Dietitians from LAD take a stand on Corporate Sponsorship

The Los Angeles District (LAD) of the California Dietetic Association has taken a stance on the topic of corporate sponsorship. Members of the executive board have voted and decided to reject all money from corporate sponsors for one year, until a rubric can be used to assess a companies alignment with the stated mission of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The rubric has been developed by Dietitians For Professional Integrity (DFPI) and can be viewed HERE.
DFPI was developed in response to a report from January 2013 by Michele Simon called “A Now A Word From Our Sponsors”
Michele Simon’s report on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is thoroughly researched and expertly points out the different ways in which the nation’s leading nutrition organization harms its reputation, efficacy, and members by forming partnerships with food companies that care more about selling products than they do about improving the health of Americans. Anyone concerned about public health will realize that the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is in dire need of systemic change if it hopes to take a leadership role and be taken seriously as the home base of the nation’s nutrition experts.
Dietitians David Wiss and Reina Capati from the Los Angeles District (LAD) of the California Dietetic Association discuss Michele Simon’s report “And Now A Word From Our Sponsors” and how the findings are being taken seriously by LAD.

David became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) in 2013 and founded Nutrition in Recovery, a group practice of RDNs specializing in the treatment of eating and substance use disorders. In 2017, David received the “Excellence in Practice” award at the national Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo. The California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics awarded him the “Emerging Dietetic Leader Award” in 2020. He earned his PhD from UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health in the Community Health Sciences department (with a minor in Health Psychology) by investigating the links between adverse childhood experiences and various mental health outcomes among socially disadvantaged men. His treatment philosophy is based on a biopsychosocial model which incorporates an understanding of biological mechanisms, psychological underpinnings, and contextual factors that integrate the social determinants of health. His website Wise Mind Nutrition offers a fully online interactive treatment program that will be available in the Summer of 2022.

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