Organizational Spotlight: Massachusetts Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (MAND)

mand-logoThe Massachusetts Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (MAND) is a long time organizational member of MPHA, and a leading affiliate of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics was founded in 1917 by a visionary group of women dedicated to helping the government conserve food and improve the public’s health and nutrition during World War I. Today, the organization is committed to shaping the public’s food choices, treating persons with illnesses or injuries through medical nutrition therapy services, and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education, and advocacy.

As a leader in food and nutrition issues in Massachusetts, MAND provides expert testimony at legislative hearings, lobbies Congress and other governmental bodies, comments on proposed federal and state regulations, and develops position statements on critical food and nutrition issues.

MAND was recently awarded a Diversity Grant from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, creating the position of Diversity Liaison to promote the dietetics profession to underrepresented groups, provide student scholarships, and outreach to students, educators, counselors, and program coordinators to promote diversity within the dietetics profession.

MAND holds an annual legislative event at the State House to advocate for increasing access to healthy, affordable food and nutrition education, as well as voice support for pieces of legislation in line with its mission (e.g., an Act to Create the Massachusetts Food Trust). All are invited to MAND’s upcoming “Day on the Hill,” to be held on Monday, March 20, 2017.

To learn more about MAND’s work, please visit their website: https://www.eatrightma.org/index.php

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