To join BAD, complete the online application below and pay your dues via PayPal. Or, if you prefer to join by mail, please complete this
here for PDF format) and mail it with your check to the address on the application.
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Mission Statement: The California Dietetic Association, Bay Area District, is the advocate of the dietetic profession, serving the public through the promotion of
optimal nutrition, health and well-being.
What is BAD? With nearly 300 members and still growing, the Bay Area Dietetic Association is one of the 10 district associations affiliated with the California
Dietetic Association. The Bay Area district includes: Alameda, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, San Francisco, and Sonoma.
BAD Members Approximately 68 percent of BAD's members are active registered dietitians and 22 percent are associates/students.
Members include clinical and community dietetics professionals, consultants, food service managers, educators, researchers, dietetic technicians and students.
BAD members represent a range of practice areas and interests including public health; sports nutrition; medical nutrition therapy; diet counseling,
cholesterol reduction, diabetes, heart and kidney disease; vegetarianism; food service management in business, hospitals, restaurants, long-term care facilities
and education systems; education of other health-care professionals; and scientific research.
What is a Registered Dietitian?*
A registered dietitian is a highly trained food and nutrition expert who has met minimum academic and professional requirements, including:
Bachelor's degree with course work approved by Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education.
Coursework typically includes food and nutrition sciences, foodservice systems management, business, economics, computer science, sociology, biochemistry, physiology,
microbiology and chemistry.
Complete an accredited, supervised, six- to 12-month experiential practice program at a health care facility, community agency or foodservice corporation.
Pass a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
Complete continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.
Some RDs hold additional certifications in specialized areas of practice, such as pediatric or renal nutrition, nutrition support and diabetes education. Most
registered dietitians work at hospitals and medical centers, private practice or other health care facilities. Many work in community and public health settings,
academia and research. A growing number work with food and nutrition industry and business, journalism, sports nutrition, corporate wellness
programs and in other nontraditional settings. Nearly half of all Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics members hold advanced academic degrees.
What is a Dietetic Technician, Registered?*
Dietetic technicians, registered, often working in partnership with registered dietitians, screen, evaluate and educate patients; manage and prevent diseases such as diabetes and
obesity and monitor the progress of a patient or client. DTRs work in settings such as hospitals and clinics, extended-care facilities, home health care programs, schools, day-care
centers, correctional facilities, restaurants, food companies, foodservice providers, public health agencies, government and community programs such as WIC and Meals on Wheels, health
clubs, weight management clinics and community wellness centers. DTRs must complete at least a two-year associate's degree in an approved dietetics technology program from an
accredited U.S. college or university. DTRs also must have supervised practice experience in community programs, health care and food service facilities. They must pass a nationwide
examination and continuing education courses throughout their careers.
*Adapted from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP :: All members are welcome to participate!
BAD's board members invite you to help advance our mission and goals. Below we have listed a description of each area in which
BAD operates. Your participation in one or more of the BAD
activities is encouraged and welcomed:
AUDIT Perform a yearly audit of the association’s financial record.
BUDGET Plan the yearly budget for the association.
COMMUNITY NUTRITION Respond to requests from the community for
BAD professional’s participation in local events and represents members’ interest in community nutrition and the community at-large.
NOMINATING Recruit members for leadership and volunteer positions and facilitates nominations for CDA and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Awards.
PROGRAM PLANNING Plan continuing education events for
PUBLIC POLICY Represent the organization’s interest in legislation and public policy issues.
MEMBER BENEFITS Join our dynamic and growing professional association. The many benefits of membership include:
Members have access to the complete BAD directory; archives of The Bayleaf Newsletter; and special updates for current
BAD members only
Participate in the BAD Listserv, an electronic discussion group for dietetic professionals in the Bay Area to enhance member communication
Weekday and weekend continuing professional education events
Social events focused on networking with other dietitians
Access to local job opportunities through the BAD Website and weekly Emails
Opportunity to market and sell your nutrition products at the local
Subscription to The Bayleaf - a bimonthly district newsletter that highlights district and statewide professional events, community based events, reviews of
current nutrition topics, and opportunities for involvement
Opportunity to volunteer at the district or statewide level
Opportunity to be a professional mentor or mentee
Email updates on current legislative issues, local events and areas of interest
MEMBER SERVICES Speakers Bureau: If you are looking for a speaker or you want to be a speaker please contact our
Marketing Chair for more information.
Mid-Career Mentoring Program: BAD offers you the opportunity to participate in our mid-career mentoring program either as a mentor or a mentee. This program matches up experienced dietetics professionals with those that are new to the field or new to a specialized area of dietetics. If you are interested in exploring a different aspect of dietetics or would like to offer support and advice to others by becoming a mentor, please contact the
Communications Chair for more information.
Market and Sell your nutrition product to members:
BAD will allow its members to sell their nutrition products at
continuing education events. Please contact the President Sarah
Monje for more information.
BAD members may participate in the BAD Member Directory
Service – it's a great benefit of your membership.
This valuable service is only available to BAD members. Individual members may also represent their own private
practices, group practices or even their employers.
NEWSLETTER Have you received the NEW Bayleaf Newsletter? This Bayleaf includes many interesting articles to read and important
dates to remember. If you haven't received your Bayleaf via Email, this might be the time to double-check your
membership status as the Bayleaf is one of the many rewarding member benefits. Check with our Membership Chair
Ying Ying Guan regarding membership questions. If you have
articles or ideas for the next Bayleaf get in touch with the
Communications Chair to get your submission in!
Keep current on Association news through our bi-monthly publication emphasizing
BAD events, professional and personal
growth, legal and financial issues, career development, public policy issues, hot topics in nutrition and more. This
publication is an exclusive benefit to members only. Become a member and you can get unlimited access to The Bayleaf archive.
Employers are welcome to post employment opportunities on
BAD’s Google Group. BAD members will receive Google Group e-mails about job postings. To post a job, please send an e-mail to Gretchen George,
BAD Communications Chair at
CAND.firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the job title, brief list of responsibilities, qualifications, contact information, etc. Attachments are also accepted. The
BAD Communications Chair will receive the e-mail, approve it, and then send to the
BAD Google Group group.
STUDENT SPONSORSHIP Information and details coming soon.