Founded in 1917, the Academy's 100,000 credentialed practitioners in the United States and abroad help shape the public's food choices, positively impacting health and wellness worldwide. The membership includes registered dietitian nutritionists, dietetic technicians, students and others holding baccalaureate and advanced degrees in nutrition and dietetics. To provide members with career strategies that will enable them to prosper in the future, all Academy activities evolve from the Strategic Plan. As the Academy grows, so does the number and variety of benefits we offer to our members. The combination of a diverse and growing membership and the dynamic field of nutrition and dietetics requires a broad and ever-changing array of benefits to meet the needs of members whose interests, skills, backgrounds and experience span the entire profession.

Most dietetics and nutrition professionals choose to belong to the Academy because of the variety and quality of membership benefits. The Academy provides many professional opportunities and information resources to support its members' careers. Academy members are engaged, passionate professionals who are encouraged to participate in continuing education opportunities that support lifelong learning.

Questions regarding membership classifications can be sent to the Academy Member Service Center at or by calling 800/877-1600, ext. 5000. International callers can reach us at +1-312/899-0040, ext. 5000. Representatives are available weekdays from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Central Time.

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Membership Types and Criteria

Become part of the largest organization of food and nutrition professionals in the world and take advantage of the member benefits including savings on purchases and exclusive member offerings.

Academy Groups

The Academy facilitates peer-to-peer communication by offering a number of different venues for networking among members.

Student Member Center

We offer a number of unique benefits to our 20,000+ student members, including network access and opportunities to get involved.