Tools & Guides
The District of Columbia has enacted laws that regulate the practice of dietetics. Licensure is entirely separate and distinct from registration or certification by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
Dietetics practitioners are licensed by the Government of DC to ensure that only qualified, trained professional provide nutrition services or advice to individuals requiring or seeking nutrition care or information. Only licensed dietetics professionals can provide nutrition counseling. Non-licensed practitioners may be subject to prosecution for practicing without a license.
States with certification laws limit the use of particular titles such as “dietitian” or “nutritionist” to persons meeting predetermined requirements; however, persons not certified can still practice. Consumers in these states who are seeking nutrition therapy assistance need to be more cautious and aware of the qualifications of the provider they choose.
For more information check out the resources below:
- DC Government Department of Health Health Professional Licensing Administration
- DC Dietetics and Nutrition Licensing
- States with Laws that Regulate the Practice of Dietetics
- State Licensure Agency Contact List
- Questions and Answers on Regulation of Dietetics Practice
We urge DCMAND members to use resources provided by the Academy to ensure that our elected officials in Washington, DC know our views as both voters and nutritional and food professionals.
With the Grassroots Manager, we can:
- Write your legislator a letter
- Send your legislator a fax
- Send your legislator a direct e-mail
- Call an elected official directly
- Educate others by spreading the word about important issues
Kids Eat Right
Kids Eat Right provides a variety of resources and tools to assist members and Academy organizational units to educate, advocate and demonstrate the importance of a quality nutrition approach to help combat childhood obesity. These resources compliment the tactics identified by the Academy's Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition, a seven-member practice coalition formed to develop strategic goals for the association to assist in preventing childhood obesity. Kids Eat Right program resources include toolkits, how-to guides, collected resources by topic, and videos.
Toolkits and How-To Guides
- Hunger in Our Community What We Can Do Toolkit ? The new Kids Eat Right Hunger in Our Community toolkit contains two presentations—one for adults (Hungry and Overweight: How is it Possible?) and one for teens (Rage against Rumbles: Student-led Actions to End Hunger in Our Community. Each presentation consists of a ready-made PowerPoint presentation with leader notes, an activity and a handout
- Family Champions Toolkit ? This toolkit Family Champions. One Change at a Time promotes healthy family behaviors, meal planning and preparation. The toolkit contains three hands-on cooking workshop presentations targeted to parents, and is available to all Kids Eat Right Campaign Members!
- Healthy Breakfast Toolkit ? Kids Eat Right has available a toolkit promoting healthy breakfasts available to all Campaign Members! The Healthy Breakfast. Everywhere You Go Toolkit consists of ready-made presentations, activities and handouts for four different audiences.
- Healthy Snacking Toolkit? Kids Eat Right has available a toolkit promoting healthy snacking available to all Campaign Members! The “Healthy Snacking. In a Nutshell Toolkit” consists of ready-made presentations, activities and handouts for ten different audiences.
- Campaign Member Toolkit? The Campaign Member Toolkit provides members with communication materials on the drivers and barriers to adequate nutrient intake based on the results of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Family Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey.
Kids Eat Right Tip Sheets
- Simple Facts about School Meals
- Hunger and Obesity: How is it Possible?
- Eat Right, Move More
- Healthy Tips for Meatless Meals
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Eat Right Nutrition Tips
Eat Right Nutrition tip sheets provide practical food and nutrition guidance for healthy eating. The Academy staff’s registered dietitians write these educational handouts. Eat Right Nutrition Tips are available in English and Spanish.
- Current Monday Message
- Tips to Develop an Online Presence from the Academy's Me, Inc. Toolkit
- Nine Steps to Network and Build Relationships from the Academy's Me, Inc. Toolkit
- All Kids Eat Right Campaign Resources
Specific Focus Areas and Topics
- Community Outreach Resources? - Additional materials, background information and tools to promote the importance of quality nutrition within their community for Campaign Members working in the Community Outreach Focus Area.
- School Change Resources? - Additional materials, background information and tools to promote the importance of quality nutrition to local school administrators and policy makers for Campaign Members working in the School Change Focus Area.
- Exercise and Physical Activity Resources? - Includes additional materials, information and links to programs that promote the importance of physical activity as a tactic to reduce childhood obesity.
- Feeding America? Childhood hunger remains at a record high. Help raise awareness about nutrition and food insecurity.
- What do Kids Eat Right Campaign Members Do? Kids Eat Right Campaign Members lend their time and expertise to work with schools and communities to help kids eat better and move more. See what they've been up to in the past year.
- Kids Eat Right and Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition Action Plan (Webinar Recording) - This webinar recording provides details about the Academy's Childhood Obesity Prevention Action Plan and demonstrates how Kids Eat Right mobilizes members and the public regarding quality nutrition for all children.
- What is the Kids Eat Right Campaign? - This brief video gives an to introduction to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly American Dietetic Association) and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation's Kids Eat Right campaign, which enlists registered dietitians in public education projects and other programs to promote healthy eating and prevent childhood obesity.