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 74th 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

July 14, 2016

Save the Date!
2017 WVAND Annual Conference: May 11-12, 2017, Huntington, WV. See our Flyer for more.

June 11, 2016

2016 Yearly Awards

Outstanding Young Dietitian 2016: Lacy Davidson

Upon returning to WV, Lacy has positioned herself as a true entrepreneur. She established the Department of Nutrition Services within the Huntington Internal Medicine Group, established her own private practice "Nourish Appalachia" and is a registered yoga teacher. Lacy touches many with the work that she does throughout the community at large by working with the Wayne County BOE, approving menus for special dietary needs for the children of the county. She works with overweight and obese clients participating in the PEIA Weight Management Program. She hosts group lectures and workshops for community members and organizations, as well as continuing education programming for healthcare professionals. She also contributes to the blog for the Marshall Recreation Center. Lacy also has a driven interest in nutrition and food policy. She has a true concern for our health care environment. As a new RD, she did not hesitate to jump right in and be an active part of our legislative day at the capitol. Lacy is an excellent role model for new RDNs who are looking to make an impact on the health of the state.

Rhododendron Award 2016: Jacek Jaczynski

From meeting crucial curricular needs in WVU's dietetic program by developing on-campus and online courses, to holding three patents and has more than $1 million worth of funded research, Jacek Jaczynski has contributed greatly as an educator and researcher since joining the Davis College of Agriculture in 2002. Jaczynski loves using interactive, innovative teaching methods to engage his students. In addition to teaching more than 400 undergraduate and graduate students each year, Jaczynski publishes, on average, 11 journal articles each year, most often for the Journal of Food Science and Food Chemistry, and is invited to contribute to scholarly books on a regular basis.

Outstanding Dietetic Intern 2016: Michelle Garcia

In addition to the demands and responsibilities of the internship, Michelle Garcia has managed her time effectively in such a way that she is able to work for the Nutrition Service Department of WVU Medicine as a Nutrition Care Assistant. She works evenings and weekends to help support her financial needs and her performance in the internship has not wavered. Michelle presented an hour long clinical case study presentation on "Respiratory Failure and Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome" with poise and clarity, referencing her notes minimally. It was evident that she had devoted a great deal of time and effort into her presentation and the outcome reflected such. Michelle has a unique background as she pursued dietetics as a second career. She initially worked for Hostess Brands and was given managerial responsibilities for the consumer affairs department. It is evident that she has found her passion in this field and has been excelling in her rotations as indicated by her preceptor evaluations.

Helen Lodge Scholarship 2016: Karina Walker

Karina Walker graduated from WVU with a Master of Science in Nutritional and Food Science. She has looked forward to completing her dietetic internship and becoming a registered dietitian ever since enrolling in an introductory nutrition course in her freshman year. Karina never realized that her passion for cooking and healthy eating could be a career. Her experience as a gym attendant, tutor, hospital volunteer and everyday conversations with friends and family has given her the opportunity to observe the physical, mental and emotional battles that are prevalent when trying to improve eating habits. Karina wants to "lessen this struggle and prevent the spread of nutritional misinformation that seems to be ever-present in the media and social circles." After the internship, Karina plans on pursuing a doctorate degree in food science.

Outstanding Dietetic Student: Karina Walker

Karina Walker graduated from WVU with a Master of Science in Nutritional and Food Science. She has looked forward to completing her dietetic internship and becoming a registered dietitian ever since enrolling in an introductory nutrition course in her freshman year. Karina never realized that her passion for cooking and healthy eating could be a career. Her experience as a gym attendant, tutor, hospital volunteer and everyday conversations with friends and family has given her the opportunity to observe the physical, mental and emotional battles that are prevalent when trying to improve eating habits. Karina wants to "lessen this struggle and prevent the spread of nutritional misinformation that seems to be ever-present in the media and social circles." After the internship, Karina plans on pursuing a doctorate degree in food science.

