Slowing Cognitive Decline with the MIND Diet and Other Nutritional Strategies

About the Webinar

Dr. Kolasa will introduce us to Sandy, a patient from the ECU Family Medicine clinic who is complaining of memory loss.  She will discuss how a patient with B12 deficiency and/or of food insecurity can present with symptoms of dementia. She will demonstrate how to in a clinic setting assess Sandy’s food security as well as her B12 adequacy. She will describe the MIND approach to eating and how to assess adherence. She will then challenge participants to do one of the following: 

  • 1) create a 7-day meal plan that meets the MIND criteria within a specific calorie range (it can be challenging at 1,000 and 1,200 calories); 
  • 2) design a two-page handout that has the MIND diet depicted on a plate (a sample of the diabetic plate and the keto plate from Vidant Health will be provided);
  • 3) prepare a 600-700 word newspaper column/blog about the MIND diet; video self-assessing a patient’s food security status and counseling on MIND. 

Dr. Kolasa has designed this webinar to be an active learning activity for dietetic interns and SNEB would like to offer the webinar for free to them – just use the code WEBINTERN. Dr. Kolasa will provide a critique of one of the projects above for up to 50 interns or others who need to complete an activity for credit. Email her by June 12 if you intend to do a project and when she is likely to receive it.

About the Presenters

Kathryn M Kolasa PhD, RDN, LDN; Professor Emeritus, Brody School of Medicine
Dr. Kolasa earned her Ph.D. in Food Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1974. She has served on the faculties of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Michigan State University, and East Carolina University. She served as SNEB President in 1984-85 and received the Career Achievement Award 1995.   Dr. Kolasa has authored over 225 publications, a textbook, book chapters, curriculum guides, bulletins and training manuals, videotapes and CD-ROMS and has delivered more than 400 professional presentations. She has been writing a weekly nutrition column for the Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC since 1986.   She loves to snorkel and scuba dive, walk the beach and golf.

Education Benefits

Participants of this webinar will receive 1 CEU for live attendance. The webinar provides information on the following:

SNEB Nutrition Educator Competencies
Basic Food and Nutrition Knowledge
Nutrition Across the Life Cycle
Written Oral and Social Media Communication

CDR Performance Indicators
2.1.3, 8.1.5, 9.2.4

CDR Learning Need Codes
4120, 4070, 5300