2017 Annual Meeting and Expo & Centennial Celebration

May 10-12 in Lake Placid, NY


Registration Information

Online registration is closed. 
If you have questions about registration or need assistance registering, please email or call 518-320-7413.
Address: 230 Washington Ave. Ext., Suite 101
Albany, NY 12203
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Hotel Information

NYSAND has reserved a block of rooms at the High Peaks Resort. To make your reservation, please call 518-523-4411. Reservations can only be made by phone; no online reservations. Tell them you're with NYSAND to receive the discounted rate of $119.00. 

Hotel reservations must be made by Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Hotel requires a two-night minimum stay. 


All AME Activities, aside from excursions, will he held at the High Peaks Resort located at 2384 Saranac Avenue, Lake Placid, NY 12946-1105.
For the comfort and ease of the attendee, we will hold all sessions at the High Peaks Resort. Sessions will no longer be held at the Conference Center. 

Transportation When in Lake Placid 

Transportation will be provided to excursions on Wednesday, May 10 and Friday May 12. The Village of Lake Placid is absolutely beautiful, with many fun shops and dining options--we encourage you to explore!

 Getting to Lake Placid!
Drive Time & Distance 
Albany, NY: 140 miles / 2.5 hours
Syracuse, NY: 195 miles / 3.5 hours
Rochester, NY: 259 miles / 4.5 hours
New York City, NY: 288 miles / 4.5 hours
Buffalo, NY: 337 miles / 6 hours

To navigate from your location to Lake Placid, visit Maps and Directions page 

The Lake Placid Region is within 2.5 hours driving time of three major airports:

Major & Local Airports 
Albany, NY (ALB)
Burlington, VT (BTV)

All are serviced by major airline carriers and have car rentals available.

Plattsburgh International Airport (PBG)
Just one hour north of Lake Placid, Plattsburgh International Airport is conveniently located off New York's I-87, on beautiful Lake Champlain. There is daily scheduled flight service between Plattsburgh International Airport and Boston Logan International Airport. Located in Lake Clear, 16 miles from Lake Placid, it offers easy access to the entire region. Hertz and Enterprise rental cars are available on site by advance reservation only. Service by Cape Air.

About Lake Placid 

Click here to read more about the Lake Placid, New York! 

 Optional Fun Activities and Excursions

Click here to read about activities and excursions happening while you're in Lake Placid! 

Join NYSAND and the NY Beef Council for the Healthy Burger Cook-off Competition! Register Today! 

Program Agenda 

*Program Agenda is subject to change. Check here for updates. 

Wednesday, May 10


 1:00 p.m. Optional Events (Choose 1 of 3) 

1. Excursion to Saranac Lake
2. Power Walk or Leisure Walk around Mirror Lake (2.4 miles) 
3. Olympic Training Site visit

2:45-4:00 pm – NYSAND Coordinating Cabinet Meeting

4:00 – 5:30 pm -- Healthy Burger Cook off sponsored by the New York Beef Council

5:30 – 7:30 pm--Centennial Kick-Off Party – Sponsored by the American Dairy Association North East & Adirondack Performer – Remarkable Women of the Adirondacks

7:30 p.m. Paint N' Sip - Have fun painting and sipping with your friends and colleagues! 

Local educator Renee Hall will be hosting this event. Arrive early to participate. The canvas will depict the famous Adirondack Chair in a scene for you to express in a creative image. You will be able to take this “masterpiece” back home for display in your office, home, or as a gift! 


 Thursday, May 11 – Total Credits: 8-10

6:00 a.m. – Exhibitor Set Up

6:00 a.m.– 7:45 a.m. – Breakfast & Vendor Networking               

8:00 a.m. – 8:20 a.m. –NYSAND Welcome & Annual Business Meeting

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – Poster Session 1

Click here to access the Poster Abstracts and the Poster Schedule 

9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. – Breakout Session 1 – 3 Concurrent Sessions
Abbey Copenhaver, RDN, CDN/Clint Wattenberg, MS, RD, CSCS - Fueling Tactics to Enhance Post-Exercise Recovery: Strategies from Collegiate Sidelines and the Roads of an Ironman
Theresa Loomis, PhD, RD - The Role of RD in Childhood Obesity
Mary Lee Chin, MS, RD - Innovation and Technology, Trends in Food Production

