A certified dietitian or certified nutritionist integrates and applies principles derived from nutrition, biochemistry, physiology, food management, and behavioral and social sciences to achieve and maintain people's health.
You would go to a certified dietitian/nutritionist if you had questions about your diet and how it affects your health. You might also seek the services of one of these professionals if you had a health condition that could be improved or alleviated through dietary changes.
Certified dietitians/nutritionists assess nutrition needs based on age, activity level, and special circumstances resulting from medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, food allergies, and obesity.
New York certified dietitians/nutritionists have completed:
These certified professionals have also passed a State-approved licensing examination.
Only a person certified by the State Education Department may use these titles.
Certification is not required to perform nutritional counseling in New York, but only individuals certified by the New York State Education Department may use the certified dietitian/nutritionist titles.
Certified dietitians/nutritionists work in their own private practices, health care facilities, schools, and industry.
Ask such questions as whether the service location is physically accessible (curb cuts, ramps, restrooms, etc.) as well as whether there is a Telecommunication Device for the Deaf (TDD) and parking for people with disabilities.
New York licensees must display a current New York registration certificate; this certificate lists the professional's name, address, and dates of the registration period. Dietitians and nutritionists must reregister every three years to practice in New York. Some professionals also display their original New York license, diploma, licenses from other states, and membership certificates. You may verify an individual's license and registration on this site.