Sponsorship Policy

The Maryland Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (MAND) Sponsorship Policy

The Maryland Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (MAND) is a state affiliate organization of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). MAND welcomes corporate sponsorships that align with our affiliate’s mission and vision, resulting in mutually beneficial relationships and outcomes.

Vision: Optimize the health and well-being of Marylanders through food and nutrition.

Mission: Empower members to be Maryland’s food and Nutrition leaders.

MAND’s focus is to advance the art and science of good nutrition in Maryland. We seek to enhance the knowledge and skills of our members with science-based information, current research, and industry trends in food and nutrition. Upholding scientific integrity and avoiding a conflict of interest (real or perceived) are of utmost importance.

All sponsors must support and promote healthy eating and the expertise of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) and Nutrition and Dietetic Technicians, Registered (NDTRs). A designated portion of the potential sponsor’s product line will be consistent with evidence-based nutrition guidelines.

The MAND Sponsorship Committee includes the President-Elect (chair), Executive Director, CPI Chair-elect, Treasurer and Communications Chair and will review all potential corporate sponsors for approval.

The following checklist will be used to determine if MAND sponsorship is appropriate. Note that all sponsorship proposals will be evaluated by the Sponsorship Committee based on space, need and compliance with the guidelines below.

1. Alignment of the potential sponsor’s mission and vision and product portfolio with the mission and vision of MAND and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

2. Sponsor uses evidence based research and provides scientifically accurate information. All sponsor materials, information, and presentations shared with members are evidence based, preferably with citations. Relevant facts may not be left out of any materials to present an unbalanced view of a controversial issue.

3. Support of the RDN as the nutrition expert.

4. Sponsor strives to provide product options that meet the recommendations outlined in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans as applicable. (http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/default.asp).

5. Follows appropriate disclosure and transparency practices. All sponsor materials, presentations and sponsor relationships are clearly identified to members.

6. Acceptance of sponsorship does not equate to endorsement. MAND will not endorse companies, brands, products or services of any kind. MAND logos may not appear on sponsor products.

7. Marketing strategies targeted to children will meet the Federal Trade Commission
Interagency Work Group proposed guidelines (https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2011/04/interagency-working-group-seeks-input-proposed-voluntary).

8. MAND’s sponsorship policy and interaction with potential sponsors falls within the guiding principles of the Academy’s Corporate Sponsorship program. (http://www.eatrightpro.org/resource/about-us/advertising-and-sponsorship/about-sponsorship/guiding-principles-of-the-academys-corporate-sponsorship-program)

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