct 20, 2013
3:30 pm –  5:00 pm
Healthy Aging across the Life Span
Grand Ballroom B
In 2013, the results of a large intervention trial on the Mediterranean diet (PREDIMED) and the relationship between a diet high in unsaturated fatty acids from food sources and reduced risk of stroke, heart attacks and death in high risk individuals gained the attention of the public health community around the globe. This session will examine the new research, Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease with a Mediterranean Diet, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, and new research out of Penn State on the unique emerging role of unsaturated fats from whole foods in reducing risk of heart disease and stroke. Speakers will help to translate the findings into practice for the benefit of public health.

  • Apply findings from two new impactful research studies that isolate foods high in unsaturated fats for their unique role in risk reduction for heart disease and stroke, two ofAmerican Heart Association guidelines for heart-healthy eating patterns.
  • Identify the main dietary sources of unsaturated fatty acids and communicate the positive and important role they can play in cardiovascular health.
  • Develop realistic heart healthy eating plans for clients that will balance taste and flavor with the nutritional parameters of the latest authoritative guidance.
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