Professional Organizations

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
http://www.eatright.org

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the nation’s largest professional organization for dietitians. Students enrolled in an accredited dietetics program have the opportunity to become a student member of the organization.  Benefits of membership include:

  • The Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics(JAND)
  • Academy Members–only website, which includes access to the Evidence Analysis Library
  • Student Center with information about career planning, student news, and a listserv
  • Continuing education programs and materials
  • Professional publications
  • Member discounts on publications and merchandise
  • Annual meeting discounts
  • Membership opportunities in dietetics practice groups (DPG)
  • Membership in state dietetic association
  • Job announcements
  • Scholarship opportunities

The most important advantages to Academy student members are the eligibility for Academy-sponsored scholarships, the Journal, networking, and the chance to improve your marketability. You get all of this for a very small annual fee – the membership fee is $50.00. The dietetics faculty strongly encourages you to join as a freshman or sophomore, but membership is required with 60 or more credits. To be a student member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, you must complete a membership application and submit the dues payment. Information and applications are available on the Academy website at http://www.eatright.org/. Scholarships are available for qualified students through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
http://www.eatrightflorida.org

The Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is Florida’s professional organization for dietitians. Students who are Academy student members are automatically members of the FDA (unless a different state affiliation is selected on the membership application). Some advantages of FDA membership include:

  • Newsletters and publications
  • Annual meeting discounts
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Networking and more

The Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics hosts an annual symposium every summer, usually in July.  This three day symposium includes national speakers, an extensive exhibit hall, and many opportunities to network with dietetics professionals and other students. You are highly encouraged to attend. FDA offers student stipends for students who are willing to assist during the meeting.

Gainesville Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (GAND)
http://www.eatrightgainesville.org/

The Gainesville Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (GAND) is Gainesville’s professional organization for dietitians.  You are encouraged to join to get to know local dietitians. This provides great opportunities for networking and mentoring. The student membership fee is $10.00 per year. Some of the advantages of membership include:

  • Bi-monthly newsletters
  • Educational programs
  • Networking
  • Leadership opportunities (National Nutrition Month)
  • Involvement in community
  • Committee membership

Student Organizations

Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) Club
http://fshn.ifas.ufl.edu/fshnclub.shtml

The FSHN Club is a student-run organization for students majoring or interested in any of the three specializations (Dietetics, Nutritional Sciences, or Food Science) within the FSHN major. Meetings are held twice per month during the evenings of a selected weekday. The membership fee is $15.00 per year (subject to change) and includes membership in the Florida Section of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), for which this Club serves as the UF Chapter; although IFT is often erroneously considered an organization for Food Scientists, many RDs are members and there are numerous nutrition-related job opportunities in the food industry. In addition, FSHN club members are eligible for IFT scholarships.

Many interesting topics related to nutrition and food science are discussed at meetings. Presentations given by local professionals introduce students to the varied career opportunities in dietetics and other food-related careers. Dietetics-related volunteer and work experiences also are announced at these meetings. The Club participates actively in various events each year including the American Heart Association Heart Walk, March of Dimes Walk America, Campus Kitchens, and National Nutrition Month (in March). Club members also conduct fundraising and volunteer many hours to local charities and community organizations. Past volunteer activities have included food preparation and service at local soup kitchens and the Ronald McDonald House, donation of food to shelters for the homeless and abused women and children, and educational presentations on nutrition to local school children.

Many good things come from being a FSHN Club member. Information about the field of nutrition is provided, and you also get a chance to make new friends and meet the faculty. Being an officer or committee chair is an excellent leadership opportunity. We encourage all dietetics students to run for an elected position, serve on Club committees, and/or participate in other Club activities. For more information about the Club or its meetings, activities, and programs, go to the Student Services Office in (located on the first floor of the FSHN Building) or check out the Club’s website.