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The Soil, Biodiversity and Gut Microbiome Nexus: A Road Map for Practitioners
A vast amount of research indicates that the current industrial model of agriculture that is contributing to soil erosion and biodiversity loss is also affecting the health of the human gut microbiome and the many systems it influences. From excessive use of agrochemicals and intensive farming practices to a reduction in crop variety, micronutrients and polyphenols, how we produce food plays a role in determining the makeup of our internal bacterial ecosystem, and has effects on immune, cardiovascular and brain health. This presentation will explore the interplay between soil health, biodiversity and the gut microbiome and provide strategies for advocating for food production techniques and dietary patterns that help to protect the environment while also enhancing both planetary and human health.

Performance Indicators*:
1.8.2 Demonstrates an awareness of the impact of sustainability on the health and well-being of individuals and populations.
12.1.1 Advocates for and promotes food and nutrition programs and resources to address issues of food insecurity, nutritional health and overall health and wellness.
12.4.3 Makes recommendations to increase sustainable, resilient, and healthy food and water systems while reducing impact on people, animals and the environment.
7.2.6 Identifies and implements risk management and environmental safety principles to enhance public safety and reduce risk to self, staff,
clients/patients, public and organizations.
8.4.1 Gains an understanding of integrative and functional medicine models and interventions and how these models and interventions are applied to nutrition and dietetics service.

*This course has been approved for continuing education for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and Dietetic Technicians, Registered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

Apr 6, 2023 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Mary Purdy, MS, RDN
A creative and strategic-thinking Integrative and Sustainability-Focused Dietitian with 13+ years of a systems-medicine approach to health and wellness, an expertise in sustainable food systems and a specialty in compassionate behavior change techniques. A highly rated academic and community educator as well as a dynamic and sought-after public speaker and accomplished author and podcast host. A proven community leader, networker and connector who regularly demonstrates excellent relationship-building prowess. A driven and entrepreneurial spirit with an eye for analyzing risk and benefits. Holds key positions in numerous dietetics and environmental groups working to inspire individuals and organizations to champion human and planetary health with diet and lifestyle shifts, address the climate crisis and promote racial equity. Committed to creating and promoting diverse and inclusive spaces within the dietetics profession and in all community and learning environments.