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HOD Announcements

Fall 2016 HOD Meeting

Mega Issue: Wellness and Prevention

A fact sheet and a backgrounder is available on the HOD section of Eatrightpro.org.

Please take a moment to provide feedback to your delegate on the issue by going to the online survey.

New resources available on Eatrightpro.org



Status of GMO/Food Technology White Paper

Hello Delegates!
I want to inform you of recent requests from Academy members to develop a position paper on GMOs. That request coupled with some new action in Congress brings this issue forward in importance to the Board of Directors, the HOD and our members. I hope this message helps you convey accurate responses to your constituents, key informants and all members.
As published in the July 20th Eat Right Weekly “Food Technology Initiatives”, Congress just passed legislation requiring the government “to establish a national disclosure standard for bioengineered foods and for other purposes.” The White House says President Obama will sign the bill, which would pre-empt a Vermont law that took effect this month. The bill, which passed by a 306 to 117 vote, directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture to create a national labeling standard that allows food producers to choose how they want to disclose the presence of genetically modified ingredients. Under the legislation, manufacturers will be able to use text, symbols or a QR code that consumers must scan with a smartphone to relay the information.
Currently, two active Academy initiatives related to food technology, including genetically modifying foods, are underway:

  1. A manuscript describing the Evidence Analysis Library systematic review titled  “Advanced Technology of Food Production” (currently available on the EAL).  Its results will be submitted for publication in the fall to the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  2. A white paper discussing genetically modified foods within the food supply will be submitted for publication upon completion. 

As background for your understanding of the Academy’s GMO initiatives, our Academy Positions Committee (APC) discussed development of a position paper on genetic engineering during its meeting in October 2015 and reported the following: 
…the EAL project on this topic had been completed and the majority of research available on human consumption of genetically engineered plant and animal foods relates to allergenicity. Allergenicity research on humans has inherent limitations due to ethical concerns, various testing methodologies, identifying studies with sufficient sample sizes, etc.  Steve Taylor, PhD, an internationally recognized expert on genetically engineered foods and allergenicity, assisted the EAL expert workgroup.  However, the majority of the EAL questions are Grade V indicating very little evidence to support the questions. 
Based upon that discussion, the APC decided to not proceed at that time with development of a position paper entitled “Advanced Technology in Food Production”, because APC would not be able to formulate a strong position statement, based upon the limited evidence resulting from the project. Members were informed about this decision at the time. Here is a link to the Academy’s Position and Practice Paper webpage http://www.eatrightpro.org/resources/practice/position-and-practice-papers.
Academy members will be updated on these projects when near completion. 
Linda T. Farr
2016-2017 Speaker, House of Delegates
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

HOD Outcomes Spring 2016

As a result of the discussion on technological innovations, one motion was developed and approved by the HOD following the dialogue.

HOD Motion #1: Therefore, be it resolved that the House of Delegates requests that:

  1. The Nutrition Informatics Committee review the input from the Spring 2016 HOD Meeting dialogue, create an action plan and recommendations to address the dialogue objectives, and communicate the plan to the HOD by the Fall 2016 HOD Meeting.
  2. All Academy organizational units identify and promote best practices related to technology and integrate technological innovations that impact food and nutrition into their program of work.
  3. The Academy create a hub on the Academy website where technology resources related to food and nutrition are shared.
  4. The Academy consider highlighting technology in an annual awareness campaign.
  5. The Academy’s Second Century Team review the input from the House of Delegates 2016 dialogue and support incorporation of technological advancements into the opportunity areas for the September 2016 Summit and forthcoming innovations projects.

