Welcome to the Connecticut Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics - Your Food and Nutrition Experts!
We are a professional organization comprised of over 1,000 Registered Dietitians, DieteticTechnicians-Registered, dietetic students, interns and retirees of the profession. The Connecticut Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is your source for credible food and nutrition information. Connecticut Academy members work in various settings and areas of practice across the state, including private practice, hospitals, schools, food service, community nutrition, and much more.
Our Mission and Vision: The Connecticut Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the advocate of the dietetic profession serving the public through the promotion of optimal nutrition and well being by supporting activities of its members. CT Academy members are the leading source of food and nutrition services.
The CT Academy Spring Meeting had a Great Turn Out on April 8, 2016.
All the speakers were fabulous and 185 people attended with 23 poster sessions and 23 exhibitors. Thank you to VSL #3 who was our Gold Level Sponsor this year.
Kate Scarlata who did the 2 session presentation on FODMAPS and the Gut Microbiome is offering all CAND members 20% off any of her resources in her online store. The coupon code is CAND20 and will be available until April 15.
She also has many FREE resources but more extensive ones that can be purchased are found here:
Congratulations to Daisy Saltort who was recognized for her 50 years as a Registered Dietitian. She still remains an active RD in Connecticut.
Congratulations to Libby Tenison who won the Outstanding Dietitian of the year Award.
Congratulations to Helana Hoover-Litty who won the Emerging Dietetic Leader of the Year Award.
Congratulations to Jennifer Bove who won the Outstanding Student Award in a Coordinated Program
Congratulations to Jessica Mirkin who won the Outstanding Student in a Didactic Program.
Congratulations to Dakota Michaud who won the Outstanding Student Award in a Dietetic Internship
And Congratulations to Jessica DelVecchio who won the this year's surprise President's Award
Supporter Membership of the CT Academy
Congratulations to Linda Arpino, MA,RDN, CND, FAND
Linda was just elected to the House of Delegates for the Vegetarian Nutrition Practice Group for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Congratulations to Maraiah Popeleski, RDN ,Manager of CLick, Inc. and a CT Academy Board Member since she was selected for “40 Stars in the State of CT under 40”
The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans have been released.
You can download the Guidelines and supporting materials at http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/.
On behalf of the entire Academy, I want to extend special thanks to the five Academy members who served on the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, whose expertise and hard work paved the way for the development of the Dietary Guidelines.
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans represent the U.S. government’s cornerstone for nutrition policy and education for the next five years. As such, they affect every Academy member, every registered dietitian nutritionist and every dietetic technician, registered.
In addition, the Dietary Guidelines offer each of us an unequalled opportunity to further position ourselves as leaders – translating nutrition science and government recommendations into practical information for consumers and communities alike.
Everyday Heroes - January 2016
Sarah Bourque, MS, RDN, CD-N (Connecticut)
Champions for Healthy Kids Grant Recipient
The State Education Resource Center's Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds project at Keigwin Middle School has opened doors to new opportunities for nutrition and wellness services for students. The nutrition and physical education staff have already done a fantastic job in promoting good nutrition and physical activity, but our project has allowed them to take their efforts one step further. We've been able to utilize grant funds to purchase much needed equipment and resources to allow for wellness initiatives to continue beyond the grant. Students and families have increased access to nutrition and physical education services through community and after school events, school policies have been updated to limit student access to unhealthy foods, and Smarter Lunchrooms strategies have been implemented in the cafeteria to encourage student to take AND eat fruits and vegetables. Keigwin's nutrition and physical education staff now collaborate on a regular basis to provide comprehensive wellness outreach for the entire school community. It's been such a rewarding project thus far - I am excited to see it through!
The NBC Health and Wellness Festival was a great success.
A big thank you to all the RD's, DTRs and students who worked the weekend of, October 17 and 18, 2015 at the NBC Health and Wellness fair and to Ashley Onion and Jessica Mirkin for coordinating the successful event.
FNCE 2015 in Nashville
The National Public Policy Workshop in Washington, DC
Thank you to the Connecticut Academy members who attended the National Public Policy Workshop in Washington, DC this week. Including the RDNs from ANDPAC, other RDNs from Connecticut and the Yale New Haven Dietetic Interns.
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InFant Feeding Practice and Food Allergy Update
If you are interested in reviewing the Infant Feeding Practice and Food Allergy Update presentation from Sherry Coleman, MS, RD, LD from the CT Academy Spring Meeting then click here.
The CT Academy Meeting on "Exploring the Ethical Implications of Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing"
Held Thursday, May 21, 2015 at the University of St. Joseph's School of Pharmacy in Hartford was a great success. The Keynote speaker was Ahmed El-Sohemy, PhD, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Nutrigenomics, Department of Nutritional Sciences of Toronto. His talk discussed: "Do our Genes Determine What We Should Eat". The other guest speakers were Derek Dube, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of St. Joseph (The Evolution of Genomics), Beverly Burke, MSW, Coordinator, CT Department of Public Health (Public Health Genomics and Your Practice), and Kate Reed, MPH, ScM, CGC, Director, Clinical and Continuing Education Programs, The Jackson Laboratory (Genetic Testing: Opportunities and Challenges) . A great Networking reception followed the presentations and panel discussion.
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Upcoming Events At-A-Glance
The Mediterranean Diet from an Italian Perspective:
"Let Food Be thy Medicine and Medicine be thy food"- Hippocrates
November 8-12, 2016
A knowledge based 12 CEU activity for dietitians, pharmacists and other health care professionals.
