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October 2016

Continuing Education: Suzy Badarraco Webinar

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Many FCS Professionals members had the amazing opportunity to learn from Suzy Badarraco this past May at our annual meeting.  Suzy is a toxicologist, chef, and dietitian who is President of Culinary Tides, a foods forecasting company.

Produce for Better Health Foundation is sponsoring a free webinar featuring Suzy “How Health, Economic, and Flavor Trends are Changing the Future of Food” on Tuesday, November 15 from 1:00-2:00 CST. 

“Food businesses must understand factors influencing food trends in order to successfully navigate them.  Those factors–including consumer attitudes, health beliefs, the economy, and flavor profiles shape the marketplace and influence the success of new products at the store or on the menu.  Consumers are moving out of the economic crisis both emotionally and behaviorally, which has included more extreme food and beverage behaviors, leading to a more complex landscape in which to navigate.”


  1. Better recognize what issues and influencers are changing the future of food
  2. Predict the opportunities for making foods successful in the marketplace
  3. Differentiate between long and short lived trends.

Webinar is complimentary but registration is required.  To register click here

Registration Deadline Approaching: MAND Fall Hot Topic “Medical Cannabis: What Every Healthcare Professional Should Know”

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FCS Professionals Members are invited to the Minnesota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (MAND) Fall Hot Topic Seminar

When:  Saturday, November 5, 2016

What is old is new! Cannabis (a.k.a. marijuana) has a long history of use in plant-based medicine. Across many cultures and thousands of years, cannabis has been utilized to relieve pain; manage nausea, improve sleep, stimulate appetite and much more. Similar to current trends for ‘whole’, ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ foods, more people are seeking to find relief for their medical dilemmas with natural remedies. What will you say to your patients when they ask for your thoughts on medical marijuana? Will you know what they are talking about? Will you have a response?

This program will deliver the information that covers all the bases including: the plant itself, how the body’s cannabinoid system functions, mechanisms of action for the various formats of medical cannabis, and much more. You will also learn about access and regulations for use specific to the State of Minnesota.

Objectives for attendees:

1. Gain basic knowledge regarding the plant cannabis and its use for medical purposes.

2. Link use of medical cannabis to nutrition benefits and risks.

3. Identify resources on regulations for use and dispensing in the state of Minnesota.


7:30 – 8:00 Registration / Networking / Light Breakfast

8:00 – 10:30 (includes break) Medical Cannabis – A Therapeutic Option Sarah Overby, LPN, Regional Medical Associate, MN Medical Solutions

10:30 – 10:40 Break

10:40 – 11:40 Introduction and Early Results from the Minnesota Medical Cannabis Program Susan Anderson, PhD, Research Scientist, Office of Medical Cannabis, MN Dept. of Health


Rogers Activity Center [Ample Free Parking]

2nd Floor Activity Room

21080 141st Ave.

Rogers, MN 55374

Register on-line at by October 28th .


Students $15.00

Non-Members $45.00

Approved for 3 CPEs from the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) Learning Codes: 2010 dietary supplements, botanicals; 5420 complementary care and alternative therapies or other codes applicable to portfolio Competencies: 8.3 Demonstrates a commitment to maintaining and enhancing knowledge. 10.4 Applies knowledge of the interrelationship and impact of pharmacotherapy, dietary supplements, functional foods and nutrients on health and  disease in accordance with Scope of Practice and Standards of Professional Performance for RDNs. Attendance certificates will be available for other health care professionals.

For questions contact the MAND office at or 952-830-7022.

About the Speakers: Susan Anderson is a research scientist with the Office of Medical Cannabis at the Minnesota Department of Health. Within her role, she analyzes data from Minnesota’s medical cannabis registry, as well as contributing to literature reviews of medical cannabis-related research studies. She received her PhD in Cognitive and Brain Sciences from the University of Minnesota’s Department of Psychology, specializing in experimental research on human learning and memory processes. She is also a former faculty member of Minnesota State University-Mankato’s Psychology Department where she has taught, among other courses, psychopharmacology (including psychopharmacology of cannabis).

