Ask the Experts:  RDNs Share Cultural Considerations when Counseling Clients

Click the link to view the Webinar recording:

SPEAKER:  Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN is a nationally-recognized registered dietitian nutritionist and communications and culinary nutrition expert. She helps busy people get on the path to lifelong health one morsel at a time. Her integrative and practical approach to providing simple and delicious recipes coupled with science-based nutrition advice is regularly featured in the nation’s leading media outlets including CNN, the TODAY Show, The Dr. Oz. Show, Women’s Health, Prevention, and many more. She is a consultant to food and nutrition companies, contributing editor for Food and Nutrition Magazine, and contributor to People, U.S. News and World Report, EatingWell, and others. Before launching her consultancy, Marisa worked as an outpatient dietitian, corporate nutritionist for a restaurant chain, and managed the employee worksite nutrition program at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She now spends her days doing a variety of work in front of and behind the camera as a media dietitian and content creator at When Marisa isn’t in front of the camera or cooking up something in the kitchen, you can find her doing yoga, salsa dancing or hanging out with her dog, Biscuit.  

SPEAKER:  Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CDE, LDN, CPT is a nationally recognized nutrition, diabetes, and fitness expert and the founder and owner of Vernon Nutrition Center, LLC, a nutrition counseling group focused in the areas of weight management, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, gut health, sports nutrition, and general wellness. She has contributed her expertise to media outlets such as The Dr. Oz Show, The Doctors, The Early Show, Fox News, Food Network, and MSNBC. She frequently serves as a media spokesperson, nutrition consultant, and speaker. Erin is the author of multiple publications including the 2 Day Diabetes Diet, Belly Fat Diet for Dummies, and Walking Off The Weight For Dummies. She is also a regular contributor to publications including Diabetes Forecast, Diabetes Self-Management Magazine, and As a mom of three young children, she shares real-life nutrition advice on her blog and YouTube Channel: Healthy Mom, Happy Family.

SPEAKER:  Krista Linares, MPH, RDN is a registered dietitian nutritionist specializing in serving the nutrition needs of the Latino community especially when it comes to education about type 2 diabetes management and polycystic ovarian syndrome. Through her private practice, Nutrition con Sabor, she strives to see Latino health professionals better represented in the nutrition and wellness world, promote health equity and share culturally relevant and accessible nutrition advice for her Latino clients. Her work focuses on dispelling myths and sharing information about Latin culture and cuisine and, most importantly, empowering Latinos to incorporate their traditional foods and ingredients into a balanced meal pattern for both emotional and physical nourishment. Krista has contributed her expertise to national media outlets such as, Well+Good, and Everyday Health. When she’s not running her nutrition business, Krista spends her time dancing, going for long walks around the city, and reading mystery novels.

MODERATOR:  Patricia Bannan, MS, RDN is a nationally recognized registered dietitian nutritionist, healthy cooking expert, and captivating communicator inspiring millions of people to eat and live well. She is also the author of Eat Right When Time Is Tight. Patricia has conducted more than 1,000 media interviews over the past decade, including guest appearances on The TODAY Show, The Doctors, ABC News, Fox News Channel and CNN. She has also written for and been interviewed by magazines such as O, The Oprah Magazine, People, Self, Shape, Fitness, Glamour, Parenting, Men’s Health, Redbook and Good Housekeeping. In addition to her nutrition expertise, Patricia received a professional chef certificate from The New School of Cooking in Los Angeles. She enjoys using her culinary skills to develop recipes, shoot cooking videos, and teach clients how to make healthful changes in their lives starting in the kitchen. Her website,, shares recipes and expert advice to help people live their best life. She graduated cum laude from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science in nutrition and dietetics, completed her dietetic training at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, and received a Master of Science degree in nutrition communication from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. When she’s not traveling the world talking about nutrition, you can find Patricia at home in Los Angeles with her husband, children, and labradoodle, Pablo.

About Our Sponsor: Fresh Avocados – Love One Today® 
Fresh Avocados – Love One Today® is a leading source of the healthiest reasons and tastiest ways to enjoy fresh avocados. A science-based resource, it provides turnkey solutions that make it easy for health professionals to stay on top of the latest research and confidently recommend avocados. 

1. Understand the prevalence of chronic disease in the U.S. across ethnic groups. 
2. Integrate current research about fresh avocados to inform evidence-based guidance in practice.
3. Identify macro- and micronutrients in avocados associated with health benefits.   
4. Learn strategies to apply the principle of cultural humility to improve cross-cultural patient care 

2.2.2 Considers and respects the opinions, creativity, values, beliefs and perspectives of others
8.2.3 Implements individualized services to reflect customer-centered approach as it pertains to the customer’s physical, social, cultural, institutional, and economic environment.
8.3.6 Keeps abreast of current nutrition and dietetics knowledge and trends
8.4.1 Plans and designs nutritionally sound meals, menus and meal plans that meet customer needs and demand and that promote health and disease management
9.4.6 Uses socially and culturally appropriate strategies to respect diverse cultures and value