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Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors (NDEP) -- Same name, even greater commitment

NDEP’s mission is to advocate for and empower educators to lead the profession of nutrition and dietetics.  As a result of their mission, the goals of NDEP are: to recognize educators and preceptors as leaders of the profession, support and advance nutrition and dietetic education programs, and support the purposes and goals of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  NDEP consists of over 1,100 educator and preceptor members with a decision-making body composed of 13 elected members and four appointed members known as the NDEP Council.  NDEP represents the large group of educators and preceptors to ACEND, CDR, Council on Future Practice, Board of Directors and other entities within and outside of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


2015 Spring Area Meetings

Online Registration is available!  As meeting registration opens, the website will be updated.  Please click on the link to obtain online registration instructions. 

NOTE: A cancellation fee of 20% of the registration cost will be applied to any refund requests. 

Online Registration Information

Area 1 – March 15th –17th - Location: Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, CA

Hotel: $241.57/night plus tax for a single room or $156.96/night plus tax for a double room. Hotel cost includes three meals per day and tourism and facility fees. Please click on the following link to book a room at Asilomar: https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_ei_new&eventID=12522214

Area 2/5 – March 26-27 - Location: Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota

Hotel: Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Hotel, 3800 American Blvd, Bloomington, MN - $149/night plus tax (currently 14.28%). For reservations, please call 952-854-2100 and state you are attending the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics NDEP meeting for the group rate. Hotel parking and wifi access are complimentary. Registration information to follow.

Meeting Agenda

Area 3/4 – May 1st – May 2nd   Location: Denver, Colorado

Hotel: Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel – 1550 Court Place, Denver, CO - $159/night plus tax (currently 14.85%). To make a reservation, please call 303-893-3333 and state that you are attending the NDEP Area 3/4 Meeting. Registration information to follow.

Meeting Agenda

Area 6/7 – April 9th – April 10th  Location: State College, Pennsylvania

Hotel: The Penn State Conference Center Hotel - $119/night plus tax (currently 8.5%). Hotel shuttle to and from the airport and downtown State College, wifi access, and parking are complimentary.

Additional Information: It is highly recommend to make your travel plans early -- especially if you plan to fly to the meeting. Meeting website link: http://sites.psu.edu/ndeparea6and7/

Please note that the webpage will be a work in progress. Information will be added as it becomes available.


2014-2015 NDEP Council Members


NDEP Geographic Areas:





Area 5:  IN,IL,KY, OH,TN,WV

Area 6:  MD,NC,VA,DE,PA

Area 7:  NJ,NYC,NY,ME,RI,MA,VT,CT,NH, International Members


2015 Outstanding Preceptor Awards

Nominations are due by March 2nd - Nominate today!  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PreceptorAwardNomination

Winners will be announced on April 1st at the beginning of National Preceptor Month!!


2015 Outstanding Dietetic Educator Awards

The purpose of the Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award (ODEA) program is to recognize the teaching, mentoring, and leadership activities of faculty in ACEND-accredited dietetics education programs.  Preceptors are not eligible for this award as there is an annually Outstanding Preceptor Award given. Active NDEP Council Members and previous ODEA winners are not eligible for the award.  Nominations are due each year in January with the winner picked in late February.  All award winners are presented with their certificate at the NDEP spring area meetings.   


New!  Coding and Billing Handbook: A Guide for Program Directors and Preceptors

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Coding and Coverage Committee is proud to announce that the Coding and Billing Handbook: A Guide for Program Directors and Preceptors is now available and ready for use with dietetic interns.  

Reviewed and tested by educators, preceptors and dietetic interns, the Handbook, serves as a tool to:

  • Help supervised practice programs meet the DI/CP Standard: Participate in coding and billing of dietetic/nutrition services to obtain reimbursement for services from public and private insurers.

  • Provide foundation knowledge and basic terms for coding and billing for nutrition services, sample case studies, and recommended resources for use with dietetic interns  

  • Potentially  help RDNs new to coding and billing for MNT services to set up and implement processes in both health care facilities and private practice.

This tool (free to Academy members, $40 for non-members) includes vocabulary, sample case studies, recommended resources and other materials for use in supervised practice programs to help interns achieve competency in coding and billing for nutrition services.  The content may also help RDNs new to coding and billing for MNT services to set up and implement processes in both health care facilities and private practice.

Download your copy today at www.eatright.org/shop  and search Coding and Billing Handbook.  



NDEP Portal and EML

This online portal is a communication and networking tool for the members of the Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors (NDEP) Group.  The portal includes a message board, an electronic mailing list (EML), a resource library and calendars for all NDEP events.  Once becoming a member of the NDEP group, you are automatically a member of the portal.  There is no need to sign up!  You can visit the portal at http://ndep.webauthor.com to access all the features of the portal! 

Your user name and password are the same as your member ID and password that you use to log into the Academy’s eatright.org website.  If you do not remember your Academy user name and log in, please call Member Services at 800-877-1600 ext. 5000 and ask for your Academy user name and log in.   

This portal will be the main communication system between the NDEP leadership and the members through email blasts and messages. 

The old EML through the VA (VHALIT-DEP-L@www.LISTSERV.VA.GOV) is no longer in use.  You can use the EML by logging into the portal or by emailing ndep@ndep.webauthor.com.  You can, as an NDEP member, opt out or change settings of the EML by updating your settings under my profile once you have logged into the portal.  You can update your settings to receive "Real Time," "Daily Digest," or "No" EML messages. 

 If you have any questions regarding the EML please contact Ruth Johnston at johnstonruth@att.net or ndep@eatright.org


Below is a link to download the handout from Donald Balasa, JD, MBA, regarding National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and CDR, which was provided at the NDEP members meeting at FNCE on October 7, 2013.

NCCA Requirements and Legal Issues


NDEP Job Descriptions

NDEP Council Members 2013-2014



PPW Social Media Article


Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Resource

What is the House of Delegates and why should I care about it?

  • Have you heard this question from students, members or non-members?
  • Have you ever wondered this very thing yourself?

If you answered "yes" to either of these questions, then check out the newest AND resource. "AND's House of Delegates--What's IT All About?" is a 10-minute video designed to increase awareness and understanding of this important branch of the AND organization. The video provides an overview of the House of Delegates (HOD), its composition, functions, frequency of meeting, what happens during a HOD meeting and the outcome of a meeting. It is perfect for use in a classroom, district or affiliate meeting, DPG meeting or staff meeting to unravel mysteries of the HOD and how members can have their voices heard.

If you have any questions related to the House of Delegates (HOD), please contact Harold Holler at hholler@eatright.org or 800/877-1600, ext. 4896.