Nutrition and the Microbiome
NUTRITION AND THE MICROBIOME: STARTING TO DEBUG THE EVIDENCE FOR CLINICAL APPLICATION
The Human Microbiome Project states, "The human body contains trillions of microorganisms — outnumbering human cells by 10 to 1. Because of their small size, however, microorganisms make up only about 1 to 3 percent of the body's mass, but play a vital role in human health." Join Registered Dietitians, Rebecca Jaspan and Laura Cipullo as they streamline the overabundance of information from the Human Microbiome Project and other microbiome research. Registered dietitians will gain knowledge to apply in clinical nutrition practice whether working with children or adults with symptoms consistent with irritable bowel syndrome, Inflammatory Bowel Disease and or diabetes. A range of material will be covered including the very basics of the microbiome, its effect on wellness and disease and dietary implications. Adapt Rebecca and Laura’s probiotic cheat sheet for an easy client handout.
Upon successful completion of this one-hour course, the participant should be able to:
  • Define the gut microbiome.


  • Explain three or more factors that affect the gut microbiome.


  • Identify the three most common bacteria found in the gut microbiome.


  • Identify the relationship between the gut microbiome and health and chronic disease.


  • Identify dietary factors that contribute to a healthier microbiome.
Live Event Date: Aug 04, 2020
Performance Indicators/Learning Objectives: 8.3.1, 8.3.7, 10.2.7, 10.4.4
Target Audience: RDs, DTRs, Health Professionals
Number of Credits: 1.0
Level(s): 1
Total Cost: $18 ($18.00 per credit)

About the Presenters

Rebecca Jaspan, MPH, CDCES, RD
Rebecca Jaspan

Rebecca Jaspan, MPH, RD, CDN, CDCES earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and her Masters of Public Health from the CUNY School of Public Health in New York City. After completing her Dietetic Internship through Hunter College, she practiced as a clinical dietitian at Bronx Lebanon Hospital providing care for patients with diabetes, renal disease, gastrointestinal disorders, as well as critically ill tube fed patients. Concurrently, Rebecca provided nutrition counseling to home-bound individuals through home visits and coached virtual clients via an iPhone app. After becoming a Certified Diabetes Educator, Rebecca went on to assume the role of Clinical Administrative Dietitian at Montefiore Medical Center where she counsels patients with a wide variety of conditions including eating disorders, diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, and heart disease. Rebecca is also a registered dietitian with Laura Cipullo Whole Nutrition Services where she specializes in eating disorders. Rebecca loves teaching people that eating healthy does not have to be difficult or expensive. She both preaches and practices moderation and she firmly believes that all foods fit into a healthy lifestyle. Follow her on Instagram @rebeccajaspan.


Laura Cipullo, RD, CDCES, CEDRD-S, 500-Hr YT
Laura Cipullo

Laura Cipullo is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist, Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian, Yoga Teacher and four-time author with wellness practices in both NYC and NJ. She is a past president of the New York Chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals and speaks nationally on the subject.

With over 20 years of clinical nutrition experience, Laura weaves evidence-based nutritional science with a yoga philosophy and practices founded in neuroscience when treating all of her clients. Her approach is compassionate, mindful and 'wholistic.' She has successfully completed 500 hours of yoga training, most recently graduating from a 300-hour advanced yoga teacher training in May 2020. Laura teaches yoga online during COVID-19.

Laura frequently volunteers her services to God’s Love We Deliver and The Fortune Society. In the past year, Laura also facilitated "From Mindfulness to Mindful Eating" at Camp Heal in Los Angeles, California on behalf of the charity Project Heal, which allows eating disorder recovery services to be accessible to all people. She participated on a panel regarding children and anxiety on behalf of Englewood Health and the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey.

Laura was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2019 and underwent both a double mastectomy and chemotherapy. Based on her recent diagnosis and treatment, Laura has added nutritional counseling for clients with breast cancer to her specialties. She is passionate about providing nutritional education without judgement or shame, allowing each client to determine what course of action best meets their individual needs. Laura and her team of RDs and yoga teachers believe mindfulness is the foundation for breathing, eating and moving through life. Their favorite mottos are "Eat Kale and Cupcakes" and "Breathe. Bend. Nourish." Follow LauraCipullo Whole Nutrition Services on Instagram @LauraCipullo.