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I’d like to invite your students to learn more about the dietetics major in 4-year higher education institutions in Massachusetts. Universities that will be represented include: Framingham State University, UMass Amherst, Boston University and Simmons University. 

BADD Online Dietetics College Fair

Our aim is to support student success and help increase recruitment and retention of underrepresented individuals within the field of dietetics. On November 1st at 6:00pm Eastern Time we will be hosting an online college fair and admissions/financial aid panel with Q&A, followed by the introduction of our mentoring program to provide those students who want to apply to a dietetics major the opportunity to work with a mentor one-on-one while preparing their college application essay. We will be providing FIVE scholarships to cover the costs of a college application fee (~$75)  to a nutrition and dietetics major if you sign up for the mentoring program by November 3rd. The winners of the five scholarships will be randomly selected by lottery.

Register in advance for this meeting (encouraged):

BADD Member Event: Apple picking and dinner at Belkin Family Lookout Farm, Natick, MA

The BADD Communications & Events Committee will be hosting a fall members event on Saturday, October 23rd at Belkin Family Lookout Farm in Natick, MA! We plan to spend the day picking apples, enjoying a meal at the farm’s outdoor/greenhouse restaurant, and finally re-connecting (or meeting) with one another in person! 

The cost of a picking bag is $20/person if we reserve ahead of time on-line. The meal at the restaurant is a separate charge. There may be an opportunity for BADD to cover one of these costs if we are able to understand how many members plan to join us for this fun event! 

If this outing sounds like something you would like to participate in, as a relaxing way to enjoy the fall season and get to know your fellow BADD-ees a bit better, please RSVP to by Friday Oct. 15th. In your RSVP email, please indicate whether you would like to join for the apple picking, dinner, or both! Please also include your cell phone number for easy communication on event day. 

If you would like to learn more about the farm, please feel free to visit their website:

BADD/Simmons University Sponsored Boston Area Dietetic Intern Class day, November 8, 2021

BADD/Simmons University are sponsoring a class day for area dietetic internship programs on November 8, 2021 from 9:30am to 1:45pm Eastern Standard Time.  This event will be open (with limited capacity) to Boston area students, interns and professionals, and CEUs for credentialed professionals will be offered.  The speaker like up and topics:

1st Session – Kelly Toups: Careers in Cultural Nutrition: Challenges and Ways Forward. (Kelly is the director of Oldways and will center her talk on Eurocentrism of nutrition research, whiteness of our profession, and skills to succeed in the field of community nutrition and cultural nutrition education.)

2nd session – Kristen O’Brien: Reducing Stigma and Increasing Access to Nutritious Foods for Individuals and Families with Low Income Seeking Government Assistance. (The focus of Kristen’s talk will be health disparities among low income individuals and reducing weight stigma in under-resourced communities.)

3rd session – Shennie Quintanilla: Universal Free School Meals – Food Equity and Security for All Children (Shennie will provide a behind the scenes look at how school districts and food service departments manage school meals before, during, and after the pandemic. She will also discuss the impact a long-term government investment of universal school meals would have on the stigma surrounding income status of families who need this nutritional support.)

4th session – Jay Patruno: What’s Currently Being Done Affirming and Inclusive Care for LGBTQIA+ Individuals. Jay will center his work on how nutrition professionals can provide affirming and inclusive care for their LGBTQAI+ clients and patients.

Stay tuned for Zoom/Webinar link to attend.

BADD Scholarship award applications open June 1, 2021

Please visit our scholarship page to access the application and the rubric for application evaluation.  We will be accepting applications for scholarship support through August 31, 2021.

Massachusetts Dietitians Education Foundation (MDEF) Scholarship

If you are interested in applying for a scholarship offered by MDEF, please visit their webpage.  MDEF is offering two general scholarships with one specifically for those who identify with historically excluded groups.  Due date is May 31, 2021.

BADD Cooking Event April 7, 2021

Join BADD as Jay Patruno, RDN, CPT cooks Mofongo!  Event is free to all and the final episode in our National Nutrition Month Cooking Series.  All registrants will be emailed the recipe to cook along.

Meeting recording:

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Register for this event which will be held over Zoom.  6pm-7pm Eastern time.

BADD Matching Event April 5, 2021

For those who were unable to attend our BADD DICAS Matching Event (What’s next if you didn’t match?) the link for the recorded event is here.  (Access code: *i7*d6Ke) If you would like to participate in our second round mentoring opportunity, please complete the form linked here.

BADD Cooking Event March 31, 2021

Join BADD as Sue Ellen Anderson-Haynes, MS, RDN, CDCES, LDN, NASM-CPT cooks Jamaican Jerk Tofu!  Event is free to all and part 2 of our National Nutrition Month Cooking Series.  All registrants will be emailed the recipe to cook along.

Register for this event which will be held over Zoom.  6pm-7pm Eastern time.

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BADD Post-DICAS Match Event April 5, 2021

Join BADD as we host an event for folx who want to participate in the “second round matching”.

When: April 5, 2021

Time: 6:00pm Eastern Time

Where: Click to register for the event on Zoom

Meeting recording:

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BADD Cooking Event March 24, 2021

What a fantastic event to kick off our series of cultural cooking events for National Nutrition Month.  We had about 20 participants for Grace Adeoye cooking Egusi (Nigerian Melon Soup).  For those who were unable to make the event, the link to the video is here.  Enjoy!

Topic: BADD National Nutrition Month Cooking Event Series
Start Time : Mar 24, 2021 05:43 PM

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BADD Cooking Events in Recognition of National Nutrition Month March 24, March 31 & April 7

Please join BADD for a series of cooking events showcasing cuisine from three cultures: Nigerian, Jamaican, Puerto Rican.  You can register for these events to be held over Zoom on Wednesday, March 24, March 31 and April 7.  All events begin at 6pm.

BADD DICAS Event January 27, 2021

Thanks to our Events & Communications Committee for hosting a fabulous event last night.  We  had approximately 40 wonderful participants at our event! For those who could not make it, we have the recording!  Best wishes to all applying for the national match! (Password: %uj9p4Yw)

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