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Nutrition and Cognition: Functional Foods Support Wellness from Infancy to Elderly

This webinar will dive into recent research on what makes some foods particularly relevant to cognitive health and explore the importance of nutrient density.

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This product is free for DIFM members.

This webinar was presented live on September 22, 2020.

What makes some foods particularly relevant to cognitive health? This webinar will dive into recent research on this emerging topic and explore the importance of nutrient density. It will explain why certain functional foods, like avocados, are known as "nutrient-boosters" with benefits that might be greater than the sum of their parts. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the potential role of diet and specific nutrients on cognitive and overall health to support clients throughout the lifecycle – from infancy through pregnancy and aging.

Supported by: Hass Avocado Board

CPEU: 1.0
CPE Level: 1
Performance Indicators: 8.1.3, 8.1.4, 8.3.1

Learning Objectives

  1. Define nutrient density and offer examples of foods that are considered nutrient-dense.
  2. Identify nutrients and food sources of these nutrients that may contribute to cognitive health.
  3. Apply emerging research on cognitive health to inform recommendations to clients of any age.


Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN

Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN is a nationally-recognized registered dietitian nutritionist and communications and culinary nutrition expert. She helps busy people get on the path to lifelong health one morsel at a time. Her integrative and practical approach to providing simple and delicious recipes coupled with science-based nutrition advice is regularly featured in the nation's leading media outlets including CNN, the TODAY Show, Dr. Oz Show, Women's Health, Prevention, and many more. She is a consultant to food and nutrition companies, contributing editor for Food and Nutrition Magazine, and contributor to People magazine, U.S. News and World Report, EatingWell, and others.

Before launching her consultancy, Marisa worked as an outpatient dietitian, corporate nutritionist for a restaurant chain, and managed the employee worksite nutrition program at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She now spends her days doing a variety of work in front of and behind the camera as a media dietitian and content creator at

When Marisa isn't in front of the camera or cooking up something in the kitchen, you can find her doing yoga, salsa dancing, or hanging out with her dog, Biscuit.

Naiman A. Khan, Ph.D., RD

Dr. Naiman Khan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his BS Degree in Nutritional Sciences from Louisiana State University in 2006. This was followed by MS (2009) and Ph.D. (2012) degrees in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Following Ph.D., he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Neurocognitive Kinesiology Laboratory at the University of Illinois. He is currently the Director of the Body Composition and Nutritional Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research has taken a multidisciplinary approach to integrate knowledge in the areas of nutrition and cognitive neuroscience to understand the influence of foods and nutrients on specific aspects of attention, memory, and achievement. Dr. Khan has published over 80 research manuscripts and has received funding support from multiple sources including government, private corporations, non-profit food, and commodity boards. He has appointments in the units of Kinesiology and Community Health, Nutritional Sciences, Neuroscience, and the Family Resiliency Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. On-going research in his laboratory includes randomized-controlled trials testing the efficacy of nutrition interventions for improving children's ability for cognitive control and relational memory, processes that are foundational to learning and achievement. The overarching objective of his research program is to generate foundational knowledge in nutritional neuroscience by translating the impact of health behaviors on childhood cognitive function.

Release Date: September 22, 2020


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