American Dietetic Association
The American Dietetic Association (ADA) was founded in 1917, and its stated mission is to "promote optimal nutrition and well-being for all people by advocating for its members" (ADA).
The majority of ADA members are registered dietitians (RDs) or dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs). Membership includes membership in a state dietetic association and an option to join an ADA dietetic practice group representing employment or dietetic interests. Through its annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Exhibition (FNCE), members, students, and interested professionals can network and receive continuing education credits. In addition to the FNCE, ADA provides various member services including promoting dietetic professionals to the public, advocating for the profession, and providing resources for career development.
The Association publishes and has available online the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, as well as an online newsletter, the Courier.
Susan P. Himburg