News from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Global Fellowships 
    The Academy’s fellowship program aims to convene stakeholder groups of internal and external partners to create opportunities that engage credentialed practitioners at all career levels and align fellow experiences to support innovation projects in line with the Academy’s new vision for the next 100 years. As the program continues to expand, there have been fellowships both in domestic and international settings with topics ranging from clinical nutrition to public health. Currently, the Academy’s Applied Global Nutrition Research Fellow, Stephen Alajajian, RDN is working on a project with Maya Health Alliance/Wuqu’ Kawoq in Tecp√°n, Guatemala. In this role, he is overseeing the implementation research and quality improvement aspects of a home gardens research project and participating in nutrition-related efforts for the organization. The intervention focuses on providing gardens in homes in a rural community with children ages 6-24 months who are chronically malnourished. For more information about the Academy Foundation’s Fellowship Program, please visit 

    Family Garden

    Member of MHA and fellow, Stephen Alajajian working to build gardens in area of Chutiestancia.
    KERI-Kids Eat Right International
    The International Affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (IAAND) is the international arm of the USA-based, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. IAAND has over 1200 members/supporters in 84 different countries, with its mission and vision to be member-focused, collaborative and engage dietitians and members in diverse populations around the world. 
    One of the many programs within IAAND is the Kids Eat Right International (KERI) campaign. Launched in 2013, KERI supports public education and programs that address the health concern of overweight and obesity among many of the world’s children. Through dissemination of resources, campaign volunteers lead prevention efforts within their countries and raise awareness among national populations about the importance of quality nutrition. Consistent with the Kids Eat Right (KER) national campaign (a joint effort of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its Foundation), the international campaign efforts aim to:
    • educate key audiences about the necessity of a quality diet and consequences of poor nutrition
    • advocate for quality nutrition to promote growth and development
    • demonstrate the food and nutrition expertise of registered dietitian nutritionists through educational programming and leadership
    Each year IAAND targets different regions of the world. Middle Eastern countries developing resources were grant awardees in years past (presentations available on our KERI website.) and in 2019 the mini-grants were awarded to Spanish speaking countries. For 2020, in alignment with ICDA being hosted in Cape Town, a new opportunity will be made available to support IAAND members in Africa to adapt and use KER resources with local communities.
    If you want to learn more about IAAND and KERI, or how to become involved, please email Julie Joy, at or 
    Interested individuals can apply for Academy membership by completing an International Membership Application and International Verification Form and returning it to the Academy with payment. Information can be found online at: 
    Joan Schwaba, MS, RDN, LDN
    Director, Strategic Management
    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics