The West Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is a professional organization for Registered Dietitians (RD's) who are committed to serving the public through the promotion of optimal nutrition, good health and well-being. This year marks our 70th anniversary as an affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association). We were officially recognized and approved to function as a State Dietetic Association in 1942.
Our vision is to "positively impact the health of West Virginians through food and nutrition," and our mission is to "empower members to be West Virginia's food and nutrition leaders."
In the News
March 25, 2013
Richard McGinnis is the Outstanding Dietitian of the Year for 2012/2013. Richard is a Diabetes Educator and Retired Charleston Police Officer. Among his memorable initiatives are: Run Obesity Out of West Virginia, a relay to raise awareness about West Virginia's obesity epidemic, and an essay contest among West Virginia's 7th graders to combat childhood obesity.
Kate Reed is the Outstanding Student in a Dietetic Internship. She is currently an intern at WVU Healthcare. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Benedictine University at Lisle. While in college, Kate worked 30 hours per week and participated in volunteer work to include "Feed My Starving Children" and body image programs.
March 9, 2013
The West Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics poll for selection of officers is now open. Please support your organization by voting here. Voting will close on April 8, 2013.
March 6, 2013
WVAND members and dietetic students are invited to the capital on Monday, March 11, 3013. Participants will network with legislators, advocate for the policies that positively impact the health of West Virginians, be recognized by the legislature as the nutrition professionals in West Virginia and hear a proclamation for National Nutrition Month and Registered Dietitian Day.
Please click here for further details.
February 12, 2013
Well, with Valentine's Day right around the corner, I find it necessary to focus on what else? Chocolate! I find it hard to say that eating candy is even worth it unless it contains chocolate. This year it is projected that candy sales (of course, mostly chocolate) will tip at 2.6 billion dollars! Yes I said BILLION!
- Choose dark chocolate: The healthy properties in chocolate are in the cocoa solids, which make the chocolate darker. But don't rely on looks! Chocolate can be labeled "dark" even if it does not have a high concentration of cocoa... look for at least 70% Cacao or Cocoa, it should be on the label.
- Avoid milk chocolate: The added milk (which gives it that creamy texture) inhibits the absorption of the "good stuff" in the cocoa, thus eliminating its benefits.
- Look for cocoa butter: During processing the natural fat of the cocoa bean is removed. Manufacturers of high quality chocolate will add this fat back in (cocoa butter). Most big manufacturers will replace it with partially hydrogenated oils (trans fat) to save money at the expense of your health. Read your labels! Choose products with cocoa butter rather than partially hydrogenated oils.
- Does my great piece of chocolate need artificial colors, flavors and preservatives? Heck no! Choose one free of unnecessary "stuff".
- Make sure it's fresh: It should have a glossy surface with dark color and reddish-black undertones. If it has grey or white patches and streaks or roughness, find a fresh one! If you make the choice (and a healthy one at that) to use unsweetened cocoa powder in your recipes, look for powder that is not "Dutch processed" or "alkalized" which strips away the antioxidants and phenols beneficial for health. Try not to combine it with milk either as it decreases absorption of the "good stuff" as previously noted. Try adding it to your coffee which will give a real antioxidant punch!
Although your chocolate choice should not replace other healthy foods in your diet, it can be healthy if you choose wisely. So before you contribute to that $2.6 billion candy purchase for your sweetie, make your sweet indulgence one that will keep your hearts healthy together.
Cathy Shaw, RD, LD
RD Program Coordinator
WV PEIA Weight Management Program
February 9, 2013
"Supporting Agriculture" Service Project, Brenda Fisher, 2012 - Preston County, WV
I am a member of the Preston County Antique Tractor and Machinery Association. Each year the association sponsors a 2 day show in Preston County. This year our show was at the WVU Reedsville Farms. Members and community folk come to display their tractors and farming equipment. We have had other old time skills such as Apple Butter Making, Corn Shelling, and Corn Meal Grinding. We hope to rekindle memories for some older folks and teach the children the way farming was done years ago. Our mission statement is "Preserving Our Past, Educating Our Children".
