Cultures of Gender and Age (COGA)

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COGA focuses on providing programming, education, collaboration and networking within three primary sub communities: Fifty Plus (FPIND), Men (NOMIN) and Thirty and Under (TUND). Each of these communities address unique needs for education and networking within their communities while also supporting each other to provide a collective voice within the Academy. COGA membership includes those with seasoned experience in dietetics or those who are new to their career; those re-entering the workforce or changing their career focus, and men in the profession. COGA supports its members to grow professionally and give back to support the Academy's strategic direction.

Membership Benefits

  • Opportunity to connect with FPIND, NOMIN and TUND peers as a sub-community on niche topics.
  • A voice that advocates gender and age-related issues and relevant topics, serving as a direct resource to the Academy Diversity Committee and internal teams.
  • A COGA website to help foster community and connect you with resources.
  • A connected, collaborative community with opportunities for FNCE® networking events, year-round communication and a member directory.
  • Access to education and professional development through CPEU webinar trainings, educational toolkits and scholarships for lifelong learning on topics such as technology, tools to help with starting a career, career change and staying active into retirement.
  • Opportunities for leadership development within the COGA Executive Committee, through leadership development programs and scholarships.
  • Destination Education (previously known as "Travel Club") will offer travel/food education experiences to COGA members.

COGA Strategies

  • Develop strategies to increase the visibility of dietetics as a career choice for students, particularly men and increase retention and career development for male students.
  • Advocate for continued research, education and dissemination of information about men's health issues and men in dietetics.
  • Support fifty plus members as they prepare for retirement, navigate career changes and look to connect with others.
  • Empower young professionals to cultivate their professional networking, mentoring and leadership opportunities.
  • Develop new leaders within the profession and encourage grassroots efforts to communicate with students.


If you have questions about the benefits of COGA or are interested in getting involved, direct your questions to


You must be an Academy member to join COGA. Annual dues are $5 for the June 1 to May 31 Academy year. Contact the Academy's membership team at or 800/877-1600, ext. 5000. You can also join through your MyAcademy profile.