Perspectives from the House of Delegates from RoseAnna:
This past weekend, March 30-31, 2019 the House of Delegate (HOD) virtually met to discuss Food Systems and Sustainability. A huge thank you to Idaho RDNs (n=36) who responded to the national survey regarding sustainability knowledge gaps and resources utilized. In a nutshell, the majority of Idaho RDNs (as well as Academy members) responded as having gaps in knowledge and competence, while over half of you reported that you receive numerous questions from patients/clients about sustainability. And only 6 (out of 36) Idaho respondents reported a website or resource that you go to for evidence-based information. My role in the HOD this past weekend completed a deeper dive into the research aspect on the relevance of sustainability to consumer food choices. As the table facilitator for Table 4, I would like to share with you my groups’ response, which may be helpful to you!
Train students to be competent in research, which will then set them up to be competent practitioners that base recommendations on research evidence.
- Hsiao PY, Laquatra I, Johnson RM,, Smolic CE. Using infographics to teach the evidence analysis process to senior undergraduate students. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2019;119(1):26-30.
Request the Academy’s Evidence Analysis Center perform a scoping process on food sustainability and food systems research. Allows the EAC to identify the depth and breadth of research in this area; will assist in adapting the systemic review process to this “non-clinical” area which will allow members to be able to better understand the research and translate it into dietary guidance for clients
Use research on motivational interviewing successes to communicate and understand client needs. It is important to understand consumer emotion around eating behaviors. We need to understand where consumers are coming from before conveying the evidence.
- https://integrativerd.org/best-available-evidence-decision-interactive-tool/ – Integrative RD is a tool to guide users to be able to identify ‘best available evidence’ with a step-by-step process to search for and grade the strength of the evidence.
Again, this is only the results of the research group. Other groups related to education and training as well as practice met and delivered their recommendations/resources. This work will be made available to you in the near future…
As mentioned by an Idaho RDN – Nourishing more than 9 billion people by 2050, while protecting the environment and our natural resources, is one of the most pressing and complex challenges of this century. I, too, am confident that by working together, we will find innovative solutions to meet these challenges – with RDNs at the helm leading these efforts!
These are important topics that the Academy and others are discussing:
- Professionalism and Ethics
- Food Systems and Sustainability: Shaping Dietary Guidance
- Diversity and Inclusion
- Infusing RDNs into the national dialogue (ie, Dietary Guidelines for Americans)
- Nutrition Care Process Outcomes Research Committee
- Nutrition Informatics Committee
Attached please find the Food Systems and Sustainability backgrounder along with the Academy President, Treasurer and Foundation Chair report. For more information regarding any of the topics above, please refer to: https://www.eatrightpro.org/leadership/governance/about-hod-meetings/spring-meeting-materials
As always, please let me know if you have any questions or need anything else. I am humbled every day and honor to be your representative to our Academy leaders and members. Thank you!
RoseAnna B Holliday, PhD, RDN, LD, FAND
Department Chair, Allied Health Professions
Health Sciences Human Services, HSHS 132
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