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American Dietetic Association Offers New Associates Category


Media Contacts: Ryan O'Malley, Allison MacMunn
800/877-1600, ext. 4769, 4802

CHICAGO – Practitioners in a wide variety of fields in health-related, sports/fitness and food and culinary professions now have the opportunity to join the American Dietetic Association as "ADA Associates."

"This new category will enhance the collaborative nature of work in the many fields of food, nutrition and health," said registered dietitian and American Dietetic Association President Sylvia Escott-Stump. ADA's House of Delegates approved the ADA Associate category effective June 1.

"A diversity of views and expertise adds value to an organization and profession. Working together in an inclusive atmosphere that reflects ADA's values and philosophy creates goodwill, collegiality and lasting relationships," Escott-Stump said. "Increasing inclusivity with a category of allied professionals has been envisioned by ADA as a growing number of collaborators have been inquiring about 'joining' ADA."

ADA Associates are required to hold a minimum of a baccalaureate degree granted by a U.S. regionally accredited college or university or foreign equivalent; and to have appropriate degree and training, certification or license in the following health-related, sports/fitness and food and culinary professions:

  • Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)
  • Certified Midwife (CM or CNM)
  • Certified Professional – Food Safety (CP‐FS)
  • Dental Hygienist (BS‐DH or RDH or LDH)
  • Dentist (DDS)
  • Pharmacist (RPh or PharmD)
  • Physical or Occupational Therapist (PT/OT)
  • Physician (MD or DO)
  • Physician Assistant (PA)
  • Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS)
  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • School Nutrition Specialist (SNS)
  • Speech‐Language Pathologist (CCC‐SLP)
  • Degree in culinary arts from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university or U.S. culinary association
  • Is a Certified Culinary Professional (certification from the American Culinary Foundation or the International Association of Culinary Professionals)
  • Is a Certified Sports Medicine Practitioner (certification from the American College of Sports Medicine)
  • Is a Certified Dietary Manager (CDM; certification from the Dietary Managers Association).

ADA Associates have access to a wide variety of benefits, including professional publications, networking opportunities and preferred pricing on resources and conferences. Associates must agree to abide by the Code of Ethics for the Profession of Dietetics and ADA's Bylaws and regulations. Associates do not have voting privileges, cannot hold elected office in ADA or post to member blogs. Associate dues for Fiscal Year 2012 are $232 plus a one-time $25 application fee. For more information on eligibility to become an ADA Associate, and to apply, visit the Become an Associate page.


With more than 71,000 members, the American Dietetic Association is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. ADA is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the American Dietetic Association at