The South Dakota Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics is the professional association for RDNs in South Dakota that:


for increasing reimbursement opportunities for medical nutrition therapy, and increasing legislation that impacts RDNs, such as the Farm Bill, diabetes prevention, food security or licensure issues.



students to become involved by offering student memberships to undergraduate dietetics students and dietetic interns.


the role of the RDN through connections with ancillary healthcare professionals and associations, speaking opportunities, relationships with state and national lawmakers, and more.


member benefits, such as scholarships, local continuing education opportunities, social events, job postings, awards, and more.



You can become a member of SDAND by joining the national Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and selecting South Dakota as your affiliate.



Member Benefits

  • Member scholarships for conferences, continuing education, and more. Apply for a member scholarship HERE.

  • Member social events on both sides of the state.

  • Discounted annual conference & event fees for continuing education.

  • Having a voice in local and national public policy including expanding reimbursement for RDNs, preserving licensure & being involved with bipartisan nutrition issues.

  • Member Digest sent quarterly

  • Listing in the Find a Dietitian Directory listing

  • Listing in the Speaker/Spokesperson Bureau listing

  • Member Awards - View Nomination Form here.
    +Awards are given every year for: Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year, Outstanding Dietitian of the Year, Emerging Dietetic Leader, Outstanding Preceptor of the Year and Recognized Dietetic Technician of the Year.
    View past award winners here.

  • Job Postings

  • Access to List Serv - See Members Only section below

  • Board of director opportunities with travel and access to national stakeholders

  • Member’s only Facebook group & resources

  • Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Journal

  • Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Food & Nutrition Magazine

  • Preceptor opportunities

  • Opportunities to meet and get to know other cool dietitians in your state


1. Request access to SDAND Members Only Facebook Group for past digest articles, event announcements and forum discussions.

2. Request access to the Member’s Only Google Drive for past digest articles, PDF of Policy & Procedures manual, List Serv access info, and more.

3. List Serv: SDAND is grateful for the List Serv hosted by South Dakota State University. Recently, some email addresses (especially Gmail) have been inadvertently removed by their email provider, possibly due to unopened messages. Please request to be re added if you believe you have been removed from the List Serv (and you are a current member) by emailing:

Onboarding for NEW Board of Directors:

  1. Request access to SDAND Board Member’s Only Dropbox/G Drive by emailing
  2. Open Policy & Procedure Manual, Ctrl + F to find your position description.
  3. Review position description & Add dates for action items to calendar.
  4. Reach out to past position holder and get a briefing on past position and action items.
  5. Reach out to 2 other BOD members (see below) and introduce yourself (emails will be in the Member’s Only folder you requested in step 1 or find their name on social media and say hello!).
  6. Touch base with your position "buddies" at least quarterly to laugh, exchange ideas and blaze the future of nutrition.

2018-2019 SDAND Board of Directors


Board of Directors Elections

Elections for open board positions are done every spring and new officers take office at the beginning of the Academy year in June. Please email and request to be forwarded to the nominating committee (or email current nominating committee above) with interest in a position.

Public Policy

SDAND has a robust policy committee serving local and national policy efforts.

State Policy

The State Regulatory Specialist and State Policy Representative monitor local laws and legislative efforts that affect RDNs in South Dakota, such as recent Medicaid reimbursement. The SPR and SRS also plan a state policy event in Pierre each year to promote the RDN to local lawmakers in conjunction with continuing education credits. In addition, these state policy positions, the Consumer Protection Liaison handles reports and concerns related to state licensure as part of the public policy committee.


More information about Legislative Day can be found on the Events & Resources page.

Not sure who your local district legislatures are? Click Here to find them.

Federal Policy

The Public Policy Coordinator and Public Policy Coordinator-Elect, along with the House of Delegates Representative monitor national issues that affect local RDNs such as the Farm Bill (dining programs), diabetes prevention and more. The Public Policy Coordinator coordinate local interactions with congressional delegates as well as travels to Washington, D.C. each year for Public Policy Workshop and meets with our national representative and senators.