As my service project, I chose to make up display boards on agriculture to teach those in attendance about farming. I made 3 tri-fold display boards. The first board was The History of Farming, which included a timeline on farming from the 18th century until 1989. It also included information about farm implements such as the Iron Plow. The second board was on Inventors of The Era such as John Deere and Cyrus McCormick. The last board was on Oats-From Seed to Feed. This included information on oats from origin, cultivation, harvesting and processing.
I also created trivia questions from these boards which we announced over the audio system to everyone. Several stopped to read the boards and to learn. I was even able to learn things I didn't know about some of the farming implements.
My hope is that we can share this information with children in the schools. Teaching them how farming was done many years ago and how many of the implements and tractors are still running.
February 7, 2013
A new Newsletters section has been added to the site and two newsletters are now available to read:
Making Your New Year's Resolution Stick
By: Amy Gannon, MS, RD, LD; Edited by: Jana Hovland, MS, RD, LD
Love Your Heart with Heart Healthy Eating
By: Erika Ford, BS; Edited by: Jana Hovland, MS, RD, LD
January 27, 2013
"BERRY PATCH" Service Project, Linda Ball, RD, LD - Summer, 2012 - Wheeling, WV
Dietitians know that berries have many health benefits. Berries purchased in grocery stores may lack freshness and they are often expensive.
For my service project, I planted a variety of berry plants in a local community garden. My goals were twofold:
- to promote the health benefits of berries
- to demonstrate that berries can be easily grown in any garden
In the spring of 2012, I shared my ideas with the leaders of the South Wheeling Alive Community Garden. They offered me a plot for the summer. I planted strawberry plants, a thornless blackberry bush, two varieties of red raspberries, and two varieties of blueberries.
The "Berry Patch" adjoins an alley where people walk and ride bikes. They can easily visit the garden, since it is not fenced. I placed colorful signs within the plot highlighting the purpose of the garden and identifying the plants. I hoped that people from the neighborhood would see the signs and enjoy watching the plants grow. I had many opportunities to talk to passersby and other gardeners when I was tending the berry plants.
I encountered a few setbacks. During a long dry spell, I had to haul many gallons of water to the garden. When I went on vacation for a week, it rained a lot, and the garden was full of weeds when I returned! Fortunately, the berry plants survived.
I hope to continue the project into the future. With luck, I will harvest the first berries this coming summer. I'll try to get some local newspaper coverage. If all goes well, the "Berry Patch"will encourage people to grow and eat fresh berries for many years.
January 26, 2013
"SOUP KITCHEN" Service Project, Roanna Martin - Summer, 2012 - Morgantown, WV
This past summer, after a suggestion from RoundRight Farm, and in collaboration with a graduate student in Ag Economics at the Davis College of WVU, I coordinated a market gleaning program from the Morgantown Farmers' Market to the Morgantown Salvation Army Soup Kitchen.
Every Saturday as the market closed, myself or another volunteer walked around to each stand at the market to ask vendors if they had extra produce would like to donate. At the beginning of the summer, when there were just a few bags of greens, it was easy to walk the produce down the street to the soup kitchen. However, as the season progressed and beans, beets, tomatoes, and other hefty veggies were abundant, a car was necessary to transport the bounty.
The vendors were glad to see their produce being put to use, and the soup kitchen was creative in their use of the veggies. When I stopped by to see what they had made, they were serving green beans with sliced radishes!
We would love to see this project continue in the future, and are in the process of making plans to formalize, improve, and expand upon our current model. Perhaps this is even something that could be replicated around the state in other farmer's markets.
If anyone is interested in providing future assistance in this program, either by helping with pickup, or potentially making a special dish out of the produce to serve at the kitchen, we would love to hear from you! (I can be contacted at email@example.com)
Much thanks to Jessica Kozar, a WVU Human Nutrition and Food major, for her assistance with the pickup and delivery!
January 24, 2013
"A RECIPE FOR HEALTH" Service Project, Registered/Licensed Dietitian - September, 2012 - Online
At last year's WVAND meeting in Morgantown, I made a pledge to do a service project that made a connection to our area's locally grown food. In the coolness of late September, I made seasonal kale chips for our community yoga studio's 9/22/12 open house. The chips were a hit and several people asked me how to make them. I ended up writing a short article for their website that outlines the nutritional benefits of kale along with the recipe. The recipe calls for locally grown, organic kale if possible.
You can find the article and recipe at www.harmonyhealingarts.org.
January 16, 2013
It is a New Year and time for a "Fresh Start"!
You won't want to miss the West Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual meeting, packed full of nationally and world renowned speakers! Registration is now open from the Meeting page. The Program Booklet and Agenda are also available from this page.
For Questions email: Sharon Maynard, Sharon.firstname.lastname@example.org, Program Chair
October 15, 2012
Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo pictures.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, West Virginia Affiliate, was proudly represented at the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo by six members presenting poster session research: Susan Arnold, Tim Bender, Mary Kathryn Gould, Jana Hovland, Frank Markun, and Kelli Williams
Additional Photos from the event (slide show)
September 23, 2012
Academy members are asked to conduct one nutrition related activity at their local farmer's market. Today Cindy Gay and Leah Woodburn participated in the grand opening of the new home of the Morgantown Farmer's Market. Cindy and Leah had Apple Crisp samples made by WVU Healthcare's Healthy Cafe bakers. The healthy recipe ingredients included WVU apples, flaxmeal and oats. They shared a table with the Heart Institute nurses who conducted blood pressure screenings. There's plenty of time for area dietitians to participate. After November 1, the market will move inside to the adjourning church for the winter. Next spring, the culinary kitchen will open in the Pavillion. Lisa Lagana is the market director and is seeking just the expertise we can offer!
July 19, 2012
The West Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Board members met at Stonewall Resort to revise a strategic plan. Other members of the affiliate group are encouraged to participate in an enlightening group of colleagues and friends. Please contact Pam Hamilton, board president at: email@example.com.
June 27, 2012
It's not too early to start making plans to attend the 2013 West Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Meeting! Mark your calendars now for March 19-21, 2013 at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. See the 2013 Meeting Page for additional details.
June 21, 2012
Two West Virginia University Physicians, Dr. Margaret Albrink and Dr. Bill Neal, were honored at the gala for receiving the AcademyÕs prestigious Rhododendron Award. The Rhododendron Award recognizes an individual, who is not a Registered Dietitian, that has made a significant contribution to the science of nutrition, and who has shown profound support for the profession of nutrition and dietetics. This special award is highly merited and only given within our state.
Dr. Albrink is an endocrinologist who joined the WVU School of Medicine faculty in 1961. She practiced in the Department of Internal Medicine, Diabetes and Metabolism. She received the Rhododendron Award for her research with diet and heart disease, carbohydrate induced lipemia, adipose tissue and atherosclerosis, and how to prevent regain of weight.
Dr. Neal is a pediatric cardiologist and Founder/Director of the statewide CARDIAC (Coronary Artery Risk Detection in Appalachian Communities) program. He is a Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of the Pediatric Cardiology section for the WVU School of Medicine. Under Dr. NealÕs guidance, the CARDIAC project has screened over 46,000 fifth grade children in West Virginia for high blood cholesterol, insulin resistance and childhood obesity since 1998. He is the 2012 Rhododendron Award recipient.
Throughout their years of practice at WVU, both Dr. Albrink and Dr. Neal have promoted the importance of medical nutrition therapy and advanced the profession of Dietetics through advances in nutrition and medical research and by recognizing the value of dietitians.
May 28, 2012
When the West Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics celebrated Seven Decades of Service this May, members contributed photos for this video tribute.
Seven Decades of Service Video Tribute - Watch on YouTube.
May 28, 2012
Annual Meeting 2012 pictures.
Additional Photos from the event (slide show)
May 24, 2012
Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo
Philadelphia will host the 2012 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo where you can network with over 10,000 of your peers.
FNCE is the one place where best practices are shared and friends are made for a lifetime. DonÕt miss out on:
Your chance to earn a minimum of 20.5 CPE hours.
