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Nutrition and Public Health: Preparing Registered Dietitian Nutritionists for Marketplace Demands

Published:March 15, 2014DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jand.2014.01.010
      Since its founding in 1917, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy), formerly known as the American Dietetic Association, has been committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession through education, research, and advocacy.
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      The Academy Quality Management Committee and Scope of Practice Subcommittee of the Quality Management committee
      Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Scope of Practice for the Registered Dietitian.
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      the Academy recognizes the need for the profession to prepare the registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) for these new public health priorities.
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      This commentary reflects on the expanding role and credentials of the RDN in the field of public health and anticipates potential opportunities for additional research on best instructional practices to prepare the RDN for emerging marketplace demands.

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      Biography

      A. M. Davis is an assistant professor of nutrition, Department of Nutrition and Public Health, University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, CT.

      Biography

      S. G. Affenito is dean and professor of nutrition, School of Health and Natural Sciences, University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, CT.