Westchester Rockland Dietetic Association

WRDA is a professional organization of nutrition experts serving Westchester, Rockland, and their neighboring counties.  Please explore our website for information about the dietetic profession, opportunities, and events for dietitians in our district as well as the latest news and information on nutrition and health. Our membership is made up of nutrition professionals who work and/or live in the Westchester/Rockland area.  

WRDA is committed to leading the future of the dietetics profession and its members while serving the public through the promotion of optimal nutrition and well-being. We are an affiliate of the New York State Dietetic Association (NYSDA) and all of our members are members of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (AND), the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals.

Upcoming Events

2020 Meetings

09 Feb 2021 7:00 PM • Webex

Student Blog posts

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Thanks for Voting Everyone! 

Now What do We Do?

Let's Engage With Our Legislators

WRDA's Public Policy Committee would like to remind you that nutrition advocacy doesn't end with voting!

The Tisch Center for Food Policy rates your representatives.  Click on an interactive map to see whether your legislators voted to keep food safe, healthy, and affordable. 

Or you can check your legislator's report card to see how many bills they've sponsored, their voting record, and more! 

Visit the Academy's Action Center to weigh in with your legislators.  The work has been done for you, all you have to do is sign your name to a letter for your representatives.  You are encouraged to add any additional information to personalize your letter.  Advocating for your patients, the public, and your career couldn't be easier!

Fall 2020 Kickoff and Networking Event

WRDA is pleased to announce that the Fall Kickoff and Networking Event was a success!  The presenting community organizations each detailed innovative programming for community engagement and food assistance during the pandemic.  For more information on how to volunteer, donate, or learn more about the agencies, visit their websites.


Proyecto Faro

Second Chance Foods

Centro de Amigos

In addition to learning more about how our community is responding to food insecurity, members enjoyed networking and discussion in breakout rooms after the presentations.  

Special "Thank you!" to Jenna Lebowich, Membership Chair, and Jessica Tosto, Community Engagement Chair for planning and executing a successful kickoff event!  The slides are available in the downloads section of the member pages.  

Thank you for joining us for

Clinical Update

Getting Paid:  Reimbursement and Compensation

Thank you to all who registered and joined us on December 3 for the virtual Clinical Update.  The event featured 5 speakers from across the country and provided 4 CPEU for attendees.  Due to the generosity of our membership, we were able to offer 5 registration sponsorships for deserving students to attend the conference at no cost.  Thank you to everyone who participated in the Sponsor a Student program this year.

Of course we would like to thank everyone for their patience as we dealt with technical issues that resulted in the conference running over time a bit.  Our nimble team and gifted speakers worked hard to recover from a few technical glitches.  

Thank you to the content area experts who presented at the conference.  Your contributions made for a day of learning about "Getting Paid" for everyone.  Links to the presentations can be found below.  

Lorena Drago, MS, RDN, CDN, CDCES

Generating Income Through Non-Traditional Means:  Publishing Opportunities for the RDN

Keynote Speaker

Lucille Beseler, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE, FAND

President of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2016-2017

Reimbursement Opportunities: Position yourself for $uccess

Kalese House, MPA

Program Development and Grants Administrator

Grant Funding for Nutrition Professionals

Nate Stritzinger, MPH, RDN

From Policy to Payment:  Advocating for Your Worth

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Ilanit Blumenfeld Ghitis, MPH, RDN, CDN

How to Start Your Own Nutrition Business

Send your MNT Success Stories to NYSAND

NYSAND is asking for our assistance to highlight MNT Success among our members. This effort is to engage and show NYS Legislators that dietitians are vital to the healthcare continuum.  

What can you do?  NYSAND is seeking concise snapshots of your MNT success stories to share in a social media and grassroots lobbying campaign.  Think of these stories as "MN-Tweets" and try to keep them as direct as possible.  The goal is to demonstrate the outcomes of MNT to these decision-makers and hearing directly from you is important!  These stories or snapshots of your successes can include positive outcomes or patient/client testimonials (No personal health information). NYSAND will use these as a way to appeal and show NYS how important MNT is.

You can share the information on the form found on the NYSAND website.  You'll need to sign in to the NYSAND website or create an account and the form is easily completed from there.  We hope to hear from as many of you as possible!

WRDA Volunteer Day at People to People of Rockland County

Thank you to all who were able to join us on 8/11/20 to assist People to People of Rockland County with unloading their food delivery.  It was a terrific opportunity for the members of WRDA to participate in ensuring that county residents in need have nutritious food for their families.  If you would like to participate in future events like this, please email the board with suggested community agencies.  You can reach the WRDA board at WRDABoard@gmail.com.  

WRDA Scholarship Applications Closed

The WRDA will award two scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year: one $1,000 and one $500 amount. Eligible students are enrolled in a food and nutrition (nutritional sciences/dietetics) program or to students accepted into an internship or AP4 program for the 2020-2021 academic year. In order to receive the WRDA scholarship, the applicants must reside in Westchester or Rockland County and/or attend a college or internship/AP4 program in either of these counties.  Stay tuned for an announcement soon for this year's recipients.  Email wrdaboard@gmail.com with questions.  

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