The Western New York Dietetic Association is an organization of nutrition professionals, residing, working or attending school in Western New York. Affiliated with the New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The professionals of the WNYDA benefit the public through the promotion of optimal nutrition and well-being. Members assist in shaping public policy on nutrition in order to promote the well-being of the WNY community.
A Board of Directors, Operations Council and Committees direct and organize the work of WNYDA. Functions include policy and procedure development and revision; provide fiscal overview and responsibility; develop and present a slate of board candidates to members of the organization; ensure the organization is meeting the needs of the consumer; monitor the mission, bylaws and purpose of the organization.
Members of WNYDA include Registered Dietitians/Nutritionists (RDN) and Dietetic Technicians, Registered (DTR), as well as students pursuing a degree in dietetics in one of our local dietetic education programs. Many of our members hold New York State Certification as Dietitian/Nutritionist (CDN).
Registered Dietitians are food and nutrition experts, translating the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living. The expertise, training and credentials that back a Registered Dietitian are vital for promoting good nutrition. RDs have a Bachelor’s, Masters or Doctorate Degree in Nutrition, completed a CADE-accredited supervised practice program, passed a national exam administered by CDR and maintain continuing education hours.
Dietetic technicians, registered, are trained in food and nutrition and are an integral part of the health-care and foodservice management teams. A DTR has completed at least a two-year associate’s degree, required course work and at least 450 hours of supervised practice accredited by CADE or at least a bachelor’s degree at a US regionally accredited university or college and required coursework for a Didactic Program (DPD) or Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CP). In addition, A DTR must pass a national DTR examination administered by CDR and maintain continuing professional educational requirements.
Every year there is an opportunity presented to nominate a colleague and/or peer for an award to recognize their accomplishments. This year’s award descriptions and nomination forms will be available soon and will be posted below.
WESTERN NEW YORK DIETETIC ASSOCIATION 2018-19
Allyson Odachowski, RDN, CDN
Elizabeth Miller MS, RDN, CDN
PROFESSIONAL ISSUES CHAIR
Erin Burch MS, RDN, CDN
Heather Kelleher RDN, CDN
PUBLIC RELATIONS CHAIR
Shannon Wilson MS, RDN, CDN
Nancy Marinelli, RDN, CDN
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