Includes 3 hour morning lectures, afternoon activities and tours
Sponsor by the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy
In beautiful Florence Italy
$750-$1050 depending on date of registration. Flight to Florence Italy, hotel accommodations, meals not included.
The primary purpose of this conference is to reveal new perspectives of the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle to practicing health care providers in the US. Most of the speakers in the conference will be Italians who will provide a unique perspective on the Mediterranean Diet; its important foods, culture, history. Attendees will experience the insider’s view of the real Mediterranean diet; one that is considerably different than what is portrayed in the US.
Overview of topics
The topics will be of special interest to dietitians and pharmacists and will include: the history of the Mediterranean diet, the role of Ancel and Margaret Keys, health care in Italy, hospital/pharmacy tours, strengths and weaknesses in the Mediterranean diet, school lunch in Florence and the role of cultural heritage in food selection. In the afternoon, there will be special guided tours of historic pharmacies, cooking class, food and wine tastings.
Taking the Wheel: Navigating the Up and Coming Trends in Nutrition
Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
2081 Post Road
Warwick, RI 02886
This conference, hosted by RIAND, will include presentations on; obesity and its effect on pregnancy, food waste, cardiovascular disease, client focused service and FODMAPs. See the brochure for details here: http://www.eatrightri.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/2016-brochure.pdf
This conference will provide 6 CEUs.
Visit their website for more information. www.eatrightri.org/riand-conference/
New Hampshire Dietetic Association Spring 2016 Conference
May 11, 2016
189 Pembroke Rd., Concord, NH
Join us for a day of networking, continuing education, exhibitors, & opportunities to further your professional goals. Featured presentations include:
- Diabetes Management in Long-Term Care Facilities: An Inter-professional Team Approach
- Dietary Guidelines: Implications for Personal, Professional, Public, & Planetary Health
- Vegetarian Diets for Pregnancy & Lactation
- Critical Ethical Issues in Public Health
- The New PDP: Making Essential Competencies Work for You
For More information contact:
New Hampshire Dietetic Association
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To join the Connecticut Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, you must first become a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Once you join the Academy, you will automatically become a member of the CT Academy if you choose Connecticut as your state affiliate. You can join the Academy any time, however, the membership year runs from June 1st to May 31st. For more information, visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website.
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CT Academy News Room
NNM 2016 Press Release
March 3, 2016 by Meghan Flynn, MS, RDN
2015-2016 CT Academy Press Release
July 14, 2015 by Meghan Flynn, MS, RDN
Spring Meeting Press Release
April 20, 2015 by Meghan Flynn, MS, RDN
April 1, 2015 by Meghan Flynn, MS, RDN
National Nutrition Month Press Release
February 18, 2015 by Meghan Flynn, MS, RDN
Go For Red for Women Press Release
January 28, 2015 by Meghan Flynn, MS, RDN
12 Days of Nutrition Tips
December 12, 2014 by Meghan Flynn, MS, RDN
CT Academy Fact Sheet
December 11, 2014 by Meghan Flynn, MS, RDN
Ct Academy Fall Meeting Press Release
November 12, 2014 by Meghan Flynn, MS, RDN
Food Day Press Release
October 24, 2014 by Meghan Flynn, MS, RDN
An Apple A Day To Raise Awareness- October 24, 2014 by Molly Geisinger
Crunch- October 24,2014 by Samantha
Members in the Spotlight
CT Academy Member Bridget Sutherland, RD shared NNM tips for health eating on Fox Channel 61 Good Day Connecticut. http://fox61.com/2016/03/03/national-nutrition-month-tips-for-eating-healthy/
CT Academy Member Ilisa Nussbaum, RD, CD-N and President Elect Ellen Liskov, MPH RD CDE CDN presented a heart healthy cooking demonstration on
“Go for Red Day” Friday, February 5th for WTNH.
Maraiah Popeleski, RDN , Manager of CLick, Inc. and a CT Academy Board Member was Selected for “40 Stars in the State of CT under 40”
Jill Castle, MS, RDN, CDN a was recently interviewed by the Norwalk Hour on the New Dietary Guidelines. January 2016
Jill Castle, MS, RDN, CDN a Childhood Nutrition & Feeding Expert and also the Public Policy Chair for the Pediatric Nutrition DPG, was featured in a blog post for Stone Soup (Food and Nutrition Magazine) on Child Nutrition Reauthorization. Here’s the link: http://www.foodandnutrition.org/Stone-Soup/May-2015/Children-Are-Better-Off-Fed/
Pat Baird, MA, RDN, FAND President of the CT Academy was featured on a news video and article on Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain.
Peggy Zamore, MPH, CD-N, a nutritionist with the Danbury Better Health and Better Food Program helped to celebrate Food Day on October 24, 2014 with an Apple Crunch.
Lorie Reardon, MS, RD contributed to an article on diabetes featured in Hartford Magazine and New Haven Living Magazine. March 2014
Nutrition Education Resources/Tools
Eat Right Connecticut Kit!
The Connecticut Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has produced an informational "Eat Right Connecticut" kit to help CT residents improve their health through better nutrition. Click HERE for pieces of the kit...a simple, easy-to-use translation of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines, a healthy menu with recipes, and our Top Ten Grocery Shopping Tips.