Effective this January, formerly American Dietetic Association changed its name to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. It was announced on the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE) on September 24, 2011.
Why ADA changed its name? Basically to better represent who we are and what we do. Academy President Sylvia Escott-Stump said that "An academy is a society of learned persons organized to advance science.' This term describes our organization and immediately emphasizes the educational strength of our advice and expertise."
This name change has to do with the evolving role of dietitians focusing more on protecting public nutrition and health. It was felt that the word NUTRITION should be included. "By adding nutrition to our name, we communicate our capacity for translating nutrition science into healthier lifestyles for everyone. Keeping dietetics supports our history as a food and science-based profession" Escott-Stump said.
You may noticed that the word American is gone. It is said that the reasons were:
- Many of the proposed names with the word "American" were already in use (for example: American Nutrition Association, American College of Nutrition, American Society for Nutrition, etc. )
- Going global: Dietetics is a growing global discipline and the Academy has members in more than 70 countries. The Academy is committed to impact on the nutritional health of people all over the world for years and decades to come.
Also, the name of the Journal (JADA) changed to Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the ADA Foundation is now the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. The logo EatRight remains the same.
In my opinion the new name is more accurate, I like it more and better represent us (specially us that are international members). But is going to take time to get used to...
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