Upcoming Webinars

Live VN Webinars 

Plant-Based Diets in the Treatment and Remission of Type 2 Diabetes

Spreaker: Brenda Davis, RD

Co-sponsored by Diabetes DPG (members of VN and Diabetes DPG attend free) 

Monday, February 12th at 1 pm ET 

CPEU: 1.0 (pending)

CPE Level: 2

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the evidence that nutrition therapy is an effective strategy for treating type 2 diabetes, and potentially driving it into remission.
  • Suggest at least 5 strategies a patient can employ to begin adopting a more plant-based, whole foods eating pattern.
  • State at least 3 ways that an unhealthy gut microbiota can contribute to the development and progression of type 2 diabetes.

This webinar mutually offered by the Diabetes and Vegetarian Nutrition PGs will offer registered dietitian nutritionists’ practical advice on adopting a more whole foods, plant-based diet for the management and potential remission of diabetes. Common myths related to a plant-based diet will be addressed, including a review of recent studies representing people with diabetes. The webinar will conclude by sharing at least one case study for a more practical look at this practice.

This webinar will be recorded. Register today! 

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Introducing and Implementing Plant-Based Eating in Diverse Communities: Opportunities, Challenges, and Lessons Learned

Recorded: Thursday, August 29, 2023 

Discuss the current realities of nutrition quality among children and adults in US communities, especially in low socio-economic status areas. Discuss the impact of nutrient-poor, calorie-rich, highly processed foods on growth, behavior, academic performance, and chronic disease risk. Discuss grassroots solutions to the issue, utilizing plant-based nutrition such that children, their parents/caregivers, and other adults see the value in improved nutrition quality and are empowered to create change.

CPEU: 1.0 
CPE Level: 2
Performance Indicators: 2.1.1, 1.7.5, 12.1.3

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the impact of poor nutrition on health outcomes in Black and Latino communities with limited access to nutrient dense foods.
  2. Define cultural palatability and discuss how the concept can be applied in educational, clinical, and community settings.
  3. Discuss application of the results of plant-based dietary interventions in children and adults living in food deserts.


Samara Sterling, PhD, MSc, RD

Meryl Fury, MS, RN

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Plant Milks: How to Identify a Nutritionally Appropriate Plant Milk to Support a Child's Growth and Development

Recorded: March 27, 2023

Beverages play an important role in supporting a child's growth and development. Cow's milk has long been recommended for children as a primary beverage after they are weaned from human milk or infant formula; however, some children are not able to consume dairy due to medical or dietary reasons. With the rise of different plant milks on the market, their nutritional profile varies greatly and not all may serve as a primary beverage for growing children. This webinar will serve as an introduction to the different types of plant beverages on the market and how to identify a non-dairy alternative that is nutritionally suitable for kids to support proper growth and development. Clinicians will be able to better counsel families and children on a nutritionally appropriate plant milk based on their individual needs and accessibility to support a child's health and overall growth.

CPE Level: 2
Performance Indicators: 1.7.5, 10.3.6, 8.5.4

Learning Objectives

  • Identify what nutrition requirements constitutes as an appropriate alternative beverage to cow's milk
  • Recognize an appropriate plant beverage for growing children through the use of nutritional labels
  • Support families in choosing an appropriate plant beverage individualized to their nutritional, cultural and preference needs

Speaker: Karla Moreno-Bryce, MDA, RD, LD

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Vegan Prenatal Nutrition: Three Nutrition Myths Every Dietitian Should Know When Working with Expecting Vegan Mothers

This product is free for VN and WH members.

This webinar was presented live on January 17, 2023.

With more people choosing plant-based foods, our goal is to give you a solid understanding around vegan prenatal nutrition. We will uncover three common prenatal nutrition myths surrounding 1) meeting nutrient needs 2) vegan-friendly prenatal supplements and 3) food safety concerns for pregnancy. Our discussion will help you learn how to work with pregnant clients who wish to avoid eating animal products for ethical reasons.

CPEU: 1.0
CPE Level: 1
Performance Indicators: 2.1.3, 3.2.2, 4.2.2

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the top five nutrients of concern specific for vegan mothers: iron, choline, protein, calcium, and B12.
  2. Discuss what plant-based foods help meet nutrient needs for pregnancy.
  3. Address vegan food safety concerns with expecting mothers.

Speaker: Maya Bach, MPH, RDN

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Vegetarian and Vegan Diets Prior to and Throughout Pregnancy: A Practical Update

This product is free for VN and WH members.

This webinar was presented live on March 14, 2022.

Vegetarian, vegan, and near vegetarian diets are becoming increasing popular in the United States and, are recognized as potentially healthy eating patterns. This webinar will explore the nutritional needs of vegetarians and vegans during the pre-conception period and during pregnancy. The latest research on nutrients including vitamin B12, choline, and omega-3 fatty acids will be surveyed. Sources of and recommendations for key nutrients will be identified. We'll examine research on outcomes of vegetarian and vegan pregnancy.

