Suncoast Academy of

Nutrition and Dietetics


The Suncoast Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is a group of nutrition professionals and students helping to promote healthy eating and living in Florida gulf-coast communities. 

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Fall 2021 Virtual Symposium

October 9, 2021

3 CEU credits

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

9:00 am

Media and Marketing Yourself 101

Presenter: Sarah Krieger, MPH, RDN, CH

Objective: Marketing ourselves is a tool that is necessary to thrive as a business owner, but takes experience. Learn best and worst practices of marketing yourself in a pre, current and post-pandemic world.

About the Presenter: 

Sarah Krieger, MPH, RDN, CH is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Hypnotist. She is a consultant for a variety of nutrition and weight management venues. Sarah reviews recipes for corporate, private and facility venues and is a personal chef to medically-fragile clients. She also provides corporate wellness seminars and speaking engagements of any current nutrition topic; the larger the audience, the better! She also contracts with the Florida Beef Council, where she educates healthcare professionals, students and consumers in a fun, culinary environment. Sarah is based in St. Petersburg where she is partner at Healthy Lifestyles Tampa Bay with Dr. Quinlan, a clinical psychologist; together they guide a person’s goals with emotional, nutritional and physical health as priority. Since March 2020 all business has been virtual including individual and group cooking sessions. Sarah has a passion for guiding clients easily towards healthy behavior change and became certified in hypnosis in February 2021, which has been an amazing addition to her and Dr. Quinlan’s practice.


Sarah is a Past-President of the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is also a past media Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the largest professional organization for nutrition experts. She has interviewed with local and national television, radio, print and podcasts in a variety of venues and covering the topics of childhood obesity, food safety, pregnancy and pediatric nutrition as well as all things culinary and lifestyle nutrition goals. Sarah is on Tampa’s Fox13 monthly and Daytime NBC.

Sarah is a graduate of Central Michigan University where she received a Bachelor of Science in dietetics and has a Master of Public Health degree from the University of South Florida. She is also certified in food safety. Let’s stay connected on LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram: @SarahRDtv

10:00 am

The Patient & You: The Value of the Integrative & Functional Physical

Presenter: Coco Newton, MPH, RDN, CNS

Objective: The Functional Nutrition-Focused Physical Exam is a valuable practice skill for the dietitian/nutritionist to incorporate into the nutrition care plan. It is non-invasive, personalized, enhances patient outcomes, and fosters a more intimate connection with the patient. The functional nutritional examination of hair, skin, nails, mouth, eyes, body temperature and shape are dynamic indicators of your patient’s nutritional and health status. We will examine the signs and symptoms of underlying metabolic processes, such as oxidative stress, inflammation, detoxification, gastrointestinal function, immune regulation, and endocrine function, and how this contributes to physical signs and symptoms that translate to nutritionally modulated medical condition.

About the Presenter:

Coco Newton, MPH, RD, CNS is the owner of Lifetime Nutrition, LLC, a private practice in Maple City, Michigan. She has expertise in Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy (FMNT) for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases and syndromes. Currently, she is devoted to helping patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) throughout the world via her virtual clinical practice and educational programs for patients and professionals.

11:00 am

Eating to Save the Planet: The Role of the Integrative RDN

Presenter: Mary Purdy, MS, RDN, LDN

Objective: With the growing concerns around climate change, the role of the RDN is as important as ever. Recent reports from organizations like the United Nations, World Resources Institute, and The Eat Lancet Commission have indicated that the food system plays a huge part in our current environmental crisis and that major shifts are necessary in order to combat the rapidly changing climate. Whether working with institutional, agricultural, or individual dietary changes, Dietitians have the opportunity to be leaders in the creation and implementation of strategies that will have a positive impact on future generations. This presentation will outline the well-researched impacts of our current food system on climate change from production to consumption, highlight current programs working towards effective advances, and provide ways in which dietitians can make a difference both in their workplace (as well as on an individual) and on a policy level. Participants will walk away with big picture concepts, resources for further education as well as practical tools they can put into play immediately to improve both planetary and human health. By connecting with each other around this topic, simple yet profound, we can all spread awareness, increase knowledge, and provide inspiration

About the Presenter:

Mary Purdy, MS, RDN is an Integrative Eco-Dietitian with a Master's Degree from Bastyr University where she is currently adjunct faculty. She has been in clinical practice for over 12 years using a personalized medicine and functional nutrition approach and speaks regularly at health and nutrition conferences all over the country and online on both nutrition and sustainability. She serves on the boards of The Planetary Health Collective, as well as the Dietetic Practice Groups, Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, and Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine which she chaired in 2018. Additionally, she hosts the podcast “The Nutrition Show” and authored the books “Serving the Broccoli Gods" and "The Microbiome Diet Reset." She is a trained Climate Reality Leader and a consultant working with organizations to create a sustainable and resilient food system that supports planetary health and helps to mitigate climate change. Her website is


Our First Symposium Event of the Year was held on Feb 1, 2020 at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center in Sarasota. It was a HUGE success and a BIG thank you for those that participated!


Fun was had at the Winter Social on Dec 7th! Look for upcoming events. May everyone have a wonderful Holiday Season!

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SAND's Social Fall Kick Off Event on October 26th was a success! If you haven't joined, its not too late! We are looking forward to a great year with more socials and symposium events!




The Board of Directors of the Suncoast Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics are pleased to announce the start of the 2019-2020 term! The board is looking forward to continued growth of the organization this year. A BIG thank you goes out to last year’s board members for all the hard work they put in.


Why should you join? Check out all the benefits below:


  • Complimentary and discounted CPEU credits

  • Discounted or free admission to SAND events

  • Multiple social and networking opportunities

  • Job posting notifications

  • Community service events

  • Access to membership directory

  • Free food


What do we have in the works this year?

  • Symposium events offered throughout the region so all of our members will be able to attend at least 1 event

  • Additional smaller social networking opportunities in each local region

  • Community service outreach opportunities


Requirements to join:

  • Active membership with the national Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

  • Complete the membership form located one the SAND website. Check out the link below.

  • Pay annual fee ($15 students/retired, $30 all other) via PayPal


We encourage all local dietitians; past, present and future, to join SAND this year.


Please be on the lookout for details on our first events, which will be held this fall in both the Tampa and Southwest Florida areas.


Please allow time for a confirmation email to be sent once you complete the membership form and submit payment. Questions? Contact via email anytime!

  • Please indicate if you would like to be involved in board activities when you fill out the application form.

SAND is now on Instagram! Check for upcoming photos and events for our new membership year October 2019-September 2020


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The Suncoast Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (SAND) is an organization of registered dietitians and dietetic technicians registered who serve the counties of Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando, Citrus, and Sumter. We have more than 100 enrolled members. The mission of our association is to serve the public through the promotion of optimal nutrition, health and well-being. We are an affiliate of the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.