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Why The Vegetarian Nutrition DPG

  • The Vegetarian Nutrition DPG is the authority on evidence-based plant-based nutrition.
  • VN DPG’s vision is to optimize global health and well-being by:
    • Creating and disseminating plant-based nutrition education materials
    • Supporting cutting edge research
    • Advocating for influential public policy

Vegetarian Nutrition Resources For All:

    • Soy Safety and Health Effects of Isoflavones:  
For Consumers:
Be sure to read the newly updated “Soy Safety and Health Effect of Isoflavones” RD Resource for Consumers! Use this to help consumers and clients understand what isoflavones are, need-to-know information about the association between soy and heart health, thyroid function, bone health, breast cancer, and more.

    • Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Vegetarian Diets: 
For Consumers:
Check out the brand new “Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Vegetarian Diets” RD Resource for Consumers! This consumer-friendly resource explains what omega-3 fatty acids are, the types of fatty acids, the relationship between omega-3s and disease, and more. It also includes omega-3 intake recommendations and plant-based sources of ALA.

    • Plant-Based Diets to Combat Climate Change: 
For Consumers:
Check out the newly updated “Plant-Based Diets to Combat Climate Change and to Protect Planetary Health” RD Resource for Consumers! This consumer-friendly resource explains how the modern food systems negatively impact human health and the environment, information about planetary health and boundaries, and more. It also includes tasty plant-based meal options and other sustainability tips!


Value of VN Membership

State Coordinator Programs
Vegetarian Nutrition Newsletter
Speaker Bureau
State Coordinator Programs
Research Grant

VN Upcoming Webinars

Webinar: Food and Sustainability - What We Can Learn from Earth’s ‘Planetary Boundaries’
Collaboration: Hunger & Environmental  Nutrition (HEN) DPG
Date: Thursday, October 28, 2020

Time: 10:00 a.m. PT | 11:00 a.m. MT | 12:00 p.m. CT |  1:00 p.m. ET 
Speaker: Isaac Emery, Ph.D.
1 CEU (pending approval)
Cost: FREE for Members!
Register TODAY: 

December Webinar:
Eat for the Climate: The Food and Environment Connection (not yet confirmed)

January Webinar:
Cultural Diversity & Plant-Based Eating

Collaboration: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) MIG
Speaker: Sherene Chou, MS, RDN

February Webinars:
Plant-Based Milks During Childhood
Speaker: Karla Moreno, MDA RD LD

Eating Disorders and Veganism 

March Webinars:
Diabetes Management & Plant-Based Eating
Collaboration: Diabetes DPG
Speaker: Meghan Jardine, MBA MS LD CDE

Omega 3’s
Speaker: Jack Norris, RD

March Webinar:
Vitamin B12
Jack Norris, RD

How to Join VN Today!

Existing Academy Members:  

  • Go to the the Academy website:
  • In the upper right, click on the orange, "Sign In" button.
  • Enter your Member ID/Username and Password and click on the Login button
  • Click on the "My Academy" button in the upper right.
  • Scroll down to the section "Membership Information"
  • Select "add groups" and follow the prompts to select VN.

New Academy Members:

  • Go the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website:
  • In the upper right, click on the orange, "Sign In" button.
  • Complete the online application. As part of the process, you will be able to choose membership in one or more Dietetic Practice Groups (DPGs). To join VN, click on the box next to Vegetarian Nutrition.
  • If you have any trouble signing up for the VN DPG, email