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New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (NYSAND) News


NYSAND is working on a social media campaign to promote Therapeutic Diet Order legislation, #TDOisthewaytogo. NYSAND is asking the districts to participate and promote among our members.
The campaign is a two-pronged approach - CNYAND will be sharing messaging on our district social media platforms and we are encouraging you, our members, to share it on your personal social media pages. Attached are the graphics. 

1. The graphic with the large text on it can be used to accompany a social media message about TDO. NYSAND and CNYAND will be using this one on the organizational social media pages, but please also share this graphic on your personal pages. Please like it on the CNYAND pages when you see it!
2. The blank graphic (either color or b&w) is for you to write your own message (either electronically or by printing it out). The message should be related to what TDO is, how having TDO would impact your job personally, how TDO benefits patients, etc. The graphic can then be shared on your own social media pages directly, or you could take a photo of yourself holding up the graphic and then post the picture.

When you share these on social media, please remember to tag NYSAND, CNYAND and also include #TDOisthewaytogo!





NYSAND is seeking concise snapshots of your MNT Success stories to share in a social media and grassroots lobbying campaign. Think of these stories as "MN-Tweets" and try to keep them as direct as possible.  We want to demonstrate the outcomes of MNT to these decision-makers and hearing directly from you is important!  These stories or snapshots of your successes can include positive outcomes or patient/client testimonials (**no PHI). This effort by NYSAND is to engage and show NYS Legislators that dietitians are vital to the healthcare continuum. Access the MNT and Me Form Here.

News from Syracuse University

"Syracuse University offered its first nutrition courses in 1917, which means we have been educating future food and nutrition professionals for over 100 years. Over the last century, nutrition education needs have evolved, and so have our nutrition programs. On campus, students benefit from hands-on learning in culinary labs working with experts in nutrition, food policy and public health. Our Nutrition Assessment, Consultation and Education (ACE) Center prepares students with traditional and emerging professional competencies critical to effective nutrition practice. A purposefully outfitted demonstration kitchen supports our integrative nutrition curriculum, which uses food as medicine to support disease treatment. Off campus, dietetic interns prepare for careers in dietetics working with dietitians in various settings."

Our graduate programs include:

  • Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees in Nutrition Science;

  • Certificate of Advanced Study: Dietetic Internship;

  • Certificate of Advanced Study: Integrative and Functional Nutrition (NEW)

Please welcome the 2020 - 2021 Syracuse University dietetic interns: Cassie, Travis, Amanda, Kelsie, Sarah, Bohan, Alexis M., Alexis L., and Stephanie.


Get to know each intern by reading their bios below. Who knows, you might be precepting or working with them in the future!

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We are sending this Action Alert on behalf of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. Make your voice heard and take action today!

Support the School Food Modernization Act

This act would expand schools' ability to modernize kitchen infrastructure and equipment, strengthen workforce training and support emergency preparedness for the future. By providing the tools school nutrition professionals need in order to serve healthy meals, this legislation improves food access for students and provides a means to establish life-long healthy eating habits that may lead to the prevention of diet-related diseases that have a disproportionate impact on low-income communities and communities of color.

Stop Cuts to Medicare MNT Payment Rates

A 2% sequester on Medicare payments has been temporarily suspended since the start of the COVID-19 public health emergency, but this freeze is set to expire on March 31. If Congress does not act, Medicare Part B payments to RDNs and other Medicare providers will see an across-the-board 2% cut beginning April 1.

Make your voice heard by completing this action alert to urge your member of Congress to stop cuts to RDN Medicare Payments.

Fight for Crucial Nutrition Programs Funding:

The Academy advocates for funding for federal programs that help people live a healthy life during the annual appropriations process. Your voice matters - members of Congress need to hear from Academy members on these important issues. The appropriations process is the time for us to use our collective voice to ensure funding for nutrition programs that impact our profession and communities. 

Take action today and urge your legislators to prioritize nutrition in the FY2022 appropriations process.


Fight for Emergency Coronavirus Relief Act:

On December 14, a bipartisan, bicameral group of legislators released language for the Emergency Coronavirus Relief Act, which includes critical provisions to address rising food insecurity, health disparities and economic distress as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency. Thanks to the ongoing advocacy work of members like you, many of the Academy’s policy priorities have been included in the bill. Take action today and tell your members of Congress to pass this much-needed stimulus package before they leave town for the holiday recess.

Below is a short video about completing Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Action Alerts, created by the NYSAND Student PPC, Heather Falise.


It's a great tutorial for anyone who is unsure how to take part in the Action Alerts, and it shows how easy it is once you learn!

To stay connected with the Academy’s important action alerts and legislative updates, enroll by texting "eatright" to 50457. You also may opt in by marking the “Send me text alerts” box whenever you respond to an action alert. If you previously marked this box, you are already subscribed and do not need to sign up again.