Prior Year OADA Activities

2018-19 OADA Activities and Events

Tues, May. 14, 2019, Member Meeting
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
 Olympics Rm @ Physician's Pavilion (map) 

Stress and Your Health: Effects and Management Strategies Workshop
by Pam Leno, Certified Life Coach and Licensed Hypnotherapist

"We are living in a time where health care professionals are stressed out, overworked, rushed and completely exhausted; left with little or no time to take care of one’s health, they turn to fast food and unhealthy habits to find comfort. This lack of self-care can lead to the development of health issues.  There are numerous emotional and physical disorders that are linked to stress such as depression, anxiety, high blood pressure, stroke, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and skin conditions such as hives. The signs and symptoms of stress can really play a toll on the body, such as affecting sleep, causing grinding of teeth, creating pain and so much more. 
Pam Leno works with a variety of clients to teach them techniques and strategies to better handle stress. Through guided meditation, visualization and unconscious suggestion, the mind can be begin to relax and let go of that busy chatter. Healthcare professional like dietitians can benefit by not only implementing de-stressing techniques in their own lives, but also into the lives of their patients and clients."

Sun, Apr 7- Tues, Apr 9, 2019
, Oregon & WSAND Educational Conference
Early Registration Discounts are available until March 7th
CEU's: up to 17 hrs!
See website for more details
Anyone interested in carpooling to the event? or connecting with fellow OADA members at the event? Please contact us!

Tues, Mar.12th, 2019, Member Meeting & OADA Food Drive for Families affected by Furloughs.
Every generous donation will receive an extra raffle ticket at our meeting and a $50 cash donation will be given to the Thurston County Food Bank in their name. 
General items in need 
Specific items currently in need
FORKids "backpack" items
5:30-6pm Networking- member business 
6-7:15pm- Presentation 
Location: Olympics Rm at Physician's Pavilion (map)
Topic Summary: (approved for 2 CEU's)

“Update on Diabetes Care” 
by Linda Gooding, MS, RD, CDE, CD from the Boldt Diabetes Center.

At the end of this presentation, the members will be able to:

  • State at least 1 new standard for diabetes care 
  • Make dietary meal plan recommendations for clients with type 2 diabetes and those with gestational diabetes.  

Discussion Topics include:

  • What’s New about the 2019 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes
  • Meal Plan Confusion – Low Carb, Mediterranean, Dash, Low Fat, Plant Based
  • What to Know about the Gestational Diabetes Meal Plan
  • Continuous Glucose Monitoring
  • Newest Diabetes Medications

Thur, Mar 7th, 2019, WSAND Legislative Day

Registration Deadline is Sat, Mar. 2nd! 
Interested in meeting up or carpooling? Please contact us!

Visit the WSAND website for more details

Fri., Mar. 1st, 2019, VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: National Nutrition Month Kick-Off Event
Join us at the Hands On Children's Museum to celebrate health & wellness through various modes of FUN!!

***Get involved!! with our creative planning team or help out at the event***
More details on our Volunteer! page

Tues, Dec. 11th, 2018, Member Meeting
Location:Olympics Rm at Physician's Pavilion (map)
Topic Summary:
 (approved for 2 CEU's)

Food “Quantity and Quality” 
presented by Roberts Coit, Director of the Thurston County Food Bank

The presentation will include a brief overview of the Food Bank system in Thurston County. Recent changes to specific food sources, donors and programs will be used to develop an understanding of the local food system. The challenges faced by low income households faced with food insecurity, including common access barriers, will be reviewed. Factors influencing successful food distribution, in the Food Bank setting, such as obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, food allergies, food intolerances, cultural preferences will be discussed. Several  best practices will be showcased that seek to address these factors in order to increase nutritional density of food distributed, address access barriers, increase awareness of the benefits of healthy eating, and support healthy food choices.

Tues, Nov.13th, 2018, Member Meeting
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Location: Olympics Rm at Physician's Pavilion (map)
Topic/Summary: (approved for 2 CEU's)

What’s all the hype about this Ketogenic diet?  
Joy Moorehead, MS, RDN, CD, CLT, a private practice dietitian for more than 12 years, presents a discussion of:

  • current research regarding the Ketogenic diet (both for and against)
  • details of the diet including any nutrients of concern
  • examples of Ketogenic diet meals
  • situations where it may or may not be recommended
  • client testimonies as well as personal experiences

Fri, Sept 21- Sat, Sept 22, 2018, Event

The Washington Dietetics in Health Care Communities DPG invites you to attend our annual fall conference in coordination with the Washington Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals.

Conference Info

Join us in Kennewick, WA on September 21st and 22nd for Charting the Course for Quality Care. 
Some of the speakers are specifically relevant to skilled nursing/long term care, however some topics like implementing IDDSI, would probably be of interest to those who work in hospitals as well.


Presentations include:

Integrative and Functional Nutrition in Long Term Care with Kelly Morrow, MS, RDN

Implementing New CMS Requirements with Anna de Jesus, MBA, RD

Bridging Expertise: Collaboration for the Implementation of the IDDSI Framework with Ashley Contreras-France, MS, SLP

Celebrating and Applying Regional Cuisine to Meet the Needs of Diverse Residents with Chef Jamie Callison, CEC, AAC


8-11 CEUs available!

For details, registration,and hotel information please visit

Sat, Sept. 15, 2018,
 Kick Off Member Meeting!!
Time: 10am-12pm

10-10:30a: Introduction to gardens and tour

10:30-11:30/12pm: Volunteer in the gardens, weeding/harvesting
Olympia Kiwanis Food Bank Gardens (map)
3839 11th Ave NW, Olympia 98502

(approved for 2 CEUs):

The local Kiwanis Garden of Olympia is a volunteer-driven non-profit in which all of the food grown is directly-donated to the Thurston County food bank. Volunteers will use their time in the gardens as a way to collaborate with each other, while also getting work done that has a positive effect in our community.

The Olympia Area Dietetics Association will learn about the Kiwanis organization and their history, as well as how the gardens started and how they have now expanded to multiple gardens throughout the city. The organization harvests 25,000-30,000 pounds of vegetables and fruit from their 3 gardens, in an effort to make a difference in the community and help broaden the Food Bank’s client’s nutrition.

Olympia Kiwanis Food Bank Garden Facebook page