About Us

The National Organization of Blacks in Dietetics and Nutrition (NOBIDAN) is a professional organization of African-American dietetic and nutrition practitioners whose mission is to provide a forum for professional development and support of dietetic, optimal nutrition and well-being for the general public, particularly those of African descent. NOBIDAN has served members for over 50 years as a networking group. In 2008, NOBIDAN became the fourth Member Interest Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

NOBIDAN Theme: UNITY AND STRENGTH

We promote the collaboration and cooperation between members and serve as a reminder that a chain is only as strong as its links. We accomplish this through our 8 principle functions:

  • To lead in the planning, implementation and evaluation of food, nutrition and health service delivery to African-American communities.
  • To promote professional practice, research and educational advancement.
  • To promote cultural competency of NOBIDAN.
  • To strengthen the influence of the Member Interest Group on professional organizations, policy makers, government and other identified entities through coordinated action.
  • To highlight the contributions of member dietetic practitioners with significant contributions to the Association and profession.
  • To support leadership development and promote member service utilization.
  • To identify, mentor and support promising future African-American dietetic practitioners.
  • To maintain a resource directory of NOBIDAN dietetic practitioners and those interested in supporting the Member Interest Group.

NOBIDAN Charter Members /Facilitators

Henrietta Akridge, BS, RD
Beverly Nichols Bryant, EdD, RD, CFCS
Evelyn Burgess, BS, RD**
Wanda Clayton, BS, RD
Icilda Flournory, EdD, RD**
Evelyn Lewis, MS, RD**
Frances Thomas, MS, RD
Clara Woodridge, BS, RD (Deceased)
Sarah M. Wilder, PhD, RD, LD**