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:
The Academy's dynamic website, eatright.org, contains a wealth of nutrition information for consumers, featuring content ranging from articles, tips, videos, recipes and online games to app reviews. Consumers seeking the services of a registered dietitian can use the Find an Expert feature. Members of the media can find access to a range of resources, including press releases.
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.
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.
Each fall, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics sponsors the world's largest meeting of food and nutrition experts — more than 10,000 registered dietitians, nutrition science researchers, policy makers, health care providers and industry leaders attend the annual meeting — and address key issues affecting the health of all Americans. The annual the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo™ (FNCE®) features more than 100 research and educational presentations, lectures, debates, panel discussions and culinary demonstrations. More than 400 exhibitors from corporations, government and nonprofit agencies showcase new consumer food products and nutrition education materials.
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.
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.
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.