Trends, new products and exciting research all under one roof.
Career-enhancing educational sessions focusing on social media, technology, leadership and more.
See http://www.eatright.org/fnce/ for more.
May 23, 2012
Retired WVU Professor and Named WV Dietitian of the Year
Though she recently concluded a 41-year career as a nutrition educator at West Virginia University, Betty J. Forbes, RD, LD, couldn't say no to one more professional obligation. She helped organize the annual meeting of the West Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, held in Morgantown in mid-May. The chance to help the Academy celebrate its 70th anniversary as an affiliate of the national Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics was too memorable an occasion to miss. And the West Virginia Academy made it more special for Forbes by naming her Outstanding Dietitian of the Year.
The award recognizes the efforts and abilities of dietitians who have made distinctive contributions during their careers. Recipients of this award serve as an additional resource to help Academy leadership develop at the district, state, and national level.
Above: President-elect Cathy Shaw & Dietitian of the Year, Betty Forbes. More online: http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/n/2012/05/22/wvu-retiree-named-dietitian-of-the-year
May 18, 2012
WV Academy Board members celebrated the 70th anniversary as an affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics on May 16th and participated in the annual continuing education conference on May 16-17 in Morgantown, WV.
Members (left to right): Beverly Glaze, Kelli Williams, Amy Gannon, Tim Bender, Angel Casto, Mary Kathryn Gould, Brooke-Nissim Sabat
May 18, 2012
Nationally renowned speaker and friend of WV Academy members, Dr. Jim Painter, and WV Academy Delegate, Brooke Nissim-Sabat, provided feedback to local media on the conference and WV's obesity epidemic.
May 18, 2012
WV Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 70th Anniversary Celebration...a photo of the twenty past-presidents who were in attendance.
(Pictured from left to right): Frank Markun, Sharon Maynard, Tim Bender, Kelli Williams, Mary Kathryn Gould
May 9, 2012
The West Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics poll for selection of officers is now open. Please support your organization by voting here. Voting will close on June 8, 2012.
March 21, 2012 - Annual Meeting 2012 - REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
2012 marks the 70th anniversary of the West Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The annual meeting of friends and colleagues will be a time to celebrate and to learn. The educational sessions will be held in Morgantown on May 16 and May 17 at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! See the Annual Meeting 2012 Page for details and to register!
March 14, 2012
WV Academy Members Celebrate the 5th Annual RD Day. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics proudly announces the fifth annual Registered Dietitian Day. As the nation's food and nutrition
experts, registered dietitians are committed to improving the health of their patients and community. Registered Dietitian Day commemorates the dedication of RDs as advocates for advancing the nutritional
status of Americans and people around the world.
Thank you for your efforts to positively impact the health of West Virginians through food and nutrition!! Your expertise and knowledge is appreciated!
Stacy Wellman, WV Academy President
Check out these links for more information on Registered Dietitian Day or how visiting a registered dietitian can help you.
Registered Dietitian Day Fact Sheet
Top Ten Reasons Why Consulting with a Registered Dietitian Can Benefit You
Registered Dietitians...Bring Food and Nutrition Expertise to the Table
March 10, 2012
March is National Nutrition Month
National Nutrition Month¨ is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. The 2012 National Nutrition Month theme is "Get Your Plate in Shape".
Registered Dietitians (RDs) are experts in foods and nutrition. RDs provide practical and research-based information on living a healthier lifestyle and eating right. We can help you on a wide range of nutrition-related issues- everything from creating healthier meals for your family to providing medical nutrition therapy for a host of issues like diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and kidney disease.
Wondering if its time for you to visit a registered dietitian and Get Your Plate in Shape? Click here for more information.
Media: If you would like more information, or would like to interview one of our member experts for National Nutrition Month, please contact Amy Gannon, WV Academy Media Chair or Stacy Wellman, WV Academy President.
