Planetary Health on the Menu: Sustainability in Nutrition and Dietetics

1 CEU Provided

FREE for BADA and CA Academy members
$15 for non-members

Link to be provided upon registration.

With growing concerns around climate change, the role that the RDN can play in promoting a more sustainable and regenerative food system is as important as ever. Recent reports from organizations like the United Nations and World Resources Institute indicate that current food production and agricultural approaches are large contributing factors in the environmental crisis but may also be part of the solution. Whether working with institutional, agricultural, or individual dietary changes, Dietitians have the opportunity to be leaders in the creation and implementation of sustainable and equity-promoting strategies that will have a positive impact on future generations. Participants will walk away with big picture concepts, resources for further education & practical tools that will support a sustainable, resilient and equitable food system to improve both planetary & human health. Our session will highlight key takeaways from the seminal EAT-Lancet report on Sustainable Diets in the Anthropocene. We will discuss strategies for how to apply the fundamental concepts underlying Planetary Health in the context of both nutrition education and menu development. We will also provide concrete examples for how to ensure that this approach actively centers on diverse nutrition cultures and practices.

Speaker Bios:

Mary Purdy, MS, RDN: Mary Purdy, MS, RDN is an Integrative Eco-Dietitian with a Master’s Degree from Bastyr University where she is currently adjunct faculty. She has been in clinical practice for over 12 years using personalized medicine and a functional nutrition approach. She has given over 100 nutrition workshops, speaks regularly at health and nutrition conferences, and was the keynote speaker at Bastyr University’s Commencement Ceremony 2019. She serves on the boards of The Planetary Health Collective, as well as the Dietetic Practice Groups Hunger and Environmental Nutrition and Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine which she chaired in 2018. Additionally, she hosts the podcast “The Nutrition Show”, authored the books “Serving the Broccoli Gods” and “The Microbiome Diet Reset “, and is a consultant working with organizations to create a sustainable and resilient food system that supports our environment and helps to mitigate climate change. Her website is

Ayten Salahi, MS, Dietetic Intern: Ayten Salahi, MS is a researcher, food policy advocate, and aspiring dietitian on a mission to heal patients and the planet through food. As the first-generation daughter of Turkish-Cypriot immigrants, she learned at a young age to view food as a tool for healing, compassion, and unity, and she has committed her career to using food as a vehicle for change. Ayten founded the Planetary Health Collective (PHC) to engage the larger food and nutrition community in the fight against climate change, under the ethos that all individuals have unique skills to contribute to the fight. She completed her Master’s at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, where she specialized in Nutrition Interventions: Design, Operation, and Management. She is currently completing her Dietetic Internship at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is a member of the Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), co-founder of the Tufts Friedman Food Policy Action Council, and Founder and CEO of the Planetary Nutritionist. Connect with Ayten on Instagram at @planetary.nutritionist or at Join the PHC at

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May 13 2021


6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Webinar/Virtual Meeting
Bay Area District - California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics


Bay Area District - California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
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