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Friday, May 6, 2011

Progressive Nutritionists

There's a new group forming, of "progressive nutritionists". One aspect is to influence the American Dietetic Association, which is the organization that credentials Registered Dietitians. I've been an RD and ADA member since 1971, and have been proud to be an RD.
I am, however, not at all pleased with the ADA's policy of accepting sponsorship money from corporations that produce foods with very low nutritional value, such as Coca Cola, Hershey's, Pepsi, and others.
I am very pleased that a group of dietitians is forming to challenge ADA on this policy, and I have joined them. I find it embarrassing and I feel ashamed that my professional group would accept money from such corporations.
Actually, as I write this, I am incensed!

3 comments:

Hannah Miller said...

As a recent grad looking forward to starting an internship this fall, I find the discussion among the progressive nutritionists thrilling, though I do hope to get a scholarship from the ADA...

Bryan.Lian said...

Glovsky, what a topic for discussion! I was just reading this entry: http://jonnybowdenblog.com/american-dietetic-association/. I wonder about the RDs that work to influence these companies from the inside. Should they find work elsewhere?

Ellen Glovsky said...

There's lots more where this came from, too. ADA is starting to get a really bad rep. While it's my professional group, I must say some of its behavior is embarrassing!
http://www.anh-usa.org/how-the-american-dietetic-association-is-strengthening-its-monopoly/