Since the inception of our Facebook group in February of 2013, Registered Dietitians, Dietetic Technicians, and Registered Dietitians-to-be have published formal statements of concern expressing their concerns about the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' corporate sponsorships and partnerships. We have made them all available here (in chronological order) for your perusal.

If you would like to submit a statement of concern, please email it to:, keeping the following guidelines in mind:

1. Think of this as a letter to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Be professional in your speech, and structure your statement in paragraph form (at least 3 paragraphs); write at least 150 words.

2. Provide 1 -3 reasons why the current sponsorship model concerns you as an RD. For each concern, provide a reason why. For example, rather than saying "these sponsorships make RDs look bad", explain how these sponsorships affect how the public perceives us.

3. Whenever possible, share personal experiences/anecdotes. Has a client questioned your advice? Have other health professionals brought up AND's corporate ties? Did you see/hear something particularly upsetting at FNCE or a state-level conference?

4. Finish off your statement with suggestions on how AND can improve its sponsorship model or how it can show its members that it cares about this issue. Think: What would my ideal AND look like?

5. We encourage you to write passionately. However, please refrain from slander and insults.

6. Please note that the page administrator may edit your statement for clarity, brevity, flow, etc. You may request to see the final version before it is published. Note, however, that if you do not ask to see the final version, it will be posted without being sent to you first.


Denise Garbinski (February 12, 2013)

Aaron Flores (February 14, 2013)

Leslie Riding (February 15, 2013)

Kelly Ahearn (February 18, 2013)

Matt Ruscigno (February 19, 2013)

Jess Kolko (February 20, 2013)

Elizabeth Lee (February 21, 2013)

Brooke Alpert (February 22, 2013)

Brittany Craig (February 25, 2013)

Suzanne Dixon (February 26, 2013)

Debra Riedesel (February 27, 2013)

Judy Converse (February 28, 2013)

Nancy Bennett (March 1, 2013)

Angelea Bruce (March 4, 2013)

Anonymous WIC Dietitian (March 5, 2013)

Lauri Boone (March 6, 2013)

Jess Avasthi (March 7, 2013)

Chelsey Lindahl (March 13, 2013)

Robert Lazzinaro (March 15, 2013)

Colleen Ross (March 21, 2013)

Mark Rifkin (March 25, 2013)

Rachel Harvest (March 26, 2013)

Ana Johnson (April 1 2013)

Heidi Turner (April 2, 2013)

Cassie Bjork (April 3, 2013)

Andrew James Pierce (April 8, 2013)

Joanna (last name withheld) (April 25, 2013)

Andy Bellatti (May 17, 2013)

Alysa Bajenaru (May 23, 2013)

Jennifer Krohn (June 14, 2013)

Jenna Heller (June 15, 2013)

Kim Henderson (June 24, 2013)

Frances Arnold (July 16, 2013)

Betsy Cashen (July 27, 2013)

Marilyn Jess (August 2, 2013)

Julieanna Hever (August 21, 2013)

David Wiss (November 1, 2013)

Mary Trenda (December 5, 2013)

Ryah Nabielski (December 9, 2013)

Amy Hager (January 15, 2014)

Carol Bartolotto (March 11, 2014)

Christopher Vogliano (March 17, 2014)

Lauren Panoff (April 8, 2014)

Sarah Lefkowitz RD (May 20, 2014)

Dominic Marro, RD, CDN (July 24, 2014)

Larry Cleveland, RD, LMT  (July 25, 2014)

Claudia Zapata, MS, RD (August 20, 2014)

Joanne Ikeda, MA, RD (September 10, 2014)

Libby Boudreau, MPH, RDN (September 29, 2014)

Ann Lipkin, MS, RD, CD, CNSD (October 10, 2014)