Suncoast Academy of

Nutrition and Dietetics


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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. 

SAND Winter Virtual Symposium

January 22, 2022

3 CEU credits

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Registration Now Open!

9:00 am

How to Use Service Learning in College Nutrition Courses

Presenter: Melissa Altman-Traub, MS, RDN, LDN


Learn how to incorporate service learning in your classes to help students achieve deeper learning and promote higher-order thinking skills.

About the Presenter: 

Melissa Altman-Traub, MS, RDN, LDN is an Associate Professor of Allied Health at the Community College of Philadelphia. She has been a part-time academic adviser, is involved with student success programs, and has led faculty learning communities. She also is an adjunct faculty member at LaSalle University. Her background includes clinical nutrition in hospitals, long-term care, and renal nutrition, and outpatient nutrition counseling. She also has a food blog at and has expertise with plant-based and vegetarian diets. Melissa holds a B.S. in Nutrition from Pennsylvania State University, completed a dietetic internship at the University of Cincinnati Hospital, completed an M.S. in Health Education at Arcadia University, and completed additional coursework in Health Studies at Temple University.

10:00 Hot Topics in Cancer Nutrition - Sugar, Soy, and Fasting

Presenter: Jean LaMantia, RD


Understand recent research and popular topics in cancer nutrition and receive information on other references for nutrition in cancer.

About the Presenter:

Jean LaMantia, RD is a registered dietitian, cancer survivor and author of three books: The Complete Lymphedema Management & Nutrition Guide, The Essential Cancer Treatment Nutrition Guide & Cookbook and Complete Intermittent. She is also the creator of the Cancer Risk Reduction Guide to help cancer survivors reduce their risk of recurrence. She lives in Toronto, Canada where she has a virtual private practice You can find out more about Jean and read her Cancer Bites blog at

11:00 am

Managing Dietetic Students and Interns in Private Practice;  a mutually beneficial approach

Presenter: Ginger Hultin, MS, RDN, 

Seattle-based registered dietitian nutritionist at ChampagneNutrition®  

Author of Anti-Inflammatory Diet Meal Prep and How to Eat to Beat Disease Cookbook


Learn how to recruit a qualified student or intern for your nutrition business, how to delegate work to an intern or study and documentation that is needed to protect your business and your intern.

About the Presenter:

Ginger Hultin, MS, RDN owns Seattle-based concierge nutrition practices, Champagne Nutrition® PLLC and Seattle Cancer Nutritionist where she helps clients solve complex health mysteries with an integrative approach. She specializes in plant-based diets, integrative oncology nutrition, supplements, and nutrigenomics. Ginger also enjoys talking to dietitians about professional development, improved communication, and social media strategy. 


Ginger currently serves as adjunct clinical faculty at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health. She is the Chair of the Member and Student Advisory Committee at the Academy, immediate past-president of the Greater Seattle Dietetic Association, past President for the Chicago Academy and past chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group. She was awarded Emerging Dietetic Leader in Washington, 2020. She is a graduate of the University of Washington and Bastyr University. 


The SAND Fall Virtual Symposium  was held on October 9, 2021

We look forward to a time when we can all be together again like we were in 2020!

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Virtual SAND Events are a great way to stay connected and current!

Look for more opportunities in 2022!




The Board of Directors of the Suncoast Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics are pleased to announce the start of the 2021-2022 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 2021-September 2022


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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.