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April 29th, 2022

2022 MDEF Scholarship Applications Now Open!

For 2022, MDEF will be giving out two MDEF scholarships and one MDEF Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) scholarship to deserving nutrition students, each in the amount of $1500. Please pass along to any nutrition students or interns who may be eligible to apply! All applications are due by May 31 and incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

MDEF Scholarship Application 2022:

MDEF DEI Scholarship Application 2022:

Deadline: Scholarship due date is May 31


New Hampshire Breastfeeding Task Force 25th Annual Professional Breastfeeding Conference

Monday, June 06, 2022 Join the NH Breastfeeding Task Force for a day of learning from excellent speakers on important breastfeeding initiatives and topics that will enhance your lactation practice and understanding. Earn 6.5 RD CPEs applied for approval, nursing credits, L-CERPS and E-CERPS applied for approval.

Cost: $99

To register:

Contact Information: Patricia Jeanette Schaible

Career Development Workshop (CDW)

The Massachusetts Student Dietetic Association (MSDA) is hosting our annual Career Development Workshop.

The workshop will include:

  • Keynote address from Alicia Romano MS, RD, LDN, CNSC,
  • Presentation about preparing to apply to jobs in the dietetics field by Coleen Liscano MS, RD, CSP, LDN, CNSC, CLE, FAND
  • Small group breakout sessions with RDNs in various areas of practice
  • Resume reviewing with experienced RDNs (done on a first come, first serve basis).

We are currently looking for RDs to volunteer and participate in the networking sessions and the resume review process – if you are interested please sign up below!

Networking Sessions: sign-up here

Resume Reviews: sign-up here

Host of the event: MSDA

When: May 17, 2022, 4:00pm – 7:30pm

Where/Location: Zoom

RSVP Deadline: May 17, 2022

RSVP Contact:

Cost: $6

Please Take Action for Universal
Student Meals!

MAND’s 2022 Day on the Hill was held to raise awareness of the alarming rise in child food insecurity since the start of the pandemic and showcase the positive impact of universal free school meals in reducing child hunger. 

State Senator Sal DiDomenico and State Representative Andres Vargas shared their passion for universal school meals – they asked, “we don’t make students pay for the bus or their desks, so why do we make them pay for their meals?” Our panel speakers were Linh Vu from Project Bread, Shennie Quintanilla from Walpole Public Schools, and Melanie Wilk from Chicopee Public Schools.

If you did not get to join us on March 14th, you can view the recording HERE

Please support universal school meals by visiting the Take Action Now! page on the MAND website and follow the how-to guide to email your state senator and state representative to ask them to support the universal school meals bill. As of April 1st, 97 of 200 MA legislators have shown their support – let’s get that to 200!

Contact: Sarah Conca at 


Call for Speakers – IDEA Committee World Religion CEU Series

The IDEA Committee seeks to develop webinar learning opportunities on topics which address diversifying and improving cultural competence in our field and offer a platform for discussion. These presentations provide CEUs and are offered free of charge to MAND members. We are accepting proposals for our annual summer CEU series. This is a paid speaking opportunity. The theme is World Religions as they pertain to dietetics and nutrition counseling. If you are a dietitian who specializes in or possesses expertise in this topic, we invite you to submit a speaking proposal (here) to be considered for this opportunity. Three presenters will be selected. Selected presentations should be approximately 90 minutes, including Q&A, for an honorarium of $450.

Host of the event: MAND IDEA Committee

When/Date: TBD -Event will take placeJune – September 2022

Where/Location: Virtual

Time: TBD

RSVP Deadline: May 10, 2022

RSVP Contact:


Follow us on Social Media!

In addition to the MAND Instagram page @eatrightma, please join members in following the public MAND facebook page! Every MAND member is invited to join the member-only private Facebook group as well. 


Posted by: Maureen Kelly Gonsalves

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President's Welcome

Message from Outgoing MAND President, Sangeeta Pradhan

Hello RD and NDTR friends,

As my term as President draws to a close, I am filled with an immense sense of gratitude to be given the incredible honor of serving as your President. I ask for your indulgence as I share a few parting words with you.

Everything about food and nutrition inspires and energizes me. Do you feel the same way? This innocuous entity called food holds the power to transform health, to be a game changer, and to arguably change the course of chronic disease. Which itself is awe-inspiring!

And RDs are uniquely positioned to be stewards of that change!

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MDEF Scholarships

For 2024, MDEF will be giving out two MDEF scholarships and one MDEF Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) scholarship to deserving nutrition students, each in the amount of $1500. Please pass along to any nutrition students or interns who may be eligible to apply!

All applications are due by May 31st