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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:

  • Culture Plates:

For RDs and Consumers:

VNDPG's Diversity Team is excited to launch Culture Cuisine Plates! As part of the Academy's Diversity Grant, we reached out to authors and reviewers and were able to create handouts for four different cultures and cuisines.

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  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Vegetarian Diets:

For RDs:

This RD Resource explains the types and functions of omega-3 fatty acids, chronic disease risk, provides evidence-based recommendations for ALA, supplements, and more.

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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Value of VN Membership

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

VN Research Grant!

The purpose of the Vegetarian Nutrition Research Grant is to recognize an individual for innovative research related to plant-based nutrition. One award of $10,000 at least every two (2) years or as the budget allows.

VN DPG is pleased to report that a $10,000 Research Grant has been awarded to Dr. Roman Pawlak from East Carolina University. His research is entitled "Assessment of Telomere Length in Offspring of Vegan and Non-Vegetarian Mothers."

How to Join VN Today!

Existing Academy Members:  

  • Go to 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