Sarah Overby received her nursing degree from Minnesota State Community & Technical College in Moorhead, MN. She has been in the health care industry for over 20 years, with 10 years of service as a nurse. Her experience extends across various disciplines including geriatrics, pediatrics, family medicine, cardiology, medical surgery and women’s health. Sarah joined Minnesota Medical Solutions in the spring of 2016 as the medical science liaison. Sarah is spearheading outreach and education for not only healthcare professionals, but patient and community groups as well.

Global Hand Washing Day October 15 Activities

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Global Hand Washing Day, October 15, is a good day to start a new habit of handwashing in your school or community. Here are 5 opportunities to get you started:

  1. Attend ACI’s 2016 Make Handwashing a Habit Anytime Webinar
  2. Download and share our Global Handwashing Day Activity Sheet
  3. Join CDC experts for a YouTube Live handwashing presentation on October 14 at 10:30 AM ET
  4. Complete a handwashing campaign or project and apply for the Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It’s a SNAP National Award
  5. Share this information with your colleagues so that they can also make handwashing a habit


More information on “Make Handwashing a Habit Anytime Webinar”

Cost: Free

Duration: 30 minutes

Speakers include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing, and the 2016 Healthy Schools, Healthy People National Award Recipient. In about 30 minutes, these experts will help make handwashing a habit by sharing educational resources and information.

In addition, cleaning products gift baskets will be given away to 5 lucky webinar registrants in a drawing held December 1!

Note: This is not a live webinar.  It has already been recorded and can be viewed at your leisure. Make sure you register before December 1 to be eligible for the prize drawing.

To view the webinar register here

Continuing Education: Winning Consumers in a Non-GMO Marketplace Webinar

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FCS Professionals members are invited to participate in a complimentary webinar sponsored by Ingredion on Monday, October 17 at 1:00 p.m.  The title of the program is “Winning Consumers in a Non-GMO Marketplace”.

From the website:  Now more than ever, consumers are paying attention to “non-GMO” claims on food and beverage labels. Be better prepared to make non-GMO supply decisions and gain the latest consumer insights to help you market your non-GMO products effectively. Join the experts for this content-rich webinar comprised of two short segments:


  • What consumers know, think and how they make decisions relative to GMOs today
  • Expert insights into non-GMO sourcing and supply chain implications

Webinar is free but you must register in advance here

October Feature: Travels and Tourism

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Each month the blog will feature a specific theme.  October’s theme is “Travels and Tourism” and will have articles throughout related to it.  Our first feature article is from Deb Zwiefelhofer discussing  a recent day trip to the St. Cloud area. 

Day-Tripping to St. Cloud Minnesota

Recently a couple of college friends and I met up for a girls’ day in St. Cloud. I grew up in that area and was not expecting much in the way of unique and different!  I am glad to say the three stops we made on a Friday in September scored five stars with all of us. If you are looking for a nice ‘day trip’ I highly recommend the route we took and the stops we made.

Our first stop was The Grand Depot right off I-94 and Highway 23. This is a ‘foodies’ heaven for shopping and tasting. The Depot is a several times moved and renovated 1912 train depot – beautiful building as most old train depots seem to be! Currently there are two shops, Accentric and Corks and Casks, with another store planned to open soon. Our little group spent almost 2 hours oohing and ahhing over the various kitchen items, fun foods (and samples) and awesome gift ideas. This is the place to go if you are looking for a clever gift or that elusive kitchen tool!

After all the samples at Accentric in The Grand Depot, we probably didn’t need to eat lunch but it was noon and therefore lunch time! So, lunch was at Jules’ Bistro which is a quaint little restaurant and art shop located in the downtown area. They feature (and sell) work of local artists as part of their décor so there is more shopping here too. The “half” salad that I had with my homemade creamy chicken dumpling soup was seriously generous in size and wonderful. The salad and soup choices my friends made were satisfying to them too! We all shared two desserts – a crème brule and a chocolate cake – both earning two thumbs up. The menu offers a variety of sandwiches, wraps, pizza, salads, soups and desserts. They also serve breakfast and offer wine and beer. Someone of any age would surely find something on the menu at Jules’. Foods are sourced locally and homemade daily. The portions were hardy and the flavors were amazing. Prices were reasonable and in line with other eating establishments. It has been rated 4 out of 5 stars but our little group of three gave it 5 out of 5.

