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. 

Upcoming Events

Board Meeting - 2/17/2021

Calling all 2020 - 2021 board members! Next meeting is all lined up for February 17, 2021 at 5:30 PM 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

New in Dietetics

New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (NYSAND) News


NYSAND is seeking concise snapshots of your MNT Success stories to share in a social media and grassroots lobbying campaign. Think of these stories as "MN-Tweets" and try to keep them as direct as possible.  We want to demonstrate the outcomes of MNT to these decision-makers and hearing directly from you is important!  These stories or snapshots of your successes can include positive outcomes or patient/client testimonials (**no PHI). This effort by NYSAND is to engage and show NYS Legislators that dietitians are vital to the healthcare continuum. Access the MNT and Me Form Here.

News from Syracuse University

"Syracuse University offered its first nutrition courses in 1917, which means we have been educating future food and nutrition professionals for over 100 years. Over the last century, nutrition education needs have evolved, and so have our nutrition programs. On campus, students benefit from hands-on learning in culinary labs working with experts in nutrition, food policy and public health. Our Nutrition Assessment, Consultation and Education (ACE) Center prepares students with traditional and emerging professional competencies critical to effective nutrition practice. A purposefully outfitted demonstration kitchen supports our integrative nutrition curriculum, which uses food as medicine to support disease treatment. Off campus, dietetic interns prepare for careers in dietetics working with dietitians in various settings."

Our graduate programs include:

  • Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees in Nutrition Science;

  • Certificate of Advanced Study: Dietetic Internship;

  • Certificate of Advanced Study: Integrative and Functional Nutrition (NEW)


Please join us for our open house to learn more about our programs from the program directors and alumni. 

1/21/21 at 7 pm Eastern Time. Click here to register.

Please welcome the 2020 - 2021 Syracuse University dietetic interns: Cassie, Travis, Amanda, Kelsie, Sarah, Bohan, Alexis M., Alexis L., and Stephanie.


Get to know each intern by reading their bios below. Who knows, you might be precepting or working with them in the future!


How Do I Advocate for Nutrition and Dietetics?




We are sending this Action Alert on behalf of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. Make your voice heard and take action today!


On December 14, a bipartisan, bicameral group of legislators released language for the Emergency Coronavirus Relief Act, which includes critical provisions to address rising food insecurity, health disparities and economic distress as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency. Thanks to the ongoing advocacy work of members like you, many of the Academy’s policy priorities have been included in the bill. Take action today and tell your members of Congress to pass this much-needed stimulus package before they leave town for the holiday recess.

Below is a short video about completing Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Action Alerts, created by the NYSAND Student PPC, Heather Falise.


It's a great tutorial for anyone who is unsure how to take part in the Action Alerts, and it shows how easy it is once you learn!

To stay connected with the Academy’s important action alerts and legislative updates, enroll by texting "eatright" to 50457. You also may opt in by marking the “Send me text alerts” box whenever you respond to an action alert. If you previously marked this box, you are already subscribed and do not need to sign up again.