Lillian Halverson Scholarship 2016: Morgan Gocke

Originally from Charleston, Morgan Gocke decided to relocate to her home state of West Virginia after attending the University of Kentucky. Morgan is academically strong, with worldly travels and service involvement. She is a teaching assistant to both the Internship Director and the Director of the DPD at West Virginia University. Morgan is President of the Student Dietetic Association Program at WVU. She "exudes the traits of a wonderful leader within the undergraduate program, and isa great role model with the field of Dietetics."

June 8, 2016

Barbara Hartman, incoming President of WV AND, takes on the endeavor of leading us to a great future! As of June 1st, she possess the gavel as Tim Bender lays his down.

May 2, 2016

Voting for the 2016-2017 Executive Board Positions with WVAND is now available through our Online Voting System. Polls close on June 1.

February 25, 2016

Registration is now availble for the Academy's Annual Meeting 2016, to be held at the Lakeview Golf Resort and Spa on April 21 and 22, 2016. Visit the Meeting page to register and learn more about the meeting!

To register for the pre-conference dairy farm educational tour please contact Registration closes April 1 for this special event. Space is limited.

January 27, 2016

Want a great opportunity to show off all your hard work and interesting, new nutrition research findings? WVAND is seeking poster presenters for our annual conference! See the annual meeting page for more details and how to register! Deadline to register is March 21.

January 26, 2016

The University of Virginia offers a variety of Nutrition Support Training programs. Week-Long and Weekend programs, webinars and self-study materials are available. Upcoming Programs include:

Monthly webinars
March 19-20, 2016--GI-Focused Weekend Warrior program
April 11-15, 2016--Week-Long Traineeship

Visit or email Stacey McCray at for full information.

January 13, 2016

3rd Annual WV Eating Disorder Network Conference
Friday, March 11, 2016
Auditorium, Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center
West Virginia University - Charleston Division (On the campus of CAMC Memorial Division)
3110 MacCorkle Ave. SE
Charleston, WV
Registration 8:00 a.m. - Program 8:45 a.m. Đ 4:30 p.m.
Click Here for additional information.

August 6, 2015

The 2015-2016 WV AND Board making plans for the new year. Tim Bender, president, welcomes all members ideas and participation.

July 24, 2015

CEU Credits (6) available for RDs. "2015 CAMC Cancer Center Oncology Symposium for Primary Care Providers: Cancer in the Older Adult Population" to be held Friday, September 18, 2015. See brochure for more information.

June 1, 2015

The gavel is passed. Congratulations to WV AND incoming president Tim Bender and thank you to outgoing president Brooke Nissim-Sabat.

May 15, 2015

Save the Date! West Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2016 Annual Conference: Thursday and Friday, April 21 & 22, 2016 at Lakeview Golf Resort and Spa in Morgantown, WV. More information coming soon! Annual Meeeting Page

April 13, 2015

Now that the annual meeting has wrapped up, please take a moment to complete our Post-Conference Survey.

April 6, 2015

Rhododendron Award Winner: Nidia Henderson, Health Promotions Director, WVPEIA

Nidia has demonstrated exceptional creativity and innovation when bringing opportunities to promote healthy lifestyles to the people of West Virginia. She has been involved with so many projects including work with the state Physical Activity Plan and the games for health project, the creation promotion and oversight of the PEIA Weight Management Program, and working with the New You project and the School Building Authority on agreements allowing new schools to provide programs for health and wellness, such as fitness centers and school based health clinics. She has also been involved in a variety of efforts aimed at increasing access to healthy foods. She has recently spearheaded a campaign to host farmers markets at work sites and has been active in the West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition's food access work group. In her position with PEIA, she continually works with the Pathways program to bring exercise and nutrition related programs to worksites across the state.

She demonstrates an amazing thirst for knowledge in the areas of nutrition and physical activity, and she promotes the role of the registered dietitian as the expert in food and nutrition. When questions arise regarding food and nutrition information or best practices, she reaches out to her expert resources, her registered dietitians. Not only does she reach out to us, she supports and values our opinions, and supports the concept of evidence based practice. She does not give in to strong opinion over science.

