It is an honor to serve as your President for this coming year, especially during this 100th anniversary of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. I am hoping to see many of you at FNCE in Chicago this year. It is an exciting time to be dietitian, or working to become one, as we celebrate our accomplishments over the past 100 years and make plans for the next century. We have so many opportunities now and the sky is the limit. I thought I had a varied career working as a clinical dietitian, a food service director and now in academia but the career interests of our current students makes my career look mundane!
I am so proud of the members in our state. We have strong leaders within our district, state and national associations. Please take a moment to thank your district president-elect and president. They are stepping up to take on a new challenge. Offer your support and involvement. You won’t regret it.
Our state continually excels in national public policy and advocacy leadership. Our own Susan Scott is now the Chair 2017, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Political Action Committee (ANDPAC)! This year, we will continue to build on our membership advocacy. To do this, we are going to "AIM High!"
We quickly moved to encourage advocacy with our Junior Board by supporting 2 Junior Board Members at the Public Policy Workshop in Washington, DC this past June. I hope their enthusiasm is contagious and spreads to all the Junior Board members. Under Tammy’s innovative leadership, we started a Twitter Tree to take action when legislation is considered that affects the state and nation’s health status. We will continue to improve on the Twitter Tree. And nothing can get done without our members. Through mentorship, we can support each other and help those that are interested in moving to the next level. I have found that dietitians are very supportive of each other, we only need to ask.
With all the opportunities available to us comes a responsibility to protect our profession as well as the public’s health where food and nutrition knowledge and application are concerned. Please join me as we AIM High!
Diane Bridgewater, MBA, RDN, LD