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The Art of Communicating Science: Putting Heart Health Research into Action

This webinar will breakdown the art of creatively communicating emerging evidence and information in a way that will resonate with the general public.

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Nonmember Price $54.00

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This product is free for SCAN members.

This webinar was presented live on September 10, 2020.

While few would argue the importance of heart health, the scientific facts can easily be overshadowed or lost amongst new diets and eating trends. This webinar will breakdown the art of creatively communicating emerging evidence and information in a way that will resonate with the general public. It will emphasize the need to focus on heart-healthy dietary habits - such as choosing beneficial foods like avocados - throughout the lifespan, not just in aging. Attendees will be equipped with practical communications and culinary techniques to transform research and education into an impactful message to share with clients.

Supported by: Fresh Avocados – Love One Today®

CPEU: 1.0

Learning Objectives

  1. Explain nutritional attributes that make certain foods, such as avocados, heart-healthy.
  2. Apply current research on heart health outcomes to inform evidence-based nutrition advice.
  3. Identify practical communications and/or culinary strategies to craft messages on heart-healthy choices that are applicable and interesting to the general public.


Patricia Bannan, MS, RDN

Patricia Bannan, MS, RDN is a nationally recognized registered dietitian nutritionist, healthy cooking expert, and captivating communicator inspiring millions of people to eat and live well. She is also the author of Eat Right When Time Is Tight. Patricia has conducted more than 1,000 media interviews over the past decade, including guest appearances on The TODAY Show, The Doctors, ABC News, Fox News Channel and CNN. She has also written for and been interviewed by magazines such as O, The Oprah Magazine, People, Self, Shape, Fitness, Glamour, Parenting, Men's Health, Redbook and Good Housekeeping.

In addition to her nutrition expertise, Patricia received a professional chef certificate from The New School of Cooking in Los Angeles. She enjoys using her culinary skills to develop recipes, shoot cooking videos, and teach clients how to make healthful changes in their lives starting in the kitchen. Her website,, shares recipes and expert advice to help people live their best life.

She graduated cum laude from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science in nutrition and dietetics, completed her dietetic training at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, and received a Master of Science degree in nutrition communication from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. When she's not traveling the world talking about nutrition, you can find Patricia at home in Los Angeles with her husband, children and labradoodle, Pablo.

Penny M. Kris-Etherton, PhD, RD, FAHA, FNLA, FASN, CLS

Dr. Penny Kris-Etherton is Evan Pugh University Professor of Nutritional Sciences and Distinguished Professor of Nutrition in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University.

Her research expertise is cardiovascular nutrition. She conducts controlled clinical nutrition studies designed to evaluate the effects of nutrients, bioactives and dietary patterns on risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Kris-Etherton has served on national committees that have issued dietary guidelines (the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee and the 2002 National Academies Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Macronutrients and Cholesterol). She served on the 2nd Adult Treatment Panel of the National Cholesterol Education Program. When she was a member of the American Heart Association (AHA) Nutrition Committee, she co-authored numerous Scientific Statements and Advisories that have made diet and lifestyle recommendations for the prevention and treatment of CVD. She also co-authored the National Lipid Association's (NLA) recommendations for Patient-Centered Management of Dyslipidemia.

She is Past-Chair of the AHA Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health, and Past Chair of the AHA Nutrition Committee. Dr. Kris-Etherton is a Fellow of the American Heart Association, the National Lipid Association (where she served as President), and the American Society for Nutrition. She has published over 400 papers in the peer-reviewed literature and has received numerous awards from the American Society for Nutrition, the American Oil Chemist's Society, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the International Nut & Dried Fruit Council, the Northeast Lipid Association Chapter, and the National Lipid Association for her accomplishments and contributions to the profession.

Release Date: September 10, 2020


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