April 6, 2015

Outstanding Dietetics Student in a DPD Program : Christina Gayheart, Marshall University

Christina's leadership skills, creativity and "can do" attitude set her apart from her peers. Over the past two years, SANDŐs campus and community involvement increased in a large part due to Christina's commitment and leadership. The group now writes a monthly article for the student newspaper and provides a corresponding educational table in the student center follow the article's publication. Each month the group also prepares dinner at the Ronald McDonald House, rolls burritos for the Burrito Riders, and volunteers at the Facing Hunger Foodbank. Christina's ability to empower other student leaders to take on leadership tasks and responsibilities truly allowed SAND to accomplish more under Christina's leadership.

Last spring, Christina participated as a member of WVAND's National Nutrition Month committee. As a result, SAND/WVAND made a large impact on campus and in the community. Christina headed up planning and implementing the first ever Nutrition Extravaganza on Marshall's campus. She also led an initiative to create National Nutrition Month videos, which were shared via WVAND's Facebook page. Under Christina's leadership, an RD Day event at Huntington's Kitchen was planned to honor registered dietitians in the area. Christina also coordinated with a local art studio to organize a community food-painting event to further celebrate National Nutrition Month. Finally, Christina shared tips for implementing similar programs as part of WVAND's 2014 National Nutrition Month toolkit. Christina also worked with various offices/groups on Marshall's Campus to host a 100 Mile Meal in coordination with the statewide effort to celebrate Food Day.

April 5, 2015

Outstanding Dietetics Student in a Dietetic Internship: Angela Kuhn, WVUH Internship

Angela earned a 3.53 overall GPA, 3.76 in Food and Nutrition and 3.35 in Sciences and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bastyr University and then obtained a Master's degree in Exercise Nutrition at Metropolitan University in Leeds, England. Angela was named to the President's List at Pierce College Dean's List- maintaining GPA of above 3.5 while enrolled in 12 or more credits and was also inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Phi Theta Kappa honor society. She was also a member of the Bastyr Sports Nutrition Club, Bastyr Functional Fitness and Student Nutrition Association. Angela also worked and volunteered approximately 468 hours in various roles: some include: Massage Therapist Self Employed, Nutrition Counselor Leeds Metropolitan University, Cooking class coordinator YMCA, and Meal coordinator Seattle VA Hospital Fisher House.

In considering Angela for a spot in our dietetic internship program I was impressed not only with the above activities and honors, but also with the outstanding references she received from professors and work supervisors. She was highly recommended by all and received comments such as: "Angela's time management skills are superb. She is also articulate, professional, and has an enjoyable personality. Additionally, her organizational, communication, and problem-solving skills will assure successful completion of your internship".

April 4, 2015

Recognized Young Dietitian for 2015: Erika Ford, RD, LD

Erika came to West Virginia as a WVU Healthcare Intern and has been working professionally since completing the program and becoming a registered dietitian nutritionist. Erika is a clinical dietitian at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport and also sees weight management clients as a provider with the PEIA Weight Management Program. If that was not enough, Erika recently began taking classes toward her graduate degree. Meanwhile, Erika has become an even more integral part of the WVAND Board of Directors. When she took over as newsletter chair, Erika published newsletters religiously and unfailingly disseminated high-quality materials. She involved students in the process and every month provided a timely, relevant tool for both registered dietitians and the public to utilize. When a vacancy unexpectedly appeared in an important board position, Erika not only agreed to take over the position, but also continued in her old position without even a lapse in either job's responsibilities. Erika is active outside the WVAND Board, too. A leader of our state's Thirty and Under in Dietetics group, Erika has grown younger professionals' involvement by hosting social events to welcome and orient new and future practitioners. She has juggled many challenging professional situations with grace and apparent ease. In addition to these accomplishments, Erika strives for both good health and balance, a living example of wellness in her own life.

