Dietitians attending Food & Nutrition Conference come away with new identity
I just returned from the 2011 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE) of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) where I spent four days attending presentations on the latest research in food and nutrition science, networking with professional colleagues and learning about new products in the marketplace. I have attended every one of these annual gatherings of registered dietitians and other nutrition professionals since 1974 and am always rewarded with cutting edge information and insight.
I am going to share some highlights from this year’s sessions in my next three blogs. One will be devoted to the best new products I discovered on the exhibit floor and another will be about the most interesting nutrition research studies presented. But in this blog I am going to share with you what was for me the biggest news of all.
The president of the American Dietetic Association announced at the Opening Session of FNCE 2011 that the Association was officially changing its name to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics!
The former ADA was founded in 1917 with the mission to help the government conserve food and improve the public’s health and nutrition during World War I. Since that time it has grown to be the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals with 72,000 members working in schools, hospitals, athletic programs, food services, public health centers, grocery stores and many other settings where people eat, make food decisions and need nutrition guidance.
The decision to change the name to the Academy of Nutrition Dietetics (AND) reflects the strong science background of the members since an academy is a society of learned persons organized to advance science. The inclusion of the term nutrition underscores the focus on wellness, prevention and treatment through better food and nutrition choices.
The word dietetics was retained in the new name because it continues to reflect the title of most of the members, whether a Registered Dietitian (RD) or Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR). These titles are earned by meeting and maintaining the standards for certification and credentialing of Commission on Dietetic Registration.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will have the same mission as the former American Dietetic Association, and that is to protect and advance the nutritional well-being of the public. To find out more about the former ADA/new AND, or to find a Registered Dietitian who can help you, go to www.eatright.org.