Montana Dietetic Association 2009 Annual Conference

 At the 2009 MDA Conference there is bound to be a session for you.  Our theme this year is "Nourishing Today and Sustaining Tomorrow."  Our theme reflects these tough economic times.  This year we are offering a 1 day rate as well as 2 day rate for our members and non members. 

Montana Dietetic Association is committed to the environment.  This year you will have option of purchasing speaker handouts/presentations on individual jump/flash drives when you register.  These flash drives have all of the speaker handouts, powerpoint presentation materials.  It is complete with our logo and ready for your use! 

We have set aside rooms at the Rock Creek Resort for the low price of $90.00/night until April 13th.

Please visit the Rock Creek Resort website for further details at or you may call them at 406-446-1111.  Be sure to mention the MDA conference room rate.

For any questions please call Susan Jordan, President Elect MDA at 406-638-3553. 

You will need to print out your confirmation and bring this with you to the conference.




May 14-15, 2009

Thursday, May 14th

7:00-8:00       Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00-9:15 Introductory Plenary Session

               Seven Ways Volunteer Leadership Can Improve Your Career
               Al Rickard, President of Association Vision

9:15-9:30       BREAK

9:30-10:45      Keynote Speaker

               10 Things I learned along the way: A Dietitian's Journey
               Julie Beyer, RD
               NutraConsults Inc.


               Diabetes and Disabilities
               Debbie Sokol-McKay, MS, OTR/L, CDE, CVRT, CLVT, SCL


12:00-1:00     Lunch Sponsored by Montana Beef Council
                         Lisa Murray RD, CDE, LN

1:15-2:15       Concurrent Sessions A


Session 1-The physiology of exercise and food intake:  Climbing North America’s Highest Peak

Session 2-Menu AIDDS Program, Group Homes Menu System

Session 3-Montana Breastfeeding Coalition Update
NEMS (Nutrition Environment Monitoring Survey) 

Session 4-Myths and Realities of Diabetes


2:15-2:30       BREAK

2:30-3:30       Concurrent Sessions B


Session 5-Dietetic Internship Update in Montana  

Session 6-Health Belief Model and the Nutrition Educator 

Session 7-Advances in Sports Dietetics: Opportunities Await You! 

Session 8-Diabetes, Vision Loss Nutrition Management


3:45-4:00       BREAK

4:00-5:00       Plenary Session

               Should You Write a Book?
               Julie Beyer, RD
               NutraConsults Inc

6:00-8:00  MDA Board Meeting (Keva Room)

Friday,  May 15th

7:00   Coffee

7:30-9:30   Plenary Session

               Generations:  The Challenge for your Association
               Peter Brinckerhoff, Corporate Alternatives

9:30-10:30      Plenary Session

               Promote today for a stronger profession tomorrow!
               Juliana Smith
               State Government Relations Chair, American Dietetic Association
               Washington DC

10:30-10:40 Break

10:45:-12:00    Plenary Session

               Critical Steps for early breastfeeding success
               Marianne Neifert, MD

12:00-1:00      Awards Luncheon and Business Meeting/Expo following lunch

1:15:2:30   Concurrent Sessions


Session 9-Troubleshooting breastfeeding problems 

Session 10-MDA Public Policy      

Session 11-Montana's Food and Health Disparities in Pictures      


2:30-2:45       BREAK

2:45-3:45    Plenary Session

                     Diabetes Nutrition Education and Meds Update:  Are you current?
                     Marion Franz, MS, RD, CDE
                     International Diabetes Center, Minneapolis, MN

3:45-5:15     Expert Panel Discussion:

Hunger in Montana Addressing the Health/Nutrition needs of                   our most vulnerable people

                    Peggy Grimes, Executive Director, MT Food Bank Network
                    Minkie Medora, MT Food Council
                    Phil Zepeda, Feeding America

5:15-6.00       Closing Session

               Life in Balance:  Improving the quality in your Journey
               Marianne Niefert, MD






Order your MDA personalized drive with your registration!

Hope to see you there!






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