There is a variety of different nutrition organizations across the nation for those interested in pursuing a career in nutrition sciences or who are already professionals in the field. These organizations provide information regarding the necessary requirements to become a registered dietitian or nutritionist. Plus, they often publish the latest research and trends related to nutrition.
If you’d like to take advantage of the resources provided by the country’s top nutrition organizations, please continue reading for more information and links to each group’s respective site.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics was founded in 1917 in Cleveland, Ohio. It was started by a group of women who wanted to help the government preserve food and improve public nutrition and health during WWI.
Now it is the largest organization in the world for food and nutrition professionals. In fact, it has grown to consist of more than 100,000 qualified practitioners, including registered dietitians, dietetic technicians, nutritionists and other professionals in the dietetic field.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics works to advance dietetics through advocacy, research and education and to improve the health of the nation’s citizens. Members of the organization help to positively shape the public’s food choices and offer nutrition therapy services and prevention in a multitude of settings.
Additionally, the Academy’s members are leading advocates for issues related to nutrition. They will offer expert testimonies in hearings, lobby governmental bodies like Congress, make public statements regarding federal and state regulations and develop plans for critical food and nutrition issues.
American Nutrition Association
In 1972, the American Nutrition Association was formed with the mission to promote healthy living to the public through wellness and nutrition education. The members use science-based research to educate professionals and laypeople about how proper nutrition can lead to a healthier lifestyle.
The organization’s outreach programs include a quarterly news journal, visits to local schools, publications such as cookbooks and food charts, nutrition, cooking and preventative healthcare courses, an audio/visual lecture library and presentations for other local organizations.
The American Society for Nutrition
The American Society for Nutrition (ASN) is a non-profit organization that works to bring together researchers, nutritionists and other industry professionals from around the world to advance the overall knowledge and application of nutrition.
ASN was founded in 1928 and was originally called the American Institute for Nutrition. Later, in 2005, it merged with several other nutrition organizations to form the ASN. It currently focuses on both animal and human nutrition and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for both.
Other Important Nutrition Organizations
In addition to these three organizations, there are many other U.S. programs that work to educate and treat communities in terms of nutrition and dietary wellness. We’ve listed some of these diverse groups below:
- The Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals
- The United States Department of Agriculture
- The International Food Information Council
- American College of Nutrition
- World Food Programme
The U.S. Department of Agriculture also provides links to organizations and foundations that deal with nutrition, food service and food science for those seeking more information.