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).

What is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)
CDN Requirements | Registered Dietition Presentation

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.

What is a Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR)

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.

WNYDA Award Nominations

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.






Allyson Odachowski, RDN, CDN

Elizabeth Miller MS, RDN, CDN

Erin Burch MS, RDN, CDN

Heather Kelleher RDN, CDN

Shannon Wilson MS, RDN, CDN

Nancy Marinelli, RDN, CDN

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