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Down Syndrome Expert and Renowned Dietician Shares Three Important Takeaways

January 19th, 2016 by Global Down Syndrome Foundation

Recipient of Global’s Award of Excellence in Behavioral Health & Nutrition and author of the Down Syndrome Nutrition Handbook, Joan Guthrie Medlen shares her three important tips for healthy living and well-being.

“Advice for People with Down Syndrome on Eating Well and Living Well”

The November 2015 Global Down Syndrome Foundation Educational Series focused on Nutrition and Lifestyles for Children, Teens, and Adults with Down Syndrome.


160 parents and professionals attended the two-day conference with overwhelmingly positive feedback:

What was your overall opinion of the Ed Series? Extent to which objectives above were met Speaker’s knowledge of the subject matter? Clarity and quality of presentation? Adequacy of Audience Q&A time?






“Always excellent presentations, content, facilities, food, etc. Thank you!” – Jerry Shelsta

“Thank you for all you provide for our community!” – Jenni Rysavy

“Always enjoy the great learning opportunities you provide. Thank you!” – Barbara Ritchie

“Presenter was well informed and well spoken. Loved the sensory section!” – Melissa Armour

“Lots of Q&A time!”– Ashley McCasuker

Joan Guthrie Medlen, Med, RDN, LD, is a registered dietitian who became involved with Down syndrome issues when her son Andy was born with Down syndrome 26 years ago. She has published two popular books promoting healthy lifestyles for people who are differently-abled, The Down Syndrome Nutrition Handbook, and Cooking by Color: Recipes for Independence. She is also the winner of numerous awards, including the Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s Award of Excellence in Behavioral Health & Nutrition. To access her Global Down Syndrome Educational Series presentation please click here.

Nutrition Expert Keynotes Global’s Education Series

September 16th, 2015 by Global Down Syndrome Foundation




Joan Medlen is a registered dietitian and DS expert who has published 2 popular books promoting healthy lifestyles for people who are differently-abled.

Global Down Syndrome Foundation
Fall 2015 Education Series
November 20-21, 2015

The Global Down Syndrome Educational Series was launched in 2006 and brings nationally and internationally renowned Down syndrome experts to Colorado for two full days of lectures. The first day is designed for professionals who impact the lives of individuals who have Down syndrome, and the second is for parents and caregivers. Topics focus on accurate and updated medical, educational, and therapeutic best practices.

Global’s Educational Series has featured the following speakers: Dennis McGuire, PhDDr. Fran HickeyLibby Kumin, PhDPatti McVayBrian Chicoine, MDH. Len Leshin, MDJennifer Meyers Bekins, MSSue Buckley, OBEPat WindersWilliam I. Cohen, MD

Joan Guthrie Medlen, MEd, RDN, LD

Joan Guthrie Medlen is an award-winning registered dietitian who focuses her work on promoting healthy lifestyles for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Her specialty is Down syndrome. She began her career as a generalist in local community hospitals, but soon found her love of working with families and children with Down syndrome after the birth of her son, Andy, 26 years ago. Inspired by her experiences with her son’s educational team, Joan returned to college to receive a Master’s in Education in 2010.

“We are more alike than different – especially when it comes to food.” – Medlen

Joan’s career is quite varied and includes writing two books, “Down Syndrome Nutrition Handbook,” and “Cooking by Color: Recipes for Independence”; developing the Healthy Athletes Health Promotion Program for Special Olympics; teaching; as well as having a robust private practice. To learn more about Medlen visit her website

Fall 2015 Education Series – Registration Now Open!
Date: November 20-21, 2015
Time: 9am-4pm
Location: Marriott Denver Tech Center
Professionals: Friday, November 20 – Nutrition and Lifestyles for Children, Teens, and Adults Who Experience Down Syndrome – and Their Families. (Continuing Education Units available)
Family Day: Saturday, November 21 – Food, Feeding, and Family with Down syndrome in the Mix. (Simultaneous Spanish translation available)

For questions about the Education Series please call 303-468-6663 or email