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Learn, Eat and Age Well

NANASP and NRCNA 2024 Mini Podcast Series

Join legendary nutrition and elder rights advocate Bob Blancato to keep on top of the latest innovations in the senior nutrition program!

Brought to you by ACL’s Nutrition & Aging Resource Center and NANASP, this podcast invites experts and real-life service providers to share their secrets of success, offer free resources and tell us their sage advice.

Whether you are working at a State Unit on Aging, Area Agency on Aging, or local service provider – or just curious about how the senior nutrition program is modernizing to meet the needs of current and future generations of seniors - this podcast is for you! Episodes drop on the 1st and 15th of every month starting on May 15th.


     Malnutrition experts explain the what, where and how to identify, treat and refer

     Network organizations evaluate their impact on malnutrition


     Cultural meals in partnership with organizations serving Hispanic seniors

     Innovative practices: food trucks, pop-up meal sites, restaurants

Age Well:

            Serving delicious food while reducing social isolation and improving health           

Older Americans Act regulations and new initiatives - nutrition programs address behavioral health, senior center collaborations

Find “Learn, Eat and Age Well” at or anywhere you get your podcasts.

Disclaimer: This project was supported in part by grant number 90PPNU0002, from the Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.

2024 publication schedule:

S1E1 - May 15 - Pam VanKampen

Pam VanKampen is the Nutrition Director at the Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources – also called GWAAR - an Area Agency on Aging that covers 70 counties and 11 tribes in Wisconsin. GWARR provides aging lead agencies in their service area with training, technical assistance and advocacy to ensure availability and quality of programs and services to meet the changing needs of older people in Wisconsin. Pam is a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) and has been in the Aging Network for 28 years.

We've invited Pam here today because of her deep expertise and passion for the issue of older adult malnutrition. Pam has spent many years developing programs and numerous educational resources to address older adult malnutrition.

S1E2 - June 1 - Alison Steiber

Dr. Alison Steiber is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and the Chief Science Officer at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. As Chief Science Officer, Dr. Steiber leads the Research, International, and Scientific Affairs team in research, Evidence Based Nutrition Practice Guidelines and the Dietitian Outcomes Registry. Additionally, Dr. Steiber oversees the Academy’s international efforts, standardized language development and resources for the research fellowship program. She is an author on dozens of scientific research papers, represents the Academy at key research, scientific and/or policy conferences, is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Kidney Foundation, on the Scientific Advisory Panel for the American Council on Exercise and the Executive Committee for the International Society for Renal Nutrition and Metabolism.

We’ll hear about why she became interested in nutrition - specifically older adult malnutrition, learn her perspective on the nutrition and aging network including dietitians in our work to address malnutrition and hear best practices for our community programs to work more closely with healthcare.

S1E3 - June 15 - Seanna Marceaux

Seanna Marceaux is the Chief Strategy and Impact Officer of Meals on Wheels of Central Texas. Seanna is a dietitian who has published research demonstrating the positive nutritional and socialization impacts of the nutrition program on older adults. She brings over 15 years of experience in the public health, non-profit sector, specifically working with older adults and neighbors with disabilities in Central Texas. Seanna drives the organization’s overall strategy, initiatives, and continuous quality improvement evaluation processes to demonstrate measured impact on both operational and programmatic outcomes. Seanna has a Masters degree in Human Nutrition and is a licensed and registered dietitian nutritionist.

We’ll hear from Seanna on an exciting ACL Innovations in Nutrition grant headed by the Texas State University which is developing an app-based system to reduce older adult food insecurity and malnutrition

S1E4 - July 1 - Livleen Gill

Livleen Gill is a Registered Dietitian who also has an MBA with over 30 years of experience in the field of nutrition, healthcare and business. Presently, she is President of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the President & CEO of Apostle Group, LLC- a consulting and service delivery company, CEO of The Wholesome Village non-profit and CEO of Bethesda NEWtrition and Wellness solutions, a healthcare practice in Maryland. Ms. Gill was a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Nutrition Services Payment Committee that dealt with Advanced payment models, health IT, Medicaid payment landscape for RDs and a toolkit for obesity to name a few. Livleen continues to work closely on programs and projects on the state and national level with landscape analysis of programs, reimbursement modeling, nutrition and chronic disease program innovations, and technology and telehealth implementation. Some of her recent projects included programs to enhance healthcare provider education, best practices for workflow management and referral systems and also two ACL INNU grants. In addition, she is project director for a CDC grant on culturally relevant nutrition resources for immigrant parents and caregivers.

We’ll hear how she became interested in nutrition - specifically older adult malnutrition, to learn her perspective on how the nutrition and aging network can best include dietitians to address older adult malnutrition, as well as how our programs can work more closely with healthcare.

S1E5 - July 15 - Patty Keane

Patty Keene became ACL's National Nutritionist within the Office of Nutrition and Health Promotion Programs in March of this year. Before joining ACL, Patty held consulting roles advising USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program grantees and supporting the cultural adaptation of CDC diabetes prevention curricula for American Indian and Alaska Native populations. In her previous government roles, she managed senior nutrition and transportation programs for the City of Albuquerque and advised New Mexico Governor Lujan Grisham’s food security initiatives and COVID-19 response. Patty has served as an Associate Scientist and Principal Investigator at the University of New Mexico (UNM) Prevention Research Center and as Nutrition Faculty for the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Program at the University of New Mexico Center for Development and Disability. At UNM, Patty led policy, systems and environmental change programs focused on equitable access to and consumption of healthier foods, and provided nutrition, policy, and leadership expertise. Patty has served as a federal grant reviewer for ACL and in volunteer professional leadership roles at the local, state, regional, and national levels.

We’ll hear what brought her to the nutrition field, what her role is as the National Nutritionist at ACL, and key insights into the new Older Americans Act regulations.


August 1 - INNU: restaurant, cafe, popup/food trucks

August 15 - INNU: reaching Hispanic community 

September 1 – Paul Downey




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NANASP’s vision is to reshape the future of nutrition and healthy aging.

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