Academy Updates

Updated May 26, 2022

The Affiliate Newsletter is updated the first week of every month. A notice will be sent to all affiliate presidents, presidents elect, secretaries, treasurers, and executive directors once it is available along with any key information. Please share any relevant information with your volunteers and members are you feel is appropriate.

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  1. Board Information and Updates
  2. Upcoming Volunteer Trainings
  3. Membership Recruitment Resources
  4. Public Policy and Advocacy Updates
  5. Academy Publications and Press Releases
  6. CEU Opportunities
  7. Quality Management Updates
  8. Volunteer Opportunities
  9. IDEA Updates
  10. CDR Updates
  11. Foundation Updates
  12. DPG and MIG Events

Board Information and Updates

Submit Affiliate Leaders for 2022-23

As you finalize your volunteers for next year be sure to collect their Academy ID number and verify their membership. The Academy provides many resources to a variety of positions on your board, but to grant access we need to know who your leaders are. Please submit your leaders by June 15th to ensure they receive notices about the upcoming orientations and welcome emails. The survey will stay open until July 1st.

Link to Submit:

Membership Recruitment Updates

The new membership year begins June 1st. Be sure you are reaching out to current members encouraging them to renew. Consider developing messaging to reach out to members who don't renew in mid to late summer. You can pull all this membership information from DMIS.

Find recruitment information targeted for affiliates here and tools from the Academy's membership team here.

Public Policy and Advocacy Updates

New! Dietary Guidelines Affinity Group

The Academy is launching a new Dietary Guidelines Affinity Group, with the first meeting taking place on Wednesday, June 15 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. ET. Academy members are invited to join these monthly meetings to provide feedback during the guidelines process. Click here to register for the Dietary Guidelines Affinity Group and more information on the Academy’s other affinity groups.


Have a Question About Licensure? Join Wednesday Office Hours!

Whether you have a quick question about whether you need a license, want some updates, or have more in-depth concerns about consumer protection and professional regulation issues, the Academy’s staff experts on Consumer Protection and Licensure issues are here for you! Use this updated meeting link and join us every Wednesday from 2-3 p.m. (Eastern Time) for questions or comments on licensure, however big or small.


Fiscal Year 2023 Succession Planning

If your affiliate or DPG already has a succession plan in place for next year’s public policy panel, please share this with Emily Kranias at As you make plans for roles on the public policy panel, please contact us with any questions or concerns, especially if you are having difficulty filling positions.

Academy Publications and Press Releases

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Academy Publications and Resources

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Nutrition and Physical Activity Systematic Review

The RISA team has a new systematic review to disseminate entitled Impact of Nutrition and Physical Activity Interventions Provided by Nutrition and Exercise Practitioners for the Adult General Population: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. This article is published in the journal of Nutrients, is available open access and can be found at This systematic review examines the effect of nutrition and physical activity interventions combined provided by dietitians and exercise practitioners for adults who are healthy or have cardiometabolic risk factors but no diagnosed disease. Results demonstrate that dietitians and exercise practitioners play key roles in facilitating positive lifestyle behaviors to reduce cardiometabolic disease risk in adults.


New on the EAL

Just released! The Evidence Analysis Library is pleased to announce the publication of the Malnutrition in Older Adults Systematic Review. Visit the EAL to see the results of this important initiative (insert link:


Journal - New Manuscript

The RISA team has a new manuscript published in JAND to disseminate entitled: “Mixed-methods implementation study of a home garden intervention in rural Guatemala using the RE-AIM framework”. This study evaluated a project supporting home gardens for 70 indigenous families with a child with low length-for-age in rural Guatemala using the RE-AIM (Reach, Effectiveness, Adoption, Implementation, Maintenance) framework. The full article can be found at:


Celebrate Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, also known as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. To celebrate, learn more about the cultures and cuisines of AAPI dietitians from places such as Indonesia and Japan, through feature articles in Food & Nutrition Magazine’s My Global Table series. Read stories of AAPI dietitians and students who share what it’s like pursuing a career in nutrition and dietetics. Or check out the Academy's Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders member interest group.


