We want to share this message we received today from Dietitians for Professional Integrity supporter Leigh Anne Critzer, MS, RD:
“Just thought I would pass along this message from my inbox this morning. A perfect reminder of why I will not renew my membership to AND, and why membership to the Dietetic Practice Groups currently seems to provide zero value to me professionally.
In school nutrition, we are (slowly but surely) moving toward providing REAL food for kids. Not processed food-like products full of preservatives, artificial sweeteners and loads of sodium! It is so frustrating that my professional practice group is offering continued education credits by listening to an advertisement for corn syrup. This is the email I got:
“School Nutrition Services (SNS) Dietetic Practice Group invites you to attend a webinar titled “School Nutrition and the Great Sweetener Debate”.
This session will be hosted Tuesday May 14, 2013 at 3:00 PM Eastern; 2:00 PM Central; 1:00 PM Mountain; 12:00 PM Pacific
Join us as Neva Cochran, MS, RD, LD discusses the importance of sorting through the hype around sweeteners in schools and making solid, nutritional decisions for our school-aged children. Ms. Cochran’s presentation is sponsored by the Corn Refiners Association.
Webinar will start on the hour. Members can call in 15 minutes before the start of the presentation. If asked for a password, the webinar password is SNSDPG.
Credit: 1 unit of CPE has been requested for those who view the live webinar. Webinar will be recorded for later viewing at www.snsdpg.org.
Webinar is free of charge to SNS DPG members.”
I wrote back to the group leaders to express my disappointment and concern that this is what I get for my membership fee to the group. School nutrition dietitians don’t need more “evidence” — we all know corn syrup appears in our most processed foods, usually frozen and reheated for convenience – the exact thing a lot of school districts are trying to get away from using.
To make matters exponentially worse, I have already been to this presentation through different dietetic groups and conferences. Twice.”
Thank you, Leigh Anne. The Corn Refiners Association appears to have a very solid relationship with AND and many of its spokespeople. At last year’s AND conference, the Corn Refiners Association hosted three panels, all of which were framed as “sorting through the hype” and “busting through the myths”.
Without a doubt, American children are consuming too much sugar (in various forms). Imagine how powerful a statement AND could make if it provided education on, say, ways that RDs working at schools can help reduce added sugar intake. It’s disturbing that AND instead partners with an organization that attempts to normalize added sugar consumption and claim that any related concerns are sounding an unnecessary alarm.