Nutrition Unscrambled

FNCE 2011

By Marcia Greenblum, MS, RD
October 10th, 2011

I can’t say that I have attended FNCE every year since I’ve been an RD but for the last decade at least FNCE has been my opportunity to meet up with others in my chosen field of dietetics. This year I attended the Dietitian in Business and Communications executive committee meeting as a past chair and learned about all the inspiring programs being planned for the 2012 calendar year. The RDs who are members of this practice group are the new breed of practitioner. They represent different career applications and are examples of today’s dietitian’s capacity to function in areas including food service, industry, education, public relations and private practice counseling. We all agree that acumen in business skills are essential for dietitians to be valued in today’s society. My role as exhibitor in the FNCE exhibit hall echoed this same sentiment. There I met with many fellow RDs who work for food industries or government organization to promote and publicize the developments in the food industry which are available to help consumers eat a healthy diet. I learned about a few new products including Monk Fruit which is a new sweetener with less sugar, a new broccoli that has been bred to be sweet and so many new foods fortified with probiotics. The big shock of the event however was the news that the American Dietetic Association, of which I’ve been a member for 30 plus years, will soon be known as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. I can only assume that this change in title is an attempt to communicate the academic rigor that RDs are required to maintain before they can sit for the qualifying exam and enter the practice of dietetics. If this brings the RD more credibility in the eyes of the public then I’m all for it.

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