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.

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Upcoming Meetings

2021- 2022 Programming

Webinar: Diversity in Dietetics: Where Are We Now and What More Can Be Done?

Date: 18th November 2021

Time: 1pm to 2pm (Lunch Hour)

Presented by Mary Lee Chin, MS, RDN, the immediate past chair of IDEA-the Academy's Committee on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access.

Join the WRDA on Thursday, November 18th at 1pm lunchtime webinar presented by Mary Lee Chin, MS, RDN, the immediate past chair of IDEA-the Academy's Committee on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access. Ms. Chin will address the current state of diversity within the nutrition and dietetics profession; identify barriers impacting growth in diversity; bring us up to date on the  Academy's strategies to ensure IDEA; and help us to identify and address issues of IDEA in our practices and professional communities. 

This event has been approved by CDR for 1 Ethics CPEU. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy) and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) are not responsible for the provider's interpretation of the Academy/CDR Code of Ethics for the Nutrition and Dietetics Profession or its enforcement as it relates to the scenarios and content presented in this activity.

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    WRDA 2021-2022 Scholarship

    The scholarships are awarded to students enrolled in a food and nutrition (nutritional sciences/dietetics) program or to students accepted into an internship or AP4 program for the 2021-2022 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.

    More Details to follow

    NYSAND Updates on Public Policy and Reimbursement Issues

    NYSAND held a series of lunch-hour updates on public policy and reimbursement issues in January and February 2021.  Links to recordings can be found below and on the NYSAND website.  Further information is available from the WRDA Public Policy Co-Chairs, Elisa M Bremner and  Susan Juechter.  Email WRDABoard@gmail.com to contact them.  

    Reimbursement and Telehealth Updates
    Lois Chait, NYSAND Reimbursement Chair & Ellie Wilson, NYSAND Medicaid Taskforce Co-Chair

    Federal Policy Updates for 2021

    Jessica Garay, NYSAND Public Policy Coordinator

    Therapeutic Diet Order Writing Privileges Bill Update

    Josephine Connolly-Schoonen & Ann Darcy, NYSAND TDO Taskforce Co-Chairs with Chrissie Rutigliano, Roffee Group

    NYS Licensure Bill Update

    Karen Ostrum, NYSAND Licensure Taskforce Chair with Chrissie Rutigliano, Roffee Group

    Join the WRDA

    Join the Westchester Rockland Dietetic Association today. Check out our Membership Benefits and apply today.

    Volunteer opportunities within the WRDA Board:

    If you are interested in a committee position or learning more about WRDA, please contact us at WRDABoard@gmail.com. 

    Volunteers are needed for the following committees:

    • Community Outreach

    • Continuing Education Programs

    • Reimbursement

    • Public Policy

    • Technology

    • Student Liaisons and Student Volunteers

    Looking for a CPEU certificate for a past WRDA event?

    Event attendees for all 2020-2021 events were emailed a link to the CPEU certificate after program completion.  If you can't find the email or the link is not working, send an email to WRDABoard@gmail.com with the title and/or date of the event.  We can verify attendance in the event log and email you a copy of the certificate.  Please allow at least 10 days lead time for certificates.  

    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!

    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!

    Email: wrdaboard@gmail.com
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