What is the Academy?

Posted: January 15, 2012 in What is ... ?
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by Shelly Najjar

What’s the Academy? Not “The Academy” that gets thanked during awards season, but the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Who and What

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (the Academy) is the new name for what used to be called the American Dietetic Association (ADA). It is “the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals” and has more than 75,000 members (source). 72% of those members are Registered Dietitians (read the post I wrote about that topic).


Academy headquarters is located in Chicago, Illinois. They also have an office in Washington, DC.


The website, eatright.org, lists its Mission and Vision:

Mission — Empowering members to be the nation’s food and nutrition leaders

Vision — Optimizing the nation’s health through food and nutrition


The Academy’s website lists 6 ways in which it “strives to improve the nation’s health and advance the profession of dietetics through research, education, and advocacy.”

  • Providing Reliable and Evidence-based Nutrition Information for the Public
  • Accrediting Undergraduate and Graduate Programs
  • Credentialing Dietetics Professionals
  • Advocating for Public Policy
  • Publishing a Peer-reviewed Periodical: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Giving Back: the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation

You can read more about these efforts at the Academy’s website.

Shelly Najjar, MPH, RDN is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and wellness coach at Confident Nutrition. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter (@ShellyNajjar), and LinkedIn.

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