CAND boasts being the oldest dietetic association in the world, having met for the first time on October 27, 1916 making it one year older than the Academy.

In 1919 the name was changed to the Chicago Dietetic Association and its membership was opened to women of the profession outside of the hospital field. The organization began publishing quarterly bulletins in 1924; a tool believed to be fore-runner of the ANK Journal which appeared in 1925.

One of the greatest accomplishments of CAND (in cooperation with members of South Suburban Dietetic Association) has been the creation of the Manual of Clinical Dietetics, written and regularly revised during the 1980s and 1990s. Physicians and dietitians alike came to rely on this wealth of knowledge and over the years it evolved into the gold standard of dietetic practice.

Our name was changed once more in 2013 to the Chicago Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the organization continues as advocate for the Registered Dietitian. Our members represent a wide variety

of practice areas and the association is committed to lobbying for the purpose of including the Registered Dietitian as the Nutrition Expert in all legislative areas. Our organization proudly remains committed to providing education, networking, advocacy and publishing opportunities for each of our members.

-Marie Ross, Past President


Why become a CAND Member?

Our committee work and member meetings are not only innovative but also help you as the professional stay up to date with the world of Nutrition. As an organization, we help raise awareness of the Registered Dietitian as the nutrition expert in the community.

Our Mission Statement
Empower members to be the nation’s food and nutrition leaders. 

Our Vision 
Optimize the nation’s health through food and nutrition. 

Become a member now by clicking here