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About the CNYAND

Central New York Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is an organization of over 100 nutrition professionals including Registered Dietitians, Diet Technicians, and students spanning Onondaga, Cayuga, Oswego, Jefferson, and St. Lawrence counties. We are a district association of the New York State Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. We share their mission at the local level to lead the future of the dietetics profession along with serving the public through the promotion of optimal nutrition and well-being.


Many of our events are open to the public! Not a CNYAND member, but love to learn about food and nutrition? Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn to keep informed of our events!

Please contact us for any questions or needs in our local community. We may be able to help connect you to a Registered Dietitian that can help! You can also use the "Find a Dietitian" link on the top menu bar.


Board Meeting

 March 15th 2023 at 5:30 pm
Will be held at Cicero Public Library and on Zoom! Click here for the link!

Board Member Spotlight

Way to Go! Emily Januseski and Olivia Mancabelli
Emily (Nominating Committee & National Nutrition Month Co-Chair) and Olivia (SU Intern, Public Relations & Social Media Chair) were interviewed by the Daily Orange, Syracuse University's independent student news organization, for National Nutrition Month! Read the article

Upcoming Events

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Past Events


The Central New York Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics volunteered at a bike aid station at the IronMan Musselman Triathlon in Geneva, NY on Sunday, July 10th, 2022! There were about 2500 athletes from several countries. It was a beautiful day. CNYAND is expected to receive a grant for their help! Special thanks to dietitians Emily Kratz, Mary Lou Plante, Rebecca Knafelc, Piek Tan, and Lindsay Whitmer!

National Nutrition Month Proclamation 2023

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What is a Registered  Dietitian/Nutritionist? 

Registered Dietitians (RDs) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) are food and nutrition experts who have met the following criteria and earned the RD or RDN credential:

• Completed a minimum of a bachelor’s degree at a U.S. regionally accredited university or college

• Completed 1200 hours of supervised practice through an accredited internship

• Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)


Also, in order to maintain the credential, an RD or RDN must complete continuing professional educational requirements. Some RDs or RDNs hold additional certifications in specialized areas of practice. Some of the certifications include pediatric or renal nutrition, sports dietetics, oncology, gerontological, nutrition support and diabetes education.


Where do RDNs work? 

Hospitals, clinics or other health-care facilities • Sports nutrition and corporate wellness programs • Food and nutrition-related businesses • Product development or consulting with chefs in restaurants and culinary schools • Private practice, working under contract with healthcare or food companies • Community and public health settings, teaching, monitoring and advising the public and helping improve quality of life through healthy eating habits • Universities and medical centers, teaching physician’s assistants, nurses, dietetics students, dentists and others about the sophisticated science of food and nutrition • Research areas in food and pharmaceutical companies, universities, and hospitals

What's Changing?

Effective January 1, 2024, the minimum degree requirement for eligibility to take the registration examination for dietitians will change from a bachelor’s degree to a graduate degree. All other didactic and supervised practice eligibility requirements will remain the same.

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