Central New York Dietetic Association 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 CNYDA member, but love to learn about food and nutrition? Follow us on facebook, instagram, & twitter 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. 

Congratulations to this year’s NYSAND award winners from CNYDA:


Susan Branning, MBA, RDN, CDN, CNSC, FAND – Excellence in Legislative Advocacy

Amanda Shultz, MA – Outstanding Dietetics Student Award – DI

Emily Tills, MS, RDN, CDN – Registered Young Dietitian of the Year Award


Upcoming Events

CNYDA Board Meeting

Next meeting is all lined up! Meet at 5:30 PM on April 14, 2021 via Zoom. 

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