The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) served as an exhibiting sponsor at #BlogHer16: Experts Among Us, the largest conference worldwide that brings together women bloggers, that took place August 4-6 in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to exhibiting at the three-day event, CRN hosted a special luncheon on August 5, entitled “Get Healthy; Get Wise,” which featured an interactive panel discussion on “the do’s, the news, and the clues” when it comes to understanding the role of vitamins and other dietary supplements in living healthier lives. The luncheon event also featured a special presentation by the non-profit Vitamin Angels’ Founder and President Howard Schiffer. Panelists included Wendy Bazilian, DrPH, RD, educator, author (Eat Clean, Stay Lean), and journalist, and Felice Gersh, MD, OB/GYN and integrative medicine specialist and international speaker on women’s health issues. The panel was be moderated by CRN’s Duffy MacKay, ND, senior vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs.
CRN also brought in a rotating line-up of reputable health care practitioners who served as wellness ambassadors at the association’s exhibit booth, available to offer suggestions and answer questions about improving nutrition, filling nutrient gaps, and the role of vitamins and other dietary supplements in healthy living. In addition to Drs. Bazilian, Gersh and MacKay, the wellness ambassadors included: Patricia Bannan, RDN, nutrition consultant and author (Eat Right When Time is Tight); Holly Lucille, ND, RN, expert in integrative medicine and TV/radio talk show host; Elizabeth Shaw, RDN, healthy living blogger (Shaw’s Simple Swaps) and freelance nutrition writer; Vandana Sheth, RDN, nutrition specialist with expertise for vegetarians and people with food allergies; and Marie Spano, RD, sports dietitian and certified strength and conditioning specialist.
“We know that blogging is all about the personal,” said Judy Blatman, senior vice president, communications, CRN. “It’s a way of talking to one person, who then talks to 10 people, who then talk to 30 people. We already are seen as a go-to source for traditional media, and so another one of our goals it to be a go-to source for the industry to this community, the blogging community.”
The BlogHer conference series started in 2005 as a community-building and education platform for the up-and-coming female blogger community, and has since grown to host 3,000-plus attendees. #BlogHer: Experts Among Us is produced by SheKnowsMedia, a leading women’s media company reaching 79 million women each month.
“As the leading trade association for our industry, it is imperative that we stay current with communications trends and adapt best practices,” added Blatman. “The BlogHer conference has a stellar reputation, and the community is made up of the savviest online communicators. It was the ideal opportunity for us as we seek to increase awareness of the benefits of dietary supplements and generate new relationships within the blogging landscape.”
For more information, visit www.crnusa.org.