The Student Dietetic Association at LSU started in 1981. It is modeled after the Louisiana Dietetic Association (LDA) and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND - formerly American Dietetics Association) to introduce students to the responsibilities and benefits of continuing professional development outside of the classroom and through professional service.
The Student Dietetic Association provides a mechanism for interaction among dietetic and human nutrition students, dissemination of information pertaining to dietetics and human nutrition, improvement of the nutrition of humans, advancement of the sciences of dietetics and human nutrition, promotion of education in these and allied areas, and development of leadership skills.
- To provide opportunities for the development of individuals and group leadership skills
- To provide educational programs related to personal development and the practice of food, nutrition, and dietetics
- To provide a forum for advocating the role of AND, LDA, and the District Dietetic Associations in personal and professional development
- To provide networking opportunities among students