Join us for Legislative Day! Scroll down to view more information on the second page. Go to the "Legislative Day" tab to view important handouts and a video.


Deadlines approaching for Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award nominations and student scholarship applications

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award. This prestigious honor recognizes the teaching, mentoring and leadership activities of faculty in an accredited dietetics education program. The award will be presented at the Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors (NDEP) area meeting for educators next spring.

To nominate a teacher or peer, please email or mail a letter of reference that gives specific information about the nominee's teaching and mentoring role to Stephanie Johnston, the NMAND Nominating Committee Chair, by December 29, 2014:

Stephanie Johnston
NMAND Nominating Chair
5617 Wheelwright NW
Albuquerque, NM  87120


Preceptors are not eligible for this award as there is a separate award given to Outstanding Preceptors. For more information, please visit: www.eatright.org/preceptors

Students may now apply for 2015 scholarships from NMAND. Go to the "Student Section" tab for information and the application. Complete applications must be postmarked by February 20, 2015.


It's more important now than ever to stay in the loop with the NMAND listserv

How to Subscribe

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Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Academy Foundation Announce Kids Eat Right Month

To Our Fellow Academy Members:

We have exciting news to share! To celebrate the contributions of food and nutrition professionals in helping children eat well, and to encourage all Academy members to help ensure the next generation of Americans is the healthiest ever, the Academy and the Foundation announce the first-ever Kids Eat Right Month.

For the entire month of August, we are spotlighting healthy nutrition and active lifestyles for children and families, as well as the role Academy members play as the food and nutrition experts when it comes to eating right.

Kids Eat Right Month is devoted to nutrition education and action. Find out how you can get involved by visiting KidsEatRight.org, where you can also sign up to become a Kids Eat Right campaign member. As a campaign member, you can access free resources and toolkits, as well as grant opportunities to support your work.

Please encourage your community to celebrate Kids Eat Right Month as well. Solving childhood obesity and improving the nutritional health of children requires all of us working together. That's why we're calling on all stakeholders – parents and kids, schools, community leaders, faith groups, public policy leaders and organizations – to visit www.KidsEatRight.org where they will find action items and opportunities to collaborate with registered dietitian nutritionists like you in local communities across the country. Together, our local outreach can result in a big impact nationwide and turn the tide in improving children's health.

Throughout August, share photos and stories of your Kids Eat Right Month activities for a chance to be highlighted in the Academy's social media accounts and in Eat Right Weekly.

Join the thousands of Academy members who have already signed up as Kids Eat Right campaign members and help make the first Kids Eat Right Month one to remember!


Sonja L. Connor, MS, RDN, LD, FAND
Academy President

Terri J. Raymond, MA, RDN, CD, FAND
Academy Foundation Chair


Hospital RDN'S To Get Diet Order Writing Privileges in July 2014!

Hospital RDNs to Be Able to Independently Order Therapeutic Diets
Improving Quality of Care and Saving the Nation $459 Million per year

During the past four years of the Academy has been working with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to pave the way for RDNs employed in hospitals to write diet orders for patients without requiring the supervision or approval of a physician or another practitioner. CMS expects this rule to improve the efficiency and efficacy of nutrition care and save up to $459 million in annual hospital costs.
The Academy supports this new rule which will provide patients with better health care and help hospitals function more efficiently. 
What the rule does: 
Among other things, the rule will allow registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) to become privileged to independently:
  1. Order patient diets without requiring the supervision or approval of a physician or other practitioner; and
  2. Order laboratory tests to monitor the effectiveness of dietary plans and orders.  Please note that ordering privileges for laboratory tests are determined by hospitals and their medical staffs in accordance with state law as well as any other requirements and/or incentives that CMS or other insurers might have.
Next Steps: 
In the near future the Academy will provide members with:
  1. Suggestions for how to discuss this issue with employers and medical staff.
  2. Detailed processes and strategies for obtaining privileges.
  3. Model policies and procedures for privileging RDNs in the hospital setting.
  4. Analysis of the impact of state licensure laws and regulations on implementation.
The final rule will become effective July 11, 2014.
Join us in celebrating this great success and, again, watch for more details to be shared as the rule is considered and implementation guidelines are developed.


Read the final rule by clicking: here.