First of two webinars jointly presented by the Vegetarian Nutrition and Women's Health DPGs

CPEU: 1.0
CPE Level: 2
Performance Indicators:

  • 6.2.5 Applies research/evidence-based findings to improve practice, service delivery, and health of nutrition of customers
  • 6.3.7 Interprets data to make recommendations and to form realistic and valid conclusions.
  • 8.1.1 Interprets and applies evidence-based comparative standards for determining nutritional needs.
  • 8.1.4 Demonstrates knowledge of nutrient requirements throughout the life span and their role in health promotion and disease management

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe important nutritional considerations for vegetarians (including vegans) prior to pregnancy.
  2. Provide examples of acceptable sources (dietary and/or supplement) of key nutrients for vegetarians, including vegans, during pregnancy.
  3. Explain recent research findings related to omega-3 fatty acids, choline, and vitamin B12 in vegetarian/vegan pregnancy.
  4. Identify potential health benefits and concerns related to plant-based, vegetarian, and vegan diets in pregnancy.

Speakers: Reed Mangels, PhD, RD

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Controversies about Vitamin B12 and Vegan Diets

This webinar was presented live on November 17, 2021.

Vitamin B12 is normally obtained from animal foods and presents some challenges to vegan nutrition. This presentation will review the strength of the research to date regarding Vitamin B12 and Vegan Diets. It will be discussed how Vegan Health provides a minimum and upper recommendation to meet both through supplements and fortified foods. What the potential risks that the cyanide in large doses of cyanocobalamin can impose upon the general population as well as people with chronic kidney disease. As well as discuss which plant foods have shown promise for being a reliable source of vitamin B12.

CPE Level: 2

Learning Objectives

  1. Summarize the logic used by the IOM in setting the RDA and by the EFSA in setting their AI for vitamin B12.
  2. Explain the reasons why vitamin B12 levels can often be elevated in a wide range of diseases and why they can be associated with mortality.
  3. List what would be required for a plant food to be considered a reliable source of vitamin B12.

Speaker: Jack Norris, RD

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Plant-Based Diets: To Supplement or Not?

Omega-3 fatty acids have been thought to be important for lowering risk for cardiovascular disease and possibly also for protecting cognitive function. Since long chain Omega-3 fatty acids are found primarily in cold water fish and to a much lesser extent to eggs, lacto-ovo vegetarians consume very little and vegans generally have none in their diets. Whether or not this matters is a big question in plant-based nutrition. This presentation will review the scientific evidence on the effects of Omega-3 fatty acids for the prevention of cardiovascular disease, and discusses diet quality, nutrition adequacy, and effects on Omega-3 fatty acids on depression and risk of dementia. Recommendations are presented to assist registered dietitian nutrition in using plant-based nutrition in clinical practice.

Previously presented on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.

CPEU: 1.0
CPE Level: 2
Performance Indicators: 6.2, 8.1, 8.4

Learning Objectives

  1. The general strength of the research to date regarding associations between:
    1. Eating fish and the prevention of cardiovascular disease
    2. Supplementing with omega-3 fatty acids and the prevention of cardiovascular disease
    3. Omega-3 fatty acid intakes, blood levels and risk of dementia
    4. Omega-3 fatty acid intakes for the prevention and treatment of depression.
  2. The relative intakes and blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids for vegetarians and vegans
  3. The recommendations to achieve adequate omega-3 fatty acid status for vegetarians and vegan, including which foods are the most plentiful sources


Jack Norris, RD

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"Food and Sustainability: What we can learn from Earth’s planetary boundaries"

Our food system has a larger environmental impact than perhaps any other human activity. In this one-hour webinar, Dr. Emery will present a close look at the ways food and agriculture affect planet Earth, the differences in environmental burdens between foods, and the effects of food production on global and local health. While the primary role of the food system is to provide a nutritious diet to the world’s population, different complete or healthy diets can have dramatically different impacts on the environment and unintended consequences for public health. Dr. Emery will highlight the scientific basis for the agriculture – environment connections and provide space for conversation and questions about the role of food and nutrition in global sustainability.

Previously presented on Thursday, October 29, 2020.


Isaac Emery, Ph.D.

IYou can access the recorded webinar here: https://www.vndpg.org/vn/resources/webinar/archived-webinars/food-sustainability-webinar 

Learning Objectives: 

Attendees should be able to:

  1. What are the “planetary boundaries” and how can we use them to define ‘sustainability’ and sustainable diets?
  2. How does our food system contribute to the planetary boundaries?
  3. What are the biggest differences between food groups from an environmental perspective?

Access the Slide PDF Here

The Carbon Footprint Of A Sandwich