Info - Past HOD Meetings

Fall 2015 Meeting Info

The House of Delegates met October 2-3, 2015 in Nashville, TN.

The dialogue session on October 2 was on Malnutrition.

Read the Malnutrition Fact Sheet

Read the outcomes of the Fall Meeting here.

And read more from our delegate:

The House of Delegates (HOD) conducted a mega issue dialogue on malnutrition and a follow up dialogue on the Academy’s sponsorship program on October 2-3, 2015. Nearly 130 delegates, Board of Directors members, content experts, and student scribes convened in Nashville, TN to discuss these topics.

As a result of the dialogue, two motions were passed by the House of Delegates.  The following activities have been requested:

HOD Motion #1: The House of Delegates requests:
• RDNs identify and manage malnutrition in accordance with their scope and standards of practice including use of nutrition focused physical exams as one tool for nutrition assessments;
• Academy’s Research, International and Scientific Affairs Team and Lifelong Learning and Professional Engagement Team identify gaps and facilitate development of resources needed to educate members on the management of malnutrition, including nutrition-focused physical exams;
• Academy’s Lifelong Learning and Professional Engagement Team and Research, International and Scientific Affairs Team  market and disseminate currently available resources to educate members on management of malnutrition;
• Dietetic practice groups and affiliates are encouraged to identify and promote opportunities to assist RDNs and NDTRs in developing skills and knowledge related to malnutrition management;
• NDEP and ACEND encourage  educators to identify and/or develop malnutrition management educational opportunities for students;
• Center for Professional Development assesses the viability of a certificate program for hands-on nutrition focused physical exam training;
• Academy’s Nutrition Services Coverage Team collaborates with A.S.P.E.N. to continue discussions with the National Center for Health Statistics ICD Coordinating Committee for incorporation of the malnutrition nomenclature into ICD.
• Academy’s Research, International and Scientific Affairs Team, Lifelong Learning and Professional Engagement Team, NDEP, ACEND and the Academy’s Nutrition Services Coverage Team present information on progress made on malnutrition related activities as part of the bi-annual report to the HOD. This information should be reported for at least the next 2 years by the organizational units.

HOD Motion #2: T
he House of Delegates requests the Sponsorship Advisory Task Force (SATF) to utilize the HOD’s feedback from the Fall 2015 HOD Workbooks, as well as documents provided to delegates (i.e., impact reports, Sponsor Summit Report), to finalize their report to the Board of Directors (BOD). The HOD requests that the BOD considers the HOD’s feedback as they prepare to take action on the SATF’s final report. The final SATF report will be distributed to the HOD after action is taken by the BOD.

In addition, the House of Delegates approved three (3) motions for Academy Bylaws amendments on the: 1. Nominating Committee Composition
2. CDR Mission Statement
3. CDR Board Composition

Many updates were provided to HOD meeting attendees including presentations from: Evelyn Crayton (Academy President), Kay Wolf (Academy Treasurer), Jean Ragalie-Carr (Academy Foundation Chair), Denise Andersen (Academy Political Action Committee), and Deanne Brandstetter (Nominating Committee).

All materials pertaining to the Fall 2015 HOD Meeting can be found on the Academy Website at www.eatrightpro.org/resources/leadership/house-of-delegates/about-hod-meetings >Fall 2015 Meeting Materials.  


Spring 2015 Meeting Info

Read the outcomes of the spring meeting here


Fall 2014 Meeting Info

The mega issue question:
  How can all Academy members utilize, expand and sustain business and management skills to take advantage of current and emerging professional opportunities?

The background info

The executive summary

The fact sheet


Spring 2014 House of Delegates Meeting Info

The HOD met virtually May 3-4, 2014. The mega issue discussed was Engaging Members in Research.  Following the meeting 3 motions were developed and approved.  The HOD requests:

• The Council on Research to develop a concrete plan to engage members in research, which includes on outcome measures component.  The plan will empower members at all practice levels and all practice areas to successfully use; participate in and/or conduct research; effectively connect members to existing research resources; recognize members’ contributions to research; and create a strong culture of research for the profession.
• The Academy Bylaws be amended to include the Past Treasurer on the Board of Directors and term of office for a Public Member to change to three (3) years to ensure consistency in terms of office for Board of Directors members.
• The Academy develop the proposed position concept, “The Role of the RDN and Nutrition Therapy in the Prevention and Treatment of Pre-Diabetes and Diabetes” as presented for development of an Academy position paper by the Academy Positions Committee.

The Council on Research is requested to submit preliminary and final reports the HOD by fall 2014 and spring 2015.  The Academy Bylaws Amendment was effective June 6, 2014.  The House Leadership Team will monitor progress on the development of the position paper on behalf of the HOD.

Spring 2014 meeting resources can be obtained at eatright.org>governance>HOD.

Nutrition and Dietetics Associate (NDA)
Due to many questions and concerns about the new proposed NDA credential, the Academy’s Board of Directors asked for HOD input prior to the May 2014 board meeting.  The Board voted to form an ad hoc task force to address concerns by the membership.  The task force will identify key areas for further assessment, and will reach out to stakeholders.  Recommendations of the task force will be presented at the July board meeting. 
Resources for the NDA can be obtained at
• Background information-eatright.org/future practice
• Webinar-https://youtube.com/watch?v=Q68K1ZNLbU0
• Q&A-eatright.org/nda


Fall 2013 House of Delegates Meeting Info

Academy members across practice settings are impacted directly or indirectly by the delivery of and payment for nutrition services. While we typically think of this issue in the context of clinical practice and direct providers of services, the fact is that members in a variety of practice settings touch the topic. Massive changes are underway in health care delivery and payment systems that have implications for MNT, nutrition services, the business of dietetics across practice settings and the profession of nutrition and dietetics. Change always comes with uncertainties and challenges, and such is the case with the evolving world of health care delivery and payment.  Change also brings opportunities.  But if we don’t seize these opportunities, someone else will.

Mega Issue Question
As the nation’s food and nutrition leaders in optimizing the nation’s health, what can we do to position nutrition services as an essential component of the evolving health care delivery and payment models?

Link here for an executive summary

Link here for a fact sheet

Link here for a PowerPoint presentation overview

Link here for the full background info (37 pages)

Link here for examples of what Academy members have been doing related to this issue 

Outcomes from the fall meeting can be found here.     


Spring 2013 Mega Issue Question

The Spring 2013 HOD Virtual Meeting backgrounder and materials on Food and Nutrition Insecurity are available on  www.eatright.org/hod.  Go to Spring 2013 House of Delegates Meeting, Pre-meeting materials to read the backgrounder on Hunger in America:  Food and Nutrition Insecurity Affects all RDs and DTRs.

Link here for a fact sheet on the Spring 2013 meeting outcomes.