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  • Large restaurant portions a global problem, study finds December 13, 2018
    A multi-country study finds that large portion sizes in fast food and full service restaurants is not a problem unique to the US. The researchers found that 94 percent of full service meals and 72 percent of fast food meals studied in five countries contained 600 calories or more.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Owen DeMasi, the Career Readiness Case Manager for a collaborative project between the Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce and the Westerly Public Schools, is looking for volunteer presenters who would be interested in speaking to students about their career.  January is Food Sciences month so Owen is looking for individuals involved with nutrition to participate at that time!  This program is funded by the RI department of Labor and Training. Please contact Owen DeMasi by email at or by telephone at (203) 561-1587.
  • RIAND is looking for volunteers for our Spring Road Races. The event will take place April 7, 2019. Please reach out to Mark Gauvin at if you are interested.


Action Alerts from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Urge Your Senators to Support Obesity Prevention and Treatment

The bipartisan Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2017 (H.R. 1953; S. 830) in both the U.S. House and Senate will allow a registered dietitian nutritionist or other qualified nutrition professional to provide intensive behavioral counseling services for Medicare beneficiaries with obesity. Let your members of Congress know where you stand and urge them to support this bill before the end of the year to improve health care access and reduce health care costs.

Urge Members of Congress to Support Malnutrition Prevention and Treatment

Ask Congress to support the role of RDNs and NDTRs in the prevention and treatment of malnutrition and encourage your members to support policies that better align with these goals. Take action today to build congressional support for: 1) adoption of meaningful malnutrition quality measures; 2) inclusion of malnutrition in chronic disease legislation and 3) expansion of public access to malnutrition screening and services provided by RDNs and NDTRs.

Click HERE to Take Action Today!

RIAND Members Have Been Taking Action in DC!

On Wednesday, October 24th RIAND members along with the Academy went to the Nation’s Capital to talk to our State Representatives and Senators about malnutrition. Public Policy Coordinator, Mary Broe was joined by Noereem Mena, Varina Gunn, and Maggi Samson to meet with Rhode Island state officials. They met with the staffers of Congressman Cicilline and Langevine, and of Senator Whitehouse. They were also about to meet with Congressman Jack Reed along with his staff member. The meetings highlighted the incredible burden of malnutrition on our healthcare system, and how RDN’s are qualified, effective, and highly trained members of the the interdisciplinary team in identifying, treating and preventing malnutrition. The purpose of these meetings was to ask congress to include malnutrition in future healthcare conversations, and to support the role of RDN’s and NDTR’s in the prevention and treatment of malnutrition. Additionally, Academy initiatives to standardize malnutrition diagnosis and treatment in older adults via electronic quality measures were discussed. The Rhode Island congressional staff was very supportive of these goals, and are interested in learning more once the conversation around healthcare resumes.

Pictured from left to right: Maggi Samson, Mary Broe, Senator Jack Reed, Noereem Mena, Varina Gunn

Upcoming Events

Oct 2018

2018-2019 Board Meetings – 10/04/2018 – 05/16/2019 at 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Warwick

Apr 2019

RIAND Road Races 2019 – 04/07/2019 at 7:00 am – 12:00 pm,

May 2019

2019 RIAND Spring Conference – 05/22/2019 at All Day, Warwick