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As part of the Academy’s mission and vision, several new principles were developed that focus on collaboration and making a global impact. All Academy Groups are encouraged to be part of this momentous time in our organization’s history. Apply by March 1, 2021. To learn more, visit:



The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics honors individuals who have advanced the nutrition and dietetics profession, have exhibited leadership and have shown devotion to serving others in both nutrition and dietetics, as well as allied fields. These honors recognize outstanding food and nutrition practitioners and supporters of the profession.

Click here to submit applications online.


Herbalife Nutrition is sponsoring three $1,000 student scholarships that will be awarded in 2020 and 2021.


Application Period for each Award

Application Deadline

Date of the Award Notification

Date of Award Announcement Posting

October 5th to 30th, 2020

October 30th, 2020 at 11:59 PM

November 16th, 2020

November 17th 2020

February 5th to February 20th, 2021

February 20th, 2021 at 11:59 PM

March 16, 2021

March 17th, 2021

April 5th to April 20th, 2021

April 20th, 2021 at 11:59 PM

May 16th, 2021

May 17th, 2021


Please take advantage of this great opportunity! You are eligible if you are:

  • A current student member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and a member of the NEP DPG.
  • Enrolled in good standing as a Junior/senior or graduate student in a program accredited or approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (i.e. Didactic program, Internship, ISPP, Coordinated Program), and not be credentialed as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at the time of the award.
  • Have demonstrated an interest in research, nutrition education for the public and/or community nutrition.
  • Receive counsel and direction from one faculty sponsor identified by the applicant.

Please review the application for the condition of the scholarship, faculty sponsorship, the application process, and due dates.


Telemedicine Offers an Alternative to Registered Dietitians/Nutritionists

Telemedicine or telehealth offers an alternative to usual in-person nutrition services with registered dietitians/nutritionists. In today’s environment it is apparent that telemedicine is the future of healthcare. If this is where you practice or an area of interest, check out the NEP DPG Issue 1 2020-2021 which will bring you up to date on all aspects including coverage and payment.

Our next issue will address Food Insecurity. Please let us know if you would like to contribute regarding this important topic.

Carol Sloan, RDN, FAND

Maureen Ternus, MS, RD


Consider Serving on the Nutrition Education for the Public DPG Executive Committee!

The NEP DPG Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for the 2021-2022 ballot.  

If you or someone you know have been thinking about becoming more involved in this forward-thinking Dietetic Practice Group, now is the time to join NEP’s Executive Committee. In this position, you will also increase your leadership skills, experience more networking opportunities and gain greater recognition among your peers. Candidates should meet qualifications and skill sets and be aware of responsibilities for the following available positions by viewing the Job Description for each position.

Open positions include:

  • Chair-Elect: Requires prior Executive Committee experience, 1 position, 3 year term (1 year as Chair-Elect; 1 year as Chair; 1 year as Past Chair)

  • Secretary: 1 position, 2 year term

  • Nominating Committee Chair-Elect and Nominating Committee Member: 2 positions, (Candidate with most votes becomes Nominating Committee Chair-Elect which is a 2 year term. Nominating Committee Member is a 1 year term.)

If you are interested or know of someone who may be interested, please complete the Nomination Application. We look forward to hearing from you!

If you have questions, feel free to reach out to:


Carol Berg Sloan, RDN, FAND

Nominating Committee Chair

Veruska Gonzalez

Nominating Committee Chair-Elect

Christina Riccardo, EdD, RD,

Nominating Committee Member



“Serving as the Secretary of the NEP DPG has given me the opportunity to connect with a wonderful group of RDs of different backgrounds both personally and professionally. I really enjoyed the opportunity to collaborate with these RDs in a leadership role to create great content to support our NEP DPG members.”

- Samantha Diamond, MS, RD 2020-2021 NEP DPG Secretary


“I have been a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for 30 years.  It wasn’t until I knew someone that ran for a national position did I think about running for an Executive Committee member of Nutrition Education for the Public DPG.  I volunteered at FNCE to help with the DPG and decided to run for Treasurer.  The AND Accounting Staff are very knowledgeable and the DPG Relations Manager helps answer any questions I’m not sure about.  I have been able to volunteer a few hours a month and have gotten so much in return.”

-Sharon Meier Lutheran, MSH, RDN, LDN, CLC 2020-2021 NEP DPG Treasurer