About Us

The Delaware Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (DAND), founded in 1935, is a professional organization comprised of registered dietitians/RDN/nutritionist and DTR's who reside and/or work in the state of Delaware. The state association is the local affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, based in Chicago. The Delaware Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is made up of approximately 200 members, and is governed by a Board of Directors. In addition to providing education programs for members, DAND is involved with nutrition-related legislative issues that impact the public.

DAND By-Laws

By-Laws 2015

DAND Strategic Planning

DAND Strategic Planning Chart 2015

What is an RDN?

Registered dietitian nutritionists, or RDNs, are the 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 nutritionist are vital for promoting positive lifestyle choices.

When you need food and nutrition information based on fact or need to know how a healthy diet improves health and fights disease—rely on qualified professionals in the field.

Registered dietitians draw on their experience to develop a personalized nutrition plan for individuals of all ages. They are able to separate facts from fads and translate nutritional science into information you can use. A registered dietitian can put you on the path to a healthy weight, eating healthfully and reducing your risk of chronic disease.

10 Reasons to Visit an RDN

Do you want to lose or gain weight? Are you pregnant, looking to become pregnant or just had a child? Are you looking for ways to maintain your health in your older years? Are you an athlete looking to boost performance? These are just a few of the reasons people seek the expert, science-based advice of a registered dietitian nutritionist.

Here are 10 common reasons to you should consult with a registered dietitian nutritionist:

    1. You have diabetes, cardiovascular problems or high blood pressure.

    An RDN serves as an integral part of your health-care team by helping you safely change your eating plan without compromising taste or nutrition.

    2. You are thinking of having or have had gastric bypass surgery.

    Since your stomach can only manage small servings, it's a challenge to get the right amount of nutrients in your body. An RDN will work with you and your physician to develop an eating plan for your new needs.

    3. You have digestive problems.

    A registered dietitian nutritionist will work with your physician to help fine-tune your diet so you are not aggravating your condition with fried foods, too much caffeine or carbonation.

    4. You're pregnant or trying to get pregnant.

    A registered dietitian nutritionist can help make sure you get nutrients like folate, especially during the first three months of pregnancy, lowering your newborn’s risk for neural tube or spinal cord defects.

    5. You need guidance and confidence for breast-feeding your baby.

    A registered dietitian nutritionist can help make sure you're getting enough iron, vitamin D, fluoride and B vitamins for you and your little one.

    6. Your teenager has issues with food and eating healthfully.

    A registered dietitian nutritionist can assist with eating disorders like anorexia, bulimia and overweight issues.

    7. You need to gain or lose weight.

    A registered dietitian nutritionist can suggest additional calorie sources for healthy weight gain or a restricted-calorie eating plan plus regular physical activity for weight loss while still eating all your favorite foods.

    8. You're caring for an aging parent.

    A registered dietitian nutritionist can help with food or drug interaction, proper hydration, special diets for hypertension and changing taste buds as you age.

    9. You want to eat smarter.

    A registered dietitian nutritionist can help you sort through misinformation; learn how to read labels at the supermarket; discover that healthy cooking is inexpensive, learn how to eat out without ruining your eating plan and how to resist workplace temptations.

    10. You want to improve your performance in sports.

    A registered dietitian nutritionist can help you set goals to achieve results — whether you're running a marathon, skiing or jogging with your dog.

What are the qualifications of a registered dietitian?

A registered dietitian is a food and nutrition expert who has met academic and professional requirements including:

  • Earned a bachelor's degree with course work approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Coursework typically includes food and nutrition sciences, foodservice systems management, business, economics, computer science, sociology, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology and chemistry.

  • Completed an accredited, supervised practice program at a health-care facility, community agency or foodservice corporation.

  • Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

  • Completes continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.

Approximately 50 percent of RDNs hold advanced degrees. Some RDNs also hold additional certifications in specialized areas of practice, such as pediatric or renal nutrition, nutrition support and diabetes education.

Registered dietitians who are members of the Academy are not only food and nutrition experts—they are leaders in the field of dietetics. Every one of the Academy's wide array of member benefits is designed to advance their knowledge and skills and enhance their networking opportunities.

What is a dietetic technician, registered?

A dietetic technician, registered, often working in partnership with registered dietitians, screens, evaluates and educates patients; manages and prevents diseases such as diabetes and obesity and monitors patients' and clients' progress. DTRs work in settings such as hospitals and clinics, extended-care facilities, home health-care programs, schools, correctional facilities, restaurants, food companies, foodservice providers, public health agencies, government and community programs such as Meals on Wheels, health clubs, weight management clinics and wellness centers.

Where Are We?

DAND members are employed in a variety of settings throughout the state, including:

      Outpatient clinics
      Private practice
      School-based wellness centers
      Senior centers
      Nursing homes
      School food service
      Fitness centers
      Community organizations
      Public health