Nutrition and Physical Activity Systematic Review

RDNs and exercise practitioners play a key role in disease prevention. A new systematic review examines the effect of combined nutrition and physical activity interventions delivered to adults.  Learn More

Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Obesity: Putting It Into Practice

The Academy offers a toolkit on the Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Obesity benefit for Medicare Part B beneficiaries. Registered dietitian nutritionists can provide these services as auxiliary personnel in primary care settings and bill the services as "incident to" in accordance with CMS guidelines. This updated toolkit provides RDNs with information, examples and tools to successfully align with primary care providers to provide the IBT for Obesity benefit under Medicare Part B. Learn More


MNT Provider Newsletter – April Issue

Learn why RDNs should proceed with caution when using payment apps in their practice, and what the Academy is doing to support payment for RDN Aetna providers. Read the latest issue of the MNT Provider.

Previous editions of the newsletter can be found here:


2022 Standards for RDNs in Public Health

Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) Standards & Measures Version 2022 is now available. The standards and measures advance public health practitioners in practice and make accreditation more accessible and efficient for health departments. Updates include streamlined process, reduced documentation and readiness support and training. Learn more.


IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) Updates

2022 Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access Action Award Recipient
The Academy is pleased to announce that the Sodexo Dietetic Internship Program has been selected by the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) Committee as the recipient of the 2022 IDEA Action Award, a $1,000 award given to an educational institution, Academy affiliate, dietetic practice group, member interest group or other recognized Academy group in recognition of past accomplishments. Congratulations to the Sodexo Dietetic Internship Program!


2022 Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access Promotion Grant Recipient
Congratulations to the South Carolina State University Didactic Program in Dietetics for being selected to receive the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) Promotion Grant, which provides an up to $10,000 grant to support IDEA recruitment and retention projects by dietetics education programs accredited/approved by ACEND®, Academy affiliates, dietetic practice groups and member interest groups.


2022 Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access Mini-Grants Awarded
Congratulations to the Alaska affiliate, Asian and Pacific Islanders MIG, Behavioral Health Nutrition DPG, California affiliate, Clinical Nutrition Management DPG, DC Metro affiliate, Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine DPG, Dietitians in Nutrition Support DPG, Florida affiliate, Georgia affiliate, Global MIG, Indiana affiliate, Indians in Nutrition and Dietetics MIG, Latinos and Hispanics in Dietetics and Nutrition MIG, Maryland affiliate, Massachusetts affiliate, Michigan affiliate, National Organization of Blacks in Dietetics and Nutrition MIG, Nevada affiliate, North Carolina affiliate, Nutrition Educators of Health Professionals DPG, Oklahoma affiliate, Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group, Public Health/Community Nutrition DPG, Religion MIG, Renal Dietitians DPG, Research DPG, South Carolina affiliate, Vegetarian Nutrition DPG, Washington State affiliate, and the Weight Management DPG for being selected by the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) Committee to receive IDEA Mini-Grants to be used to perform outreach to students and professionals from underrepresented groups within the nutrition and dietetics profession. Encourage your DPG, MIG or Affiliate’s IDEA Liaison to apply next year!

CDR Updates

Are you interested in expanding your current staff or helping your employees advance themselves professionally? Incorporating DTRs into your clinical nutrition or food service management teams is a benefit to your existing professional staff as well as to your clients/customers. Commission on Dietetic Registration’s (CDR) has developed sample position/job descriptions for eight employment categories. Please review them to determine if hiring a DTR is right for your program:

Individuals who have successfully completed either an associate degree and an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited Dietetic Technician (DT) program, or a bachelor’s degree and an ACEND accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) program, are eligible to take the registration examination for dietetic technicians without meeting additional academic or supervised practice requirements. Once credentialed, these individuals are required to comply with CDR’s professional development/ recertification requirements, the Code of Ethics for the Profession of Dietetics, and the Standards of Practice. For more information on pathways to DTR exam eligibility, please visit the CDR website.

