Update from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, USA
  • The House of Delegates Gives Back!
    Following the fall 2014 House of Delegates Meeting, 27 delegates participated in a Food Bank Event, sorting and packaging food and non-food donations for distribution to local food pantries. The delegates and other Academy members packed 6,192 pounds of food and non-food items at the food bank, providing 5,160 client meals. The event was a success for the host city of Atlanta, Georgia, just prior to the Food and Nutrition Conference and Exposition (FNCE) annual meeting.

    Elise Smith, Speaker of the House of Delegates, and other delegates

    Academy Position Papers Published

    The updated Academy Position Paper, Food and Water Safety, was published in the November 2014 Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In addition, a Position Paper and Practice Paper, both entitled Promoting and Supporting Breastfeeding, will be published in
    March 2015. The Position Paper will be published in the Journal and the Practice Paper will be published on the Academy Web site. The Abstract of the Practice Paper will be published in the March 2015 Journal. Position and Practice papers can be accessed on the Academy Web site at: http://www.eatright.org/positions/
    The American Overseas Dietetic Association (AODA) Affiliate
    AODA coordinates the Kids Eat Right (KER) International initiative.  The activities are consistent with the Academy Foundation’s national campaign, striving to support public education and programs that address childhood overweight and obesity.  Vicky Tijerina Walls is translating KER materials into Spanish for specific education initiatives in her country.Over time, AODA members hope to adapt promotional materials into various languages, in alignment with KER methodology and cultural sensitivity.
    At the Academy’s FNCE meeting, several AODA members presented topics specific to their respective areas of expertise.  Three sessions particularly highlighted activities in which AODA members are engaged. Marianella Herrera (Venezuela) and Vicky Tijerina-Walls (Mexico) shared their Kids Eat Right International initiatives.  Elena Paravantes (Greece) and Erin Boyd-Kappelhof (US/Netherlands) provided valuable insights and tips for dietetics professionals seeking to work abroad.  Rubina Hakeem (Pakistan) and Daniel Buchholz (Germany) shared their experiences regarding applications and use of the Nutrition Care Process and language.  As a former Academy President, I had the privilege of serving as presiding officer for their excellent talk.

    Rubina Hakeem, Daniel Buchholz, Sylvia Escott-Stump in Atlanta, Georgia (FNCE)
    Sylvia Escott-Stump, MA, RD, LDN
    ICDA Representative, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics