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Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the largest professional organization of food and nutrition professionals. It was founded in 1917, and is a powerful advocate on behalf of the dietetics profession, serving the public through the promotion of optimal nutrition, health, and well being. More than 70,000 members in the United States and abroad help shape food choices and improve the nutrition status of the public.

Academy members represent a diverse mix of professional interests, experiences, and involvement. They work in settings ranging from health care facilities and universities to businesses and government or community agencies to private practice.

Becoming a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Students interested in pursuing a career in dietetics are encouraged to become an associate member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics during their junior and/or senior years. Membership applications are available from Nutrition and Dietetics faculty and the Nutrition and Dietetics Bulletin Board on the second floor of Gunter. The application form must be signed by the Coordinator of the Nutrition & Dietetics Program before being sent in. The membership year is June 1 - May 31 and dues are not prorated if you elect to become a member after June 1. Currently the dues for associate membership are $50 per year.

Becoming a member of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics automatically makes you a member of an affiliate association. Most UNC students choose the Colorado Dietetic Association as their affiliate however any state association may be selected. The Colorado Dietetic Association has similar goals and mission as the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics with a focus on serving Coloradoans and dietetic professionals in Colorado. One must be a member of the Colorado Dietetic Association to become a member of a regional association in Colorado. Many UNC students elect to become members of the Northern Colorado Dietetic Association, which covers most of Larimer and Weld counties. Student membership dues for the Northern Colorado Dietetic Association are currently $10 per year.

Membership in professional associations are an indication of your commitment and interest in the profession. They offer many opportunities for volunteerism and obtaining valuable experience. Attending association meetings is an excellent means of networking and finding out more about the practice of dietetics. Educational sessions are a part of each meeting and discounts on publications are available to members along with other benefits.