Suncoast Academy of

Nutrition and Dietetics


The Suncoast Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is a group of nutrition professionals and students helping to promote healthy eating and living in Florida gulf-coast communities. 

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It's Time for Elections! 

SAND Executive Board Nominations 2021-2022


It is time to select the next Executive Board.  Help shape the future of our new organization.  In addition to being a great leadership opportunity, you will network with other leaders, earn CEUs and enjoy a stipend for being on the SAND Board.  

All active and retired active members whose dues are not in arrears will be entitled to hold elected offices.  Officers will take office at the beginning of the fiscal year (October 1) following their election.  Eligible members need to be AND and SAND members. You can also nominate yourself if you think you'd be the perfect fit for a position. Please email or if you or someone you know would be interested.

We are seeking candidates for the following positions:


President Elect


VP Membership

VP Programs

VP Communications

VP Legislation and Advocacy

VP Nominations

2021 Summer Symposium




Where: Via Zoom

When: June 5, 2021

Time: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

CEU: 3 credit hour

12:00 pm: Building Emotional Intelligence for Success at Work and Beyond

- Russell Clayton, PhD in Business 


1:00 pm:  Motivational Interviewing-Crafting the Open Ended Questions

-Larissa Ensign, LCSW


2:00 pm:  Entrepreneurial Leadership Lead yourself to Lead Leaders with 

-Adam K. Lax RDN/LDN and President of RD4U, Inc.

See what we've been up to!

Members enjoyed the National Nutrition Month Symposium that was held on March 7, 2020 in Ft. Myers at the Culinary Solutions at LeeSar. 

The Delicious Menu:

 Mediterranean Flat Bread

Homemade Gnocchi sauteed with Pistachio Pesto, Goat Cheese and Cherry Tomatoes

Strawberry Sorbet


Our First Symposium Event of the Year was held on Feb 1, 2020 at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center in Sarasota. It was a HUGE success and a BIG thank you for those that participated!


Fun was had at the Winter Social on Dec 7th! Look for upcoming events. May everyone have a wonderful Holiday Season!

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SAND's Social Fall Kick Off Event on October 26th was a success! If you haven't joined, its not too late! We are looking forward to a great year with more socials and symposium events!




The Board of Directors of the Suncoast Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics are pleased to announce the start of the 2019-2020 term! The board is looking forward to continued growth of the organization this year. A BIG thank you goes out to last year’s board members for all the hard work they put in.


Why should you join? Check out all the benefits below:


  • Complimentary and discounted CPEU credits

  • Discounted or free admission to SAND events

  • Multiple social and networking opportunities

  • Job posting notifications

  • Community service events

  • Access to membership directory

  • Free food


What do we have in the works this year?

  • Symposium events offered throughout the region so all of our members will be able to attend at least 1 event

  • Additional smaller social networking opportunities in each local region

  • Community service outreach opportunities


Requirements to join:

  • Active membership with the national Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

  • Complete the membership form located one the SAND website. Check out the link below.

  • Pay annual fee ($15 students/retired, $30 all other) via PayPal


We encourage all local dietitians; past, present and future, to join SAND this year.


Please be on the lookout for details on our first events, which will be held this fall in both the Tampa and Southwest Florida areas.


Please allow time for a confirmation email to be sent once you complete the membership form and submit payment. Questions? Contact via email anytime!

  • Please indicate if you would like to be involved in board activities when you fill out the application form.

SAND is now on Instagram! Check for upcoming photos and events for our new membership year October 2019-September 2020


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Posts are coming soon
Stay tuned...


The Suncoast Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (SAND) is an organization of registered dietitians and dietetic technicians registered who serve the counties of Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando, Citrus, and Sumter. We have more than 100 enrolled members. The mission of our association is to serve the public through the promotion of optimal nutrition, health and well-being. We are an affiliate of the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.