Recorded Webinars:

Health & Holy Texts: Navigating Health through a Spiritual Lens

Date:  Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Presenters:  Yaffi Lvova, RDN; Dua Aldasouqi, MA, RDN; and Katie Goldberg, MCN, RDN, LDN

Webinar Description:

Presenters will be answering the question of "how does my faith community view health." The presenters will cover health from a spiritual perspective in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. This will include content from the religious texts as well as applications within the faith communities.

Most religious scriptures are holistic in nature and cover the many facets of life including the human body and health. Katie, Yaffi, and Dua will discuss the intersection of health and their respective faiths.

CPEU: 1.5
CPE Level: II
Performance Indicators: 1.3.6, 1.3.7, 2.1.1, 9.3.3

Learning Objectives

  1. Define health in holy texts/religious traditions
  2. Learn how faith can be a motivator for health and what holy texts say about health in general and specific foods
  3. Understand the intersection of morality and food in faith traditions


Yaffi_Lvova.jpgYaffi Lvova, RDN

Yaffi Lvova is an experienced Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and a proud mom of twins plus one. Yaffi is a published author of several books on feeding kids and is the creator of Toddler Test Kitchen, an early childhood cooking program that aims to introduce children to unfamiliar food in a creative and fun way. She supports parents, pregnancy through toddlerhood, through her social media, public speaking, and Nap Time Nutrition podcast and YouTube channel.

Yaffi is an adrenaline junkie who lives in Chandler, AZ with her husband and three little boys.

Dua Aldasouqi, MA, RDN

Dua Aldasouqi is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and the founder of A Muslim Dietitian. She is also a graduate of Qalam Institute's Seminary program and a current student of knowledge. She aims to serve the Muslim American audience by elevating the dietetics profession. She does this by providing educational content to dietitians to help them better serve their Muslim, religious, and other minority patients and clients. She also maintains the Muslim Dietitian Directory, a directory of Muslim dietitians.

Outside of nutrition, Dua writes poetry and sometimes performs. She lives in Champaign, IL with her husband and little one, Jibreel.

Katie Goldberg, MCN, RDN, LDN

Katie Goldberg is owner of The Pregnancy Dietitian, a private practice and nutrition consulting business for pregnant and postpartum women. Additionally, Katie is the Director of Marketing at Heights Strategic Marketing, where she helps brands clarify their messaging to grow their business. As a second-career dietitian, Katie worked for more than seven years in nonprofit fundraising and communications. In her various roles as a dietitian, she has combined her experience in communications, PR, personal brand management, and copywriting with clinical nutrition.

Katie received her bachelor of science in neuroscience from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va., and graduated with a master of clinical nutrition from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Dallas. Katie has been part of a few church plants, and a leader within her local churches for over 20 years. She currently lives in the suburbs of Dallas with her husband and two young children.

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Free for RMIG members,
$24 Academy members,
$54 non-member

Religion MIG Participates in the Virtual Diversity Holiday Festival

Date: November 17, 2021

View this fun networking event video held with all of the Academy's Member Interest Groups and led by the Indians in Nutrition and Dietetics MIG.     VIEW HERE

Health Ministry Teams, Faith Community Nurses and Nutrition Professionals:  Collaborating in Places of Worship

Hosted by Religion MIG and Health Ministries Association

Date:  December 8, 2020
Presenters:  Alyson Breisch, MSN, RN-BC and Mary Niester, MPH, RD

Webinar Description:

The focus of healthcare today is a shift from treatment to prevention. One aspect of improving the health of an individual or community, assisting in the management of chronic disease or being a valuable resource for underserved populations is by partnering with places of worship. This webinar will explore the relationship of faith and health and look at how Registered Dietitians and other qualified nutrition professionals can be vital resources in a health ministry or Faith Community Nursing program. We will look at standards and best practices, collaboration models and provide valuable takeaways that can be implemented in any faith based space.

Alyson will illustrate how the Scope and Standards of Faith Community Nursing provide the foundational structure for Registered Nurses promoting health within the context of a faith community's values, beliefs, and practices. She will also discuss health ministry responses to address the impact of lifestyle choices, environmental and socioeconomic factors, and normal life cycles on health and wellness across the life span.

Mary will introduce Health Ministries Association members to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Religion Member Interest Group and discuss the nutrition professional’s role in the Faith Community Nursing/Health Ministry (FCN/HM) model of care coordination, health care/nutrition education and the relationship between food and faith. Examples will be provided of her role and the role of other RDNs in FCN/HM programs across the country.


  1. Provide an overview of health ministry/Faith Community Nursing
  2. List 2 benefits of health ministry/Faith Community Nursing in a place of worship
  3. Name 3 areas where a dietitian can be a valuable asset to a health ministry/Faith Community Nursing program



1.0 CPEU - Contact RMIG@eatright.org to request your CPE certificate after watching the recording.

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Presentation Slides

The Urgency of Awareness: A Workshop on Communicating More Effectively Across All Demographics

Date: October 15, 2020
Presenter:  Jodi Pfarr, MDiv, President, JPfarr Consulting

Sponsored by: General Mills Big G Cereals

No workshop recording is available, however, please find the valuable excerpt/video below from Presenter Jodi Pfarr.

Food and nutrition impact every person regardless of age, gender, ethnicity and religious affiliation. It’s important to acknowledge that our age, ethnicity and gender all effect how we may use food and view nutrition.

Dietitians are inherently passionate about ensuring individuals are more aware of nutritional importance and have access to healthy food. But, how does our own experience of food impact how dietitians present our information? In the book Urgency of Awareness, we look at 18 sets of diversity. We explore 18 ways we may have experienced our societal system differently than others, thus giving us a broader understanding of how others might view food and nutrition.

If we want to maximize our efforts, we must:

  1. Become aware of where we have been part of societal norms and where we have not. We need to process how our own personal experiences impact how we use food and view nutrition – and then acknowledge how that may differ for other individuals.
  2. Tap into the wisdom of, become more involved in, and inform people of the work and mission of the MIGs. Even if we identify with a gender, ethnicity or age that is not the dominate, there are likely places within our life where we are part of the normalized dominate. Educating ourselves and others about the many identities people hold will help better understand how people might view food and nutrition.
  3. MIGs can bring awareness to offering concrete and helpful ways to incorporate the view and experience of individuals who are not living the normalized experience. For example: when someone does not have access to fresh food due to earning an income that is lower than a livable wage, remember to offer affordable, accessible, and nutritious food options that are widely available and meet the person’s physical and ethnic needs, as well as their preferences.