Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition - A dietetic practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics


SCAN, a Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, is leading the future of dietetics by promoting healthy, active lifestyles through excellence in dietetics practices in sports, cardiovascular, and wellness nutrition, and the prevention and treatment of disordered eating. SCAN's membership exceeds 7,000 influential practitioners, educators, managers, researchers, and students.
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SCAN is a proud partner with the following organizations:


Academy of Eating Disorders (AED)

The Academy for Eating Disorders is a global professional association committed to leadership in eating disorders research, education, treatment, and prevention.

Their objectives are to:

  • Promote the effective treatment and care of patients with eating disorders and associated disorders
  • Develop and advance initiatives for the prevention of eating disorders
  • Disseminate knowledge regarding eating disorders to members of the Academy, other professionals and the general public
  • Stimulate and support research in the field
  • Promote multidisciplinary expertise within the Academy's membership
  • Advocate for the field on behalf of patients, the public and eating disorder professionals
  • Assist in the development of guidelines for training, practice, and professional conduct within the field
  • identify and reward outstanding achievement and service in the field


American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR)

AACVPR is a multidisciplinary professional association comprised of health professionals who serve in the field of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. Members include: cardiovascular and pulmonary physicians, nurses, exercise physiologists, physical therapists, behavioral scientists, respiratory therapists, dieticians and nutritionists. We are committed to the continued professional development of our members through networking and educational opportunities.


National Lipid Association (NLA)

The mission of the National Lipid Association (NLA) is to enhance the practice of lipid management in clinical medicine. Many SCAN members belong to the Nutrition Interest Group of the National Lipid Association.

Two goals of the NLA are:

  • Multidisciplinary Approach: The NLA will strive to provide professional activities that serve the members of the NLA.  All related health professionals will be able to join, train, and be represented to the scope of their practice.
  • Cooperation: The NLA will be supportive of other organizations with common purposes and values and will seek active collaborations with such organizations.

The NLA offers a professional development pathway with training opportunities ranging from basic to advanced educational programs. Certification programs for Registered Dietitians and other allied health professionals to validate their competency in clinical lipidology are available through the Accreditation Council of Clinical Lipidology. (

The Accreditation Council for Clinical Lipidology (ACCL) is an independent certifying organization that has developed standards and an examination in the field of Clinical Lipidology for the growing number of health care professionals, including non-physicians, primary care and paraprofessionals who are involved in lipid management.


President’s Council on Physical Activity and Health

The mission of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN) is to engage, educate and empower all Americans across the lifespan to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition. By engaging in this partnership, SCAN joins the PCFSN in promoting health, physical activity, fitness, and enjoyment for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities through participation in physical activity and sports and the consumption of a nutritious diet.


The America College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

The American College of Sports Medicine is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world.  More than 50,000 international, national and regional members and certified professionals are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.  ASCM is an association of professionals who share the commitment to explore the role of medicine and exercise in creating a healthier society.  Founded in 1954, ACSM remains committed to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of sports-related injuries and the promotion of physical activity

Members are classified into three categories:

  • MEDICINE: Members typically hold an M.D., D.O. or Ph.D.  They practice medicine in hospitals, sports medicine clinics and medical schools or on the sidelines. 
  • BASIC and APPLIED SCIENCES: Includes exercise physiologists, exercise program directors and biochemists.  Members work in colleges and universities or in institutions such as NASA, the United States Military and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among many others.
  • EDUCATION and ALLIED HEALTH: Physical health teachers, nurses, athletic trainers and physical therapists fit this category, typically in higher education or a clinical setting.

Across the spectrum from research to clinical practice to public education and advocacy, ACSM leads the way in sports medicine and exercise science. The College promulgates research findings in its journals such as Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® and in conferences with global impact.  ACSM advocacy has helped pass state laws governing concussion in youth sports and promote prevention through healthy lifestyles as a public health priority in the U.S. and internationally. ACSM members serve as expert sources for print, broadcast and online media.


National Physical Activity Plan (NPAC)

The National Physical Activity Plan is a comprehensive set of policies, programs, and initiatives that aim to increase physical activity in all segments of the American population. The Plan is the product of a private-public sector collaborative. Hundreds of organizations are working together to change our communities in ways that will enable every American to be sufficiently physically active. You can learn about the plan and ways to get involved by visiting their website at


Youth Sports Safety and Alliance Working Group

The National Action Plan for Sports Safety has been created to bring to light the benefits and potential risks to student athletes while playing sports. The United States promotes physical activity and fitness, and youth sports are an essential element in that effort.
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Joint Commission on Sports Medicine and Science

SCAN is among the member organizations comprising the Joint Commission on Sports Medicine and Science (JCSMS). JCSMS is committed to advancing the sports medicine profession and does so by acting as a convener and catalyst for cooperative ventures among sports health societies. At an annual forum hosted by JCSMS, representatives from member sports societies meet to share what they are doing, learn what others are doing, and debate issues that affect the future of the sports medicine profession. 


National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA)

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) is the professional membership association for certified athletic trainers and others who support the athletic training profession. Founded in 1950, the NATA has grown to more than 35,000 members worldwide today. The majority of certified athletic trainers choose to be members of the NATA – to support their profession, and to receive a broad array of membership benefits. 


National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

The National Collegiate Athletic Association and Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition organization are partnering to provide nutrition information on the topic of health and safety for collegiate athletes, coaches, administrators and others through the development of Fact Sheets, Articles and Webinars. Resources will be added and updated on a continual basis.
 About the NCAA Sport Science Institute
The NCAA Sport Science Institute (SSI) is led by Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Brian Hainline, the NCAA Sport Science Institute's mission is to promote and develop safety, excellence and wellness in college student-athletes, and to foster life-long physical and mental development.


National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)

The National Strength and Conditioning Association was founded in 1978 and its mission is: “As the worldwide authority on strength and conditioning, we support and disseminate research-based knowledge and its practical application to improve athletic performance and fitness.” The NSCA has over 26,000 members and over 40,000 certificants worldwide.