The Nutrition, Disease Prevention, and Wellness SIG Invites You to Get Involved!

Published November 7, 2017

Dear SIG member,

We want to hear what you have to say. Please join us for the Nutrition, Disease Prevention, and Wellness SIG Business Meeting on Thursday, October 12, 5:00 - 6:00 PM.

The Nutrition, Disease Prevention and Wellness SIG and the Vision in Aging SIG are joining up to manage a booth in the 2017 exhibit hall in Chicago. We need just a few more volunteers to make the booth a success. Please review the times at the end of this email and let me know right away if you are able to help. Feel free to volunteer with a buddy!

Don't forget about the 2 NDPW symposia this year! We would love to see you there!

Joint Comprehensive Eye Care Section and Nutrition, Disease Prevention & Wellness SIG: Nutritional Influences on Eye Health 
Thursday, October 12, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

This symposium seeks to explore how nutritional factors influence systemic and ocular health down to the cellular level resulting in disease. Epigenetics, metabolomics, and functional integrative medicine will be discussed. The symposium aims to address how the comprehensive eye care provider can improve patient care to prevent vision loss and blindness. Speakers include Stuart Richer, OD, FAAO, Kim Allan Williams, MD, Diana Shechtman, OD, FAAO.

Joint Vision in Aging and Nutrition, Disease Prevention & Wellness SIGs: Aging and Nutrition in Modern Eye Care 
Wednesday, October 11, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Nutrition in eye care has become an integral part of modern eye care practice. Eye care practitioners increasingly make nutrition supplement recommendations for their older patients. There are many considerations unique to older adults with general and ocular nutrition needs along with relevant clinical information beyond AREDS. Speakers include Stuart Richer, OD, FAAO, Emily Chew, MD, Billy Hammond, PhD.

Volunteer Info:

We really need help covering the booth on Wednesday, October 11, 2017: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (during the Welcome Reception). Don't worry, I will give you all the information you need to help us man the booth during this very important opening hour.

We would also like to have additional coverage during the exhibit hall's busy hours so if you can offer even one hour of your time, please let me know!

  • Thursday, October 12, 2017: 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM (Lunch)
  • Thursday, October 12, 2017: 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM (Attendee Reception)
  • Friday, October 13, 2017: 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM (Lunch)

As always, please feel free to email with any suggestions or questions.


April M. Lewis, OD, FAAO 
Vice Chair, Nutrition, Disease Prevention, and Wellness Special Interest Group