2015 WM DPG Symposium

Are you looking to explore your own practice in collecting research outcomes or want to understand the new rules in nutrition services reimbursement?

Do you want to engage your senses with food science or want to know more about nutrigenomics or find new ways to build your own brand or niche?

Or do you want to be up to date with the most current guidelines in obesity research, shared nutrition appointments, network, exhibits with need-to-know products and services and evolve to a higher level of practice?

Then, it is time to Blaze a New Trail by attending the annual Weight Management DPG Symposium in Portland, Oregon this April 17-19, 2015.


Who should come?

Anyone who has an interest in learning more about weight management!

Come join us and learn from the leading experts in the field today.

Symposium Objectives

  • Describe the outcomes of a variety of evidence-based weight management treatment options including individual counseling/coaching, group support, food plan variations, physical activity/exercise, medications and surgery.
  • Identify considerations for specific target populations (e.g., culture, gender, age, ethnicity, health literacy, socioeconomic factors, disease state) that can play a role in weight management.
  • Examine the impact of various technologies on the delivery and implementation of evidence-based approaches for weight management.
  • Explore evidence-based adult and pediatric weight management strategies implemented in a variety of settings such as schools, worksites, faith-based organizations, health clubs and communities, as well as more traditional health care environments.
  • Interactively discuss implementing evidence-based strategies into practice.

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Registration is Open!

2015 Weight Management Symposium – April 17-19, 2015
Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront

Note: Please log-in to your eatright.org account before registering.
Note: You may also email, fax, or mail your registration.  Click here to download the 2015 WM Symposium Registration Form.

Important Dates & Fees

Symposium Early Bird Fee
On or before 3/17/15
Late/Onsite Fee
After 3/17/15
WM DPG Member $265 $315
Academy Member
Non-WM DPG Member
$320 $375
Non-Member $375 $455
Full Time Student $150 $150

Hotel Accomodations

The Symposium this year will be held at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront

Be sure to mention “2015 Weight Management DPG Symposium April 17-19, 2015” to get your contracted hotel rate. Reservations can fill up quickly. Be sure to reserve your hotel room before March 24, 2015 to ensure you get the group rate!

Due to several conferences in the area at the time of Symposium and limited hotel availability, we have secured another block of rooms at the Courtyard Portland City Center about 1 mile away from the Symposium meeting location. Transportation to and from Symposium will be provided!

Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Details


$169 + taxes per night (single and double rooms)


Be sure to mention “2015 Weight Management DPG Symposium April 17-19, 2015” to get your contracted hotel rate.

Contact Marriott Worldwide
Phone: 800-228-9290

Contact Hotel Direct
Phone: 503-226-7600

Online Reservations can be made directly by clicking here.

Reservations can fill up quickly. Be sure to reserve your hotel room before March 24, 2015 to ensure you get the group rate!


1401 Southwest Naito Parkway
Portland, OR 97201

Pre-Symposium Workshops

Date:  Friday, April 17, 2015
Time: 7:30-11:30am
Onsite Registration: Opens at 7am

Important Dates & Fees

Pre-Symposium Workshops Early Bird Fee
On or before 3/17/15
Late/Onsite Fee
After 3/17/15
Beyond the Basics: Exploring Best Practices for Better Bariatric Outcomes
WM DPG Member/Student $100 $125
Non-WM DPG Member $125 $150
Build a Profitable Niche, Brand and Online Empire
WM DPG Member/Student $100 $125
Non-WM DPG Member $125 $150

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Beyond the Basics: Exploring Best Practices for Better Bariatric Surgery Outcomes

ASMBS and WM DPG Collaboration
Laura Frank, PhD, MPH, RD, CD and Juliet Parrott, MS, RD, ACE-CPT

Go beyond basics and evolve into an advanced practice bariatric dietitian and/or nutrition professional.  Explore ways to elevate your role in patient care by using Nutrition-Focused Physical Assessment (NFPA) as part of the Nutrition Care Process. Engage in a case-based approach to understand Best Practice strategies to improve patient outcomes. Explore current evidence of factors that either facilitate or act as obstacles to long-term success regarding weight regain and optimal perioperative care of the bariatric patient. Explore, Engage, Evolve. Go Beyond Basics for Better Bariatric Surgery Outcomes.

It is recommended to check out the webinar Vitamin & Mineral Supplementation for the Bariatric Patient. This will serve as a great resource and background information for the workshop, although it is not required. Register for this webinar.

