Past meetings:

 October 24, 2017

Topic: Colors Program

Presenters: Beth Beckett RDN, CSO, LD and Mary Beth Peiffer RDN, LD

Location: Nassif Community Cancer Center, 202 10th St SE # 285, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

April 11, 2017

Topic: Benefits of Dairy & Dan and Debbie’s Creamery Tour

Presenter: Alyson Fendrick, RDN, LD

Location: Dan and Debbie’s Creamery, 1600 Main Street, Ely, Iowa 52227

March 14, 2017 

Topic: Evidence-Based Medical Nutrition Therapy Updates from the Simplified Diet Manual 12th edition

Presenter: Paula Watkins, RDN, LD, CDE

Location: Coralville Public Library, 1401 5th St, Coralville

 February 7th, 2017

Topic: Artificial Sweeteners

Presenter: Dr.Vanessa Curtis

Location: Coralville Public Library, 1401 5th St, Coralville

December 13th, 2016

Topic: YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

Presenter: Joyce Sankey, RDN, LD

Location: YMCA at Mercy Health Plaza, 5164 Council St NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

November 15th, 2016

Topic: End of Life Nutrition

Presenter: Bethany Sheppard RDN, LD

Location: Mercy’s Dennis and Donna Oldhorf Hospice House, 315 18th Ave, Hiawatha, IA 52233

October 11th, 2016

Topic: Social/networking meeting

Location: Vito’s on 965, 1295 Jordan St, North Liberty, IA

September 13th, 2016

Topic: Kids Eat Right-Team Nutrition program

Presenter: Diane Duncan-Goldsmith MD, RDN, LD

Place: Coralville Public Library, 1401 5th St, Coralville

May 11th, 2016

Topic: Social/networking meeting

Place: Cedar Ridge Winery, Swisher

April 12th, 2016

Presenter: Peggy Lyon, MA, RDN, LD

Topic: Culture of Poverty and Communication Styles

Place: Coralville Public Library, 1401 5th St, Coralville

March 8th, 2016 

Presenter: Sue Clarahan RD, LD, CEDRD

Topic:  Binge Eating Disorders & Health at Every Size

Place: Coralville Public Library, 1401 5th St, Coralville

February 9th, 2016 

Presenter: Bob Hemesath, current President of the Iowa Corn Growers Association

Topic: Modern Farming and Food Production

Place: Mercy Hospital, 701 10th Street SE, Cedar Rapids

December 8th, 2015

Presenter: Paula Watkins, RD, LD, CDE

Topic: Diabetes Medications Update for Dietitians

Place: Coralville Public Library, 1401 5th St, Coralville


  1. State five causes of high blood sugars in type 2 diabetes.
  2. State which diabetes medicine may contribute to Vitamin B12 deficiency.
  3. Explain one advantage of analog insulin over human insulin.
  4. State which class of diabetes medicine is not recommended in persons with gastroparesis.
  5. State which class of oral diabetes medicine would not be recommended for persons who skip meals.
  6. State which class of diabetes medicine is contraindicated in heart failure.

November 10th, 2015 

Presenter: HyVee Dietitian, Jullie Gallagher, MS, RD, LD, and HyVee Chef Tracy

Topic: Gluten Free Holiday Meal cooking demonstration

Place:  HyVee, 1720 Waterfront Dr., Iowa City

September 29th, 2015

Topic: Social/networking meeting

Place: Reds Alehouse, 405 N Dubuque St, North Liberty

March 17th 2015

Presenter: Laurel Lyckholm MD FACP

Topic: Ethical Dilemmas in Nutrition Support

Place: UIHC Iowa City

February 10th 2015

Presenter: Maureen Olson MA RDN LD CNSC

Topic: Artificial Nutrition Support Across the Health Care Continuum (adult population)


The clinician will be able to
  1. identify indications for enteral nutrition (EN) and parenteral nutrition (PN)
  2. discuss recommendations for initiation of EN and PN in acute care; also review Medicare criteria for home coverage
  3. review various routes and administrative methods EN and formula options
  4. identify current shortages of PN components and strategies to manage
  5. review the benefits of hypo-caloric feeding in ICC and potential burdens associated with overfeeding and/or aggressive re-feeding
  6. discuss issued related to transition across the health care continuum ie: ICC, acute care, acute rehab, TCU, LTAC, home care, SNF, hospice
  7. identify additional resources for clinician, patient and care giver

Place: Mercy Cedar Rapids

December 9th, 2014

Topic: Social/Networking Event

Place:  Reds, North Liberty405 N Dubuque, North Liberty

November 11th, 2014

Topic: Malnutrition 2014 – Identification and Coding of Undernutrition


  • To be able to determine a nutritional diagnosis of mild, moderate and severe malnutrition by cause, as published by ASPEN and AND.
  • To gain comfort with performing a nutritional-base physical exam as part of routine care for at least high risk patients.
  • To help improve our hospital reimbursement rates while providing better patient care.

