Academy Vision and Mission

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy.

Founded as the American Dietetic Association in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1917, a group of women collaborated to aid the government conserve food and improve the public's health and nutrition during World War I. After 95 years, the association changed its name in January 2012 to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics — complementing the focus of the organization to improve nutritional well-being, communicating the expertise of its members who are a part of a food- and science-based profession.

NEW! Vision — A world where all people thrive through the transformative power of food and nutrition
NEW! Mission — Accelerate improvements in global health and well-being through food and nutrition

NEW! Principles —
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and our members:

  • Integrate research, professional development and practice to stimulate innovation and discovery
  • Collaborate to solve the greatest food and nutrition challenges now and in the future
  • Focus on system-wide impact across the food, wellness and health care sectors
  • Have a global impact in eliminating all forms of malnutrition
  • Amplify the contribution of nutrition practitioners and expand workforce capacity and capability.

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