Newswise — CHICAGO – Registered dietitian nutritionist Ellen R. Shanley, the dietetics director in the department of allied health sciences at the University of Connecticut’s College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, began her year-long term on June 1 as the 2022-2023 President of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals.
Shanley’s extensive involvement in the Academy includes serving as speaker of the House of Delegates; member of the Ethics Task Force Committee, National Appeals Committee, Alternative Supervised Pathways Workgroup and Futures Summit Planning Committee; and chair of the Professional Development and Education Committee, Nominating Committee, Education Committee and Member Value Committee. Shanley also served as a House of Delegates Finance Committee member and table facilitator, state delegate and chair of many committees of the Connecticut Dietetic Association and was named CDA’s 2005 Outstanding Dietitian. Shanley received the Academy’s 2012 Medallion Award for outstanding service to the organization and profession and the Academy Foundation’s 2005 Award for Excellence in Dietetic Education.
“Developments in recent years including the COVID-19 pandemic have presented many challenges and opportunities,” Shanley said. “In the year to come, the Academy and our members will embrace these opportunities to improve health equity and outcomes. We will be advocates for federal and state legislation that advance our profession and the health of the public; for increased reimbursement for medical nutrition therapy; and for licensure that ensures that nutrition services are provided only by qualified practitioners. We will equip Academy members with leadership skills that support change, and we will promote research that provides the evidence that makes us the go-to experts for nutrition and health practitioners.”
Shanley earned an undergraduate degree from Syracuse University and a master’s in business administration degree from Babson College.
Representing more than 112,000 credentialed nutrition and dietetics practitioners, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the Academy at www.eatright.org.