SCAND's Mission, Vision and Principles

Mission: To positively impact the health and well-being of South Carolinians through food and nutrition.

Vision: A state where all people thrive through the transformative power of food and nutrition.


  • To have a state-wide impact in eliminating all forms of malnutrition and food insecurity
  • Collaborate to solve our state’s food and nutrition challenges
  • Expand work force capacity and capability of food and nutrition professionals
  • Focus on state-wide improvements across the food well-being and health care sectors
  • Highest level of integrity and commitment to excellence among dietetic professionals.


SCAND Strategic Plan
approved 7/13/2021

Click here to download a PDF of the Strategic Plan.


SC Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic Objectives/Focused Goals

Prevention and Well-being


Goal 1 Develop and advocate for nutrition policies that support prevention and well-being initiatives


  • Increase equitable access to nutrition and lifestyle services
  • Promote nutrition choices that reduce the prevalence of diet-related chronic diseases
  • Reduce all forms of malnutrition
  • Improve health literacy and nutrition related behavior change
  • Increase the accessibility and marketability of the dietetic profession.

Health Care and Health Systems


Goal 2:  Integrate and elevate the role of nutrition care in health systems

  • Identify and treat all forms of malnutrition
  • Expand and leverage data to demonstrate effectiveness of dietetic and nutrition interventions
  • Improve health equity through access to medical nutrition therapy services
  • Expand capacity, capability and diversity  of food and nutrition professionals in the workforce
  • Support outcome based reimbursement to promote the value of nutrition professionals
  • Advocate for improved reimbursement for nutrition services among stakeholders in the state of South Carolina

Food and Nutrition Safety and Security


Goal 3: Champion legislation, regulations and programs that increase food and nutrition security

  • Increase equitable access to and utilization of safe nutritious food and water
  • Advance and maintain sustainable resilient  food systems
  • Leverage innovations in the reduction of food waste and loss
  • Advocate for federal, state and local funded nutrition programs


Diversity and Inclusion


Goal 4: Cultivate organizational and professional values of equity, respect, civility and anti-discrimination.


  • Increase recruitment, retention and completion of nutrition and dietetics education and leadership at all levels for underrepresented groups.
  • Establish infrastructure and resources to achieve optimal and sustainable outcomes for inclusion, diversity, equity and access (IDEA) in South Carolina.
  • Advance food and nutrition research, policy and practices through a diverse and inclusive lens.