Country – USA
As the field of dietetics evolves to meet the needs of the United States’ growing and diverse population, the American Dietetic Association (ADA) is changing as well. To emphasize its commitment to improving the health of the public, delivering science-based information and services, ADA changed its name in January 2012 to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Since its beginnings in 1917, the Association has valued the importance of public education and advocacy. The new name reinforces our focus: the nutritional well-being of the public and the responsibility the dietetics profession has to use scientifically based nutrition information in our practice. The name “Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics” promotes the strong science background and academic expertise of our members, primarily registered dietitians. Nutrition science underpins wellness, prevention and treatment. The definition of an academy is “a society of learned persons organized to advance science.” This term describes our organization and immediately emphasizes the educational strength of our members’ advice and expertise.
By adding nutrition to our name, we communicate our capacity for translating nutrition science into healthier lifestyles for everyone. Keeping dietetics in the name supports our history as a food and science-based profession. Thus, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics quickly and accurately communicates our identity – who we are and what we do.
Whether planning nutritious meals for children in day-care centers or schools, teaching individuals with diabetes about managing their blood sugar or saving lives with complex nutritional interventions after surgery, registered dietitians are the best qualified providers. The name change communicates that we are the nutrition experts in the United States.
While our name is changing, we still have the same mission, the same powerful “Eat Right” message, and the same quality of nutrition advice as we have for nearly 100 years. Therefore, our award-winning website remains www.eatright.org to find the latest information on the implementation of our name change and to see the many resources that are available. We hope to see you at the ICD meeting in Sydney!
Sylvia Escott-Stump, MA, RD, LDN
A.N.D. President and ICDA Board member