Welcome to the Maryland Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics!



The Maryland Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (MAND) is a dedicated group of about 1,300 nutrition professionals. Our mission is to empower members to be Maryland’s food and nutrition leaders. Our vision is to optimize the health and well-being of Marylanders through food and nutrition.  MAND is a 501(C)(6). Membership is open to members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) who reside in Maryland or choose Maryland as their sole affiliate.  



 President's Corner



Dear MAND Members,

As I reflect on this past year as MAND President, I can truly say I enjoyed my time learning, networking, and accomplishing goals set early in my term. Time flew by, but I was fortunate to be surrounded by hard-working colleagues, old and new, all of whom had a common goal of raising health awareness, and developing the Maryland Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics organization. I have many people to thank for making this year a success. I could not have accomplished our goals without tremendous dedication from our Board Members, who went above and beyond to ensure the successful and timely completion of various tasks and events throughout the year. In combination, thirty seven (37) Board Members, RDNs, DTRs, Interns, and Student Volunteers, and our Executive Director, were responsive and willing to help whenever assistance was needed. I would like to thank our Affiliate Relations Managers, Annie Storey and Amy Biedenharn, and the Academy's Director of Grassroots Advocacy, Teresa Nece, for promptly responding to my many questions. A special thank you goes to MAND Lobbyists, Barbara Brocatto and Dan Shattuck, for providing guidance and introductions to the Public Policy arena. Last but not least I would like to thank my family and all MAND members for putting trust in my leadership and providing valuable support during my term.

I am proud to say that we have accomplished many goals set forth in the beginning of the year:

  • Increased Membership, including student involvement
  • Increased Organization Visibility, through use of Social Media, website upgrades, media attention on ABC news, and Public Policy involvement
  • Record level Attendance at Legislative Day and Annual Meeting events
  • Acknowledgement from the Governor for “RDN Day”
  • Increased Organization Partnerships to improve health of Marylanders and increase RDN opportunities
  • Increased CEU and Networking Opportunities, including first NNM networking event
  • Increased Funding from AND
  • Annual Revision of Policies & Procedures

We are ending this year by having a Board meeting for incoming and outgoing members in order to exchange ideas and experiences, and prepare new Board Members for the upcoming year.

In conclusion I would like to say the MAND organization is only as strong as our membership. Members are the greatest asset to our professions in Food, nutrition, and dietetics. We need to embrace challenges, take action, and demonstrate leadership as Food and Nutrition Professionals. We need to lead by example, and be role models/mentors for our students, young professionals, DTRs, and future Dietitians. I encourage you all to volunteer and stay involved with our organization whenever possible.

It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as President of our great organization, MAND.


Thank You,

Sonal Patel, MS RD LDN
President 2014-2015



from the March 17, 2015 AND Public Policy Weekly News:

Maryland RD to Receive the Academy’s Award for Grassroots Excellence 

Barbara Hoffstein, RD, LD from Maryland has been named winner of the 2015 Award for Grassroots Excellence. This is the Academy’s top award for nutrition advocacy. Barbara’s work in public policy and her leadership in the affiliate were cited in her nomination by the Maryland Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  She has educated and involved affiliate members from across the state to be active and visible participants in state-wide initiatives to improve the health of the citizens of Maryland.  In addition, she has become a fixture at the Maryland State House testifying for continued dietetic licensure and increasing the strength of the Maryland licensing board. Barbara has worked to meet Maryland’s public policy goals by developing a working relationship with state legislators and the state insurance commission.  Under Barbara’s leadership as the state public policy representative, the affiliate has had a great presence and their voice has been heard. Barbara will be recognized for her achievements during PPW in June. 

Congratulations, Barbara!



Register for PPW 2015 Today!  

The PPW2015 registration and housing information is available. For more information on registration, hotel and travel simply click PPW 2015 .  This year we will once again be offering a group registration discount.  Groups must consist of members from one cohesive organization, such as a Public Policy Panel, State Affiliate Board, DPG, Company, Hospital or Community Center. Please note: Students paying a reduced student rate are not eligible for the group discount.




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