maine nutrition council

Our Mission

The Maine Nutrition Council promotes the mission of its founders – to contribute to the health and well-being of Maine citizens through education, research and advocacy.

Events & Conferences

  • 10

    Apr 2017

    2017 Maine Nutrition Council Annual Conference

    MaineGeneral Health, 35 Medical Center Parkway Augusta, ME 04330

    Eat for the Health of it! Our 2017 conference will be held at MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta on Monday, April 10th, 8:00am-3:30pm. 


    8:00 Registration, Breakfast, and Exhibits
    8:30 Welcome
    9:00 Keynote: Dr. Saray Stancic “A Prescription for a Plant-Based Diet”
    10:15 Exhibits & cooking demo with Tom Mellette of MaineGeneral: Thai Noodles with Marinated Tofu and Vegetables
    10:30 Session 1: Dr. John Jemison “H2O: What You Need to Know”
    11:30 Let's Go! Program - Making a Difference with Amy Bouchard, MS, RD of Let's Go! 5210
    12:00 Lunch & Exhibits
    12:45 Scholarships & Awards
    1:00 Panel Discussion: The Role of Diet & Nutrition in Disease Prevention
    Panelists include: Dr. Steven Feder (Lincoln Medical Partners), Venus Gilley (RD & Diabetes Educator at MaineGeneral), Donna Walsh (Certified Specialist Oncology Nutrition, MaineGeneral).
    2:00 Session 2: Dr. Saray Stancic “Managing Autoimmune Disease Using Our Dinner Plate”
    2:45 Plant Parts Yoga with Jada Wensman, FoodCorps
    3:00 Closing Remarks
    3:15 Evaluation & Door Prizes

    Keynote Speaker: Saray Stancic, MD, is the founder of Stancic Health & Wellness in Ramsey, NJ, a unique and innovative practice whose mission is to educate and empower patients to achieve optimal health via lifestyle modification. Her focus is shedding light on the building body of scientific data supporting the importance of optimal nutrition in disease prevention. The concept for this practice came in response to her experiences as a physician for more than 20 years and as a patient with multiple sclerosis. Learn about her here:

    Topics for the day include: Prescription for a Plant-Based Diet, H2O: What You Need To Know, Managing Autoimmune Disease Using Our Dinner Plate, and a panel discussion on the role of diet and nutrition in disease prevention.

    Speakers and panelists include: Dr. Saray Stancic, Dr. John Jemison, Dr. Steven Feder, Donna Walsh, Venus Gilley, and Tom Mellette.

    Click here to download our registration form.

    Registration Deadline: March 31, 2017 – Please mail forms and make checks payable to:
    The Maine Nutrition Council
    PO Box 246
    Augusta, ME 04330

    For exhibitor and sponsor information please contact Kelsey Fortin at
    (certificates for 6 contact hours will be awarded to each participant that completes the conference)

  • 12

    Jan 2017

    Educational Event: Just Eat It! Film viewing at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show

    Waldo Room, Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Dr, Augusta, ME 04330 10am

    Join the Maine Nutrition Council at the Agricultural Trades Show at the Augusta Civic Center in the Waldo Room on Thursday January 12th at 10am in viewing the film Just Eat It! Followed by discussion.

    We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash? 

    Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away. In a nation where one in 10 people is food insecure, the images they capture of squandered groceries are both shocking and strangely compelling. But as Grant’s addictive personality turns full tilt towards food rescue, the ‘thrill of the find’ has unexpected consequences.

    Featuring interviews with TED lecturer, author and activist Tristram Stuart and acclaimed author Jonathan Bloom, Just Eat It looks at our systemic obsession with expiry dates, perfect produce and portion sizes, and reveals the core of this seemingly insignificant issue that is having devastating consequences around the globe. Just Eat It brings farmers, retailers, inspiring organizations, and consumers to the table in a cinematic story that is equal parts education and delicious entertainment.

    Watch the trailer:


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Blake St. Community Garden, Lewiston, ME

Summary of our Fall Quarterly at St. Mary's Nutrition Center

October 25, 2016

Our fall educational event took place at St. Mary's Nutrition Center on Bates Street in Lewiston. Rebecca Dugan, the teen nutrition coordinator, gave us a small tour of the facility, showing us some of the classrooms and the food pantry, and then guided us on a short walk to their Blake Street Garden. Rebecca talked to us about some of the great things that have happening with their community gardens as well as some of the challenges involved and things they have done to overcome some of those. Back at the facility she demonstrated a "cooking with kids" lesson and four council members volunteered to help make Butternut Squash Hummus! Rebecca talked about some of the things they've done at the nutrition center to make these lessons easier for the kids to learn, understand, and develop skills greater than just cooking. After taste testing some of the delicious hummus, Paul Drowns talked about his work in the behavioral units at the hospital as well of some of his other work throughout the community, helping adults learn to cook and try new foods. Board members stayed to enjoy lunch made by Paul - kale and brussell sprouts salad and Acorda a Alentejana (Portuguese bread and garlic and coriander soup).

You can receive contact hours for attending our events! Become a member of the Maine Nutrition Council today!

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