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Speaker Series

Holistic Well‑Being

Experience breakthroughs in understanding nutrition and integrated health.

We are working in partnership with leading experts to make available a speaker series that deepens your experiential knowledge of nutrition and integrated health to promote holistic well-being.

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Facilitating a Healing Relationship with Food & Body

Friday, January 20, 2023
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
In-Person & Virtual
STEM Innovation Center, Room 137/139

We have a solid understanding of the science of nutrition and enjoy sharing our passion with others. But how come we (and others) continue to struggle in our relationship with food and our bodies? This relationship is much more complex than science! We can love our body one minute and hate it the next. If you are eager to engage in deeper and more compassionate conversations about food, nutrition and body image, and yield greater impact, then you won’t want to miss this presentation. This presentation will stretch our thinking and expand our capacity for greater impact in the classroom, in the clinic, and in our own relationship with food and our bodies.You will receive a Zoom link when you register. The information provided in this talk will allow participants to:

  • Increase awareness of the role of psychology in eating and body image issues
  • Challenge current practices that might be causing more harm than good
  • Identify three areas where a clinician can create greater capacity for curiosity and inclusive care


Debra Pearson
Becky Schmechel

Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietician
Certified Intutitive Eating Counselor

Becky is passionate about counseling, supervising, speaking, and educating in the areas of food and body image struggles and eating disorders. Becky practices through a non-diet and weight-inclusive lens.  In addition to her private practice, Becky is honored to work with kids and families in Northeast Wisconsin as a Clinical Dietitian through a children’s specialty clinic in the treatment of diabetes and endocrinology. 

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The Not So Sweet Side of Added Sugar

February 17, 2023
10-11 a.m..
In-Person & Virtual Livestream
UW-Green Bay Union, Christie Theater

We will explore the sweet stuff - the types and amounts of sugars in our foods, and their wide-ranging metabolic effects. You will receive a Zoom link when you register. The information provided in this talk will allow participants to:

  • Identify on food labels and describe various types of sugars, including sources of naturally occurring and added sugars.
  • Describe how different types and doses of sugars are metabolized differently in the body.
  • Relate the different metabolic rates of various sugars to specific health risks.


Debra Pearson
Debra Pearson
Associate Professor and Director of Nutrition and Integrated Health

Debra Pearson, Ph.D., is the director of the Master’s Program in Nutrition and Integrative Health at UW-Green Bay. Her students remark about her depth of knowledge and ability to make complex topics more understandable. In addition to her work at UW-Green Bay, Debra Pearson has been sought by the Medical College of Wisconsin to teach a number of nutrition courses to medical students. Her work here is an important part of increasing the nutrition knowledge of physicians, while also bolstering the role of the dietitian in interdepartmental care.

A Balanced Career

If you already have a bachelor's degree or RDN, and you're ready to elevate your nutritional credentials, a graduate degree or graduate certificate will enrich your professional life.

Live and Practice Whole Body Well-Being

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Have Questions?

If you have any questions about this certificate, please contact Teri Zuege-Halvorsen, Executive Regional Manager, at 920-663-7316 or email

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