Second Century Planning From the Members

The Second Century initiative provides an opportunity for Academy members to explore new ideas and potential collaborations that can inform a new vision and strategy for the Academy. As the Second Century planning process continues, the Academy looks to members to help guide the future direction of the organization and the Foundation.

In an online member survey conducted August 22 to September 2, 1,716 respondents gave feedback on 13 opportunity areas and scope that the Academy identified as potential areas of focus for the future. The results also highlight areas that may not be fully represented in the original 13 areas.

Review these survey results to see where members want to see the Academy go in the coming years.

Opportunity Areas

On a scale of 1 to 5, how important do you believe each of the Opportunity Areas below will be in accelerating progress toward good health and well-being for all people, in the U.S. and globally?

What promising opportunities for innovation and collaboration in food, wellness and health care do you see that are NOT reflected in these Opportunity Areas?

  • 7.0 percent of respondents said there is a need for increased insurance coverage and reimbursement for nutrition services.
  • 5.2 percent said collaboration is needed among medical professionals, chefs, fitness professionals, agricultural organizations, professional associations, governmental agencies and more.
  • 5.0 percent said registered dietitian nutritionists need to be seen as the nutrition experts.
  • 5.0 percent expanded on the opportunity to grow the workforce capacity by emphasizing the need to improve the current educational model for registered dietitian nutritionists by providing additional learning opportunities in behavioral counseling, business, health and wellness communications, and exercise and fitness.
  • 3.6 percent said technology is a crucial opportunity to help advance health and wellness.
  • 3.1 percent saw an opportunity to implement regular nutrition education in the curriculum of schools.

Demographic Data

More than 99 percent of respondents were from the United States. Responses also came from Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Canada, Chile, India, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Qatar and Trinidad and Tobago.