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

10 Nov 2020 7:00 PM • Webex
17 Nov 2020 7:00 PM • Webinar
09 Feb 2021 7:00 PM • Webex

NYSAND Positions Available

NYSAND is looking for volunteers for few supporting positions vacant on the Coordinating Cabinet. The Annual Meeting and Expo (AME) committee is in need of a Marketing/Communications Chair and a Sponsorship/Vendor Chair. If you are interested in serving on the committee, please contact AME Chair Elena Misoulis at emisoulis@gmail.com. There is also an opportunity for a Student Representative for the Downstate region; if interested, please contact Executive Director, Victoria Palasieski at nysand@caphill.com. AME is scheduled for April 16-17, 2021 at The Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Springs, NY.

WRDA has been asked to provide nominations for NYSAND President-Elect.  If you are interested in learning more about this position or you'd like to nominate a fellow WRDA member, please contact us at WRDABoard@gmail.com for more information.  Click here to view the position description.  Perhaps the next President-Elect of NYSAND is among us in WRDA!  

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.  

Sign Up for the November Webinar

"Change is the only constant in life." 

--Benjamin Franklin

On 11/17/20, the November webinar will feature change expert, Liz Sant, in a discussion of Coping with and Creating Change.  With nearly 3 decades of experience in team building, leadership development, and change management, Liz promises to provide tools to increase your appetite for change and your ability to grow through change.  

As nutrition professionals, we work with our clients to create change in their lives through the adoption of healthy habits.  Try a new recipe, increase physical activity, eat more mindfully, incorporate more vegetables, drink more water, take prescribed medications, sit less; they are all changes to the routine, the norm, the comfortable. 

We've all adapted to changes in our family lives, workplace, and social activities over the past several months.  It's a good time to think about why change can be so difficult for humans and how we can make it easier on ourselves and our clients by learning about what it means to create, accept, and cope with change.  This webinar is FREE for WRDA members.  If you're not a member, click here to join.  

"When you're finished changing, you're finished." 

--Benjamin Franklin.  

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.  

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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