It is estimated that in the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life. The health consequences can be complex and all too often, devastating. Far more pervasive, however, is a condition identified as “Disordered Eating.” Though less severe, individuals demonstrating an unhealthy relationship with food and weight may still be at risk both physically and emotionally.
The Department of Kinesiology and Health (KNH) explored this growing concern in its eighth semi-annual Nutrition Conference, “Nutrition in Disordered Eating,” in October, 2014.
Among the guest speakers were several Miami alumni, including Caitlin Cloutier ’09, R.D., Mary Pat Turon-Findley ’83, R.D., Tricia Jonson ’91, RN, and Jessica Jones-Hughes ’07.
The conference got off to a healthy start with Sunrise Yoga in the Phillips Hall Dance Studio, followed by a nutritious breakfast prepared by KNH dietetics students. Lecture topics included “Twice as Much Nutrition Advice: Mindful Eating” from Cluxton Consulting and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital’s presentation on “Disordered Eating.”
Food and Nutrition Expo: At lunchtime, KNH students served up assorted fresh vegetables, red pepper hummus, fruit kabobs, vegetable and chili soup, followed by gluten-free trail mix. Poster presentations provided information on Disordered Eating along with details on healthcare career and internship opportunities.
Afternoon events included the 1809 EHS Alumni Guest Panel, comprised of Jessica Jones-Hughes ’07, Brian Dean ’06 and Erin Power Patterson ’06. The panel discussed “Careers at EHS” followed by a Q&A session with attendees. (Learn more about these outstanding young alumni in this newsletter feature.)
The conference, which was open and free to the public, drew students, faculty, and staff campus-wide, as well as visiting alumni and community members.
Our thanks go out to our alumni, faculty, staff, attendees and sponsors for making this event another huge success for KNH, with special recognition to clinical faculty member Nancy Parkinson (Dietetics) for her inspiration, organization and leadership.