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Navigating Fad Dieting

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Guest Speaker: Katie Knappenberger MS, RD, CSSD, ATC
Director of Performance Nutrition at Northwestern Athletics

In this session, participants will explore fad diets throughout history and the most popular diets today. We will take an evidence-based look at Whole 30, Paleo, and Ketogenic diets as they apply to athletes. The presentation will close by sharing innovative ways to teach athletes about these diets and help them identify and navigate fad diets in the future.

At the end of the presentation, attendees will be better able to:

  • Define and identify fad diets.
  • Describe the claims, potential benefits, and risks of Whole30, Ketogenic, and Paleo diets for athletes.
  • Design strategies to educate athletes about fad diets to support health, safety, and performance.


Katie Knappenberger is the Director of Performance Nutrition for Northwestern University Athletics. She joined Northwestern in June of 2014 to build a performance nutrition program unlike any other in college athletics. Her mission is to empower athletes to use food to fuel athletic and academic success. She is responsible for clinical nutrition care, team and staff education and outreach, fueling station management, and food and supplement security.

Before joining the Wildcats, Knappenberger was an assistant professor and athletic trainer at Daytona State College in Daytona Beach, Fla. She earned her bachelor’s degree in athletic training from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and her master’s degree in nutrition with emphasis in sports dietetics from the University of Utah.

Knappenberger is a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Athletic Trainer who is actively involved in the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association (CPSDA), the Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Dietetic Practice Group (SCAN), the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). She currently represents the Big Ten Conference on CPSDA’s Power 5 Committee and was elected by her peers to join CPSDA’s Board of Directors.


Drug Free Sport, LLC (BOC AP# P8729) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 1.5 Category A hour/CEU.


Drug Free Sport (Accredited Provider 99D4E11) is approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration to provide continuing education to Registered Dietitians. This program is eligible for a maximum of 1 CPEU. Activity# 148507

Suggested Performance Indicators: 8.1.4, 8.2.2

Suggested Learning Needs Codes: 4060, 8090, 9020