Food as Medicine — Practical Applications for Registered Dietitians Across Practice Settings

A 2021 Pre-FNCE® Symposium

Food as Medicine is based on the science of connecting food to improved health, and a reaffirmation that food and nutrition play a role in sustaining health, preventing disease, and as a therapy for those with conditions or in situations responsive to changes in their diet. Consumers’ growing interest in the connection between food and health is now mainstream, with one in four individuals actively seeking health benefits from food. As trusted allies in promoting food, nutrition education, and access through practical solutions that are grounded in science and credible research, RDNs are natural leaders of this movement. "Food Becomes Medicine in the Continuum of Health" was identified as a future change driver in the Academy’s 2017 Visioning Report, and RDNs have built on this momentum through the creation and implementation of innovative Food as Medicine programs. This session will highlight how RDN-led Food as Medicine initiatives that encourage health and well-being, manage and treat disease, improve nutrition security, and promote food safety are associated with improved health outcomes and reduced health care usage and cost.

Support for this symposium was funded through a grant from Walmart.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the scope of Food as Medicine as defined by the Academy
  • Identify the consumer drivers of the Food as Medicine movement
  • Apply Food as Medicine principles within your practice

Performance Indicators

  • 12.1.3 Collaborates with community partners and stakeholders in promoting health and disease prevention
  • 12.3.4 Collaborates with community partners to design programs.
  • 7.4.6 Analyzes data to identify trends and improvements and to determine cost-effectiveness of nutrition-related clinical care, or to support the delivery of health, food and nutrition services


  • Susan Borra, RDN, Former (retired) Chief Health and Wellness Officer/Former (retired) Executive Director, FMI – The Food Industry Association and FMI Foundation (Moderator)
  • Allison Yoder, MA, RDN, LD, Nutrition in Food Retail Program Development Fellow, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation
  • Krystal Register, MS, RDN, LDN, Director, Health & Well-being, FMI – The Food Industry Association
  • Amaris Noguera-Bradley, MPH, RD, Vice President, Eat Well Global

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Please note: The webinar begins at the 6:13 mark.