• Project Team (2008)

    The following individuals contributed their valuable time and expertise to this project:

    Workgroup Members

    • Melissa Ventura Marra, PhD, RD, Co-Chair
    • Holly McClung, MS, RD, Co-Chair
    • Nancy Munoz, MHA, RD, LDN
    • Leila Saldanha, PhD, RD
    • Abby Sauer, MPH, RD, LD
    • Abigail Schubert, RD, CNSD, LDN

    Project Manager

    • Tami Piemonte, MS, RD, LDN

    Lead Analyst

    • Kyle Thompson, MS, RD, CSG, CD, CNSD

    Evidence Analysts

    • Jennifer Spilotro, MS, RD, LDN
    • Elizabeth Tilak, MS, RD
    • Janet Yarrow, MS, RD
    • Megan Wolfe, MS, RD, CDN

    Association Positions Committee Workgroup Members

    • Andrea Hutchins, PhD, RD
    • Moya Peters, MA, RD

    Academy Staff

    • Deborah Cummins, PhD
    • Kari Kren, MPH, RD
    • Esther Myers, PhD, RD

    Financial Contributors

    • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Disclosures of Potential Conflicts of Interest: In the interest of full disclosure, the Academy has adopted the policy of revealing relationships workgroup members have with companies that sell products or services that are relevant to this topic. Workgroup members are required to disclose potential conflicts of interest by completing the Academy Conflict of Interest Form. It should not be assumed that these financial interests will have an adverse impact on the content, but they are noted here to fully inform readers.

    • Abby Sauer - employed with Abbott Nutrition and shareholder.
    • Abigail Schubert - employed with Hershey Medical Center
  • Project Resources

    The following resources were developed from this project:

    • Academy Position Paper: Nutrient Supplementation  
      Abstract: It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that the best nutrition-based strategy for promoting optimal health and reducing the risk of chronic disease is to wisely choose a wide variety of nutrient-rich foods. Additional nutrients from supplements can help some people meet their nutrition needs as specified by science-based nutrition standards such as the Dietary Reference Intakes. The use of dietary supplements in general, and nutrient supplements in particular, is prevalent and growing in the United States, with about one third of adults using a multivitamin and mineral supplement regularly. Consumers may not be well informed about the safety and efficacy of supplements and some may have difficulty interpreting product labels. The expertise of dietetics practitioners is needed to help educate consumers on the safe and appropriate selection and use of nutrient supplements to optimize health. Dietetics practitioners should position themselves as the first source of information on nutrient supplementation. To accomplish this, they must keep up to date on the efficacy and safety of nutrient supplements and the regulatory issues that affect the use of these products. This position paper aims to increase awareness of the current issues relevant to nutrient supplements and the resources available to assist dietetics practitioners in evaluating the potential benefits and adverse outcomes regarding their use.  J Am Diet Assoc 2009;109:2073-2085  (PDF)
    • Nutrient Supplementation for a Healthy Population: Tips for Choosing and Using Vitamin Supplements - This brochure, designed for the general public, provides tips for choosing and using vitamin, mineral and other nutrient supplements.  Click to order.