Serving 23 Counties in Pennsylvania

Your local connection to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The Central Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the Central Pennsylvania Dietetic Association) is your local advocate of the dietetic profession serving the public through the promotion of optimal nutrition, health and well being. We strive to lead the future of dietetics. Get involved today!

CPAND is now offering a mentoring program!

This program is aimed at connecting students in the field of nutrition and dietetics to practiced and experienced RDs! This free opportunity allows our student members to connect to Registered Dietitians that have been working in the field on a professional level.

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Membership Spotlight!

Congrats to CPAND's Scholarship Recipients!

Meet Andrea Gamber, our Practitioner Scholarship Winner
A graduate from Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA, I received a bachelor of science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics in the Spring of 2013. I pursued a Dietetic Internship in the Fall of 2013 with the Sodexo, Allentown Dietetic Internship Program and completed my clinical training at St. Joseph Medical Center. After internship graduation, I covered a maternity leave at St. Joe’s working as an Inpatient and Outpatient Dietitian and in October of the same year I passed my Registration Examination and obtained my license to practice as a Dietitian in the state of Pennsylvania. In January 2015, I began my first job as a School Dietitian with The Nutrition Group, a food service management company, in the Central Dauphin School District. I eventually found my way back to St. Joe’s to cover another maternity leave, this time in Diabetes Management Services. I currently remain employed part-time with Penn State Health St. Joe’s as a Clinical Dietitian in the Inpatient and Outpatient settings. I am also a Research Dietitian for Penn State Hershey College of Medicine, working directly on a study involving a dietary intervention for Bipolar Disorder. Nutrition counseling is the part of my jobs that I enjoy the most and I was privileged to use CPAND's scholarship gift to attend the Adult Weight Management Certificate Program in Pittsburgh, PA on May 13th-15th, 2016. At the program, I improved my motivational interviewing skills and learned new counseling techniques, which I implemented with my patients upon returning! I also received the most recent, evidenced based information regarding weight management. Upon completion of the post-exam, I will receive a Certificate in Adult Weight Management and 35 CEUs and I want to thank CPAND for making this possible!

Meet Kathleen Hahn, our Student Scholarship Winner
I was born and raised in rural Lancaster County, married my high school sweetheart, and we currently live in Harrisburg, Pa. I discovered first-hand the importance of paying attention to daily food intake through having to make adjustments in my diet to address potential health issues. This sparked my desire to learn more about nutrition and put me on my current career path. I just completed my bachelor's degree in nutrition and dietetics at Messiah College and will be putting the scholarship money towards the dietetic internship at Geisinger Medical Center. I hope to spend the summer re-reading a few of my favorite books such as Jane Eyre, traveling in the camper van my husband is converting, and enjoying time outdoors before diving into the dietetic internship at Geisinger in August.

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Current Events

CPAND is constantly offering new, fun ways to earn continuing education, network with other nutrition professionals and explore Central PA!

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PAND on Mandated Child Abuse Continuing Education

Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse: Mandated and Permissive Reporting in Pennsylvania Online Training

WHO: For both those seeking an initial PA professional license in a mandated reporter category as well as existing licensees, this course meets the Title 31 training requirement;

WHAT: 3-hr, no-cost, on-line, on-demand training for "Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse, Mandated and Permissive Reporting in Pennsylvania," offered via ;

The training is made possible with funding from the Children’s Justice Act via the cooperative efforts of the:

•University of Pittsburgh (School of Social Work, The Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center at );

[If you have any technical difficulties with the course you can contact ];

•Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Office of Children, Youth and Families; and

•Pennsylvania Children and Youth Administrators