NMAND is seeking candidates for elections and awards

Elections:  Serving on the NMAND board enhances your leadership skills and provides an opportunity to help shape the future of our profession. If you would like to volunteer or know someone who would be a great addition to our board, NMAND is seeking candidates for the following positions:

  •  Secretary
  • Professional Issues Coordinator-Elect 
  • Nomination Committee Chair-Elect 
  • State Regulatory Specialists 

Awards: Nominations for the following awards are also being accepted. Please take a few minutes to nominate at least one person for an award below. It’s simple and will leave you feeling great! Recipients will also be considered for regional and national awards:


Purpose of the Award: To recognize one member's outstanding contributions with the highest honor a state can pay to one of its members.

Selection Criteria: This individual must be a registered dietitian, an active member of NMAND and have made outstanding  contribution in one of more of the following areas: 1) a NMAND officer; 2) recruitment of people into the profession, including increasing public awareness  and visibility of NMAND or the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics;  3) furthering the profession by having published scientific research or by interpreting either nutrition or dietetics information through the mass media.


Purpose of the Award:  To recognize the competence and activities of a registered dietitian of any age, who has made distinctive contributions to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics early in his/her career. The award encourages continued participation and leadership in the Academy at local, state and national levels.

Selection Criteria:  Member must be active in the national, state or district levels for at least 5 years, and have between 5 and 10 years in their professional career (excluding leave of absence). The award recognizes those who have not previously won The Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award.


Purpose of the Award:   To recognize the competence and activities of a younger registered dietitian in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and encourage continued leadership in Academy affairs at local, state and national levels.

Selection Criteria: This person must be 35 years of age or younger on May 1 and not previously awarded RYDY.  Important considerations are Academy membership with active participation and leadership as well as promoting optimal health and nutritional status for the population.


Purpose of the Award: To recognize the teaching, mentoring and leadership activities of faculty in approved and accredited dietetic education programs. Two educators may receive awards each year, one from a Didactic Program in Dietetics and one from a Dietetic Internship program.

Selection Criteria: A leading dietetic educator in a state is a member of the AND, and a faculty member OR preceptor of an approved program.  The person must have demonstrated innovative teaching skills and techniques, mentoring, and leadership in the organization and wider community.


Purpose of the Award: To recognize an individual who is not a registered a dietitian yet displays enthusiastic support for registered dietitians or supports the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ mission.

Selection Criteria: Any individual who promotes the vision and mission of the New Mexico dietitians in either their personal or professional life.


Please call Nominating Committee Chair Stephanie Johnston at 505-604-6675505-604-6675 or send an email to: nmdanomcomchair@gmail.com to request a job description for any of the elected positions.  Award nominations should be sent to the same address and include the following information:

  • Name of award (see purpose/selection criteria for the diffrent awards above)
  • Name of nominee (the nominating committee checks with each nominee to make sure she/he meets the criteria, so please do not hesitate to nominate anyone because you do not know if the person meets all of the criteria)
  • A short description of why you think this person deserves the award
  • Your name and credentials

Call for posters for the 2015 NMAND Annual Meeting


Special promotion for joining the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics!

Not yet an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics member? There’s no better time to join than now, during the Academy’s 2015 Affiliate Challenge Program. Not only will you be helping YOUR New Mexico affiliate, but new members who join by April 30, 2015 will receive a special, promotional dues rate. Use the promo code AFC16 and the $25 application fee will be waived. 



Announcing the Karen Sadaghian Symposium! Check the "Meetings and Events" tab for registration information and additional details.

The New Mexico Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will hold the Karen Sadaghian Symposium on March 4, 2015 at 5:00 PM at the UNM Hospital Pavilion in the Tully Room on the 6th floor. Dr. Peter Pribus, who is a nutrition professor at UNM, will speak on "Longevity Decoded." Dinner will be served, and a $500 scholarship will be presented to a deserving graduate student enrolled in nutrition studies in a New Mexico university at the graduate level or in a dietetic internship. Students who are interested in applying can find more information by clicking on the "Student Section" tab of this website.

Karen Sadaghian was an outstanding dietitian who practiced in many areas of nutrition, including the New Mexico State Department. She developed teaching units to educate others in nutrition for children with special needs. The Karen Sadaghian Symposium and scholarship are offered annually in her memory.


This National Nutrition Month, the Academy Encourages Everyone to Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle

January 14, 2015

CHICAGO – There is no one food, drink, pill or machine that is the key to achieving optimal health. A person’s overall daily routine is what is most important. That is why, as part of National Nutrition Month® 2015, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics urges everyone to "Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle."

Each March, the Academy encourages Americans to return to the basics of healthful eating through National Nutrition Month. This year’s theme encourages consumers to adopt a healthy lifestyle that is focused on consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices and getting daily exercise in order to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, reduce the risk of chronic disease and promote overall health.

"A healthy lifestyle – one based on regular physical activity and an eating pattern chosen to meet individual nutrient needs within calorie limits – is vital to maintaining good health and quality of life," said registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy President Sonja Connor. "This year's 'Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle' theme gives consumers an easy reminder that achieving optimal health is not about a specific food or time or year, but rather a life-long commitment that leaves plenty of time for the foods and activities we love."

The Academy strives to communicate healthful eating messages that emphasize balancing food and beverages within an individual's energy needs, rather than focusing on any one specific food or meal. To this end, it is the Academy's position that improving overall health requires a lifelong commitment to healthful lifestyle behaviors, emphasizing sustainable and enjoyable eating practices and daily physical activity.

"The key is determining the lifestyle balance that provides the body what it needs, while still allowing room for the foods and activities we enjoy most," Connor said. "This is where the expertise of registered dietitian nutritionists plays such a key role. RDNs work with consumers to find balance and create sustainable eating and physical activity plans that fit their tastes and routines."

Initiated in 1973 as a week-long event, "National Nutrition Week" became a month-long observance in 1980 in response to growing public interest in nutrition.

To commemorate the dedication of registered dietitian nutritionists as the leading advocates for advancing the nutritional status of Americans and people around the world, the second Wednesday of each March is celebrated as “Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day.” This year Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day will be celebrated March 11.

As part of this public education campaign, the Academy's National Nutrition Month website includes a variety of helpful tips, games, promotional tools and educational resources, all designed to spread the message of good nutrition based on the "Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle" theme.


All registered dietitians are nutritionists – but not all nutritionists are registered dietitians. The Academy's Board of Directors and Commission on Dietetic Registration have determined that those who hold the credential registered dietitian (RD) may optionally use "registered dietitian nutritionist" (RDN) instead. The two credentials have identical meanings.