Eating to Save the Planet: The Role of the RDN

Eating to Save the Planet: The Role of the RDN

Live Webinar Date: March 31st, 2021
Speakers: Mary Purdy, MS, RDN

Event Info:

Whether working with institutional, agricultural, or individual dietary changes, dietitians have the opportunity to be leaders in the creation & implementation of sustainable and equity-promoting strategies that will have a positive impact on future generations. This presentation will outline the impacts of our current food system on the environment, highlight programs working towards effective advances, & provide ways dietitians can make a difference in their workplace as well as on a policy level.

This webinar is free to all IAAND members and participants will earn 1 CPEU, so don’t delay and register to attend with us today!

Learning codes: 

  • 4040 – Disease prevention
  • 8018 – Environmental, agricultural, technological influences on food systems
  • 1070 – Leadership, critical and strategic thinking

Performance indicators:

  • 6.2.1: Uses established benchmarking and best practices to inform practice.
  • 6.2.4: Disseminates research or performance improvement outcomes to advance knowledge, change practice and enhance effectiveness of services.
  • 6.2.5: Applies research/evidence-based findings to improve practice, service delivery, and health and nutrition of customers.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify three ways the current industrial food and agricultural systems negatively impact the environment and contribute to climate change
  2. Describe three ways that a more sustainable food system can better support both planetary and human health and help to mitigate climate change
  3. Implement three sustainability strategies to help institutions/organizations or individuals reduce their carbon footprint or “foodprint” and support human health

Speaker Bio: 

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. She has given over 100 nutrition workshops, speaks regularly at health and nutrition conferences and was the keynote speaker at Bastyr University’s Commencement Ceremony 2019. 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”, authored the books “Serving the Broccoli Gods” and “The Microbiome Diet Reset “, and is a consultant working with organizations to create a sustainable and resilient food system that supports our environment and helps to mitigate climate change. Her website is

Link to Recorded Webinar

Password to access webinar: Planet2021

Eligible for CPE until March 31, 2024 (three years from date of presentation)


This activity is recorded as described by the Commission of Dietetic Registration in the United States as Activity 175 .

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