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.
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National Academy Election begins February 1, 2016
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Awards Committee Update
Hello Connecticut Academy Members:
On behalf of the Awards committee, I hope all is well with the start of the New Year. It is that time of the year to nominate and fill out applications for the Connecticut Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic Affiliate awards. Awards include:
Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year (RYDY)
Recognized Dietetic Technician of the Year (RDTY)
Emerging Dietetic Leader Award (EDL)
Outstanding Dietitian of the Year (ODY)
Student Awards include:
Deadline is February 19, 2016 at midnight. Please see criterion for the award categories at eatright.org. Information can be found by clicking on leadership, then Honors and awards then affiliate awards. It is exciting to be nominated and receive recognition for a job well done. Please take the time to submit an application for a shining star! Awards will be presented at the Connecticut Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Spring Meeting scheduled on April 8th. Please Click here for the awards application. And click here for the Students Award Application.
May Harter, MS, RD, CD-N
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
Exhibitors for the Spring Meeting
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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Nutrition for Sports, Exercise & Weight Management
What Really Works and Why
Raleigh, NC Jan 29-30, 2016
Arlington VA Feb 5-6, 2016
Norfolk, VA Feb 26-27, 2016
Here’s your chance to update your sports nutrition knowledge, boost your confidence when counseling active clients, network with peers, and learn from two internationally respected professionals at this information-packed workshop on Nutrition for Sports, Exercise and Weight Management. You will learn what really works—and why!
$1· Sports nutritionist Nancy Clark MS, RD
1· Exercise physiologist John Ivy PhD
We designed this workshop to address the questions and concerns of dietitians, coaches, personal trainers, fitness leaders, other health educators and sports medicine professionals who work with active people. We also welcome athletes themselves!
You will leave the workshop with practical tips on how to effectively teach the sports nutrition and training messages. We’ll cover the spectrum of nutrition and exercise concerns from fitness exercisers to competitive athletes.
CEUs: AND, ACSM, AFAA, ACE, NSCA, and CHES
Cost: $257 for 1.5 day workshop; $225 for a group of 4
$95 full-time students and dietetic interns;
$99 for non-professionals (no CEUs).
For more information and to register: www.NutritionSportsExerciseCEUs.com
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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
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
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.