For more infomation, download the following documents from the HOD Spring Meeting Materials website:


HOD Update

Food & Nutrition Security Task Force

CPHCN wants to keep you updated about this important work that originated in the HOD. An implementation team (see below) has met twice. We are pleased to have on the team representatives from several DPGs and affiliates as well as members of the Academy’s education, research, and policy and advocacy teams. The Academy’s Foundation and Feeding America are also active in this work.
Activities to date include:

  • Approved a work plan (attached) to implement to carry out the Food & Nutrition Security Task Force’s Work Plan.
  • Developing talking points for use in communicating about this project.
  • Forming subgroups (communications, research, evaluation, website/materials and speakers bureau to help with the work.
  • Working closely with the Foundation and Feeding America, both willing to assist with providing resources to the group.
  • Designing activities in conjunction with the Academy’s Research staff and Dietetic Practice-Based Research Network (DPBRN).
  • Discussing the development of a resource for educators and students with Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors (NDEP)


Nutrition Services Delivery and Payment Action Plan Annual Report

Key elements:

  1. Current Academy resources for nutrition services delivery and payment and leadership skill development;
  2. Actions that members will need to take to address the delivery and payment of their services in their practicesetting plus recommendations for how affiliates, DPGs, and MIGs can provide support; 
  3. Future educational and practice resources that the Academy will need to provide for practitioners, educators, students and interns;
  4. An evaluation component to determine the impact of this plan and a means for communicating the outcomes to the membership.

Resources for Getting Paid.

HOD Fall 2015 Meeting Outcomes - Malnutrition

Fact Sheet

Final Motions

Additional Materials


Sep. 2015 Update - ACEND Recommends New Education Model

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) has recommended a new model for the education of nutrition and dietetics professionals based on input from over 9,500 stakeholders.

You can find more information and the latest updates by clicking here:

  • Rationale Document
  • Frequently Asked Questions information sheet
  • A pre-recorded webinar about the proposed model
  • July 2015 Webinar to HOD members
  • Monthy updates


News from the House of Delegates

Outcomes from the Spring 2015 HOD Meeting

Motion 1: 99 support/2 opposed – motion carried

Next Steps: The Sponsorship Advisory Task Force will begin meeting in June to review the outcomes from the Spring 2015 HOD dialogue. The Sponsorship Advisory Task Force will develop a plan providing clear direction to the Academy, Foundation and all organizational units on how to engage in sponsorship and partnership opportunities. A report from the Sponsorship Advisory Task Force will be presented to the House of Delegates at or before the Fall 2015 HOD Meeting.  The final plan will be reviewed and approved by the House of Delegates prior to being presented to the Board of Directors.

 Motion 2: 101 support/0 opposed – motion carried

Next Steps:  The Academy Positions Committee will develop a position paper, Interprofessional Education in Nutrition as an Essential Component of Medical Education. The House Leadership Team will monitor progress on the development of the position paper on behalf of the House of Delegates.

For more details and fact sheets on the outcomes of the meeting, visit the HOD web page.



Fall 2014 HOD Meeting

Outcomes of the Fall 2014 HOD Meeting - Work we do makes a difference video

Proposed Academy bylaws amendment


Please provide your comments to the issues indicated below by going to this link: HOD Mega Issues Survey Fall 2014

Mega Issue 1: Business & Management Skills Across all Levels of the Profession

Read Executive Summary

Read Backgrounder

Read Fact Sheet

Provide feedback to your HOD representative Lona Sandon, MEd, RDN, LD (Lona.Sandon@UTSouthwestern.edu) by September 30, 2014.

Key Questions

1. How can all Academy members utilize, expand, and sustain business and management skills to take advantage of current and emerging professional opportunities?

2. What is the value of business and management skills in your practice area?

Mega Issue 2: What solutions can the House of Delegates offer to the Academy, ACEND, and NDEP to help increase the number of supervised practice experience positions and the number of preceptors?

Brutal Fact: Preceptor Shortage and Lack of Supervised Practice Experience

  • Despite efforts on the part of the Academy, NDEP, and ACEND, the number of supervised practice positions continue to lag significantly behind demand, leaving growing numbers of qualified graduates who are unable to complete their education to become an RDN. Annually approximately 2,000 baccalaureate degree graduates who have met DPD requirements and received a verification statement cannot obtain supervised practice required for registration eligibility. Although ACEND-accredited Individualized Supervised Practice Pathways (ISPPs) were implemented in January 2012 for those who were not matched to an internship, a shortage of preceptors and supervised practice positions to support the ISPP option remains a barrier.
  • The number of students applying for dietetic internships exceeds the number of positions available and that proportion is growing.  The number of Dietetic Internship (DI) program openings has increased about 15% since 2004; however, the number of applicants, both first-time and returning applicants, has nearly doubled.  The challenge remains that there are more DPD graduates and applicants than there are supervised experience openings.

