Language is a powerful tool. The emergence of social media, online resources, and virtual communications has amplified the need for precise, unbiased, and thoughtful language.
RDNs/NDTRs possess a unique opportunity to educate and inform Americans about health-promoting behaviors and cutting-edge nutrition science while simultaneously shifting the societal conversation surrounding bodies and diet. Acknowledging potential bias and using informed language in counseling and media contributions will help to create a more inclusive community and potentially improve health outcomes.
This session will provide a brief educational lecture before discussion between a registered dietitian in media, a psychologist specializing in health behavior change, and a linguist specializing in inclusive language and communication.
These individuals work with and for Dotdash Meredith, the largest digital and print publisher in America that reaches over 200 million people. With great power comes great responsibility, particularly in terms of language. These experts will examine potentially harmful uses of language and common instances of bias and then demonstrate how to implement changes to create a more engaging, positive environment.
CPE Level: Level 2 (intermediate knowledge/experience)
- 1.7.3 Develops awareness of one's own personal beliefs and values to inform and reduce biases.
- 2.2.2 Delivers information and opinions in a respectful and professional manner.
- 2.1.2 Identifies and addresses barriers to effective communication.
- Identify common instances of bias, including weight bias, access to care, ableism, gender bias, and ageism, in order to improve and change the language used
- Demonstrate increased awareness of appropriate language to use with various patient populations
- Describe how to improve communication and counseling styles by implementing tools learned during the session
- Rachel Goldman
- Mackenzie Price
- Eliza Savage