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1917) serves the public by promoting optimal nutrition, health, and well-being.

ADA members in the United States and abroad help shape the food choices and impact the nutritional status of the public. The membership includes dietitians, dietetic technicians, students, and others holding baccalaureate and advanced degrees in nutrition and dietetics. ADA members play a key role in shaping the public's food choices, thereby improving its nutritional status, and in treating persons with illnesses. Members offer preventive and therapeutic nutrition services in a variety of settings.

The ADA is a collective partnership of members, staff, and allied organizations. A number of networks provide the framework for member involvement, including state and district associations and 26 dietetic practice groups. The practice groups include members who specialize in public health, education, research, long-term care, foodservice management, private practice, sports nutrition diet counseling for diabetes, weight management, and heart disease, among other areas.

ADA members provide expert testimony at hearings, lobby Congress and other government bodies, comments on proposed federal and state regulations, and develop position statements on critical food and nutrition issues. The Commission on Accreditation and Approval for Dietetics Education accredits and approves more than 600 entry-level dietetics education programs for entry into the profession. Through its National Center for Nutrition and Dietetics, ADA offers programs to educate consumers about the links between food and nutrition and health.

The Journal of the American Dietetic Association and the ADA Courier supply members with current food and nutrition research and practice information, as well as Association news. As an important player in the International Committee of Dietetic Associations, ADA helps promote information sharing and professional cooperation among dietetics practitioners around the world.

Further information is available at http:www .eatright.org.

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