Build a Profitable Niche, Brand and Online Empire

Margie Geiser, MBA, RD, BCC

In this pre-symposium workshop, attendees will transform how they view marketing, develop their own branded system that will generate more clients, and create a plan and timeline for building a compelling and profitable online presence. Through facilitated exercises and focused brainstorming conversations, attendees will walk out motivated, energized and clear about the next steps to take, in order to turn what they learned into real-world results and revenue.


Should you be traveling by air, it is recommended that you fly to the Portland Airport (PDX).

Transportation to/from Portland Airport


Phone:  800-247-2272

Runs every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour beginning at 7:00am until midnight.

It is $14 each way or $24 round trip if the round trip is pre-paid at pickup.

No reservations are needed from the airport, however you WILL need to make a reservation to return back to the airport.  The Hotel Concierge can assist you with return reservations.

MAX Light Rail

Trains run approximately every 15min.

Cost is $2.50 each way.

From the airport to Pioneer Square is about a 50 minute ride. Red Line towards the City Center and Beaverton TC, take the exit Morrison/ SW 3rd Avenue Stop.  You will walk approximately 8 minutes East to the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront.


CAB Service

It has been recommended to use Broadway or Red Cab Companies.

Cost is approximately $45 each way.

Oregon Town Car

Phone:  877-673-4666

Cost is $50 each way, not including gratuity.


Evaluation Surveys from previous Symposium Attendees have said:

What Others Are Saying

“I was very impressed with the group of presenters assembled for  the symposium. Although I was very tired from the travel in and the time change, I
 didn't want to miss any sessions because the topics were all quite interesting to 
me. Also, the location of the Symposium was great- great access to dining, shopping for those who needed/wanted it.”

“This is the first time I have attended. I enjoyed getting a feel for what is happening out there since I am in private practice and feel somewhat isolated at

“The quality of speakers was absolutely amazing!!! I felt this was the best symposium I've been to in years. To hear from the primary researchers from so- o-o many large studies was the best!”

“The sessions were very informational. I appreciated the opportunity to network and felt the open table environment was conducive to networking.”

“Since I am a student and have not yet started an internship, I learned quite a bit from many of the presentations and plan to look up more information on many of the topics. I also really liked the networking opportunity.”

“This was my first WM DPG symposium and I am an experienced dietitian but new to this area of practice. The symposium really gave me great ideas to incorporate into my everyday practice, which is what I was looking for. The 
speakers all did a wonderful job with their presentations.”

About Portland

There are lots of great things to check out in Portland, whether you are looking for relaxation, adventure or exploring the food and wine scene.

Check out some of the must see’s and to do’s during your stay. Most options are all within a walk or light rail ride from the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront hotel.

Must See's & To Do's


Discover Portland

Not sure what you are looking for while you are staying in Portland? Discover Portland offers a variety of options for the undecided- from golfing guided tours, Big Pink Troll Sightseeing to the Oregon breweries to more information about food trucks and the best places for shopping.  You are sure to find something that will fit everyone’s needs.


Forest Park Conservancy

Explore nature at its finest. Forest Park Conservancy is a great place for a leisurely walk, a run, and offers guided hike tours for nominal cost.


Food Carts Portland

Want to get more into the foodie scene in Portland? Food Carts Portland is a practical website designed to show you where to find them, maps, tools to get you to the cuisine and locations you need to see. Provides information about guided tours, cost and reviews of the best places to check out.


Voodoo Doughnuts

Okay, who doesn’t enjoy a good doughnut from time to time? Voodoo Doughnuts is NOT your ordinary doughnut.  This collection of doughnuts is sure to tantalize all of your taste buds.

Be sure to bring cash. They do not accept check or credit cards. Open 24hrs a day, 7 days a week.


Powell’s Books

Needing some time away to lounge and read a good book? Powell’s Books is the largest independent new, used and out of print bookstore in the world.


Lan Su Chinese Garden

Lan Su Chinese Garden is known as one of Portland’s greatest treasures. More than a botanical garden, immerse yourself in art and architecture in what is considered the most authentic Chinese Garden outside of China. Here you will enjoy a collection of teas or learn how to create your own, learn calligraphy or watch a match of American Mahjong.


Pedal Bike Tours

Their motto is “Experience a new city like a local”. Pedal Bike Tours offers a wide variety of  guided tours through historical districts, food carts, wine country and along the Columbia River.  Starting at just $49 per person, this may be just the way to explore and engage in all that Portland has to offer.

Symposium Sponsor Prospectus 

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WM DPG Contact

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