The beef checkoff, in partnership with the Egg Nutrition Center and National Dairy Council, recently shared checkoff-funded protein research with the Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) Dietetic Practice Group (DPG) at their annual symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo., with 430 Registered Dietitians (RD) in attendance.
“The evidence-based Advanced Practice Protein Summit held during the symposium provided a great opportunity for the checkoff to discuss protein science, misperceptions and contemporary applications for practitioners,” says Jo Stanko, Nutrition & Health Subcommittee co-chair and cow-calf producer from Steamboat Springs, Colo. “It was also a venue to share valuable checkoff-funded protein research with nutrition communicators for the purpose of continued relationship-building.”
Over the course of the 120-minute session, the speakers presented on:
Questions and misconceptions related to protein intake and quality (Nancy Rodriguez, PhD, RD)
Proteins and the post-prandial period, along with a review of the overall role of dietary protein for optimal gut function, stability of the post-prandial period, etc. (Harvey Anderson, PhD)
Optimizing protein across the adult lifespan with a focus on interactions with exercise (Stuart Phillips, PhD)
Later the evening of May 2, the three sponsors hosted a special, invitation-only reception for leading health professionals to provide networking opportunities directly with the keynote protein research panelists. The reception offered a chance to further establish and strengthen relationships with key SCAN DPG members, and share new information on benefits of high-quality protein. A total of 28 guests attended the reception including Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic (AND) spokespeople and academic key opinion leaders in the field of sports nutrition and wellness. A Q&A session opened up the networking reception, allowing time for attendees to continue the dialogue with the protein researchers following the earlier keynote session. Then, a protein-centric menu featuring beef, eggs and whey was served while guests, researchers and sponsors engaged in further conversation.
During the reception, Academy (AND) Spokesperson and Registered Dietitian, Jessica Crandall, shared her takeaways from the session and reception reporting that “the inadequacy of protein at breakfast is having an impact on her clients.” She also was encouraged to learn that “sarcopenia and aging are problems that can be offset by exercise and protein.” Another attendee reported that she has been “recommending higher protein intake for quite some time now and it was great to get that validated!”