2015 Fall Educational Series – November

For Parents, Family Members, Caregivers, Dietitians, Nutritionists &
Other Professionals Interested in Promoting Healthy Lifestyles for
Individuals with Down Syndrome!

Featuring Joan Guthrie Medlen, MEd, RDN, LD
Author of the Down Syndrome Nutrition Handbook

Joan Guthrie Medlen, MEd, RDN, LD
Joan Medlen, is a registered dietitian who has focused her work on promoting healthy lifestyles for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities with a specialty in 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. Joan has received countless awards including: the National Down Syndrome Congress; Theodore J. Tjossem Research Award in 2002 and the Exceptional Meritorious Award in 2009, and the Excellence in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities for the Behavioral Health Nutrition Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2011.
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Committee Members

Series Includes:

  • Nutritional best practices throughout the life span of an individual with Down syndrome.
  • The difference in metabolism for people with Down syndrome and how that affects energy needs.
  • A plan for fun, activity-based solutions to “picky eating” and developing family-based menus.
  • Potential signs and risks of nutrition-related concerns including Celiac Disease.
  • Nutrition education applied to literacy, math, and science skills.
  • Strategies for teens and adults to increase mindfulness when it comes to nutrition, health, and other decisions.
  • Strategies to encourage supported decision making with regard to food and healthy lifestyle choices.
  • Strengths common to individuals with Down syndrome to promote healthy living.
  • When nutrition intervention is useful.


Read more about our other Global Down Syndrome Educational Series speakers, with lecture topics and participant survey responses!

Questions? Contact programs@globaldownsyndrome.org or 303-321-6277