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News Updates (Posted 11/6/17):


Pledge of Professional Civility

The Academy’s Food & Nutrition Magazine® has launched an initiative to help foster community and constructive discourse among peers: The Pledge of Professional Civility. The pledge was announced during FNCE® by Academy President Donna Martin at the Member Showcase and discussed during the FNCE® session on Cyberbullying, presented by Academy President-elect Mary Russell and Past-President Connie Diekman.

Public antagonism and hostility among peers dishonors the nutrition and dietetics profession, and is a disservice to the more than 100,000 professionals who hold the RDN or NDTR credentials. Just as in work environments and professional settings, words and behaviors on social media not only reflect the competencies and conduct of individuals, but the values and credibility of the entire profession. It is crucial that strong examples of personal conduct and professional behavior be set for fellow and future practitioners.

As professionals who are active in social media and communications, you are no doubt aware of some challenges regarding a shift in the online behavioral landscape. Forums such as social media channels and listservs continue to provide positive opportunities for discussion and connection; however, antagonism and negativity also have become more prevalent.

The Pledge of Professional Civility is a voluntary, public commitment to the civil treatment of professional peers, including those with whom we may not agree on all issues. Anyone is welcome to take the pledge. As Academy leaders, we encourage all of you to review the Guiding Principles and supporting resources, take the Pledge of Professional Civility and help demonstrate positive, productive engagement among our community.  You are welcome to share this information with your members.

Learn more and take the Pledge -


New Infographics Available

New infographics are available from the Academy Foundation. The infographics were made possible through an educational grant from National Dairy Council.

·        "Tossed Treasures: America's Wasted Food Problem and How Dietetics

·        Professionals Can Help"

·        "What's in Our Food? The Science and Safety of Food Additives"

·        "The Nutrition Professional's Guide to GMOs"

View the infographics


Funding Opportunities: Foundation Awards Program

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation is proud to offer a variety of funding opportunities to

credentialed food and nutrition practitioners and students, including their awards program. The deadline to apply for awards is February 1 unless otherwise noted. You can view all of the available awards

here, which include the following categories:

·        Continuing Education Awards

·        Recognition Awards

·        Program Development Awards

·        International Awards


Now Accepting Applications for Academy's Spokesperson Program

The Academy is seeking outgoing, knowledgeable registered dietitian nutritionists with experience working with the news media to apply to join the Academy's Spokesperson Program. Members who have been RDNs for more than five years and have at least two years of media experience are encouraged to apply. Numerous topic areas and geographical markets are available. The

Application deadline is February 2, 2018.


EAL: Call for Topic Experts

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is seeking to convene a multidisciplinary team of experts to conduct a systematic review on the topic of Cystic Fibrosis. A workgroup consists of registered dietitian nutritionists plus doctors, nurses, and/or therapists and a patient advocate. To learn more about the workgroup responsibilities and to apply for this volunteer position, please visit the EAL.


ACEND Update

A copy of the November Standards Update is posted on the ACEND Monthly Standards webpage

-Monthly Standards Update. This spring several programs chose to be reviewed under the 2017 Accreditation Standards.

ACEND has received comments from program directors and reviewers on clarifications that could be made to the wording in the standards; therefore ACEND has made some slight changes to the

2017 Accreditation Standards. The revised documents are available on the ACEND Standards Website at Public comments on the revised standards can be made at: December 4, 2017.


The Second Century of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

From the Academy's Second Century website:

For the past 100 years, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has been dedicated to building a profession that optimizes health through food and nutrition. In 1917, the profession was pioneered by a visionary group of women committed to contributing their knowledge and service to the biggest food and nutrition challenge of the day — nourishing the population in the face of severe food shortages in the U.S. and in Europe during World War I.

Today, the Academy is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, representing more than 100,000 registered dietitian nutritionists and nutrition and dietetics technicians, registered, working across the food and health spectrum in hospitals, foodservice, academia, business, wellness, agriculture and private practice. Together, with its members and allied health professionals, the Academy has spent the last century improving the nation’s health through research, education and advocacy.

The Academy’s Second Century represents a moment to continue the conversation and take action with those who are at the forefront of creating positive global change.

The world faces unique threats to ensuring the health of all people and communities: a rapidly growing population, the dual burden of undernutrition and obesity and escalating rates of chronic disease. The combination of limited food options and poor food choices, in both developed and developing countries, contributes to exorbitant costs — in quality of life, health care expenses and loss of human and economic productivity.

These enormous challenges cannot be solved by any organization working alone. However, organizations who recognize that these challenges represent innovative opportunities throughout the food, nutrition and health system can collaborate to change the trajectory of health in the world.

Improving access to healthful food and driving innovation are imperative to scaling health and nutrition strategies globally. Through collaboration, these opportunities include:

  • Building on the latest human behavior research to support better decision-making around food.
  • Supporting advancements in the prevention and treatment of malnutrition, obesity and chronic disease.
  • Pairing developments in genetics, nutrition informatics and information technologies with emerging health care models to deliver care and improved outcomes, opening a new space for innovation.

And with this focus on food and nutrition as the basis for good health, the Academy can collaborate to help communities thrive in unprecedented ways.

We have a plan to shape the future of the Academy — now we need your voice.

The Academy has shown its commitment to the future of the profession by undertaking the development of the Second Century vision. The whole Academy — every member, every supporter, every Foundation donor — has a part in shaping the future of the second century. Throughout the multi-year process, the Academy will ensure members are informed and, most importantly, engaged — understanding why their contribution matters.

Whether members give back by sharing their energy, passion and knowledge towards shaping the new future of the Academy, or they donate to the Second Century initiative through the Foundation and the innovative projects that will expand and build upon its current programs and priorities that advance the profession, members are essential to the process and are the future of the Academy.

As the Academy and Foundation keep members, collaborators and supporters informed of initiative efforts and participation opportunities, this Second Century area on will continue to be updated, as well as information posted to and sent via email communications from the Academy and member groups.

The Academy and Foundation look forward to your continued participation and support as we build a new vision for the future together.