Thursday, June 11, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT
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West Virginia Wesleyan College 
59 College Avenue
Buckhannon, WV 26201

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Kate Long 
Try This West Virginia 


Try This for Healthcare Professionals 2020


Therapeutic low carb diet: a powerful tool for remission of Type 2 diabetes 

REGISTER NOW:  Try This Professionals only (Thursday, June 11): $100. Or treat yourself to  a special-price package that includes the Try This conference, Friday and Saturday ($170).

Your registration helps fund healthy-community projects created by Try This minigrant teams


West Virginia leads the nation in obesity, prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes. We need every tool at our disposal.  The low carb diet is a powerful tool to add to your arsenal.

This will be a productive, interactive workshop for those who want to use therapeutic nutrition as a tool in conjunction with other tools.

How can healthcare professionals safely initiate low carb diets? This workshop answers your questions.  A low-carb diet has changed the lives of many diabetic and prediabetic patients in WV and around the globe. A growing body of research and clinical experience shows its effectiveness with appropriate patients. How do you decide which patients are appropriate for therapeutic nutrition? How can you help them avoid side effects and promote sustainability? How will the diet impact medication use?

West Virginia leads the nation in prevalence, but we can also lead in remission. Try This WV is proud to co-sponsor this workshop with WVU School of Medicine East, a day before our healthy-community conference. We invite you to consider a package deal for both conferences.

  • 6 CME hours available through Cat1 AMA CME West Virginia University. Applications will be distributed at the workshop.
  • Scholarships available for students. Apply here.


Lead presenter:

WVU Professor Mark Cucuzzella, MD, has presented dozens of workshops and published internationally recognized guidelines on low carb. He is recognized internationally for his expertise on the low carb diet. He serves on the staff of WVU  Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Health in Martinsburg. For a decade, Mark has praciced and taught therapeutic low carb diets in his hospital, medical school, clinics, community,  and to the US military.

WVU’s Jefferson Medical Center, where Mark practices, has developed and adopted a protocol for using a low-carb diet for patients with obesity, prediabetes, and type 2 diabetes. Practicing what they preach, the hospital has eliminated all sugar-sweetened beverages from the hospital. Mark was instrumental in bringing MEDCHEFS to the WVU School of Medicine in 2014 with a focus on understanding insulin resistance.  An advocate for evidence based policy and education, Mark is a founding member of The Nutrition Coalition, the Low Carb Action Network, and The Hypoglycemia Foundation and is a scientific advisor for Diet Doctor.


Registered dietician Brooke Nissam-Sabat is a past president of the WV Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is currently a professor of foods and nutrition and Pierpont Community & Technical College in Fairmont. She firmly believes that food is medicine, food is fuel, and food is love; these principles guide her philosophy of eating and helping others make positive changes. Brooke thinks of wellness as something food can support along with deliberate activity, mindfulness, stress management, and having the discipline to make time for play and rest.

Nurse Practitioner Christina van Hilst, DNP, FNP-BC. Chrissy is the lead nurse practitioner at the WVU Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Health in Martinsburg, WV.  She focuses on lifestyle approaches in the treatment of diabetes, obesity and other metabolic diseases.  Her goal is to reduce medication burden in complex patients with T2DM.  She is currently working on her culinary medicine certificate to better help her educate patients on simple approaches to make healthy choices and incorporate low carbohydrate eating styles for the treatment of metabolic disease. 



 9:00 am – 12:00:  Using the low carb clinical practice guideline and adapting it to your practice 

  •        Key features / spectrum of insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and specific health effects
  •        What is a  low carb diet for obesity and diabetes? 
  •        How to select patients for whom the low carb approach is appropriate.
  •        How to avoid side effects 
  •        Safe adjustment of medication on a low carb diet
  •        Ways to better identify and reverse pre-diabetes
  •        Factors influencing appetite and food addiction
  •        Lab tests and markers and how to interpret them

Noon to 1: Low carb lunch smorgasbord in the Wesleyan dining hall

 1:00 - 4:00: Workshop session: Practical application of the morning’s information

  •        Case studies and routine miracles
  •        Strategies for effective counseling
  •        The power of continuous glucose monitors
  •        Practical applications to healthier food choices and preparation for busy families
  •        Introduction to group visit model

 Stay for the Fish Hawk Farm Farm Dinner and Tour ($35), following the workshop. A wonderful way to end the day and visit with collegues! This is a separate event, in partnership with the Try This conference. REGISTER HERE.  Farm tour 4:45 – 5:15 >  Farm to Table dinner 5:30

For a special discounted rate, you can stay for the Try This conference June 12-13.  If you're feeling discouraged about the possibilities of change, the Try This conference, featuring hundreds of healthy-community activists, will leave you feeling hopeful and inspired!


When you click "register," you will be taken to the Try This Conference registration page, where you can register for Try This for Health Professionals only or for a discounted combination of Healthcare Professionals and the Try This conference. Scholarships are available for students.