If you have comments or questions about eligibility to take the registration examination for dietetic technicians, please contact

Foundation Updates

Make it a Million Scholarship Campaign

Our Academy Foundation was established in 1966 with a donation to provide a scholarship for a deserving student. Now, more than 50 years later, Academy members have helped us become the world’s largest provider of dietetic scholarships at all levels of study. While surveys show Academy members recognize and take pride in our scholarship program, the demand in terms of annual scholarship applications still out number the amount of scholarships we are able to award.

In 2022, to keep pace with this growing demand, the Academy Foundation launched its Make it a Million Scholarship Campaign and are asking all Academy leaders, members, students and affiliated organizations to come together and support this effort to raise $1 million in reserves  during  the next three years to build Foundation resources to allow us to award $1 million in scholarships annually.

Please consider making a gift from your annual budget and encourage your members to donate to this campaign online by contributing to either our Make it A Million Scholarship Campaign Fund directly or making a gift to our Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Fund that will support scholarships for students and dietetic interns of diverse backgrounds and cultures.

Upcoming Volunteer Leader Training Webinars

Secretary Training and Orientation
Date: Monday, June 20, 2022
Time: 12pm ET, 11am CT, 10am MT, 9am PT
Link to join (no registration necessary): 

This training will focus on timelines and recommendations for reports prior to board calls, compiling consent and working agendas, running a meeting, the motion process, and taking minutes. Secretaries will also learn proper record keeping, tips for centralizing files, and how long documentation legally needs to be kept by the affiliate.

Treasurer Training and Orientation
Date: Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Time: 1pm ET, 12pm CT, 11am MT, 10am PT
Link to join (no registration necessary): 

This training will kick off the start of the new membership year by learning how to navigate the new position of Treasurer and access resources to help in the role. Topics covered include role responsibilities, maximizing policies and procedures to prevent fraud, tactics for record keeping and reconciliation, and the budget process.

President Elect Training and Orientation
Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Time: 1pm ET, 12pm CT, 11am MT, 10am PT
Link to join (no registration necessary): 

Kick off your year as President Elect with a better understanding of how an affiliate board operates, what is governance (and what does it mean for you), how to work with your President to prep for next year and prepare for President Elect training in the winter.

President Training and Orientation
Date: Thursday, June 23, 2022
Time: 1pm ET, 12pm CT, 11am MT, 10am PT
Link to join (no registration necessary):

 Start your President year off on the right foot. We’ll refresh from President Elect training about your and your board’s role, understanding the basics of managing an affiliate, and setting yourself and your volunteers up for a successful year.

Executive Director Training and Orientation
Date: Friday, June 24, 2022
Time: 1pm ET, 12pm CT, 11am MT, 10am PT
Link to join (no registration necessary): 

This training will go over Academy resources including calendar of events, webinar trainings, affiliate manual, DMIS, and where to turn for questions. We will also go over the Principles of Affiliate assessment and required documents to upload.

CEU Opportunities

To view a complete list of online learning opportunities, visit the Center for Lifelong Learning’s Distance Learning page.

Live and recorded webinars

Access premier continuing education form the industry’s leaders, covering today’s vital topics. View all upcoming and archived webinars here.

Certificate of Training Programs

Satisfy 8-10 hours of CPE credit and add value to your professional brand. View the programs here, including the all-new Policy and Advocacy certificate!

ACEND Free Recorded Webinar

Dietetic Dream Team: How the NDTR Can Support the RDN” for 1.5 CEUs. This recording and slides are available on the ACEND Virtual Town Hall Meetings

Live and Virtual: Nutrition-Focused Physical Exam Hands-On Training Workshops
The Academy’s live virtual NFPE training provides skills, techniques and the expert guidance RDNs need to accurately provide a nutrition diagnosis of malnutrition. Attendees benefit from receiving real-time feedback, which increases their confidence and skill level. Adult NFPE workshops will be held June 13 and 14. A pediatric NFPE workshop will be held June 15 and 16. Ten CPEUs are available for each workshop. Learn More.

