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 Kristen Allen, CPAND's 2019 Scholarship Recipient!

My name is Kristen Allen, and I have been a Clinical Dietitian working in Harrisburg, PA and the surrounding areas for almost 2 years. I graduated from Penn State in 2015 (We Are!) then went on to complete my dietetic internship at Geisinger Health System in 2017. It was during my internship that I discovered a strong interest in nutrition support and pediatrics. I am currently working on obtaining my CNSC, looking into beginning a Master’s program within the next few years, and clocking hours shadowing and training with our excellent pediatric dietitians in the Level 3 NICU at my workplace. Aside from my career goals, I enjoy running and have an extensive background in art. I am so grateful for the opportunity of this scholarship and I plan to use the awarded funds to attend the ASPEN 2020 Nutrition Science and Practice Conference in Tampa, FL. I’m so excited for this opportunity and thankful for what this field has to offer! -Kristen Allen, RDN, LDN

Student Scholarship Recipient!

Meet Casie Stief!

I am a senior Nutrition and Dietetic student at Messiah college, and am enrolled in Messiah College’s dietetic internship for fall 2019.
After being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age eleven, my mission was to find a way to use my experiences in a positive way.
Although my end goal is to work in a pediatric endocrinology with children with Type 1 Diabetes, over the past few years, my eyes have been open to working with those who are food insecure. After a summer as an intern at WIC in Lancaster County and a semester of diving into Community nutrition, I am excited about attending an internship that has a focus on food insecurity.
I am very grateful for this scholarship and how it will help me pursue my dream of becoming a Registered Dietitian through the dietetic internship. Thank you!

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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