guest posting today is another one of my friend Andy Bellatti, MS, RD. Andy is a dietician based in Las Vegas with a focused approach to plant and whole foods. His work has been published in Grist, The Huffington Post, Today’s Dietitian, Food Safety News and Civil eats, among others. He is passionate about healthy eating as it is food policy, Big Food deceptive marketing and sustainability issues, animal welfare and social justice in our food system. He is the creator of the blog Small Bites (which, though now closed, extends for five years and 2,000 jobs). You can also follow Andy in Twitter and Facebook .
Today’s post highlights the latest initiative Andy – a group that has appointed dietitians to professional integrity, and is one that I support wholeheartedly! And before someone gets their feathers on a steering wheel or Andy nor I am suggesting dietitians have professional integrity -. Instead of his group represents a rallying cry basis for his Academy to question them
Dietitians call for Integrity
Since the publication of the report of Michele Simon at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics corporate associations’ attorney public health last month, the dietitian community has had much to talk about. In a recent chat on Twitter on this subject I had such high participation “#RDChat” became Trending Topics Twitter, demonstrating that the dialogue on this issue has been long.
And now, a new development: a practice known as dietitians for Professional Integrity coalition launched Facebook page last Wednesday, gaining 485 “likes” in its first 12 hours. co-founded by me and 15 dietitian colleagues – – The group is made up of registered dietitians, dietetic technicians, and dietetic students (and their supporters) and calls for greater financial transparency and ethics, social responsibility and corporate relevant sponsorships within the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (y).
In addition to serving as a central hub for like-minded people to express their dissatisfaction with the current model of corporate sponsorship and a “statement of concern” of a student or professional diet is shared on the page for each day week. Academy .
Many dietary professionals who joined the group expressed how important it is to have a forum in which to express the frustrations they have felt for so long (frustrations were expressed to the Academy and often did not receive a response) and not only be heard, but also work towards better sponsorships that do not discredit the credential worked.
In response to criticism that speak against their professional organization it is unfair, dietitians for the group of Professional Integrity provides in its document Questions FAQ
“I do not believe it is unfair to demand that our professional organization behave in a more responsible manner. We value our credentials and want can be represented in an honorable way.
We believe that change can only come to talk and express their concerns. All social movements that led to a positive change began with a group of people who expressed their dissatisfaction with the status quo and others mobilized. Remain silent under the guise of loyalty does not address the problems, help promote dialogue, or provide space for problem solving.
As a point of reference: Medical Association of the United States publicly cut ties not with the tobacco industry until 1978 despite decades of research showing the harmful effects of snuff. Some doctors began raising concerns about financial ties of their professional organization tobacco companies already in 1964. It was this leadership and advocacy, combined with scientific evidence and public pressure that caused the change. Imagine if doctors never dared to question their own professional organization and instead simply felt comforted by the position of his professional organization. “
The group wants the Academy “ to develop clear guidelines to differentiate between sponsorships associated with foods and products that have no place in a healthy diet (as soda, chips and candy) and sponsorship offer some value a significant portion of its members and also participate in ethical environmental and labor practices “.
They also suggest five specific recommendations:
1. Will host a panel discussion point-counterpoint / moderate on this issue at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics conference (to be held in Houston in October) this year;
2. Greater transparency and full disclosure of finances;
3. address this issue to their constituents;
4. Reject education sponsored by the company (with certain exceptions – as a company that manufactures parenteral nutrition formula educate dietitians in the management of specific pathologies of clinical nutrition);
5. Adopt guidelines for more ethical corporate sponsorship that reflect true and mission (using ethical guidelines Dietetic Nutrition Group Environmental hunger and sponsorship as a model).
While the various dietitians in this group work in a wide range of clinical, community, research and private practice, who are united by their desire not to have their tarnished credentials and co-opted by links with the same companies that continually have fought tooth and nail against public health and sound nutrition. It is time for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics do right by its members and stop the insidious and annoying with the most notorious players in the food industry associations.
If you support the mission of this group Please head to dietitians for Professional Integrity Facebook page and click “Like”!
“Guest Post: Dietitians call for Integrity ” is replublished article from weightymatters.ca here: http://www.weightymatters.ca/2013/02/guest-post-dietitians-call-for-integrity.html