Our third, and final, destination for the day was the Munsinger and Clemens Gardens. These gardens sit along the Mississippi river and offer different kinds of beauty as they goes through the growing season. The roses are something to behold when in full bloom – we were a bit late for that but we did get to see all the fall flowers in their glory! You can stroll through the gardens (and gift shop) as leisurely or as quickly as you like. We probably spent another two hours wandering the different areas playing ‘name that plant’. Fortunately for us they had arborists and garden workers wondering around to identify the many plants that we could not name.

You can find out more about each of these destinations on their respective websites, which are linked in this article. St. Cloud is only about 45-60 minutes from the Minneapolis/ St. Paul metro area depending on your starting point.

Summit Brewery Tour Invite

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FCS Professionals are invited to join the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IOPP) at the Summit Brewery for a tour and dinner on Thursday, October 13 from 2:30-6:00 p.m.   FCS Professionals past president Sarah Wangler is organizing this adventure!

Come learn what’s “Behind the Brew” as we tour the Summit Brewing Company and help them celebrate their 30th Anniversary.  Stroll through Summit’s history. Learn why their beers have so much character. Hear about Summit’s role in creating a sustainable planet and how they support our community. We’ll tour the packaging and bottling lines, the original and new cellars, the cooler, the racking/kegging line and we’ll look into the brewing area and the canning line.  The Director of Production will be available to answer any questions.

2:30-pm:   Check in
3:00 pm:   Presentation & Tour
5-6:00 pm: Dinner

MENU – Catered by Divine Swine

Roasted Shredded Pork Sandwiches
Roasted Shredded Beef Sandwiches
Au Gratin Potatoes
Pork Baked Beans
Pineapple Cole Slaw
Potato Chips
Raspberry Bars
Lemon Bars

$40 Member
$20 Students
$50 Guest (New Guests may use “BrewVIP” code at check out to get $20 off this meeting; so $30 total cost to register any new guest not currently on our email list.)

Register by noon, Monday, October 10.

Required Attire: Closed Toe shoes are required for the tour. (No sandals or flip-flops are allowed.)

Summit encourages tour attendees to bring a monetary donation or boxed or canned food for Second Harvest Heartland.


To register click HERE

In the News: Catching FCS Professionals Up on All the Latest!

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There are several interesting articles to share with FCS Professionals!


Breast Cancer:  Teen Fruit Consumption Linked to Lower Risk.  Access the article here

The 2016 Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink.  Access the article here

Can Fake Junk Food Truly Satisfy?   Access the article here

Food Tasting Too Healthy? Just Add Scent.  Access the article here

Minnesota Food Nonprofits: A Tribute to a few Hardworking Nonprofits.  Access the article here

Take a Two Week Vegetarian Challenge.  Access the article here

Cultured Coffee…the Beginning of a New Fermented Foods Revolution? Access the article here

Continuing Education: What I Learned from a Lifetime of Building Businesses Seminar October 6th

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FCS Professionals members are invited to the University of St. Thomas Opus School of Business on Thursday, October 6, 5:30-8:00 p.m. for a seminar “What I Learned from a Lifetime of Building Businesses”.  The seminar is complimentary but pre-registration is requested.

From the invite: “All entrepreneurs can benefit by learning how others succeeded: How they found their personal strength, opportunities, and business model.   This workshop offers unique life lessons from Lloyd Sigel, one of Minnesota’s great consumer marketers and a strategic advisor to companies and entrepreneurs.  Sigel will share the lessons he’s learned from a lifetime of developing successful companies, including Lloyd’s Barbeque Products, an iconic Minnesota company.”

Date: Thursday, October 6

Time: 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Location: University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis Campus, Terrance Murphy Hall Atrium & Thornton Auditorium

Cost:  Free, but pre-registration preferred.  Click here to register