AODA stands for American Overseas Dietetic Association and is the international affiliation of the American Dietetic Association (ADA). Personally, I didn't know about AODA until I went to work abroad. As a foreign dietitian in the US, I wanted to connect with other colleagues that were in a similar situation, explore how the dietetic profession was in other countries and search for network opportunities. So, when I became an ADA member, it was AODA the affiliate of choice.
AODA nucleates ADA members living outside the US. It has more than 700 members from 70 countries. Most of the countries in AODA are represented by Country Representatives (CR). I am a CR for Argentina along with Lic. Cecilia Morales. Our functions are mainly to provide information about food and nutrition issues in our country and act liaisons for the AODA and ADA.
Many professional growth opportunities opened since I became an AODA/ADA member. I got to know wonderful people from other nations, I learned about different cultures and how our profession is abroad. I think we all share similar goals and our differences make us strong!
If you want to learn more about AODA, check out its web site: www.eatrightoverseas.org, where you will find information about becoming a member, benefits, leadership opportunities and many other things. Or, you can contact AODA-Argentina: CR_argentina@eatright.org
Global dietitians is a fun place to share and network between for food and nutrition professionals from around the world. Made for dietitians by dietitians.