News from The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its Foundation
  • International Affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics [IAAND] and the Global Member Interest Group [GMIG]
    The IAAND is an affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics focusing specifically on Academy members who live/work outside the United States or are interested in associating and/or collaborating with international members.
    While many disruptions have occurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic, IAAND has continued to provide professional development and networking opportunities.
    Professional Development Chair Victoria Jarzabkowski Lindsay, MS, RDN, has continued IAAND’s webinar series with topics such as cultural adaptation of nutrition education tools for Kids Eat Right International and the latest advances in patient communication strategies. A total of 33 recorded topics are available as an IAAND member benefit and to non-members by subscription.

    IAAND also supports other international projects directly. One project that was selected for support for the next two  years is the Tip Sheets for Assessing Food and Nutrition History of Diverse Populations

    IAAND provides support for international projects that promote collaboration is through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation International Project Award. This award application focuses on research or international projects that foster international collaboration. The application is due in February each year.
    Due to the current shift towards the greater usage of online and virtual communication platforms, IAAND has adapted its own online outreach to continue to foster the international community of dietitians. We have increased our activity on Facebook and Twitter and started a LinkedIn Group and Page. We hope to maintain and strengthen our network with these platforms to ensure all IAAND members are welcomed and supported. Please like, join and introduce yourselves so we can meet and get to know you!

    Another of the Academy’s member groups is the Global Member Interest Group (GMIG), whose mission is to enable professionals with a focus on global malnutrition to work together to share resources with each other and other organizations needing nutrition expertise. Our goal is to develop the capacity of our members to prevent and manage malnutrition in vulnerable people in regions where issues of poverty, sanitation, unclean water, agriculture, low literacy, cultural norms, economics and health care resources are all intertwined with nutritional health.
    GMIG actively shares our Resource Library, with member created or submitted resources for many aspects of nutrition. It includes teaching tools, information on international surveys, articles on malnutrition, nutrition evaluations, vitamins, agriculture, maternal and child health, regional nutrition issues and much more. It includes a Spanish Resource Library and will soon expand to other languages and regions.
    GMIG’s Talent Pool Member Directory enables any organization to locate a dietitian with interest or expertise in the global arena. This makes our goal of collaboration attainable.

    GMIG recently began offering webinars on nutrition work in the developing world. We welcome ideas and speakers on common nutrition goals to reach out and participate.

    Through regular e-communications and active discussion board, we share information with GMIG members about our work, our resources and our questions and concerns. We offer mini-grants to GMIG members to attend international meetings and participate in service projects.
    As a GMIG member, gain access to such career-enhancing benefits as member discounts on products and subscriptions; free access to the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Food & Nutrition Magazine® and the Evidence Analysis Library®;and exclusive networking opportunities through dietetic practice group membership.

    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Update

    The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim ICDA Welcome fund provides financial support to new ICDA members. Contact Nicci Brown at for information.
    At the 2020 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo®, which was held virtually, the Academy Foundation presented the 2020 annual Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim International Lecture on October 18. The session, titled, “The Iodine Global Network: A Model for International Nutrition Collaboration” highlighted the work of The Iodine Global Network and was presented by Dr. Jonathan Gorstein, PhD, University of Washington. He discussed the importance of National Universal Salt Iodization (USI) programs in supporting maternal and infant health. To view recordings of past Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim International Lectures, please visit the Academy Foundation’s website.

    Apply for Academy membership by completing an International Membership Application and International Verification Form returning it to the Academy with payment.

    For more information about membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, visit; call 1-312/899-0040, ext. 5000, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time (outside the United States) or by email. Inside the U.S., call 800/877-1600, ext. 5000.
    Joan Schwaba, MS, RDN, LDN
    Director, Strategic Management
    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
    120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
    Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995
    Phone: 312-899-4798