House of Delegate

House of Delegate

Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Governing Structure Infographic

The governing structure of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics includes 19 members of the Board of Directors and 105 members of the House of Delegates (HOD). Click this link here for a more detailed look at our governing body!

Have you ever wondered what the roles and responsibilities of the HOD are? This video link provides a short 2-minute synopsis on the work and structure of the HOD: view here!

Second Century Initiative

With the Academy's first 100 years behind us we are purposefully looking towards ways to not only elevate our profession, but also expand our reach and do more to impact and improve health on a global scale. Here is an Academy message regarding this new and exciting venture into our future: click here!

Join up to be a part of the DDPG Delegate Key Crew!

As your Delegate, I am looking for a small group of key informants from our membership to help provide feedback and perspective on House of Delegate hot topic issues. Your insights can help inform and shape the direction of our profession as well as future practice. I would love to hear from a diversity of voices in a variety of practice fields; inclusive of not just dietitians but also, NDTR's, members under 30, retired members, students/interns, and members from underrepresented groups. Please email me at to join!

Spring 2017 Virtual HOD Meeting Update

Mega-Issue: How can credentialed nutrition and dietetics practitioners elevate the profession, expand opportunities, and enhance practice for the Second Century?

Meeting Objectives:

  1. Share current efforts underway by the Academy and its organizational units to identify and meet the needsof the Second Century workforce.
  2. Create a vision of a Second Century workplace.
  3. Generate ideas to close the gap between current and future practice.
  4. Recognize skills and professional development needed for current and future practitioners.

HOD Spring Meeting Outcomes

After a rich dialogue the HOD approved the following Call to Action: The House of Delegates challenges all existing and new credentialed nutrition and dietetics practitioners, in all areas of practice, to take action to elevate and expand their competencies in the following areas to achieve the desired vision of future practice: personal, people, workplace, applied knowledge.

Actions for Future Practice

The House of Delegates should play an integral role in encouraging all credentialed nutrition and dietetics practitioners to advance skills and elevate practice to compete in the Second Century workforce.

  • The House Leadership Team, in conjunction with Academy committees and staff partners, will compile a list of tools and resources available to support professional development in key areas noted above.
  • Delegates will identify and share education and professional development opportunities to help members advance practice and keep pace.
  • Delegates will work with their boards/executive committees to create an action plan identifying ways to incorporate change drivers and future practice areas into their plans of work.

All Credentialed Nutrition and Dietetics Practitioners have a responsibility to develop strategies to create and achieve a future vision that will better meet the needs of clients, customers, society, and the profession by:

  • Using the Second Century Initiative and the Council on Future Practice's Visioning Report 2017: Preferred Path Forward for the Nutrition and Dietetics Profession to imagine and create the future of nutrition and dietetics.
  • Expanding leadership skills, collaborative skills, and communication skills by utilizing current programs and by creating new educational opportunities through collaboration with Academy groups such as the Affiliates, Dietetic Practice Groups (DPGs) and Member Interest Groups (MIGs) and external stakeholders. 
  • Taking personal action to gain new skills, knowledge, and education as life-long learners.
  • Being assertive and visionary leaders in the nutrition and dietetics profession.

The full Call to Action for Future Practice document can be found at: delegates/about-hod- meetings/springmeeting-materials.


As the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics enters its Second Century, our visionary and dedicated members will play a lead role in improving the health of people worldwide through the transformative power of food and nutrition. By enhancing skills and knowledge, and by creating opportunities that elevate practice, the profession will be able to meet the global nutrition challenges of the future.

To read the full HOD Spring Meeting Outcomes Report, click here.

Delegate contact information:

Linda Rocafort MPH, RDN, LDN, CDE