Oncology Nutrition Symposium (in-person)
June 10th – 12th 2022
Rosemont, IL
Come learn about cutting edge oncology nutrition from the leading experts in the field while networking with oncology dietitians representing cancer centers from across the country  Learn more.

CDR Campus Courses: Assess & Learn 
Managing Type 2 Diabetes using the NCP: Assess your knowledge and ability to manage the nutrition challenges of this chronic disease using the nutrition care process. 5 CPE, $50. Health Promotion & Disease Prevention: Assess your knowledge and skills in primary prevention, with a focus on overweight and obesity prevention. 6 CPE, $60. Register Now for each course. Use your CDR login and password to create your account.

Volunteer Opportunities

Item Writers for CDR’s Entry-level Exams

Subject matter experts (SMEs) are invited submit their Item Writer Volunteer Application to be considered for the 2022 CDR New Item Writing Workshop being held November 4-6, 2022.  Volunteer SMEs who will be considered are either entry-level practitioners, educators or employers of entry-level RDs or DTRs.  SMEs will need to declare their primary area of practice, (clinical nutrition, community/public health or foodservice/management).  Interested volunteers are asked to complete and return their Volunteer Application and resume to CDR for consideration; Logo 2019.pdf.

Program Reviewers for Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
ACEND needs reviewers from both the practice and education communities as part of the accreditation process for entry-level dietetics education. Program reviewers serve three-year terms and function as two-to-three person teams to evaluate dietetics education programs. They assist in the review of written reports to determine whether a dietetics program is achieving its defined goals and standard benchmarks. To learn more, contact

ACEND Board Dietetic Student Representative Application

ACEND is seeking student members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics with strong leadership skills to apply to be nominated for the Dietetics Student Representative position on the ACEND board. This volunteer position is an excellent way to gain leadership experience and skills in accreditation, education, communication, collaboration and more. The dietetics student member is elected by the ACEND board and serves a two-year term, the first year as student rep-elect and the second year as the dietetics student voting member. Visit the ACEND Student Representative page for more information.


For every qualified student who gets matched to a dietetic internship, another student will not, because too few practitioners have been willing to take on the role of preceptor. The profession needs your help! Find out how to be a preceptor.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation

The success of the Foundation relies on volunteer leaders to govern, raise funds, review awards and scholarships and more! Are you interested in food and nutrition research, scholarships, awards or healthy weight for kids? If so, then volunteering for the Foundation may be right for you.

Quality Management Update

Malnutrition Roundtable Proceedings
The Academy, Avalere Health and the National Minority Quality Forum recently held a multi-stakeholder roundtable for leaders and experts in health care and community health. The event focused on connections between hospital malnutrition care, health equity and food insecurity. Learn More

New CoC Pediatric Oncology Standard
The Commission on Cancer’s (CoC) Accreditation Committee, where Academy member Barbara Grant MS, RDN, CSO, FAND serves as liaison, approved a new nutrition standard beginning January 1, 2023 for American College of Surgeons (ACOS) CoC Pediatric Cancer Programs: Standard 4.7 Oncology Nutrition Services. This standard states that pediatric oncology nutrition services are provided on site or by referral by an RDN who has the knowledge and skills to address nutrition and hydration requirements throughout the continuum of cancer care.

DPG/MIG Events

Oncology Nutrition Symposium (in-person)
June 10th – 12th 2022
Rosemont, IL
Come learn about cutting edge oncology nutrition from the leading experts in the field while networking with oncology dietitians representing cancer centers from across the country  Learn more

Save the Date – FCP’s 2023 Culinary Workshop
FCP will return to Napa, California for the 2023 Culinary Workshop, March 23-25, 2023.  Registration will open in October.  Watch this page for more details.