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IDDSI Food Prep: Learn How to Prep Food to Comply With IDDSI Standards

A practical webinar that teaches and demonstrates the IDDSI Test Methods. After a discussion of the IDDSI Test Methods, during the webinar we will prepare various foods – proteins, starch, fruit, vegetable and bread and for 3 levels – puree, minced & moist, and soft and bite sized, and will test the foods using the IDDSI Test Methods. Various liquids will also be tested using the IDDSI Flow Test. An IDDSI Kit will be provided. Attendees can test foods on their end if they’d like.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Use IDDSI Test Methods to test the current menu items in attendees’ facilities
  2. Use Extremely Thick stock to adjust for the natural variability in raw food and food preparations
  3. Prepare a bread product that complies with IDDSI standards
  4. Articulate the difference between a descriptive diet like IDDSI vs. a prescriptive diet like NDD

Time Ordered Agenda

DurationAgenda ItemObjective
10 minIntroductions and housekeeping
10 minDiscussion of IDDSI Test Methods1
5 minExtremely Thick Stock2
10 minDemonstration: Mashed Potatoes2
10 minDemonstration: Veggies2
10 minDemonstration: Fruit2
10 minDemonstration: Protein2
10 minDemonstration: Bread3
5 minDemonstration: Testing off-the-shelf items1
15 minDemonstration: Liquids1
5 minDescriptive diets vs Prescriptive diets4
15 minQ and A


2 hours

Teaching Methods:

PowerPoint lecture, videos, demonstration, hands-on labs, and Q&A

Assessment Methods:

Q&A, Self-Assessment on Evaluation, Written Quiz or Test

About the Presenters:

John Holahan John Holahan, MBA, BS

President and Founder of SimplyThick, LLC. Mr. Holahan is also the inventor of the company’s patented thickener – SimplyThick. He graduated from the University of Minnesota a B.S. in Paper Science and Engineering in 1992. In 2001, Mr. Holahan graduated from the Executive MBA program at Washington University in St. Louis. As part of his academic career, he has been elected to both the honor societies for forestry and business – Xi Sigma Pi and Beta Gamma Sigma. Mr. Holahan has worked with thickeners – and not just in healthcare — for his entire business career. Initially, he worked for Kelco – a thickener company owned by Merck and eventually sold to Monsanto – where he became an expert in several industrial thickeners. During his MBA, Mr. Holahan developed the business plan for SimplyThick and upon graduation in 2001, founded the company and has worked there ever since.

John Holahan’s Presenter Disclosures:

President and Founder of SimplyThick, LLC. Paid by SimplyThick.
SimplyThick, LLC is a financial supporter of IDDSI but has no input on the content or direction of IDDSI.
Mr. Holahan is a member of the Canadian IDDSI Expert Reference Group.

Laurie Berger, MBA RD LD Laurie Berger, MBA, RD, LD

Laurie Berger, MBA RD LD is a Regional Manager for Simplythick LLC in the Midwest Region. She works with acute, long term care and chain accounts, and distribution and home healthcare customers in educating on dysphagia and the use of Simplythick. Laurie earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics and Restaurant Hotel Management from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and her Masters of Business Administration with a Marketing emphasis from Webster University in St. Louis, MO. Laurie is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian. Besides working in the dysphagia area for the last 18 years, Laurie has worked in various areas in nutrition and food service, including sales and marketing for adult and pediatric medical nutritional products, soy protein products, as a clinical dietitian and in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.

Laurie is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is also a member of Dietitians in Health Care Communities, Medical Nutrition Practice Group, Dietitians in Business and Communications and Clinical Nutrition Management.

Laurie lives in St. Louis and in normal times likes international travel, hiking, taking walks with her dog – Petula, attending St. Louis Blues and St. Louis Cardinals games, eating at ethnic restaurants and reading.

Laurie Berger’s Presenter Disclosures:

Employee of SimplyThick, LLC. Paid by SimplyThick.
No non-financial relationships to disclose.

Sponsor Disclosure:

This course is presented by CEU-Espresso, Inc.

Content Disclosure:

This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.

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Live webinar participants will be presented with quiz questions to answer throughout the course. Participants must attend the full two-hour course and correctly answer 80% of the quiz questions to earn CEUs. 

Partial credit will not be awarded.