Speaker: Alan Aragon, MS

Speaker: Alan Aragon, MS

12:30pm – 1:00pm

"The Case for Protein"

Alan aragon, ms

Alan Aragon is known as one of the most influential figures in the fitness industry’s movement towards evidence-based information. His notable clients include Stone Cold Steve Austin, Derek Fisher, and Pete Sampras. He co-authored Nutrient Timing Revisited, the most-viewed article in the history of the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. Alan maintains a private practice designing programs for recreational, Olympic, and professional athletes.


  1. Describe the research evidence basis for current total daily protein recommendations for athletic populations.

  2. Identify the potential mechanisms underlying the effectiveness of specific distributions of protein intake through the day for maximizing muscle growth and retention.

  3. Discern the varying levels of importance of protein timing as it relates to various athletic goals.

Speaker: Matt Ruscigno, MPH, RDN

Speaker: Matt Ruscigno, MPH, RDN

1:00pm – 1:30pm

"The Case for Plant-Based"

Matt ruscignO, MPH,RDN

Matthew Ruscigno, MPH, RD is the Chief Nutrition Officer for Nutrinic, a healthcare start-up that uses plant-based diets to reduce risks for chronic disease. He is the past Chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Matt co-authored No Meat Athlete with Matt Frazier and Appetite for Reduction with Isa Moskowitz. An athlete himself, Matt has completed numerous marathons, ultra races and triathlons including The Norseman, considered the hardest Ironman in the world. He is a 3x finisher of the Furnace Creek 508, a 500-mile non-stop bike race through Death Valley that National Geographic calls the 8th hardest race in the world. 


  1. Identify the plant foods that can be utilized for fuel during physical activity. 

  2. List the potential benefits of plant foods for athletic endeavors. 

  3. Discuss the use of plant-based foods with athletic patients or clients.  

  4. Understand the varied sources of essential amino acids in plant foods 


1:30pm – 1:50pm

Questions and Comments

1:50pm - 2:05pm

Stretching & Break

Lauree Bradley, RDN