Vermont Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (VAND) is an active nutrition and dietetic association in Vermont. As our president mentioned on the home page, "Our 200-plus members include Registered Dietitians (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN), Dietetic Technicians, Registered (DTRs), dietetic students, researchers and educators. They work in various settings and areas of practice across the state—including public health clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, grocery stores, universities, research labs, education programs for school-aged children and more—to execute our vision to optimize Vermont’s health through food and nutrition."
We are an affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, which is the nation’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. To become a member of Vermont Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (VAND), you join the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and list Vermont as your membership state. This will automatically sign you up as a VAND member.
VAND Member Benefits
As a member of VAND, you will have the opportunity to access and experience these benefits:
Opportunities to expand your career, gain leadership experience or find new employment in our Job Bank
Receive VAND Connections, the quarterly electronic newsletter which highlights statewide professional events, community based events, current legislative issues, educational opportunities, reviews of current nutrition topics, and opportunities for involvement
Stay abreast of current research and earn CEU's through conferences, workshops and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics-sponsored teleseminars.
Market your professional services and business through VAND’s Contact a Dietitian database. Build your resume and leadership skills by serving on VAND’s Board of Directors
Public Policy Initiatives and Advocacy
Let your voice be heard! Impact food and nutrition policies at the local level by joining us at Legislative Day at the State House
Be connected with other nutrition professional for sharing information, skills and experience. Support the profession of Nutrition and Dietetics. Scholarships VAND Betsy Hiser Scholarship and a
multiple of scholarships available through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Cost Savings at our Annual Spring Conference
Members receive a reduced rate compared to non-VAND members. Our annual meeting features a variety of speakers who address a variety of current nutrition topics. Many CEU credits available.
For more information about membership, please contact our Membership Chair
VAND previously known as the Vermont Dietetic Association (VDA) was founded October, 1944.
Academy Member Benefits
The Academy has numerous Member Benefits. Did you know that research resources are a just one of the many benefits of your Academy membership?
The leadership and members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recognize that outcomes data are needed to support increased reimbursement for the nutrition services our members provide. Research demonstrates how RDNs and DTRs improve the nation’s health through food and nutrition in order to advocate for increase reimbursement. Resources for members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics include access to the Evidence Analysis Library, Evidence Based Nutrition Practice Guidelines, Dietetics Practice Based Research Network, and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Health Informatics Infrastructure.
The Evidence Analysis Library (EAL) is a synthesis of the best, most relevant nutrition research on important dietetic practice questions housed within a website accessible to members and subscribers. RDNs can visit the EAL to review evidence summaries and conclusion statements on a variety of diseases, health conditions, nutrients, and foods. The EAL website is being upgraded and the newly redesigned site will be launching this year—highlights include improved organization and easier navigation of the site.
Evidence Based Nutrition Practice Guideline recommendations (part of the EAL) provide a plan of action for practitioners regarding specific diseases and health conditions. Evidence Based Nutrition Practice Guidelines are developed using a systematic process for identifying, analyzing and synthesizing scientific evidence. They are designed to assist the RDN and patient/client in making decisions about appropriate nutrition care.
The Dietetics Practice Based Research Network (DPBRN) is a way of getting involved in research without having to create your own study. Any Academy member may join the network for free and does not need to have prior research experience. The DPBRN brings dietetic practitioners and researchers together to answer questions important in our field. Clinicians, practitioners, researchers, and students in a variety of settings and specialties can improve patient and client outcomes through practice based research. You may join online by placing a check next to “New Enrollment” under “Dietetics Practice Based Research Network” in your “myAcademy profile”.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Health Informatics Infrastructure (ANDHII) is an innovative new set of Web based tools that aims to promote efficient and accurate use of the Nutrition Care Process and its terminology. ANDHII allows RDNs to collect and track outcomes data for their individual patients while aggregating that data to answer quality improvement and comparative effectiveness questions. ANDHII is available to members as a free member benefit and will also be available via subscription at a later date.
Additionally, the Guide for Effective Nutrition Interventions and Education (GENIE) is a simple-to-use online resource designed to help users design, modify, or compare effective nutrition education programs. GENIE's checklist of quality criteria has been rigorously validated and is based on reliable scientific evidence. Complete with definitions, resource links, and training materials GENIE is designed with tools to help program planners be successful regardless of whether they have professional training or experience in nutrition education. The tool may also be useful to funding agencies in developing Requests for Proposals.