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Who We Are, What We DoActive Membership  |  Benefits  |  Services  |  Directory  |  Newsletter  |  Job Opps Info  |  Student Sponsorship
  • Become a member of BAD today!
    The new BAD membership year begins June 1st:
    1. New members will receive membership benefits immediately after they join.
    2. Current members are encouraged to renew now to avoid any lapses in membership and benefits.
    3. BAD membership is contingent on current and continued AND membership for 2017-2018.
    4. For questions regarding membership, please contact the Membership Chair at

  • 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 form (PDF format) and mail it with your check to the address on the application.

  • If you are not an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) member, but would still like to subscribe to BAD’s Bayleaf e-newsletter, please click here.

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.

BAD Bylaws
BAD bylaws have been approved. Here are the official 2013 BAD bylaws. (updated 05.01.13)

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:
    Perform a yearly audit of the association’s financial record.
    Plan the yearly budget for the association.
    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.
    Recruit members for leadership and volunteer positions and facilitates nominations for CDA and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Awards.
    Plan continuing education events for BAD.
    Represent the organization’s interest in legislation and public policy issues.
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
  • Networking opportunities
  • Opportunity to market and sell your nutrition products at the local BAD events
  • 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
Join BAD Now!

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.

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 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.

Information and details coming soon.
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