Second Century

Entering the next 100 years with a new vision built on the power of our past.


At the Academy Board of Directors’ most recent meeting on February 24, the Board discussed where they saw the biggest opportunities for growth as an organization and how the Academy could increase value to members while making an impact in the world. The new vision, mission and principles were informed by the Academy’s collective best thinking and reflect member and stakeholder input.

The past vision statement evolved to describe a future state that we want to help create. It acknowledges that food and nutrition are instrumental ingredients to individual health and societal well-being. Each word was carefully chosen and deliberate:

The Second Century mission evolved to focus directly on the outcome of why the Academy exists — to improve health. Again, each word was carefully chosen and deliberate:


The vision and mission work together: Vision is the future the Academy wants to create. Mission is how we will get there. The five principles for the Second Century are extensions of the vision and mission and are both aspirational and strategic. Principles are core commitments that clarify and help align organizational leadership on a strategic direction.

You can learn more about the vision, mission and principles in the Academy’s press release.

Also, check out the Academy Vision, Mission and Principles video.


Raise money for Second Century Campaign!

The Academy has shown its commitment to the future of the profession by undertaking the development of the Second Century vision. The whole Academy — every member, every supporter, every Foundation donor — has a part in shaping the future of the second century. Throughout the multi-year process, the Academy will ensure members are informed and, most importantly, engaged — understanding why their contribution matters.

Whether members give back by sharing their energy, passion and knowledge towards shaping the new future of the Academy, or they donate to the Second Century initiative through the Foundation and the innovative projects that will expand and build upon its current programs and priorities that advance the profession, members are essential to the process and are the future of the Academy. Gifts of any size are appreciated, and for more information, please contact:  Paul Slomski, Foundation Manager, (312) 899-1746 or


11/1/16 - Update from Jean Ragalie-Carr, RDN, LDN, FAND, Academy Foundation Chair

In April of 2016, the United Nations and the World Health Organization declared that the next ten years will be the “Decade of Action on Nutrition,” calling for intensified action to eradicate malnutrition worldwide and ensure universal access to healthier and more sustainable diets. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and our Academy Foundation are taking on this call to action with its Second Century Initiative. This bold, new endeavor is charting a vision for our next 100 years, grounded in an extraordinary commitment to collaboration, a focus on service and an emphasis on accelerating the progress towards solving the greatest food and nutrition challenges of the 21st century — creating a world where people and communities flourish because of the transformational power of food and nutrition.

This is our moment to raise the influence of the dietitian on a global level. Dietitians are vital in addressing the many issues of global malnutrition and our Academy Foundation is providing resources and opportunities for dietitians to do just that. Meet Academy member Janice Giddens, MS, RDN, LD and check out her amazing work, making a difference and changing lives in this remote village halfway across the globe through a program funded by the Academy Foundation. Click HERE for the video

The Second Century Initiative will identify and develop collaborative projects with organizations and leaders throughout the nutrition, wellness and healthcare sectors that will expand upon Foundation programs and Academy relationships in new and emerging ways, providing academy members with the resources and opportunities to lead the way in improving nutritional health in your communities and throughout the world. Programs like this are only possible through the generous support of Academy members, because donations not dues provides the resources that fund Foundation programs. I am asking you to join me in making a donating to our Second Century Campaign to ensure the resources are available to build on the Foundation’s programs that will take us into our next century. This is our time to make a difference and change lives!


What is the Second Century Initiative?
For the past 100 years, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has been dedicated to building a profession that optimizes health through food and nutrition. In 1917, the profession was pioneered by a visionary group of women committed to contributing their knowledge and service to the biggest food and nutrition challenge of the day — nourishing the population in the face of severe food shortages in the U.S. and in Europe during World War I.

Today, the Academy is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, representing more than 100,000 registered dietitian nutritionists and nutrition and dietetics technicians, registered, working across the food and health spectrum in hospitals, foodservice, academia, business, wellness, agriculture and private practice. Together, with its members and allied health professionals, the Academy has spent the last century improving the nation's health through research, education and advocacy.

The Academy is charting a new vision for the future, grounded in an extraordinary commitment to collaboration, a focus on service and an emphasis on accelerating the progress towards solving the greatest food and nutrition challenges of the 21st century — creating a world where people and communities flourish because of the transformational power of food and nutrition.

Watch Academy President Lucille Beseler, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE, welcome members to the Academy’s Second Century and explain how each individual is an integral part of the process in creating this new vision. Read more about the Second Century initiative on the Academy's Foundation website.


As your Second Century MNPG liason, I encourage all MNPG members to watch a brief webinar that provides background on the Second Century initiative and potential opportunity areas. 

-Makayla Schuchardt MS, RD, CNSC


Dietitians in Gluten and Gastrointestinal Disorders

The Dietitians in Gluten and Gastrointestinal Disorders (DIGID) sub-unit for dietitians specializing in a variety of gastrointestinal disorders, from celiac disease and non-celiac wheat sensitivity, to Crohn’s disease, short bowel syndrome, autoimmune hepatitis, and irritable bowel syndrome. Click here to join the DIGID email mailing list.

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Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

The Dietitians in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (DPM&R) sub-unit for members who are interested in the support, counseling, and education for physically impaired clientele. Click here to join the DPM&R email mailing list.

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Infectious Diseases Nutrition

The Infectious Diseases Nutrition (IDN) sub-unit which networks and shares information, collaborates, and advocates in order to positively impact people affected with infectious diseases. Click here to join the IDN email mailing list.

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Cystic Fibrosis

The Cystic Fibrosis Nutrition (CFN) for members who work with or are interested in patients living with cystic fibrosis. Click here to join the CFN email mailing list.

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