CT Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics




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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.

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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:


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Congratulations to Daisy Saltort who was recognized for her 50 years as a Registered Dietitian.  She still remains an active RD in Connecticut.

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Congratulations to Libby Tenison who won the Outstanding Dietitian of the year Award.

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Congratulations to Helana Hoover-Litty who won the Emerging Dietetic Leader of the Year Award.

 Jennifer Bove award

Congratulations to Jennifer Bove who won the Outstanding Student Award in a Coordinated Program

 Jessica Mirkin award

Congratulations to Jessica Mirkin who won the Outstanding Student in a Didactic Program.

 Dakota Michaud award

Congratulations to Dakota Michaud who won the Outstanding Student Award in a Dietetic  Internship

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And Congratulations to Jessica DelVecchio who won the this year's surprise President's Award


 Supporter Membership of the CT Academy

Are you an Academy Member in another state such as NY , Rhode Island or Massachusetts and interested in becoming a member of the CT Academy?  If so we have started a Supporter Membership to accommodate Active Academy Members with a state affiliation in another state.  If you want more information then contact Barbara at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  





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”




 Dietary Guidelines 2015

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

Click here for the CT Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Press Release on the Dietary Guidelines



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. 

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FNCE 2015 in Nashville 

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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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CT Academy Needs Your Help!
Are you interested in meeting fellow RDs, DTRs and students/interns?  Would you like to put your talents and interests to good use and learn about what is going on at the state and national level with our profession?  We have several committees that can use your help.  If interested, please contact our CT Academy President, Sarah Bourque at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Send Info To Post to the CT Academy Blog!
If you're a CT Academy member and interested in writing an article or providing nutrition facts, tips, food pics and recipes to post to our blog, please send your submissions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Promote Your Meeting or Event to Connecticut RDs and DTRs
Do you have an upcoming meeting or event you’d like to post on the CT Academy website?  The cost is $75 to post an event or meeting. Send your request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for consideration.