Lobby Day

Lobby Day!

On May 9th members from the Genesee Dietetic Association traveled to our states capital in Albany, NY to lobby for licensure for our profession. Overall the trip was a huge success! The group had 13 total meetings, and most of them where with staff members because the Assembly/Senate was in session from 10-2pm on the day of the visit. The good news: Senator Helming’s office already emailed me responded saying she’d vote yes if the bill comes up and Senator Robach was very supportive of the bill (he had so many good questions our meeting went over).

Thank you Abbey, Hannah, Patty and Maureen for taking the trip to Albany to move our profession forward!

GDA member Abbey Copenhaver with Senator Errigo

GDA Members: Patty Askloff, Maureen Doyle, and Abbey Copenhaver with Senator Robach

GDA Spring Program

Sponsored by the American Dairy Association North East

When: Thursday, May 3, 2018, 5:30-8:00PM

Where: Casa Larga Winery (2287 Turk Hill Rd, Fairport, NY 14450)

Who: Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN

Presentation and Cooking Demonstration: “Meal Prepping: Time-Saving Techniques for Simple, Delicious and Well-Balanced Meals and Snacks”
Join us for a wine pairing dinner while Toby Amidor presents on “”Meal Prepping: Time-Saving Techniques for Simple, Delicious and Well-Balanced Meals and Snacks”. Live cooking demonstration will be done on Toby’s favorite easy prep meals from her Book “The Healthy Meal Prep Cookbook”.

Cost: $25 for Members, $35 for Non-Members (Wine & Dinner Provided

Click here to RSVP. 

Foodlink’s Cooking Matters program is in need of volunteers!

What is Foodlink?:

  • Foodlink is Rochester’s regional food bank serving a total of 10 counties. Foodlink goes way beyond traditional food banking, however! Foodlink operates a mobile farmers market called Curbside Market, has a team of 9 full time Nutrition Educators, and even runs an urban farm. Foodlink is dedicated to finding creative ways to address the root causes of food insecurity in Rochester and beyond.

What is Cooking Matters?:

  • Cooking Matters is a hands on nutrition, cooking, and food budgeting program through Share Our Strengths. There are courses for kids, teens, adults, and families! Each course lasts for 6 weeks and has a 2-hour long weekly class where participants learn about basic nutrition and cooking skills through fun activities and delicious recipes!

What do Cooking Matters volunteers do?:

  • We need volunteers to serve in one of three roles: Nutrition Educator, Chef Educator, and General Assistant. Volunteers do not need to have formal training in culinary arts, for example, to serve as the Chef Educator (though it is welcomed)!
  • We ask that volunteers come to each of the 6 classes and arrive 30 minutes before class to set up and stay 30 minutes after class to clean. Volunteers are also asked to attend a “zero class meeting” that is held the week before the first class.
  • We also need volunteers for special events! We also do several single day programs including in-store nutrition education events at major grocery stores.
  • For more information on Cooking Matters volunteers, please visit: https://cookingmatters.org/volunteer

 How do I become a Cooking Matters volunteer?:

o   **You are not obligated to sign up for a class right away if you come to the training! **

  • Once you’ve completed a Volunteer Application form and attended a training, you will receive updates about all courses and special events that we are holding and will be free to sign up for as many as you’d like!

Feel free to contact Margaret Liljedahl, Nutrition Education Manager, with any questions at 585-413-4051 mliljedahl@foodlinkny.org

Invite to RIT Research Spotlights: Health and Life Sciences

The RIT Research Spotlights: Health & Life Sciences Committee would like to invite you to the third annual Research Spotlight: Health and Life Sciences event at Rochester Institute of Technology on April 4th, 2018 at 6 PM in the B. Thomas Golisano Hall, Room 1400. This is an event that celebrates graduate and undergraduate students in their endeavors to understand and improve health and life sciences. Each student will demonstrate their work and conclusions via five-minute consecutive visual presentations.

If you are interested in joining us at this event, please follow this link and RSVP by March 28th.

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RD Day Celebration

March 14th – RD Day Celebration

In 2018, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics celebrates Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day on Wednesday, March 14. 

The Genesee Dietetic Association is proud to be providing a free RD Day Celebration on Wednesday March 14th to celebrate all of our members and hard working registered dietitian nutritionist in and around the Rochester Area.

We will be celebrating on Wednesday March 14th from 5:30-7:30pm at The Strathallan in Rochester. The address is 550 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14607.

Refreshments will be provided and a cash bar will be available. We will also be offing raffle basket prizes as a fundraising opportunity for our membership.

Grab a friend and please stop by to celebrate with your colleagues! And a special thanks to Abbott for sponsoring this event!

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Spring BOD Meeting


MARCH 1 @ 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Our upcoming Spring Quarterly Meeting will be held on Thursday March 1st at 5:30pm.

The meeting will be held at the Board Room at St. Ann’s – 1500 Portland Ave, Rochester, NY 14621

Everyone is encouraged to attend. We will be discussing all of our upcoming events as well as planning for our turnover meeting in May.

If you are on the Board of Directors, please come prepared with a position report.

View the event and add to your calendar here.

Beef Supermarket Tour

March 29th – Beef Supermarket Tour

We are very excited to be partnering with the NYS Beef Council to present you with the following opportunity.

Date: March 29 Thursday, 5:30pm – 7 pm
Location: TOPS supermarket at  Perinton Square Address: 6720 Pittsford Palmyra Rd, Fairport, NY 14450

Providing Consumer Guidance in the Supermarket Beef Case – From Confusion to Confidence!

Your clients want to eat more vegetables and love beef. Some are short on cooking time and others are on a food budget. Do you know what beef cuts to recommend to meet their needs?

Join Cindy Chan Phillips, RD for the brand new Consumer Guidance Training tour at the TOPS supermarket. Learn the basic in beef cuts, what to look for to eat lean and the seasonal vegetables to pair with the cuts, at the fun interactive training tour. Learn what’s new with beef nutrition. Dinner is included.

Every attendee will receive delicious recipes and a free grocery bag of fresh lean beef and veggies to try out the nutritious recipes at home! Approved for 1.5 CPEU.

Price for attendance TBD.

RSVP for this event below.

DIFM Continuing Education Event

March 8th – Continuing Education Event

We are pleased to announce that we have a special, free continuing education event planned for Thursday March 8th at 5:30pm.

This continuing education event is made possible by the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine Dietetic Practice Group. A DIFM member will be joining us to present the webinar:  Malnourished Minds: A Functional Medicine Approach to Cognition, Memory, and Mood. (Approved for 1 CEU).

The meeting will be held at RIT in the Clinical Health Sciences Center.

Directions: You’ll want to park in lot T. There are two staircases, you’ll want to enter the building through the stairs on the right. Click here for a map with the building circled in red. 

Room 1630 has been reserved for the webinar. When you enter the Clinical Health Sciences Center, walk through the atrium and up the large staircase in front of you. Turn left at the top of the stairs and the room is immediately on your left.

Add to your calendar here.

RSVP for the event using the form below.

VOTE in the NYSAND Elections!


We are extremely proud of Jennifer who is on the NYSAND Ballot this year in running for Treasurer of the New York State Dietetic Association. The election will occur March 1 through March 15, 2018, additional emails will be sent to remind you to VOTE and will be available on the website as well.

You can learn more here: http://www.eatrightny.org/2018-candidates

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