The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics strives to improve the nation's health and advance the profession of dietetics through research, education, and advocacy. The organization accomplishes this through many dimensions:
Providing Reliable and Evidence-based Nutrition Information for the Public
The Academy's dynamic website, www.eatright.org, contains a wealth of nutrition information for consumers and the media, featuring content ranging from articles, tips, videos, recipes and online games to app reviews, a SHOP section and press releases. Consumers seeking the services of a registered dietitian can use the Find a Registered Dietitian feature on the Academy's website.
Accrediting Undergraduate and Graduate Programs
The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is recognized by the United States Department of Education as the accrediting agency for education programs that prepare dietetics professionals. Through the accreditation of approximately 600 undergraduate and graduate didactic, dietetic technician and supervised practice programs, ACEND ensures that entry-level education meets quality standards.
Credentialing Dietetics Professionals
The Commission on Dietetic Registration awards credentials to individuals at entry and specialty levels who have met CDR's standards for competency to practice in the dietetics profession, including successful completion of its national certification examination and recertification by continuing professional education or examination.
Advocating for Public Policy
The Academy's government affairs office, based in Washington, D.C., works with state and federal legislators and agencies on public policy issues affecting consumers and the practice of dietetics, including Medicare coverage of medical nutrition therapy; licensure of registered dietitians; child nutrition; obesity; food safety; the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and other health and nutrition priorities.
Publishing a Peer-reviewed Periodical: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
The most widely read peer-reviewed periodical in the dietetics field, the monthly Journal brings original research, critical reviews and reports and authoritative commentary and information to nutrition and dietetics professionals throughout the world. Online access the table of contents, research study abstracts and articles is free for all Academy members. Non-Academy members are still able to access the table of contents, research study abstracts, and selected articles at www.andjrnl.org.
Giving Back: the Foundation
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation was established in 1966 as a 501(C)(3) public charity. Its mission is to fund the future of dietetics through research and education. The Foundation achieves its goals by providing support for research, education and public awareness programs and is the largest grantor of scholarships in nutrition and dietetics. For the 2012-2013 academic year, the Foundation has invested in the future of the dietetics profession by awarding approximately $447,400 to more than 206 students through graduate, undergraduate and continuing education scholarships.