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

Meet McKenna Welshans, CPAND's 2017 Scholarship Recipient!

I am a senior double major in Nutrition & Dietetics and Exercise Science at Messiah College
and am enrolled in Messiah’s Dietetic Internship for the 2017-2018 school year. I plan to put the scholarship money toward paying for that program. I have been a CPAND member for 2 months.

When I was 11, both my mom and my grandfather were diagnosed with cancer within 8 months of each other. During this time, my parents and grandparents did a lot of research on various diets—looking for ways to cure cancer through nutrition. This experience whetted my interest in the way food interacts with our bodies on both a biological and psychological level, and my passion for understanding the human body through the lens of nutrition and exercise only grew from there.

Ultimately, I’d love to run a multi-faceted business centered around inspiring others to pursue health and wellness in their lives through the avenues of nutrition and exercise. I currently own a small horse business where I teach students how to ride and care for horses, so if I can incorporate all of these passions into one, that would be my ideal goal.

Thank you, CPAND, for such a great opportunity. This scholarship is a big help for me as I work to fund the internship. I look forward to serving this community in the future as a Registered Dietitian.

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