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Sports Nutrition: Clarifying the confusion about what's best to eat

Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD, ©2019
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Are carbohydrates good or bad? Can vegetarian athletes get enough protein to build muscles? What and when is best to eat to manage weight? Do you need to eat a perfect sports diet to perform at your best?


Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD, author of the best-selling Nancy Clark’s Sport’s Nutrition Guidebook, resolves confusion about how to create a balanced and effective sports diet, exposes some of the unintended health consequences seen among "clean eating" athletes, and offers nutrition tips on how to choose a health-promoting diet that supports optimal athletic performance.


At the end of this presentation, you will be able to:

• Choose a performance-enhancing balance of carbohydrate, protein and fat.

• Understand the nutritional costs and benefits of "eating clean."

• Identify at least 5 nutrients that are commonly—yet unknowingly—deficient in the diets of athletes who "eat clean."

• Build an excellent and nutritionally sound sports diet that supports optimal performance.


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Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD, renowned author and board-certified specialist in sports dietetics, is known for her ability to translate the science of nutrition for exercise and health into practical tips to enhance performance, manage weight, and resolve eating disorders. She has a private practice in the Boston-area (Newton, MA), where she offers nutrition consultations to both casual exercisers and competitive athletes. Her more renowned clients have included members of the Boston Red Sox, the Boston Celtics, and many collegiate, elite, and Olympic athletes from a variety of sports. She is team nutritionist for the Boston Red Sox.


An internationally known lecturer, Clark has given presentations to professional groups such as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) (formerly known as the American Dietetic Association) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), as well as team talks to athletes at Boston-area colleges. Clark offers workshops nationally to health professionals with her sports nutrition workshop series. As a part of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training Virtual Marathon Training Program, Clark helps novice runners complete the distance.


Clark received her bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Simmons College in Boston and her master’s degree in nutrition from Boston University. She completed her internship in dietetics at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is a fellow of the American Dietetic Association, recipient of its Media Excellence Award, an active member of ADA’s practice group of sports nutritionists (SCAN), and a recipient of that group’s Honor Award. In addition, Clark is a fellow of the ACSM and a recipient of the Honor Award from ACSM’s New England chapter. Clark received the 2015 Nutrition Science Media Award from the American Society of Nutrition.


Clark is the nutrition columnist for New England Runner and American Fitness and is a frequent contributor to numerous sports and fitness publications. She writes a monthly nutrition column called “The Athlete’s Kitchen,” which appears regularly in over 100 sports publications and Web sites. She has authored Nancy Clark’s Food Guide for Marathoners: Tips for Everyday Champions and The Cyclist’s Food Guide: Fueling for the Distance.