The Academy's Strategic Plan

Upon the Academy's celebration of its Centennial in 2017, the organization's Board of Directors endorsed a new vision, mission and principles—expanding the influence and reach of the Academy and the nutrition and dietetics profession for the next 100 years. With the continued input of Academy members, the Board remains committed to their goal to create a compelling organizational plan that will transform the next century of nutrition and dietetics practitioners and position the Academy as the food and nutrition leaders on a global scale.

Vision: A world where all people thrive through the transformative power of food and nutrition

Mission: Accelerate improvements in global health and well-being through food and nutrition

Principles: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and our members:

  • Amplify the contribution of nutrition and dietetics practitioners and expand workforce capacity and capability
  • Integrate research, professional development, technology 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, well-being and health care sectors
  • Have a global impact in eliminating all forms of malnutrition.

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Focus Areas

The Strategic Plan includes three areas where the Academy will focus efforts to accelerate progress towards achieving the vision and mission through impact goals in Prevention and Well-being, Health Care and Health Systems and Food and Nutrition Safety and Security. The plan, goals and strategies correlate to the principles. Through 2025, the Academy will prioritize programs and initiatives to demonstrate significant impact in:

Prevention and Well-Being

Impact Goals

  • Develop and advocate for policies that support prevention and well-being initiatives
  • Increase equitable access to nutrition and lifestyle services
  • Reduce prevalence of overweight and obesity and associated chronic diseases
  • Reduce all forms of malnutrition

Health Care and Health Systems

Impact Goals

  • Elevate the role of nutrition status in quality health care throughout the lifecycle
  • Identify and treat all forms of malnutrition
  • Leverage data to demonstrate effectiveness of dietetic and nutrition interventions
  • Improve health equity through access to medical nutrition therapy services

Food and Nutrition Safety and Security

Impact Goals

  • Increase equitable access to and utilization of safe nutritious food and water
  • Advance sustainable nutrition and resilient food systems
  • Leverage innovations in the reduction of food waste and loss
  • Champion legislation and regulations that increase food and nutrition security throughout the lifecycle


Strategies build on our core organizational strengths in food and nutrition research; advocacy and communications; professional development; and workforce capacity and opportunities.


  • Expand prospective food and nutrition research
  • Conduct systematic reviews and develop evidence based practice guidelines and position papers in collaboration with key stakeholders
  • Advance global practice based research network of practitioners and partners to collect data
  • Develop and enhance platforms to host data on evidence-based interventions
  • Collaborate to provide evidence on the effectiveness of food- and nutrition-related interventions using internationally accepted processes and terms
  • Collaborate to advance basic science research related to malnutrition and well-being

Advocacy and Communications

  • Impact food and nutrition policies and advocate through participation in the legislative and regulatory processes and funding to support nutrition research at local, state, federal and global levels
  • Advocate for health care delivery and payment systems that maximize nutrition services across clinical and community settings
  • Advance global influence through effective alliances
  • Serve as a trusted resource and utilize all media outlets to educate and promote evidence-based practices and science-based resources to practitioners, the public, policy makers and all stakeholders

Professional Development

  • Provide tiered, progressive education and career advancement to support practitioners' needs
  • Engage practitioners at all levels through recognition programs, certificates of training and certifications
  • Serve as primary resource for professional experiential training opportunities for traineeships and fellowships, practitioner networking, mentoring and information sharing
  • Collaborate in developing products and services to positively influence practice outcomes
  • Create interprofessional training and professional development opportunities through strategic partnerships and partner organizations

Workforce Capacity and Opportunities

  • Build a global nutrition collaborative to accelerate progress in improving health
  • Increase the pool of educators, including those who are doctorate prepared
  • Develop and advance innovative delivery models for degree and non-degree education and training
  • Increase the diversity and cultural competence of the workforce to reflect the communities they serve
  • Expand public health and community nutrition programs and initiatives
  • Promote leadership self-efficacy and instill behavioral leadership skills at all levels of professional competency, including for students, through expanded and varied learning opportunities