Media Coverage

Today's spectrum of nutrition professionals is rich in diversity including: clinical nutritionists, dietitians, health educators, weight loss specialists, health coaches, and many health professionals who use nutrition tools in their practice such as nurse practitioners, chiropractic doctors, naturopathic doctors, acupuncturists, mental health providers, and athletic trainers to name a few. The extent of nutrition training and subsequently, the extent to which nutrition tools are used in practice, varies from profession to profession providing a range of care to meet the wide range of nutrition-related health issues we face today at many points of intervention. However, one subset of this diverse universe of practitioners has sought to legislate sole right for their practitioners to provide all forms of nutrition prevention and treatment. For decades the American Dietetic Association (ADA) has been lobbying federally, and through its state afifiliates, to pass protectionist licensure laws for dietitians. With the public becoming more aware of the importance of nutrition, and embracing the diverse field of nutrition practitioners, in 2012, ADA decided to reinvent its brand with a new name hoping to regain competitive advantage. In 2012, the American Dietetic Association (ADA) formally changed its name to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), but its gameplan hasn't changed.  

 

In recent years, strong opposition has pushed back to block this movement and to advocate for a more diverse and inclusive nutrition profession.  The following media archive tracks the growing movement to protect the high quality and diverse field of nutrition professionals in the United States.

 

SETTING THE STAGE:

 

DOES EXCLUSIVE SCOPE OF PRACTICE LEGISLATION PROMOTE OR PREVENT HEALTH?

 

WHO DOES LICENSURE REALLY PROTECT? 

 

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST? ACADEMY OF NUTRITION AND DIETETICS' CORPORATE ALIGNMENT 

 

THE TIDES OF CHANGE: