California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is a not-for-profit membership association of approximately 6,500 registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs), nutrition dietetic technicians registered (NDTRs), and students committed to improving California’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education, and advocacy.
Academy members are engaged, passionate professionals who are encouraged to participate in continuing education opportunities that support lifelong learning.
How can a Dietitian Help you?
Anyone can call themselves a nutritionist. But, only an RD or RDN has completed multiple layers of education and training established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. All RDs or RDNs must:
- Get a four-year degree that includes a specially designed, accredited nutrition curriculum.
- Complete an extensive supervised program of practice at a health care facility, foodservice organization, or community agency.
- Pass a rigorous registration exam.
- Maintain continuing education credits throughout their career.
What is a Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)?
The RD/RDN is a health care professional educated in nutrition and foods who is able to translate scientific information into practical solutions to help individuals make positive lifestyle changes. Specialized education and training prepare RD/RDNs to provide medical nutrition therapy; they are also trained to provide nutrition counseling/education to promote and advocate optimal health for all.