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Nutrition, Obesity, and Medical/Surgical Care of the Bariatric Patient: 2024 Update

7-Night Melodies of the Danube Cruise
from Budapest, Hungary to Vilshofen, Germany October 14 - 21, 2024
<em>AmaWaterways <em>AmaVerde</em></em>
AmaWaterways AmaVerde
12.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
12 ACPE Credits
12.0 Contact Hours
Course Fees
$895 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Doctors of Pharmacy, & Dentists
$750 for Physician Assistants
$495 for Nurses, Residents, Students & Others

Target Audience
Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives
  1. Why is obesity everywhere and so hard to manage? Rational management considerations and strategies.
    • Understand the demographics and penetration of weight issues as you see in your practice, inclusive of co-morbidities seen
    • Explain the impact of obesity in the lives of your patients
  2. Understanding obesity surgery. Understanding the procedures, risks, and benefits.
    • Discuss the historical and current bariatric interventional and surgical options for the non-surgeon
    • Understand the potential use of these interventions for weight control
    • Discuss the risks and benefits of bariatric surgery and treatment
    • Discuss the goals, efficacy, and limitations of bariatric surgery
  3. How to manage bariatric surgery patients post and peri-operatively: behavioral changes, supplements, and understanding issues and complications that may arise.
    • Effectively engage your bariatric surgery patients in their weight loss efforts
    • Develop a patient-driven and empathetic approach to guiding your bariatric surgery patients in their health and weight-loss pursuits
    • Create an interprofessional team to better serve your bariatric surgery patients' weight loss needs
  4. How to talk to your patients about their weight issues. How to guide them in their weight loss pursuits.
    • Effectively engage your patients in their weight loss efforts
    • Develop a patient-driven and empathetic approach to guiding your patients in their health and weight-loss pursuits
    • Create an interprofessional team to better serve your patients' weight loss needs
  5. Myths vs. Science in Nutritional Trends: Approach for the Medical Professional
    • Discussion of how to scientifically navigate the nutritional maze of popular diets and nutritional trends; The potential nutrition benefits and pitfalls of various dietary preferences and related patient concerns; Ways nutrition affects healthy lifestyles
  6. Cutting Edge Nutrition Innovation: A Personalized Approach
    • How to critically evaluate nutrition tools that patients can use to promote optimal health; Review the “latest and greatest” nutrition applications and technologies that can be used to greatly improve patients' nutrition and health pursuits; Creation of personalized health plans based on unique, patient-specific plans, tests, and analyses
  7. Medical Nutrition Therapy: A Practical Approach to Diet and Disease
    • Science-based Nutrition and Behavioral Guide to Treating “The Big” Medical Problems that are taking over your practice; Essential (and proven) strategies to help guide patients' diet and behaviors in the treatment of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and GI health; Travel through the google-mess of what patients hear and why they turn to these as resources; The science-based strategies and resources that can be implemented to help patients take rational control of their health
  8. Nutrition Through the Ages: Prevention and Potential Pitfalls
    • A working guide for a nutritional and behavioral rubric to understand what is expected (and what may undermine) optimal health from infancy through the elderly; Barriers patients face in implementing and sticking with nutritional strategies
Conference Sessions generally take place on days at sea (as itinerary allows), giving you plenty of time to enjoy your meals, evenings and ports of call with your companion, family and friends.
IMPORTANT NOTE: All conferees, their families, and guests must book their cruise within the University at Sea® meeting group through University at Sea® at 800-926-3775 or by registering online. This ensures our company can provide conference services and complimentary social amenities to all meeting participants and their guests. Thank you for your cooperation.

Michael Snyder, MD, FACS, FASMBS

Michael Snyder, MD, FACS, FASMBS
Bariatric and Advanced Laparoscopic Surgeon Medical Director
Rose Medical Center Bariatric Surgery Program Denver, Colorado
Dr. Snyder received his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine and completed an internship and residency at Oregon Health Sciences University at Portland, Oregon. He is board certified in General Surgery by the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Snyder is an active member of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and is Medical Director of the Bariatric Surgery Center at Rose Medical Center in Denver.

Dr. Snyder is an international leader in the field of bariatric surgery. As of September 2020, he has performed over 10,000 primary and revisional bariatric procedures. His program is the most comprehensive and highest volume program in the region. He regularly treats patients from all over the US and when appropriate, from other countries. He lectures regularly on obesity and bariatric surgery both for non-surgeon medical professionals and to his surgical peers at AMBS and SAGES.

Jessica Crandall-Snyder, RDN, CDE

Jessica Crandall-Snyder, RDN, CDE
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator
Founder, Vital RD
Centennial, Colorado
Jessica Crandall Snyder earned her Bachelor's degree at Colorado State University and completed her postgraduate work in Oneonta, New York, with rotations at Rose Medical Center. She is accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Jessica is the owner and founder of VitalRD. She caters to the diverse nutritional needs of the community. Jessica has a virtual practice, contracts with numerous doctors' offices (providing them with nutritional services), and develops and manages hospital-based outpatient programs for nutritional counseling services. She is passionate about helping consumers navigate the nutritional maze towards a healthier life in an atmosphere that is comfortable for them and conductive to learning no matter what the setting or challenges.

As a Registered Dietitian (RDN), Jessica's passion lies in nutritional counseling in weight management, sports nutrition, bariatric education, diabetes prevention and management, cardiac diet modification, oncology nutrition and family nutrition dynamics. She also works with children with special nutritional needs and feeding disorders. Jessica is also a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE), NASM Personal Trainer, and AAFA certified Group Fitness Instructor.

Jessica's accolades include being named 2009 Colorado Dietitian of the Year, served as Colorado Dietetic President-Elect in 2009, and President of Colorado Dietetics Association in 2010. She is a strong supporter of public policy for dietitians and their professional development. She also had the honor to be a National Media Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics from 2010-2019. She regularly speaks for a variety of media outlets and has been quoted in numerous media outlets including WebMD, Prevention, Shape, Weight Watchers, Men's Fitness, Readers Digest, Martha Stewart Whole Living Magazines, and is frequently engaged as an expert resource regarding nutrition and health for many media outlets.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.

Cruise Itinerary

Mon Oct 14 Budapest, Hungary
2:30 pm -
Tue Oct 15 Day 2: Budapest
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Wed Oct 16 Day 3: Bratislava
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Thu Oct 17 Day 4: Vienna
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Fri Oct 18 Day 5: Weissenkirchen & Grein
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Sat Oct 19 Day 6: Linz
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Sun Oct 20 Day 7: Passau & Vilshofen
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Mon Oct 21 Vilshofen, Germany
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*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.

Ports of Call

Budapest, Hungary -
Arrive in Budapest and board your luxurious river cruise ship.

Dinner Provided

Day 2: Budapest -
Queen of the Danube tour
OR Castle Hill hike

Budapest offers an unmatched combination of culture and tradition. Your city tour begins with a visit to the Great Market Hall before going to both the Buda (hilly) and the Pest (flat) sides of the river. You’ll see Heroes’ Square and Castle Hill, home to the Fisherman’s Bastion and Mattias Church. As an alternative, you can hike up to Castle Hill for breathtaking views of the city below.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner provided

Day 3: Bratislava -
Scenic Cruising
"Coronation City" walking tour
OR Tastes of Slovakia
OR Bratislava Castle hike

Host to the crowning ceremonies of 11 Hungarian kings and queens between 1536 and 1830, Bratislava certainly has earned the title “Coronation City of Kings,” as you’ll discover during your walking tour. Or join a special “Tastes of Slovakia” tour. For a more active adventure, hike up to Bratislava Castle, offering magnificent views of the city.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner provided

Day 4: Vienna -
Imperial Vienna tour
OR Vienna city tour by bike
Free time

The “City of Waltzes” offers a wealth of gems and your city tour showcases its regal splendors, including the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs. Conclude your tour in Vienna’s historic city center and then visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral, or discover Vienna by bike. During the afternoon, enjoy leisure time to further explore this iconic city.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner provided

Day 5: Weissenkirchen & Grein -
Highlights of Dürnstein and Melk Abbey visit
OR Dürnstein with wine and apricots
OR Dürnstein fortress hike
OR Weissenkirchen to Melk bike tour
Scenic Cruising through the Strudengau Valley
Exclusive Greinburg Castle Visit

After reaching Weissenkirchen, you’ll be treated to several choices of excursions. Take a walking tour of Dürnstein before visiting the UNESCO-designated Melk Abbey. For a more culinary-focused experience, join a walking tour in Dürnstein, then enjoy a wine tasting hosted by a local vintner and sample special apricot treats from a local boutique. If you prefer a more active adventure, hike up to the fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once held or join a guided bike tour to Melk. Later in the day, sail through the Strudengau Valley to medieval Grein for an exclusive visit to the more than 500-year-old Greinburg Castle, looming regally from above.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner provided

Day 6: Linz -
Full-day Salzburg excursion
OR "UNESCO City of Media Arts" walking tour
OR "Cultural Mile" bike tour
?esk Krumlov excursion(Not available with full-day Salzburg excursion)

The ship arrives in Linz where you’ll have several choices of excursions. Opt for a full-day excursion to Salzburg where you’ll tour the historic center, Mirabell Gardens, Residenz Square and the Old Market. En route to Salzburg, stop at Mondsee, home of the Basilica St. Michael. Or join a morning walking tour through the old city center of Linz and by the Mozart House; or go on a bike tour of the city’s famed “Cultural Mile” and the Danube. During the afternoon, you can also choose to visit charming Český Krumlov, located just over the Czech-Austrian border.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner provided

Day 7: Passau & Vilshofen -
"City of Three Rivers" walking tour
OR Passau Castle Hike
OR Passau River Inn bike tour
Exclusive Oktoberfest celebration in Vilshofen

Discover the city of Passau in one of three ways. Enjoy a walking tour and marvel at Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Alternately, choose between a guided hike up to the Veste Oberhaus fortress or a guided bike tour along the River Inn. Later, cruise to Vilshofen, where you will be treated to a festive Oktoberfest celebration— an AmaWaterways exclusive.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner provided

Vilshofen, Germany -
Bid farewell to Vilshofen and prepare for your flight home

Breakfast provided

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.
Please note that our shore excursions are operated separately and
independently of those offered by the cruise line.
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