WVAND is a professional, not-for-profit voluntary organization of approximately 350 Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), Dietetic Technicians Registered (DTR), and dietetic students who offer expert food and nutrition advice and information for the promotion of optimal health and well-being.
The primary purpose of WVAND is to advocate policies and regulations that:
WVAND RDNs and DTRs are trained to explain scientific, evidence-based research into food and nutrition practice settings that include hospitals, long term care facilities, colleges and universities, public health and community agencies, school districts, health and fitness centers, sports teams, state and government agencies, private practice and more. Our members make up a network of health professionals throughout West Virginia ready to serve as resources to the public, media and public policy makers.
What a year! I have been so inspired once again by the amazing things Registered Dietitians across the state are doing to improve the health of West Virginians! From relief efforts following last year’s devastating floods, to farm to table dinners, dedicated work in food pantries, to advocacy in both the state and national legislature, RDNs are making a difference. There are far too many things to address in this one note, but through my involvement in WVAND, I have had the opportunity to witness the many hats worn by RDNs and can attest to the incredible work they are doing every day.
This year in particular, we have seen a historic shift in the political tide, and with it a potential wave of change in its wake. Policies and budgets surrounding food and health are facing major cuts as responsibility shifts to local levels. Many feel as though we are moving backward and are concerned about how such changes will affect issues such as childhood hunger, or the ability of people to make informed nutrition decisions through more transparent labeling. However, with this change, I see great opportunities. With budget cuts focused heavily on nutrition-related programs, this is our time to shine. It is our job as THE Nutrition Professionals to step up and fill the void left by new policies. We must continue to advocate for support from our legislators, but we must also take action ourselves. I have no doubt from the passion and dedication that I have observed from WVAND members, that we will find a way to provide the services and resources so desperately needed to improve the health and well-being of West Virginians. This is OUR time. I look forward to this journey with you all and to see the incredible things that our RDNs will accomplish over this next year and beyond.
Finally, a huge thank you to all of those who dedicate your time, energy and passion to serving on the board of the West Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Each and every one of you is integral to the success of not only our affiliate, but to all RDNs and NDTRs across this great mountain state!
Heather Dyson – WVAND President, 2017-18
The West Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is a registered 501(c)(6) professional organization committed to serving the public through the promotion of optimal nutrition, good health and well-being. WVAND was officially recognized as an affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) in 1942.
It is the vision of the members of the West Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to positively impact the health of West Virginians through food and nutrition by empowering members to be West Virginia's food and nutrition leaders.
To join the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and become involved in the West Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (WVAND) affiliation, please register with the Academy, Click Here.