President's Message

President, 2017-2018

Ruth Frechman, MA, RDN, CPT

Ruth Frechman, CAND President 2017-2018

January 1, 2018

Dear fellow CA Academy members:

Welcome to 2018! The start of the year is a perfect time to reset attitudes, ambitions and goals.

 Start with Gratitude

 As a newbie to yoga, I am learning the importance of gratitude. Being grateful brings a positive energy to thoughts and actions. I am grateful to be a registered dietitian nutritionist by enabling people to change and improve their lives through food and nutrition. I am also grateful for volunteering and being part of the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics by making a difference in our profession.

 Speaking of volunteering, have you thought about donating some time? Ask yourself, “What’s in it for me?” Would you like to gain self-confidence? Develop leadership skills? Many members find that their volunteer work for the CA Academy provides a path for self-improvement. I encourage you to find something you’d love doing and get started.

 Let’s Get Political

 Yes. Really. The New Year means that it will soon be time for our profession’s local, state and national elections. Historically, California has been very near the bottom of the list of states for voter participation. As the largest state affiliate, the CA Academy can do better. Let our voices be heard. Therefore, I am asking everyone to vote, vote, vote. It’s all online now and very easy. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has shortened the voting time to February 1 – 15, so please be mindful of the deadline with your early vote.

 Be Respectful

 Another current issue seen at the national level is dietitians verbally attacking fellow dietitians. As a result, the Academy developed the Pledge of Professional Civility.  We need to respect colleagues, even though we may have different opinions and ideas about issues. Be positive and take the high road, because the rest of the country is watching.

 As your president, I am proud to be a dietitian and I am committed to making progress for our profession. Please do not hesitate to share your ideas and suggestions with me. Let’s grow and prosper together.

 May the New Year bring you oodles of good health, outrageous happiness and fantastic fortune.

Ruth Frechman, President
CA Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics


June 1, 2017

Dear fellow CA Academy members:

It is an honor to represent you as president of the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for the 100th anniversary of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. My nonstop journey as a “professional volunteer” started almost 40 years ago with inspiring words from my late, great mentor Jacqui Saracino. She motivated all of us to make ourselves and our profession the best. I took her words to heart, and here I am today!

Thanks to the ideas and leadership of our past-president, Amy Myrdal Miller, last year’s Executive Board made great strides to improve our state affiliate by implementing online voting, electronic newsletters, a classic new logo and online webinars for CEUs.

This year, to continue the momentum, we will:

  • Create a brand new and improved website to better communicate to members
  • Work closely with our legislators in Sacramento to make our voices heard
  • Expand our spokesperson program to communicate our expertise to the public

Our profession has come a long way during my career, but we still have a long road ahead. In this era of change, we can’t take the continued progress of our profession for granted. We must get involved any way we can with our time and/or donations. We urge you to generously consider a worthy contribution. By supporting our important effort, we can make a difference together!

On behalf of the Executive Board, we look forward to serving you throughout the year. Please reach out to me with your questions or comments.



Ruth Frechman, President
CA Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics