Hunger and Environmental Nutrition DPG


DPG #15

Members of the Hunger and Environmental Nutrition dietetic practice group promote optimal nutrition and wellness through a food system approach. The approach acknowledges the interconnectedness of the natural capital, the social capital, local and global economies, and the built environment as components of building food security and community well-being.

Mission: Empower members to be leaders in sustainable and accessible food and water systems.

Vision: Optimize the nation's health by promoting access to nutritious food and clean water from a secure and sustainable food system.

Member Benefits

  • Free online subscription and access cutting edge articles from the Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition published by Taylor & Francis.
  • A quarterly newsletter rich with in-depth articles on nutrition, food and water access, sustainable food system issues and CPEU opportunities.
  • Educational webinars held quarterly with the latest updates on hunger and sustainable food systems information
  • Connection to an engaging Electronic Mailing List that provides a discussion forum for relevant HEN topics.
  • Priority attendance to the HEN Film Feastival, Food System Tour, and other feature activities planned annually around FNCE®.
  • Strategic network relationships including state networks to connect area professionals and provide mentorship opportunities
  • Electronic magazine updates on issues important to your professional life including legislation, trends, and networking opportunities.
  • Website with resources on food and water security, hunger, sustainable food systems and more. The member-only section provides quick access to newsletters and other member information.
  • Engage with social media -HEN has a presence on Facebook and Twitter.
  • School to farm program for dietetic students and interns.
  • Recognition by your peers through the annual Hunger and Environmental Nutrition awards program.
  • A voice within the Academy on hunger and environmental nutrition issues including contribution to position papers and backgrounders for the House of Delegates.
  • A network of life-long professional colleagues and friends who share your values and enthusiasm for creating an accessible and sustainable food system.
  • Participation in the HEN Speakers Bureau that funds HEN members to speak at national and affiliate conferences to elevate HEN DPG messages.
  • Special HEN DPG student membership rate.
  • Ability to join a strong community of volunteers working on valuable projects, task forces and committees to better serve your profession.


  • Build and retain an aligned, engaged and diverse membership.
  • Expand emerging career opportunities for food and nutrition professionals locally, nationally, and internationally.
  • Educate food and nutrition professionals and the public regarding the convergence of nutrition and community food security as related to the food and water supply.
  • Support food and nutrition professionals and others conducting and applying research.
  • Empower food and nutrition professionals to form partnerships with organizations that complement the HEN DPG's vision and mission.


The HEN DPG has a formal sponsorship prospectus and chooses to align with businesses and organizations with similar goals. Active sponsors include:

  • Clif Bar
  • Taylor & Francis


  • Health Care Without Harm

Academy Involvement

HEN members are recognized nationally for their expertise within the Academy, which includes:

  • Serving on:
    • The Academy House of Delegates
    • The Academy Committee for Professional Development (formerly the FNCE® Program Planning Advisory Committee and Professional Development Committee)
    • The Academy Political Action Committee
    • The Academy Farm Bill Work Group
    • The Academy Second Century
    • The Public Health Task Force
    • The Nutrition Food Solutions Work Group
  • Participating in:
    • The Future of Food: Food Security for the 21st Century
  • Authoring Position and Practice papers including:
    • Promoting Ecological Sustainability within the Food System
    • Nutrition Security in Developing Nations: Sustainable Food, Water and Health
  • Authoring:
    • Primer on: Sustainable Food Systems and Emerging Roles of Food and Nutrition Professionals
    • Organic Talking Points
    • Water Resource Guide
    • Sustainable Food Systems Teaching Guide for Educators
    • Standards of Professional Performance for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists in Sustainable, Resilient, and Healthy Food and Water Systems