House of Delegates (HOD)


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Spring 2019 HOD Meeting
The Spring 2019 HOD Virtual Meeting was held on March 30-31, 2019. The overall topic discussed was Consumer Awareness and Changing Drivers of Food Choices. The focus on the dialogue was the relevance of sustainability to consumer food choices and the role of nutrition and dietetics practitioners in guiding these choices through evidence-based practice and communications. These issues were explored through the areas of education and training, practice, and research. The HOD Workbooks are being shared with the Academy Foundation’s Fellow, Marie Spiker, to inform the upcoming proceedings paper Cultivating Sustainable Food Systems: A Nutrition-Focused Framework for Action and the House Leadership Team is currently developing motions. Review the HOD Backgrounder and other meeting materials here.

May 2019 HOD Meeting and HOD Evolution Designer Team Updates
The HOD Evolution Designers finalized their taskforce work and submitted their report with recommendations on the future HOD Structure and Business Model. The House Leadership Team accepted the final report on Friday, March 29, 2019 and during the Spring HOD Meeting, delegates were provided an overview of the report. Over the next two months delegates will participate in the next steps in the process. They have been asked to read the report, ask clarifying questions, seek member input, and participate in the HOD meeting dialogue on Monday, May 6, 2019. Following the meeting, there will be deliberations and voting on motions.

Academy Bylaws Amended
The Academy's Bylaws were amended by the House of Delegates on March 1, 2019. The amendments include revisions related to the Student and International Members Qualifications

  •  Student Members Qualifications
The revised term limit of eight (8) years for student membership classification aligns with the Future Education Model requiring a minimum of a Master’s degree. 
  •  International Members Qualifications:
This amendment helped to remove current obstacles for International membershipapplicants from countries by allowing the provision of other documents to verify education and/or training in food, nutrition or dietetics completed outside of the United States.

April 12, 2019


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