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The Second Century of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

From the Academy's Second Century website:

For the past 100 years, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has been dedicated to building a profession that optimizes health through food and nutrition. In 1917, the profession was pioneered by a visionary group of women committed to contributing their knowledge and service to the biggest food and nutrition challenge of the day — nourishing the population in the face of severe food shortages in the U.S. and in Europe during World War I.

Today, the Academy is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, representing more than 100,000 registered dietitian nutritionists and nutrition and dietetics technicians, registered, working across the food and health spectrum in hospitals, foodservice, academia, business, wellness, agriculture and private practice. Together, with its members and allied health professionals, the Academy has spent the last century improving the nation’s health through research, education and advocacy.

The Academy’s Second Century represents a moment to continue the conversation and take action with those who are at the forefront of creating positive global change.

The world faces unique threats to ensuring the health of all people and communities: a rapidly growing population, the dual burden of undernutrition and obesity and escalating rates of chronic disease. The combination of limited food options and poor food choices, in both developed and developing countries, contributes to exorbitant costs — in quality of life, health care expenses and loss of human and economic productivity.

These enormous challenges cannot be solved by any organization working alone. However, organizations who recognize that these challenges represent innovative opportunities throughout the food, nutrition and health system can collaborate to change the trajectory of health in the world.

Improving access to healthful food and driving innovation are imperative to scaling health and nutrition strategies globally. Through collaboration, these opportunities include:

  • Building on the latest human behavior research to support better decision-making around food.
  • Supporting advancements in the prevention and treatment of malnutrition, obesity and chronic disease.
  • Pairing developments in genetics, nutrition informatics and information technologies with emerging health care models to deliver care and improved outcomes, opening a new space for innovation.

And with this focus on food and nutrition as the basis for good health, the Academy can collaborate to help communities thrive in unprecedented ways.

We have a plan to shape the future of the Academy — now we need your voice.

The Academy has shown its commitment to the future of the profession by undertaking the development of the Second Century vision. The whole Academy — every member, every supporter, every Foundation donor — has a part in shaping the future of the second century. Throughout the multi-year process, the Academy will ensure members are informed and, most importantly, engaged — understanding why their contribution matters.

Whether members give back by sharing their energy, passion and knowledge towards shaping the new future of the Academy, or they donate to the Second Century initiative through the Foundation and the innovative projects that will expand and build upon its current programs and priorities that advance the profession, members are essential to the process and are the future of the Academy.

As the Academy and Foundation keep members, collaborators and supporters informed of initiative efforts and participation opportunities, this Second Century area on will continue to be updated, as well as information posted to and sent via email communications from the Academy and member groups.

The Academy and Foundation look forward to your continued participation and support as we build a new vision for the future together.