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

January 13, 2021

Calling 2020 - 2021 CNYDA Board members! Next meeting is lined up for the new year. Have a safe and wonderful holiday season! See you January 13, 2021 at 5:30 PM via Zoom.

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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

• Complete 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 business and industries, working in communications, consumer affairs, public relations, marketing, product development or consulting with chefs in restaurants and culinary schools. • Private practice, working under contract with healthcare or food companies, or in their own business. • With food service or restaurant managers, food vendors and distributors, athletes, nursing home residents or company employees. • 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 directing or conducting experiments to answer critical nutrition questions and find alternative foods or nutrition recommendations for the public.

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


It's easy to tell your elected officials that you want their support for these bills! Go to the Academy's Action Center and log-in using your Academy username and password. Scroll down to Action Alerts and click on each one to send messages to Congress. 


Current Action Alerts to Support:

  • Support Diversity in Nutrition and Dietetics in Allied Health Professions

    • The Academy has partnered with the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education to encourage Congress to provide $300 million in funding for minority serving institutions that would support allied health professions programs including nutrition and dietetics.

  • Support Access to Healthy Food and Nutrition Services

    • Americans need immediate relief from the rising rates of food insecurity and continued economic stress exacerbated by the COVID-19 national emergency. 

  • Medical Nutrition Therapy Act of 2020

    • Access to MNT is more important than ever now that evidence indicates many diet-related chronic conditions are leading to poor outcomes for COVID-19 patients. Expanded access to MNT is especially important for minority populations that have long faced chronic disease health disease health disparities due to socioeconomic inequalities and reduced access to health care, healthful foods and safe places to be active and are now being disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.


Welcome the SU Dietetic Interns!

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?

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.