April 4, 2015

Outstanding Dietitian of 2015: Anna Davis, RD, LD

Anna has continually been an outstanding example of a dedicated and passionate dietitian. Anna continually stays on top of the latest research and has been involved in the local, state and national Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics over the years. She continually strives to not only improve herself but also the knowledge and skill level of our dietetic interns and graduate students. Anna is able to effectively manage her role as Food and Nutrition Service Manager at HealthSouth along with also being a District Manager for their company where she travels several times per year helping set up new accounts and auditing the clinical services of other accounts to make sure they remain in compliance with all state and national regulations. At the same time Anna has kept abreast of the field by participating in 3 different DPG's and holding office at their national level. Anna also is an active member of the WVAND, has held past positions and last year the COPI. Along with these accomplishments Anna has the following publications: "The Role of Critical Pathways", Network: A Newsletter of Dietetics in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation ,1992 and "Nutrition and the ARDS Patient", Network: A Newsletter of Dietetics in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2000. She was also a Professional Speaker at the 2001 Guillian Barre' Symposium and the 2004 Multiple Sclerosis Symposium held in Morgantown, WV.

Anna also has another role as she serves as preceptor to anywhere from 11-15 interns per year. She is able to provide them with the knowledge and skills necessary for them to be successful entry-level dietitians. She has been admired, modeled after and has been a wealth of knowledge and skills critical to their future success as dietitians.

April 3, 2015

Continuing Education Opportunity - 2015 CAMC Wellness Conference: The Multi-sector Approach to the Economics of the Obesity Epidemic, May 1-2, 2015 - Stonewall Resort

March 3, 2015

Conference Announcement: MD DHCC 14-April-2015 Conference in Clarksville MD targeting dietitians working in long term care. Please see the Conference Flyer for additional details.

February 27, 2015

Photos from Eat Right WV Day 2015 at West Virginia State Capitol.
Additional Photos from the event (slide show)

February 13, 2015

Registration is now available for the 2015 West Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Meeting, to be held April 1-2, 2015 at Stonewall Jackson Resort. See the 2015 Meeting Page for the agenda and to register!

September 12, 2014

Announcing the Maryland Dietetics in Healthcare Communities' Fall 2014 Workshop. Tuesday, October 7, 2014 from 7:30 to 4:00pm at The Gathering Place in Clarksville, Maryland. Click Here for more information.

July 14, 2014

It's not too early to start making plans to attend the 2015 West Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Meeting! Mark your calendars now for April 1-2, 2015 at Stonewall Jackson Resort. See the 2015 Meeting Page for additional details.

June 28, 2014

On Wednesday May 14, 2014, during the business meeting of the West Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, President-Elect Brooke Nissim-Sabat was recognized by President Cathy Shaw as the new President of WVAND for 2014-2015. Cathy stated that she was both honored and humbled to serve as the leader of WVAND for the past year, and in passing the gavel on to Brooke, knows that the organization is in excellent hands for the upcoming year. Congratulations Brooke!

June 18, 2014

Take note of a great educational and networking opportunity for dietitians who work with the neonatal and pediatric populations. The Virginia Neonatal Nutrition Association Fall Conference is September 19th-20th, at the Sheraton Richmond Park South, Richmond Va. For conference information and to register go to or contact Sangita Kling at

May 15, 2014

2014 was the first year in many that multiple nominees were submitted for these yearly awards. Mallory Mount, scholarship and award chair person, recognized these members and liaisons at the annual meeting.

Tonja Davis, Outstanding Dietetic Student in a DPD program (Marshall University)
Lauren Gerchufsky, Outstanding dietetics student in a dietetic internship (ISPY WVU)
Recognized dietetics technician of the year: Karen Devito
Recognized young dietitian of the year: Jana Hovland
Outstanding Dietitian of the Year: Liz Quintana
For her work in the field and support of our profession: Dr. Janet Tou, Rhododendron Award.

May 5, 2014

A Reminder: Registration for the 2014 Annual Meeting is open (Available here), but registration will be closing this Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Anyone attempting to register after May 7 will not be guaranteed lunch at the Meeting.

March 28, 2014

The agenda for the 2014 West Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Meeting has now been posted under the 2014 Meeting page. Additional information will be added soon!

Images from RD Day 2014

Photo Gallery from the 2014 West Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Day at the Legislature
Additional Photos from the event (slide show)

January 30, 2014

For Immediate Release
January 30, 2014

Contact: Kristin McCartney, MPH, RD, LD
Registered Dietitian, WVU Extension Service & Family Nutrition Program
WVAND Media Representative

West Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Day at the Legislature

Charleston, W.Va. - The West Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will hold RD Day at the legislature on Monday, February 3, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Dietitians are experts in food and nutrition, and will be available at the Capitol Rotunda starting at 9:00 am to discuss our state's ongoing obesity epidemic and health crisis.

The WV Academy for 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. Our vision is to "positively impact the health of West Virginians through food and nutrition." The mission of the WVAND is to "empower members to be West Virginia's food and nutrition leaders."

WHAT: Coffee Reception at Governor's mansion
WHEN: 10:00 AM, Monday, February 3, 2014
WHERE: The Governor's Reception Area, State Capitol
WHO: Members of the WV Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Registered & Licensed Dietitians), Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and elected representatives from various counties.

See the flyer for additional details.

December 5, 2013

Two new newsletters have been added to our site. The first is entitled "Burn Baby Burn", by: Christin Swingle, RD LD; Edited by: Erika Ford, RD LD. The second is entitled "Holiday Shopping Hunger: Eat This, Not That", by: Kaitlin Mock, MS RD LD; Edited by: Erika Ford, RD LD.

October 29, 2013

Vendor registration is now available for the WVAND 2014 Annual Meeting, which will be held on May 13 & 14, 2014 at Fairmont State University. Additional details soon!

October 8, 2013

A new newletter has been added to our site, entitled: Go Lean with Protein
By: Mary Broe, RD, LDN; Edited by: Jana Hovland, MS, RD, LD and Erika Ford, RD, LD

August 16, 2013

It's not too early to start making plans to attend the 2014 West Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Meeting! Mark your calendars now for May 13-14, 2014 at Fairmont State University in Fairmont, West Virginia. See the 2014 Meeting Page for additional details.

August 15, 2013

Cathy Shaw, President of West Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, announced dates to remember in 2014:

February 3Registered Dietitian Day at the Legislature with a Reception at the Governor's Mansion
March 12National Nutrition Month Proclamation at the Legislature
May 13/14Annual Meeting at Fairmont State University
May 12Executive Board Meeting

Members of the Academy are encouraged to attend these functions.

August 5, 2013

The 2013-2014 Executive Board convene for Strategic Planning, networking and brain storming. All members are encouraged to participate. Contact President Cathy Shaw or any of the board members.

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

Sweet Indulgence!

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!

Chocolate has held a high place at the table throughout history. Discovered thousands of years ago, chocolate played an important part in Mayan and Aztec cultures, used as offerings to the gods, as chocolate drinks during religious ceremonies and even as currency. The Europeans did us the lovely favor of sweetening and lightening it with sugar and milk (though it really wasn't a nutritional favor) and concentrated its use in sweets and desserts. Over hundreds of years chocolate has evolved into what we see today, from the richness of Godiva to the all-American Hershey Bar.

Fortunately, research on the health benefits of chocolate has persuaded us to explore this tantalizing treat a little further. Studies suggest that chocolate may help us by impacting blood pressure and hearth health as well as increasing our intake of important antioxidants. But don't go crazy... not all chocolate is created equal. Click here for a few tips

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

February 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

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

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,, 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:

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 AcademyŐs 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. NealŐs 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. DonŐt 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 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:

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.

News Video

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

Photos from the day

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

Members: Are you blogging about National Nutrition Month? Have you done a media interview? If so, we want to know! Please send your information to Amy Gannon and Brian Morgan.

Media Spotlight for 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."

If you have questions about the name change, please contact Stacy Wellman, President or Amy Gannon, Media Chair.

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.

Additional Photos from the event

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… 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

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.

For information, contact Cindy Gay by email

To exhibit on May 17, contact Sharon Maynard by email

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.

Marshall University and West Virginia University Dietetic Intern Classes

Five Reasons to Visit Your Local Farmers' Market:

  1. You are supporting local farmers
  2. Fresh produce (with lots of variety from different vendors)
  3. Less energy is used in getting the produce to the market
  4. It's a good opportunity to socialize with others in the community
  5. It's cheaper!

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