Shortage of Preceptors: Preceptors are also in short supply.  RDNs working in all aspects of health care today have increased demands on their daily professional responsibilities, and experience difficulty in allotting time for students and interns while meeting mandated productivity standards. These factors will greatly impact the future of education in our profession, particularly on the capacity for our educational system to meet the growing demand for nutrition and dietetics practitioners.



Spring 2014 HOD Meeting Mega issue: Engaging Members in Research

This spring the HOD will be discussing the issue of research and how to create a culture of research within the profession. As your HOD rep, I would like you to take a few minutes to take a look at the backgrounder and provide comments to the NEHP member survey.

Read Executive Summary

Read Engaging Members in Research Backgrounder

Read Fact Sheet

Complete the NEHP Member survey to provide feedback for the meeting.


Fall 2013 HOD Meeting - Mega issue: Nutrition Services Delivery & Payment

The House of Delegates (HOD) conducted a dialogue on Nutrition Services Delivery and Payment: The Business of Every Academy Member on October 18 and 19, 2013.  The purpose of the dialogue session was for delegates and members to:

  1. Identify relevant stakeholders and their needs. 
  2. Comprehend the impact that current and evolving health care delivery and payment models will have on ALL areas of practice.
  3. Give examples of successful integration into evolving delivery and payment models.
  4. Communicate the need for nutrition and dietetics practitioners to be an essential part of evolving health care delivery and payment models.
  5. Promote information to members and stakeholders and encourage members to utilize Academy resources.
  6. Empower members to lead efforts and seize opportunities to provide cost-effective nutrition services to optimize the public’s health.

Read the Fall 2013 Backgrounder for a greater understanding of what is happening with health care delivery and payment.

Read the Fall 2013 Outcomes Fact Sheet to learn the outcomes of the meeting.

For additional materials from the Fall 2013 meeting visit the HOD web page.


Spring 2013 HOD Meeting - Mega issue: Food insecurity

    What's your role in food insecurity?

(Left: Roger Shewmake, NEHP Public Policy Chair at the Public Policy Workshop)

Take action against food insecurity!

Food insecurity affects nearly 50 million people, almost 9 million of them are children.  RDs/RDNs and DTR can be part of the solution to ending food insecurity. 


Fall 2012 HOD Meeting

Take action!

  1. Read the Vision Report 2012
  2. View Moving to the Future: Elevating our Preparation and Practice and send comments
  3. Share the Career Development Guide Tool with colleagues and students

Are you ready for the shift in health care delivery?  How will you fit in with the move to disease prevention versus disease treatment?

The fall HOD meeting will be focused on the mega issue of Public Health Nutrition.  In November of 2011, Sylvia Escott-Stump appointed a Public Health Task Force to establish a plan for the Academy and future directions related to public health nutrition. 

The first part of the Task Force's job was to define public health nutrition and community nutrition and the roles RD's play.  You will find these definitions in the HOD Executive Summary Public Health Nutrition and HOD Fact Sheet Public Health Nutrition.  More detailed information can be found in the Backgrounder on the Academy website at: Fall 2012 House of Delegates Meeting

Contact your HOD Rep with any questions: Lona Sandon

Spring 2012 HOD Meeting

This spring's HOD meeting focused on the continuum of professional development and growth from novice to expert. The Career Development Guide Tool tool can be used to help dietetics professionals identify how they can move forward in their career. 

To read the complete backgrounder and executive summary regarding the need for continued profressional growth within the profession, click here.

Another document of interest is the Council on Future Practice Visioning Report 2011.  This document outlines the roles and responsibilities of future entry level as well as advanced practice RD's.  The descriptions will likely be useful for self-assessment as well as for informing future RD's about the needed skilss for future career opportunities. Of particular interest to members of NEHP is the section on Advanced Practice RD in Higher Education, page 26.

Ethics Education Toolkit

The Ethics Education Toolkit assists dietetics educators and practitioners in providing information to current and future members and credentialed practitioners about the AND/CDR Code of Ethics for the Profession of Dietetics. This toolkit includes a power point presentation, script, activities and handouts for download. As a reminder, all the ethics materials are housed on the general Code of Ethics page