Weight Management DPG

DPG #26

Mission: Empowering members to be the food and nutrition leaders in weight management and lifestyle change.

Vision: Optimizing healthy weight through food and nutrition.

Officers and Executive Committee Members

  • Chair: Eileen Ford, MS, RD
  • Chair-Elect: Connie Diekman, MED, RD, CSSD, LD, FADA, FAND
  • Past Chair: Eileen Myers, MPH, RDN, LDN, CEDRD, FADA, FAND
  • Secretary: Lillian Craggs-Dino, RDN, LDN
  • Treasurer: Kristen Smith, RD, LD
  • Nominating Committee Director: Nina Crowley, PhD, RDN, LD
  • Member Services Director: Melissa Page, MS, RD, LDN
  • Newsletter Editor: Emily M. Stern, MS, RD, LDN
  • Professional Development Director: Catherine M. Champagne, PhD, RDN, LDN, FADA, FAND, FTOS
  • Sponsor Relations Director: Meghan Ariagno, RD, LDN
  • Website Editor: Melissa Martin, DTR
  • House of Delegates Representative: Julie Schwartz, MS, RD, CSSD, LD
  • Research Director: Hollie Raynor, PhD, RDN, LDN
  • Coaching and Wellness Subunit Director: Lynn Grieger, RD, CDE, CPT
  • Bariatric Subunit Director: Mary Gray Hutchinson, MPH, RD, LDN
  • Pediatric Weight Management Director: Emily Craft, RD, CSP, LD
  • Professional and Consumer Resource Director: Samantha Kimball, MPH, RD
  • Policy and Public Advocacy Leader: Natalie Furst, RD, LD
  • Reimbursement Representative: Alexandra Cook, RD
  • Network and Alliance Director: Cassie Story

DPG Importance

Over 68 percent of Americans are overweight or obese. Obesity is a chronic disease, which can impact other disease states such as diabetes, coronary artery disease and cancer. Members of many areas of practice are impacted by this epidemic. For example, the area of community health is significantly impacted by obesity where it is defined as a major public health problem. This group focuses exclusively on the science and application of weight management prevention and treatment for all ages. This group links the public, organizations, and industry to dietetic professionals with an expertise in weight management.


  • Cutting edge, quarterly Weight Management Matters newsletter offering four CPE articles per year.
  • Continuing professional education (CPE) opportunities, including an annual symposium webinars.
  • Online WM DPG CPEU Assessment Center for one-stop acquisition of WM-related CPEUs.
  • Updated, informative, and resource-packed website.
  • Bi-weekly WM e-Updates e-mails highlighting current events and weight management-related news along with social media communications with Facebook and LinkedIn.
  • Bariatric Surgery, Coaching/Wellness and Pediatric Weight Management Subunits with Electronic Mailing Lists, updated research and more.
  • Numerous awards and travel stipends for members to attend professional development meetings, such as PPW, FNCE®, TOS, ASMBS, and the CDR Weight Management Certificate Program.
  • Weight Management-related research updates.
  • FNCE® activities, including member networking events and sponsored educational programs.
  • Opportunities for leadership and professional growth.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Weight Management DPG or need additional information, please contact the WM Executive Office.