March 10, 2012
National Nutrition Month and WV Academy Members
March 9, 2012
Following the lead of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association), the WV Dietetic Association Board of Directors has voted to change the Association's name to the WV Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
According to the WV Academy President, Stacy Wellman, "The new name not only follows the Academy's lead, but also better communicates that our members are experts in food and nutrition. Whether practicing in a clinical setting, diabetes care center or community nutrition program, the name 'WV Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' better communicates our capacity for translating the science of nutrition into a healthier lifestyle for the people of our state."
March 6, 2012
The snowy weather at the State Capital did not mar the excitement of West Virginia Dietitians and students who gathered there Monday to represent the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the kick off to National Nutrition Month. The day began with a display in the Capital Rotunda and meetings with state legislators. At the general sessions of the House and the Senate, West Virginia Academy members were introduced.
An afternoon tea and proclamation at the Governors Mansion completed the day. Charleston Newspapers and Channel 13, WOWK News took photos and conducted interviews.
March 5, 2012
KER Shop-Cook-Eat Summit Cookbook Available!
Looking for Flying Saucers or Double Delicious Dunkers? Find these and more recipes in the Kids Eat Right Shop-Cook-Eat Summit Cookbook! The cookbook was developed through the support of sponsors of the first-ever Kids Eat Right Shop-Cook-Eat Summit held in Napa, Calif. March 2-4, 2012.
March 4, 2012
Academy members will host RD Day at the Legislature at 9:00 AM and a coffee reception with Governor Earl Ray Tomblin at 1:30 on Monday, March 5, 2012. A National Nutrition Month proclamation will follow the coffee reception.
If dietetics is your profession, politics is your business. Healthcare is dictated by politics and dietitians must maintain “a seat at the table."
Please click here for further details.
February 27, 2012
Monday, March 5, 2012 is WV Dietetic Association Day at the Legislature! Please e-mail Richard at Adrian.McGinnis@thomaswv.org….or...call him at 304-766-3431 to apprise him of your plans. Click for more!
December 9, 2011
Academy Bylaws Revised – 30 Day Comment period in effect 12/9/11 – 1/7/12. To see the draft, access the Member's Lounge from the Members Area. Send all Comments to Becky Foster, Academy Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 2, 2011
2012 Annual Meeting: "Seven Decades of Service"
2012 marks the 70th anniversary of the West Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The annual meeting of friends and colleagues will be a time to celebrate and to learn. The educational sessions will be held in Morgantown on May 16 and May 17 at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center.
The 70th Anniversary Gala featuring Dr. Jim Painter, Nationally Recognized Food Psychologist and Nutrition Educator, will be held May 16 beginning at 6 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn. Dr. Painter's topic is "A Dozen Foods to Add to Your Diet to Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease."
Educational Speakers include:
(Wednesday May 16, 8 am) Catharine Powers "Feeding Children: The RD's Role at Home, School and in the Community"
(Wednesday, May 16, 1:30 pm) Dr. Jim Painter "International Food Guides".
(Thursday, May 17, 9 am) Lynn Spaulding "Fiber, Prebiotics and Probiotics: Assisting in the Challenge of Bowel Management in the Elderly"
(Thursday, May 17, 10:30 am) Peter Beyer "Inflammatory Bowel Disease"
(Thursday, May 17, 3 pm) Sarah-Jane Bedwell "Nutrition and Eye Health"
Other speakers include Susan Poindexter "Viva Mexico", Jill Johnston "Coding for Malnutrition-A Success Story at WVUH", Academy President Sylvia Escott-Stump and more.
To exhibit on May 17, contact Sharon Maynard by email email@example.com.
July 29, 2011
Academy members tour Fish Hawk Acres in Rock Cave, West Virginia after a day of strategic planning at Jackson's Mill. Chef Dale Hawkins, former student and now instructor at Fairmont State University, prepared a meal from fresh West Virginia produce, game hens, trout and breads. He then gave a tour of the family farms. Click here for additional photos of the event.
Five Reasons to Visit Your Local Farmers' Market:
- You are supporting local farmers
- Fresh produce (with lots of variety from different vendors)
- Less energy is used in getting the produce to the market
- It's a good opportunity to socialize with others in the community
- It's cheaper!
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