Annual Spring Conference

Thursday, April 20, 2023
7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Cisco Brewers Portsmouth
35 Corporate Drive | Portsmouth, NH

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2023 Spring Conference



7:30-7:45 a.m.
Registration and light breakfast

7:45-8:30 a.m.
Business meeting

8:30-10 a.m.
Sarah Finn, MD, "A Neutral Approach to Weight Discussion"

10-10:10 a.m.
NHAND Foundation fundraising announcements

10:10-10:30 a.m.
Exhibits and snack break

10:30-11:30 a.m.
Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD “Changing the Sports Nutrition Conversation: Does
Weight Help or Hurt Athletic Performance?’’

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Laura Bellows, PhD, MPH, RDN “Want Less Whine with Dinner? Attaining ‘Ideal’
Family Mealtimes with Parents of Young Children”

12:30-1:30 p.m.
Lunch and exhibits

1:30-2:30 p.m.
Jennifer Chadbourne, MS, RDN, LDN, CDCES "Updates in Diabetes Management"

2:30-3 p.m.
Recognition and awards

3-4 p.m.
Josephine (Jo) Porter, MPH leads a panel discussion "Improving Equity Through Policy for Dietetic Practice"

4-4:30 p.m.
NHAND Foundation fundraising raffles, posters session, and exhibits

4:30 p.m.
Closing remarks




Sarah Finn, MD

Medical Director
Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Weight and Wellness Center in Manchester, NH

Dr. Sarah Finn has a background in Internal medicine as a primary care physician. She started working at Dartmouth-Hitchcock as a primary care physician in 2015. She came onto an established panel of more than 2,000 patients, of which, 800 patients had obesity.

In 2016, she became obesity medicine certified to better serve her patients. During that year, she started treating partners and patients in an obesity medicine clinic where she would prescribe lifestyle counseling and anti-obesity medicine. In 2017, Dr. Finn worked at the Weight & Wellness Center in Lebanon working with a collaborative and multi-disciplinary team. She led the program to become a Certified Diabetes Prevention Program in 2018. She was also part of the Conaty Breakthrough Leadership Program at Dartmouth Hitchcock.

In 2018, Dr. Finn started the Weight & Wellness Center in Manchester and integrated obesity medicine into an established bariatric surgery practice. Since then the Center has moved to Bedford and has grown into a multidisciplinary team of providers specialized in obesity medicine, dietitians both medical and surgical, psychologist, nurse navigator, kinesiology, and bariatric surgeons. The current bariatric program is accredited through the American College of Surgeons Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) and is designated as a MBSAQIP Comprehensive Center.

Dr. Finn expanded the Weight & Wellness Center to Nashua in 2022. She started a primary care obesity medicine training program in 2019-2020 in which she trained six primary care providers who under her leadership started the Healthy Living Program in Primary Care in Manchester.

She has been teaching residents, medical students, and other providers about obesity medicine, in addition to leading several seminars for patients. She has taught first year medical students for the Metabolism and Nutrition Course: Obesity Panel Discussion, Anti-Obesity medications.

Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD

Sports Nutritionist and Best-Selling Author


Nancy Clark, an internationally respected sports nutritionist, is a registered dietitian (RD) who is board certified as a specialist in sports dietetics (CSSD). She specializes in nutrition for performance, wellness, and weight management, including helping athletes with eating disorders. At her private practice in the Boston-area (Newton, MA), she counsels active people of all ages and athletic abilities, from high school athletes to Olympians, giving one-on-one personalized advice.

In the 35 years she has specialized in sports dietetics, Nancy has helped thousands of clients, from “ordinary mortals” to Olympians. Her clients have included not only the Boston Red Sox, but also the Bruins, Celtics, and athletes from many colleges in the area including Boston College, Tufts, and Brandeis.

Nancy enjoys writing as a way to teach people how to eat to win. Her best selling book Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook has sold more than 650,000 copies and is now available in its fifth edition. Her other books include food guides for soccer, new runners, marathoners, and cyclists. Nancy also writes a monthly nutrition column called The Athlete's Kitchen, which appears regularly in more than 100 sports publications and websites. Her nutrition advice and photo have even graced the back of the Wheaties box!

In addition to inspiring active people to fuel wisely for top performance, Nancy has also inspired many RDs to become sports dietitians. For more than thirty years, she has presented sports nutrition workshops across the nation to aspiring sports dietitians. Nancy has helped establish sports dietetics as a viable career path. She has also worked hard to educate trainers, coaches, and other health professionals the value of partnering with RDs.

Nancy completed her undergraduate degree in nutrition from Simmons College in Boston and received the Simmons College Distinguished Alumna Award in 2007. Her dietetic internship was at Massachusetts General Hospital. She received her graduate degree in nutrition with a focus on exercise physiology from Boston University. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American College of Sports Medicine and has been a member of ACSM’s Board of Trustees
Health and fitness are personal values for Nancy. She is a regular bicycle commuter, runner, and gardener. She has completed several marathons, bicycled across America, and hiked in the Himalayas. She and her husband have raised two children and lives in the Boston area.

Laura Bellows

Laura Bellows, PhD, MPH, RDN

Associate Professor
Division of Nutritional Sciences
Cornell University

Dr. Laura Bellows is an associate professor in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University. Her research is focused on the development of eating habits and physical activity patterns in early childhood; interventions in the early care setting; and the influence of parental behaviors and the home environment on the development of these behaviors. Much of her work is focused on health disparate populations, including those with limited resources, who are Latino, and living in rural communities.

Dr. Bellows received her BS in Exercise Science and Health Promotion at Miami University in Ohio, her MPH at the University of Michigan in Human Nutrition where she also completed her dietetic internship, and her PhD in Community Nutrition at Colorado State University.

Related to her research, Dr. Bellows was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) by President Barack Obama as well as the Outstanding Mid-Career Award by Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior. She currently serves as an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.

Jennifer Chadbourne, MS, RDN, LDN, CDCES

Clinical Assistant Professor
College of Life Sciences and Agriculture
University of New Hampshire

Jennifer Chadbourne

Jennifer Chadbourne is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of New Hampshire. She teaches a variety of courses on the topics of nutrition, diabetes, food science, and telehealth. Jen also works clinically as a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. As part of a virtual care team, her clinical work focuses on the delivery of individualized diabetes care via telehealth and the integration of remote patient monitoring technology.

Josephine Porter

Josephine (Jo) Porter, MPH

Senior Strategic Advisor
New Hampshire Center for Justice and Equity

Josephine (Jo) Porter, MPH, is a senior strategic advisor at the New Hampshire Center for Justice and Equity. Jo has more than 20 years’ experience public health, program development, grant management, and leadership experience. She spent 15 years with the Institute for Health Policy and Practice at the University of New Hampshire, serving as the director for more than seven years. She was part of the leadership team that guided IHPP through periods of significant growth in team and portfolio.

Jo has served nationally as the co-chair of the All-Payer Claims Database Council and part of Academy Health’s State-University Partnership Learning Network (SUPLN). She was on the SUPLN steering committee, serving a term as the Chair. Jo has held appointments at the state and federal levels on a variety of committees.

Jo is a self-proclaimed data geek with a passion for health data collection, dissemination, and using data to effectively inform effective decision and policy making.

Jo earned her Master of Public Health degree with dual concentrations in Epidemiology/Biostatistics and Social/Behavioral Health from Boston University, with honors. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and a minor in Health Management and Policy.

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NHAND Spring Conference 2023