The American Dietetic Association
) is the United States
' largest organization of food
professionals, with nearly 72,000 members. Approximately 72% of ADA's members are registered dietitians
and about 2% are dietetic technicians, registered. The remainder of ADA's members include researchers, educators, students, nurses, physicians, pharmacists, clinical and community dietetics professionals, consultants and food service managers.
ADA was founded in 1917 in Cleveland, Ohio
, by a group of women led by Lenna F. Cooper
and ADA's first president, Lulu C. Graves
, who were dedicated to helping the government conserve food and improve public health
during World War I
. It is now headquartered in Chicago, Illinois
ADA's mission is "Empowering members to be the nation's food and nutrition leaders." Its vision is "Optimizing the nation's health through food and nutrition."
Registered Dietitian (RD)
Requirements include the following items:
- Earning a bachelor’s degree with course work approved by ADA’s Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education. Coursework typically includes food and nutrition sciences, foodservice systems management, business, economics, computer science, sociology, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology and chemistry.
- Completing an accredited, supervised practice program at a health-care facility, community agency or foodservice corporation.
- Passing a national examination administered by the......