As Academy past president Martin Yadrick stated in a 2008 US News & World Report article: "We think it's important for us to be at the same table with food companies because of the positive influence that we can have on them." For the Academy, relationships with outside organizations are not about promoting companies' products; they are about creating nutrition messages that people can understand and act upon to improve their health and that of their families.
The Academy’s 75,000 members are the world’s acknowledged leaders in providing food and nutrition-related health information and services to the public. Academy members have the knowledge, expertise and skills to translate science-based information into consumer friendly information and to help consumers navigate among the many products in the marketplace to decide which to include in a healthful eating plan. The Academy collaborates with corporations and other groups to deliver messages about healthful eating drawn from Academy position papers such as the “Total Diet Approach to Communicating Food and Nutrition Information” , the latest research and government recommendations like the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
If your organization would like to share in our goal of improving the nation's health through food and nutrition, and support the Academy's vision and mission, consider becoming a Corporate Relations Sponsor.
Vision — Optimizing the nation's health through food and nutrition
Mission — Empowering members to be the nation's food and nutrition leaders
Position Yourself as an Academy Sponsor and:
- Promote Academy Members as the experts in advocating optimal nutrition, health and well-being among the public
- Share educational resources, science based information, research and product information with members
- Align with some of the Academy's member meetings and programs
About Our Members
- Approximately 72 percent of the Academy's over 75,000 members are registered dietitians (RDs) and 2 percent are dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs). Other Academy members include students, educators, researchers and international members. Nearly half of all the Academy's members hold advanced academic degrees.
- Nearly half of all Academy members hold advanced academic degrees.
- Academy members represent a wide range of practice areas and interests including public health; diet counseling; foodservice management; restaurants; grocery stores and chains; hospitals and long-term care facilities; education systems; education of other health-care professionals and scientific research
- More than 75,000 Academy members have accessed our Evidence Analysis Library - from all 50 states and 214 countries and territories.
- 28 Dietetic Practice Groups (DPGs) create opportunities for members to excel and grow through professional development, networking opportunities, leadership development and specialization. DPG membership exceeded 64,000 in 2013.
- Member Interest Groups (MIGs) provide a means for Academy members with common interests, issues or backgrounds to connect. Since the first MIG formed in 2008, membership in MIGs has grown to over 4,000 and there are currently nine MIGs that reflect the many characteristics of the Academy's membership and the public it serves.
Where Do They Work?
|Food and Nutrition Management
|Long Term Care
|Consultation and Business
|Education and Research
Other includes: School food service, contract food management and for-profit organizations and industries.
- A registered dietitian is a food and nutrition expert who has met academic and professional requirements, passed a national examination, and complete continuing professional educational requirements to maintain that registration.
- A registered dietitian can provide trusted, accurate, timely and practical nutrition advice. By their education, knowledge and experience, RDs specialize in translating nutrition science into practical advice.