 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 am – Designated Vendor Networking Hour

 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – Breakout Session 2– 3 Concurrent Sessions
Keith Ayoob, EdD, RDN, FADN - Skepticism & Denialism: How to Handle the Tough Questions When Science and Philosophy Collide
Amanda Foti, MS, RD, CDN- Telehealth for the Nutrition Professional
Jill Chodak- Can At Home Meal Service Deliver on Nutrition

 12:00-1:30 p.m.- Lunch & Keynote Speaker, General Session- Karen Collins, MS, RDN, CDN, FAND – Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition DPG (SCAN)

1:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. – Poster Session 2

2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.– Designated Vendor Networking Hour

 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. – Breakout Session 3– 3 Concurrent Sessions
Ayla Withee, MS, RD, LDN - Fueling Fertility: Diet and Lifestyle Intervention for Women and Men
Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN - State of Science: Dairy and Health Outcomes
Amy Roberts, PhD - Don't Let the Big "I" Word Intimidate you: Insurance

 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. – Breakout Session 4– 3 Concurrent Sessions
Erica Lokshin, MS, RD, CDN & Nicole Hallissey, RDN, CDN - Worksite Wellness: The Role of the Dietitian in Creating a Culture of Health at Work
Kathleen Border,EdD, RDN, CDN, FAND/Carol DeNysschen, PhD, MPH, RD, CDN, FAND Dietetics Education - Past, Present and Future
Dana Notte, MS, RD, CDN/Kari Anderson, DBH, LCMHC, CEDS But I Want to Lose Weight! How Changing Our Perspective Can Help Us Meet Our Goals

 7:00-9:30 p.m. – Red Carpet GALA Cocktail Party & Dinner with Vendors. Dress to Impress! 

Keynote Address:  Academy President Lucille Beseler, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE, FAND – “AND Second Century Initiative”

-Red Carpet, Prizes & Drawings, Dancing, Photo Cube, and much more!  

Friday, May 12: Total Credits: 4

8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. - Breakfast &Awards Presentation

9:00 a.m. – Keynote Speaker: Erin Hamlin, Three-time U.S. Olympian, 2014 Olympic Bronze Medalist, Luge World Champion

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Breakout Session 5– 3 Concurrent Sessions
Eugene Nemechek, DVM - Antibiotics: What's Best for Food Animals and Food Safety?
Ellie Wilson, MS, RD, CDN - Artisan and Craft - The Healthy Opportunity of NY Small Food Business
Mujahed Khan, MBA, RDN, LDN - The Academy's Quality Strategy Initiative - Educating Practitioner on Clinical Quality Measures

 11:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m. - Breakout Session 6– 3 Concurrent Sessions
Susan Weiner, MS, RDN, CDE, CDN - Dying to be Skinny, What every Dietitian Should Know About Diabulima
Paul Sorgule, MS - The Chef-Dietitian Connection - A Hospital Dining Experience
Douglas Fish, PhD - DSRIP - NYSDOH

12:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Breakout Session 7– 3 Concurrent Sessions
Tim Joseph & Phyllis Van Amburg- Regenerative Agriculture: The Future of Dairy Production in NYS and Beyond
Alexandra Todaro, RDN, CDN, CDE, RMT - The Side Effects of Paying Attention - Happiness and Compassion
Lorena Drago, MS, RDN, CDN, CDE - Ideas, Tips, Tools and Activities to Make Your Nutrition Counseling More Effective

 1:00-2:00 p.m. – Board of Director’s Meeting



Asgaard Farm Tour 

The history of the farm, as the residence of artist Rockwell Kent, will be a walk to a half-dozen points of interest. The tour will include the business segment of the farm with the goat dairy, creamery, and cheese cave. An explanation of the farming philosophy and practices will be discussed. At the conclusion of the walk-about refreshments will be available featuring products produced at the farm – including award-winning goat cheese. You will have time to ask questions, take pictures and do some noshing. The end of the kidding season will offer plenty of baby goats and lots of pleasant sights, sounds and smells at this time of spring. 

Sponsorship & Exhibitor Prospectus
Are you interested in sponsoring or being an exhibitor? Click here to download a copy of the prospectus. If you have any questions, please contact the Central Office at or call 518-320-7413.