Academy and Foundation Provide Resources for Students and Educators

Support Students

03/25/2020 - To support the needs of nutrition and dietetics educators, preceptors, students and interns, the Academy has made available 78 online education programs as open-source modules. All links point to specific program files through the online Eatright Hightail service. This allows users to access and download all files in guest mode so you can save and watch on demand, eliminating the need for live streaming technology or other access needs.

The programs cover six topic categories:

  • Nutrition Science and Clinical
  • Counseling and Coaching
  • Community and Public Health and Food Insecurity
  • Sustainable Food Systems, Global Nutrition and Cultural Considerations
  • Research, Quality Improvement and Informatics
  • Professional Programs including Leadership, Communication and Ethics.

These open-source modules are designed for future nutrition and dietetics professionals, and do not offer CPE.

In addition, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation has many valuable resources for students and educators.

Sustainable Food System Curriculum

Sustainable, Resilient, and Healthy Food and Water Systems: A Curriculum for Dietetic Students and Interns is a free online curriculum that NDEP members can utilize to deliver distance learning. The curriculum is designed to provide dietetic interns and students with strong foundational knowledge in the nutritional, social, environmental and economic dimensions of sustainable food systems. The curriculum includes 12 activities that encompass the seven sectors of the food system—totaling approximately 120 hours of supervised practice hours—and they can be implemented in various formats, including as a dedicated three-week rotation, adopted as a full concentration or as stand-alone activities.

Food Insecurity/Food Banking Concentration

The Food Insecurity/Food Banking Supervised Practice Concentration is available to all educators. The activities were developed as part of the Academy Foundation’s Future of Food initiative, with a development team of dietetic educators and RDNs from the Feeding America Network. Any of the activities can be used as stand-alone experiences, and the full concentration includes 12 activities to be completed within 120 practice hours. The activities are designed to help interns develop the knowledge and skills necessary for an entry level RDN position in a food bank, and provide the intern with experiences in nutrition education, food bank management and food systems. The concentration was made possible through an educational grant from National Dairy Council to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation – read the full study.

Future of Food – Resources and New Webinars for CPEUs

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation, Feeding America, and National Dairy Council (ND came together to address a public health challenge – raising awareness of food insecurity as a public health issue and increasing access to adequate amounts of nutrient dense food for all Americans – and launched the Future of Food initiative. Two NEW webinars just posted include Exploring Malnutrition Through the Lens of System Thinking and Gaining Ground: Applying, Individual, Policy, System, & Environmental Change to Sustainable Food Systems Initiatives.

P.E.D.R.O. Simulation Tool

Practice Experience, Diabetes, pediatRic Online (P.E.D.R.O.) is a pilot simulation that enhances and expands internship education by using a 3D hospital and conversation simulator. Users meet Pedro, a 13-year-old boy, and his family as they learn of his diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes. In the pilot-simulated practice experience, users complete the four steps of the Nutrition Care Process for inpatient and follow-up outpatient visits, contribute in an inter-professional team meeting, and learn about billing and coding. While completing simulation, users also gain real experience with professional practice resources: the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Evidence Analysis Library, Health Informatics Infrastructure (ANDHII) and the openEMR certified electronic health record. With the aid of a preceptor to evaluate the results, P.E.D.R.O. is intended to contribute towards the supervised practice and competency requirements for registered dietitian nutritionists.


As the world’s largest provider of dietetic scholarships, our Foundation provides financial assistance for students to continue their education during the 2020/21 school year. Scholarships are available at all levels of study and range from $500 to $10,000. Our scholarship application is now open with a deadline to apply on 11:59 p.m. on April 20, 2020.

NOTICE: Nutrition and dietetics credential examinations and specialist examinations may be disrupted due to the pandemic response. Please check the Commission on Dietetic Registration website for updates.