Vegetarian/Vegan Diets

Vegetarian and vegan diets can be very diverse because of the variety of food choices and the different factors that motivate people to make these lifestyle choices. A well-planned diet containing vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, & seeds can provide adequate nutrition. However, adopting a vegetarian diet may cause a reduced intake of certain nutrients. Join us to find out if a vegetarian, vegan, or hybrid diet is right for you and your family!
Topics Covered:
Nutrient considerations
Appropriateness from pregnancy – adolescence
Therapeutic effects of diet & chronic disease

AGES: ALL

Upcoming sessions: 

October 28th at 3:00PM: REGISTER NOW

Disclaimer: Tickets are non-refundable. Your insurance will be billed for this seminar. If your child does not have nutritional benefits the ticket price will cover a portion of the cost of your attendance. Cost of attendance is $30 maximum if you do not have nutrition benefits through your insurance carrier. Any remaining balance beyond your ticket price will be charged to your credit card on file. If your insurance remits payment to Potomac Pediatrics your $10 ticket will be applied to your copay if applicable or credited back to your patient account. This varies by insurance carrier and policy. Should you miss the class your ticket is not refundable, and an additional fee will be due.

Food Allergies 

A food allergy occurs when the immune system fails to develop tolerance to harmless food proteins and responds as if they were harmful. Food allergy is defined as an adverse health effect arising from a specific immune response that occurs from exposure to a given food. Join us to learn about the most common food allergies and how to navigate the introduction of these allergens.

Topics Covered:
The big 8 (Food Allergens)
When to introduce and how much
Navigating solid foods & label reading

AGES: 0-8 months

Upcoming sessions: 

 September 29th at 5:00pm: REGISTER NOW

Nutrition & Immunity

Immunity has been a hot topic as of recent. While nutrition cannot prevent illness from happening it can decrease the severity and duration of that illness. Join us to find out how diet and lifestyle choices can positively impact immune function!

Topics Covered:
Key Macronutrients
Key Micronutrients
Supplementation considerations

AGES: 10yrs+

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Omega-3s 

Ready to learn about the potential health benefits Omega-3s? Inflammation regulation, heart health, brain development, and much more! Join us to find out just how essential Omega-3s really are!
Topics Covered:
ALA, EPA, & DHA
Potential Health Benefits
Sources & Recommendations

AGES: ALL

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Sports Nutrition 4 Part Series

The Sports Nutrition Series is designed to cover key factors that should be considered when fueling young athletes. After engaging in this 4 part series you should feel confident in your ability to assist your child in achieving their performance goals.

Session 1: Carbohydrates 

  1. Simple Carbohydrates vs. Complex Carbohydrates
  2. Carbohydrate Needs
  3. Carbohydrate Periodization
  4. Protein

Session 2: Proteins

  1. Complete Protein vs. Incomplete Protein
  2. Protein Needs
  3. Protein Periodization

Session 3: Hydration/Electrolytes

  1. Types of Fluids & Electrolytes
  2. Timing & Quantity
  3. How to Assess Hydration Status

Session 4: Recovery Nutrition

  1. Carbohydrates, Protein, & Healthy Fats
  2. Hydration Considerations
  3. Anti-Inflammatory Considerations: Omega-3’s, tart cherry, turmeric

Ages: 10yrs and up

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Healthy Bones:

Now is the time to build your child’s bone “bank account”! Many nutrients work together to provide the framework for healthy bones. Join us to learn how solid nutrition can promote solid bones.

Topics Covered:

Calcium, Vitamin D, Vitamin K

Physical Activity

Bad-for-Bone Actions

AGES: All

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Prebiotics & Probiotics: 10+

Looking for natural nutrition boosters found in everyday foods? Look no further! Join us to find out how this dynamic duo works together to improve gastrointestinal health.

Topics Covered:

What are they?

Where do they come from?

What do they do?

AGES: All

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Disclaimer: Tickets are non-refundable. Your insurance will be billed for this seminar. If your child does not have nutritional benefits the ticket price will cover a portion of the cost of your attendance. Cost of attendance is $30 maximum if you do not have nutrition benefits through your insurance carrier. Any remaining balance beyond your ticket price will be charged to your credit card on file. If your insurance remits payment to Potomac Pediatrics your $10 ticket will be applied to your copay if applicable or credited back to your patient account. This varies by insurance carrier and policy. Should you miss the class your ticket is not refundable, and an additional fee will be due.

Peanut Butter Party

Are you having a stressful time with the thought of or actually introducing potentially allergenic foods to your baby? Rather than sitting in our parking lot and hoping for the best, we invite you to join us for our first ever Food Introduction Session. Just bring your baby, and feeding supplies (including food) with you and we will be on hand for guidance and medical support in the unlikely event that medical intervention is required.

This session will be lead by our very own dietitian Heather Marko,  and one of our highly experienced triage and clinical team members; Nurse Nicole, who just so happens to also be a mother of a child with food allergies.

Please be advised that this session is geared towards infants and toddlers that are developmentally prepared to eat solid foods. If your baby has severe eczema and/or egg allergies please contact advicenurse@potomacpediatrics.com prior to registering for this event.Your child should have been introduced to 2-3 foods prior to attending this event.

While the name of the seminar implies it is solely for the introduction of peanuts, parents are welcome to introduce any of the major allergens they may be anxious about. Here are some ideas of what you could bring with you to introduce:

Potential Allergen Foods:

  • Egg Hardboiled egg, scrambled egg
  • Milk Pudding, dry milk powder mixed into a food of choice, yogurt
  • Wheat Toast strip, small bits of cooked pasta
  • Soy Tofu, edamame cooked soft and mashed, soy flour mixed into a food of choice
  • Peanut Peanut powder mixed into a food of choice, thin layer peanut butter on toast, peanut butter diluted with water until thin (1:1 ratio)
  • Tree Nut Almond / Cashew butter diluted with water until thin (1:1 ratio), thin layer almond / cashew butter on toast
  • Please remember: only one allergen is to be introduced at this workshop and your child should be eating a couple of other solid foods first.

Ideal Age: 4 months – 9 months

Please only purchase 1 ticket per parent/baby.

*Must be a current patient of Potomac Pediatrics to participate in this event.

Upcoming Sessions:

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