Presenter: Sue Little RD CNSC

October 14th, 2014

Topic: Yoga

Presenter: Dawn Zaruba from Heat Yoga

Place: Cedar Rapids

September 9th, 2014

Topic: Preservation 101

Presenter: Rachel Wall from the ISU extension

April 8, 2014

Topic: Functional Medicine

Presenter: Dr. Terry Wahls

March 11, 2014

Topic: Growth and Development of the Mother’s Milk Bank of Iowa: 11 Years and Counting… (Mother’s Milk Bank of Iowa)

Presenter: Jean M. Drulis, B.A., Director and Co-Founder of Mother’s Milk Bank of Iowa

UI Childrens Hospital: Mother’s Milk Bank of Iowa

You Tube Interview with Jean Drulis

February 11, 2014

Topic: Food and Wine Pairing Fundamentals

Presenter: Chef Jen Heringhausen, RD, LD

January 14th 2014

Topic: Bariatric Surgery

Presenter: Amy Lukas, RD, LD and Judy Swift, RN, MSN, Nurse Clinician Specialist – Bariatric Surgery

Meeting summary:

November 12th 2013

Topic: The Affordable Care Act – what’s in place, what’s yet to come?

Presenter: Peter Damiano, Director, Public Policy Center

Meeting summary:

  • Three aspects of ACA were discussed: cost, access to care and quality.
  • Current health care cost: 3 trillions $/year
  • Targets of insurance changes: individuals and small businesses. 
  • ACA signed into law March 2010.
  • Cost of reform: $940 billion first 10 years
  • Financing of ACA was discussed. 
  • Groups that most likely will remain uncovered: young adults, homeless, and undocumented. 
  • Coverage in a new plan: goal is to get 25 million more insured. 
  • Insurance “price” control to prevent big overhead: at least 85% must be spent on services. 
  • Levels of coverage were discussed. Medal levels: brown, silver, gold and platinum –> all plans cover the same services but out-of pocket money is different, with silver plan being considered as standard one (covers approx. 70%). 
  • Importance of network when choosing a new plan. 
  • Criteria for price calculation no longer include sex. They include: smoking status, number of people in the family, age and location. 
  • Available help for searching and buying insurance was discussed (e.g., volunteers). 
  • Iowa Care top 10 diagnosis (Diabetes being the first one). 
  • Changes in payment system were discussed. 
  • Community Care Centers, health homes, etc were discussed. 
  • Cost vs. revenue center were discussed. 
  • Plans available in Iowa. 
  • Discussion re policies that are already in place and policies that will be implemented in the future.
  • Availability of subsidy according to FPL. 
  • Where more information re ACA can be found: Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Public Policy Center website:

October 8th 2013

Topic: Blue Zones Project

Presenter: Stephanie Neff, Community Program Manager at Healthways

Meeting summary:

  • What is a Blue Zone – 5 Blue Zone Longevity Hot Spots in the world; interesting fact: people living in those areas live 12 more good years than an average American, staying active until their late 90
  • Dan Buettner, Blue Zones “creator”, author of “The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest”
      • His very interesting speech for TedTalk can be watched here.

  • Blue Zones Power 9® – 9 secrets from the world’s longest living people: move naturally, purpose, eat wisely, belong, down shift, plant slant, wine @5, loved ones first, right tribe (Blue Zones Power 9®)
  • What can be done to increase people’s adherence to the “healthier lifestyle”: right policies, built environment, social support network, building designs, inner self –> implementing 9 principles in the community.
  • Blue Zones Food List – dairy and meat no commonly eaten by people living in Blue Zone Longevity Hot Spots, however they can still be part of healthy diet.
  • Dietitians as Blue Zones Project ambassadors – encouraging small changes and people well-being.
  • Blue Zones Project in Iowa: 10 communities with populations > 10 000 and 6 additional communities < 10 000; Main goal: be the healthiest state by 2016
    • Blue Zones Community Certification Process (goals)
      • Citizens – 20% sign up and complete one pledge action
      • Employers – 50% of top 20 employers designated Blue Zones Worksites
      • Restaurants – 25% locally owned restaurants are designated Blue Zones Restaurants
      • Grocery – 25% of grocery stores designated Blue Zones Grocery Stores
      • Schools – 25% of schools designated Blue zones Schools