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Pitt and PitAND Team Up for CEU Event

Optimizing Health through the Gut Microbiome


The Nutrition and Dietetics Program at the University of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics would like to invite you to attend a continuing education seminar


Date:               Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 5:30 pm –7:45 pm 

Location:        Room 4060 on the fourth floor of Forbes Tower in Oakland

Speaker:        Judith Lutkaszuk, Ph.D, RDN, LDN

Target Audience:     

The target audience will be registered dietitians, dietetic technicians, food service managers and supervisors, and other healthcare professionals who work in the Pittsburgh area.

Educational Objectives (primary program):

Following completion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

1.     Differentiate between different treatment strategies used to alter the gut microbiota.

2.     Discuss the importance of the vagal nerve, determine how to evaluate its function and review strengthening exercises.  



Continuing Education Credits:

The Nutrition and Dietetics Program pending approval for two CPE’s for Registered Dietitians and Dietetic Technicians from CDR.


Please RSVP with meal selection to Trisha Cousins by November 1  at or (412) 383-6532


-        $25  for PitAND  Members or Pitt CMD preceptors

-        $35 for  PitAND  Non-Members

-        $15 for  Students


                          Mail payments to Trisha Cousins (4041 Forbes Tower Atwood and Sennott Streets Pittsburgh, PA 15260) and made payable to Pittsburgh Academy of Nutrition and       Dietetics or attendees can pay the day of the event with check or cash.


Meal Selection:

ROASTED VEGGIE CLUB: Roasted Eggplant, Zucchini and Red Pepper with fresh Mozzarella and Artichoke Tapenade on a Ciabatta Roll

SPICY ITALIAN BAGUETTE: Sliced Ham, Salami, Provolone Cheese and Roasted Red Peppers on a French Roll

GRILLED TUSCAN CHICKEN BREAST : Grilled Chicken Breast, Provolone, Roasted Red Pepper and Pesto Mayonnaise on Focaccia Bread



All meals include one of the above sandwiches, fresh fruit, chips, a cookie and a beverage.


We are asking that anyone who registers for the program but then has to cancel, please contact Trisha Cousins




5:00 - 5:30 pm            Registration (outside room 4060 Forbes Tower)

                                            Boxed meal will be provided

5:30 – 5:45 pm           Welcome and Speaker Introduction; University of Pittsburgh and PitAND

Trisha A. Cousins, MS, RDN, LDN and Thomas Hritz, PhD, RDN, LDN  

5:45–7:15 pm             Optimizing Health Through the Gut Microbiome

Judith Lukaszuk, PhD, RDN, LDN


 7:15 – 7:45 pm          Questions and Discussion with speaker; Program Evaluation



Directions and Parking Information:  Forbes Tower is located in Oakland on Atwood Street between Forbes Avenue and Sennott Street (see attached map).  Please enter the building on the Atwood Street side (if you enter on the Meyran Avenue side you cannot access the fourth floor) and take the elevator to the fourth floor where room 4060 is located.  If you need more detailed directions or have any questions, please contact Trisha Cousins at or (412) 383-6532.

Due to the high cost of parking in the Forbes Tower Parking Garage, we recommend that you instead park in the Forbes-Semple Street Parking Garage that is located on Meyran Avenue (between Forbes Avenue and Sennott Street).  If you are entering Oakland on Forbes Avenue, stay in the right lane and make a right onto Meyran Avenue and the garage will be on your right.  If you are entering Oakland on Fifth Avenue, make a left onto Meyran Avenue.  After the intersection of Meyran Avenue and Forbes Avenue, make a right into the garage.  The fee for parking in the Forbes-Semple Street Garage in the evening is approximately $5.00.


PitAND Volunteers!

The Pittsburgh Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics was invited to sponsor a booth at Rep. George Dunbar’s Annual Community Health Fair. On September 22, Pat Harper, MS, RD, LDN, PitAND Public Policy Co-Chair, provided nutrition expertise at the Norwin Community Resource Center where 55 health-related agencies met with over 400 people who visited our booth. Rep Dunbar was very appreciative of our involvement.