Nutrition and the Microbiome
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, CDE, 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, CDE, CEDRD, 500 Hr RYT
Laura Cipullo

Laura Cipullo, RD, CDE, CEDRD, RYT, is a four-time author and TV commentator specializing in eating disorders, diabetes, family nutrition and lifestyle consulting. Her expertise is founded on almost 20 years as a dietitian employing the "non-diet" approach since 1999 after attending Ellyn Satter's "Treating the Dieting Casualty." Laura is on a mission to redefine 'diet' to its original definition of habitual nourishment and help all individuals develop a positive experience with eating and a neutral relationship with food.

With private nutrition practices in NYC and NJ, Laura employs four dietitians and a staff of 15. Her most recent book, Everyday Diabetes Meals Cooking for 1 or 2 (Robert Rose Publishing, March of 2017) was co-authored with her NYC nutrition colleague, Lisa Mikus, RD, CDN. Laura's first book, The Diabetes Comfort Food Diet (Rodale, 2012; Robert Rose Publishing, 2015) utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy tools to help individuals with diabetes learn to eat intuitively. In March of 2017, Laura founded a weight neutral wellness center in Closter, NJ called the Lifestyle Lounge. This self-care center offers yoga, mindfulness and nutrition consultations based on Laura's own personal philosophy based on mindfulness and known as "Positive Nutrition." Laura is the past president of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals New York. She has presented at many conferences including but not limited to NEDA, BEDA, and NyPH Grand Rounds. Laura is known for her motto, "Eat Kale and Cupcakes!" which is available on apparel sold at the Lifestyle Lounge and through Project Heal.