The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics forms alliances with other organizations for special projects and to participate in coalitions with shared goals and objectives. A list of current alliances can be viewed here. More detailed background on a few of our current alliances follows:American College of Sports Medicine
ACSM is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. More than 35,000 international, national, and regional members and certified professionals are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine. Of note is ACSM's initiative, Exercise is Medicine, of which the Academy is a network member. ACSM's mission is to "promote and integrate scientific research, education, and practical applications of sports medicine and exercise science to maintain and enhance physical performance, fitness, health, and quality of life."
International Confederation of Dietetic Associations
ICDA is a confederation of national dietetic associations that together represent more than 160,000 dietetics professionals worldwide. International Confederation of Dietetic Associations supports national dietetic associations and their members beyond national and regional boundaries by achieving an integrated communications system, an enhanced image for the profession and increased awareness of standards of education, training and practice in dietetics. The Academy sits on the Board of Directors.
National Diabetes Education Program
NDEP is a federally-funded program sponsored by the US Department of Health and Human Services' National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and includes over 200 partners at the federal, state and local levels, working together to improve the treatment and outcomes for people with diabetes, promote early diagnosis, and prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. The Academy is a partner organization and has representatives on several of the NDEP working committees.
The U.S. National Physical Activity Plan
NPAP is a collection of organizations and individuals dedicated to developing a plan that will empower all Americans to be physically active every day. At work, home, school, and other settings, being physically active must be encouraged and made readily available. With a comprehensive network of resources, NPAP is focused on the goal of increasing physical activity nationwide. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Prevention Research Center at the University of South Carolina, are providing the organizational infrastructure for The Plan. On May 3, 2010, the National Physical Activity Plan officially kicked off in Washington, D.C.
The United States Breastfeeding Committee
An independent nonprofit coalition of more than 40 organizations that support its mission to improve the nation's health by working collaboratively to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.