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  • The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Responds to the COVID-19 Pandemic

    The coronavirus pandemic affects virtually every aspect of society on a global scale. For health care professionals, COVID-19 has made a huge impact on preparedness, patient care, food safety and access, and many more areas. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has responded to the pandemic by immediately assembling and providing valuable resources for consumers and health practitioners alike.

    We created the online Coronavirus Nutrition Resource Center for consumers, with articles, tips, videos and activities for individuals and families. The consumer resource center is available in English, Spanish, Hindi and Arabic.

    The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Professional Resource Hub features an ever-expanding list of resources and recommendations, Q&A forum and free webinars. Academy members on the front lines of COVID-19 care are sharing stories of successes, concerns and challenges.

    We have created social media kits in English and Spanish with shareable messaging and graphics regarding nutrition and food safety for families.

    The Front Line Webinar Series, a collection of online webinars, is available at no cost to Academy members and non-members alike, through the generous support of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation.

    The Academy’s efforts during the pandemic also include advocacy for legislation and public policies, particularly those that make it possible for nutrition and dietetics professionals to provide even more potentially lifesaving services, such as online counseling and other telehealth services. In addition, the Academy has assessed the impact of COVID-19 on issues such as licensure laws, supervisor requirements and the availability of sites for professional credentialing and certification.

    Simultaneously with COVID-19 response, the International Affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (IAAND) remains focused on the professional needs of Academy members who live and work outside the United States or are interested in associating or collaborating with international members. One of IAAND’s major activities is offering professional development activities and opportunities to network.

    IAAND and the Nutrition and Dietetics Association of the Philippines organized a pre-conference workshop at the 65th NDAP Convention in Manila on February 26. Nearly 90 participants created innovative ways and techniques for dietitians in the Philippines to manage their professional branding. Personal and professional traits, strengths and expertise necessary to provide ethical leadership in dietetics, especially when using social media, were presented with an overview of social media platforms; ways to create a social media brand specific to personal practice; and addressing nutrition and dietetics issues of importance in the Philippines.

    IAAND plans to participate in the International Congress of Dietetics, rescheduled for 2021 in South Africa, and present a session featuring activities of IAAND members to promote the advancement of global dietetics.
    IAAND conducts monthly webinars for members. This year’s webinar topics ranged from Being a Media Savvy Dietitian, Tips and Tricks for Enhancing Motivational Interviewing Education (for dietetics students), Behavioral Change through MI, Malnutrition, Oats and the Microbiome (available in English and Spanish), Nutrigenomics and Role in PCOS Nutritional Management and Intuitive Eating. Annual subscriptions for the recorded webinars are available to non-members at tiered pricing.

    IAAND also supports efforts of Country Representatives to have local "meetups" in their country to share and discuss local nutrition and dietetics accomplishments and challenges, often held with national dietetics meetings.

    For more information about IAAND activities visit the IAAND Website.
    Another of the Academy’s member groups is the Global Member Interest Group. GMIG is community of members focused on improving the nutritional status in regions with high burdens of malnutrition or with nutritional crises due to conflict or natural disasters, through the sharing of information, resources, and ideas among Academy members, students, governmental and non-profit aid organizations, and health workers within these countries.
    GMIG raises the profile of international malnutrition within the Academy while developing the capacity of Academy members with shared ideas, resource tools, research, experiences and strategies on the prevention and management of malnutrition in vulnerable people in developing regions whose nutritional status is still highly intertwined with issues of poverty, sanitation, unclean water, agriculture, literacy, and cultural norms and whose financial and professional resources are limited. More information is available about the Global MIG at

    To apply for Academy membership, complete an International Membership Application and International Verification Form and return them to the Academy with payment. Materials and additional information can be found online, by email or by phone at +1-312/899-0040, ext. 5000, Weekdays, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Central Time (within the U.S. call 800/877-1600, ext. 5000).
    Joan Schwaba, MS, RDN, LDN
    Director, Strategic Management
    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, USA.