The Kansas Dietetic Association serves hundreds of dietetic professionals who strive to optimize the nutrition, health and well-being of Kansans. We are an affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the largest U.S. organization of food and nutrition professionals. In 2012, we celebrate our 75th Anniversary as a nonprofit organization. Our members include registered dietitians (RDs) and dietetic technicians working in diverse settings. Examples of practice areas include community, government and healthcare institutions, research, education, food service management, business and industry, students, entrepreneurial business and media.
The value of the the dietetic profession is promoted among members through partnerships with the KDA Foundation, state districts, practice groups, other organizations and sponsors. Our mission is to empower members to be the food and nutrition leaders in Kansas with a vision to optimize the health of Kansans through food and nutrition. Ongoing professional development, innovative business practices, and engagement in nutrition-related public policy further supports this vision for our members and in our communities.
Welcome to the Kansas Dietetic Association (KDA) website. We are an affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics which is the largest organization of food and nutrition professionals in the world. The Kansas affiliate is comprised of qualified and enthusiastic dietetic professionals who practice in all areas of foods and nutrition throughout the state.
I am honored to serve as president during an exciting time in our profession. There are so many opportunities around us as food and nutrition professionals to make a difference in our communities through timely and science based evidence that we subscribe to. Registered dietitian and dietitian nutritionists continue to address the epidemic of childhood obesity, food safety and sanitation, food insecurity, medical nutrition therapy (MNT) for Medicare beneficiaries, food trends, and be active in a host of other food and nutrition related settings. And now we, registered dietitian nutritionists, are being given the ability to order therapeutic diets in the hospital setting. We are being recognized as the expert in this area which is something we have earned.
It is our responsibility to move our profession and industry forward. As I am fully aware of the busy and difficult personal and professional lives that we live and lead, I am asking each of you to look at any way that you can help and associate with our organization through legislative, community education, and/or organizational events. Any time would be greatly appreciated. As an organization this year we desire to take all of the great things that have been done before and continue to build continuity to sustain the Kansas Dietetic Association.
Again, it is my pleasure to serve you this year.
H. Leslie Bain, MS, RD, LD
President, KDA 2014 - 2015