Nutrition Specialist Certification
AASDN is now a member of the Center for Science in the Public Interest advocacy group, the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA) Coalition and Dr. Jane Pentz of AASDN has joined the NANA School Foods Subcommittee.
Nutrition Manager Program
Kids Earn a Gold Star for Eating Right
Dr. Jane Pentz wants kids to shoot for the stars by developing healthy eating habits.

AASDN supports the National Childhood Obesity Awareness Initiative. The mission of NCOAI is to educate and empower children to make healthy eating choices.

Sports Nutrition Certificate (SNC)
Fitness professionals are being empowered to incorporate nutrition programs through the Nutrition Specialist Certification and Nutrition Manager Program.

AASDN is also empowering professionals to teach sports nutrition by providing academic qualifications through the SNC Program.

Welcome to
   American Academy of Sports Dietitians & Nutritionists

As a Non-profit Organization, AASDN Sets Itself Apart from Other Nutrition Organizations:

  • AASDN programs are based on sound , scientific nutrition information.
  • AASDN programs are created by licensed professionals aimed at allowing non-licensed professionals to safely and legally incorporate nutrition.
  • AASDN programs adhere to state nutrition licensure laws.
  • AASDN members receive unlimited dietitian support.
  • AASDN members (for a small annual membership fee) have access to all the documents necessary to implement nutrition programs.
  • For more details read our “Frequently Asked Questions“.

AASDN accepts no funds from advertising, no corporate funds or government grants. AASDN extends its sincere gratitude to members, Nutrition Specialist Certificants and students of other AASDN programs who provide support for all AASDN activities.

Why Non-Licensed Professionals

While dietitians are the “go to” experts, the Surgeon General’s office has issued a call to action for all professionals to become involved in reducing obesity rates and improving the health of the Nation. Non-licensed health and fitness professionals have been told that nutrition is beyond their scope of practice and nutrition should be left to dietitians. AASDN has developed programs with a scope of practice that allow non-licensed professionals to legally incorporate nutrition into their programs. Also, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has indicated (in writing) that it is legal for health and fitness professionals to incorporate nutrition into their programs.  See statement below.

Statement by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

In a written response, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has stated in writing:

  • In fact, there is not a single dietetics licensure law in the country that would prohibit licensed chiropractors, pharmacists, nurses, personal trainers, or acupuncturists from providing nutritional counseling. READ MORE
  • Licensure laws are drafted to ensure that anyone—yoga teachers or personal trainers—can provide general non-medical nutrition information. Anyone who says differently is either uninformed or intentionally misstating the facts. READ MORE
  • An original article by Michael Ellsberg precipitated the AND above response.  READ MORE

Also, According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) the American public is just as likely to seek nutrition information from a personal trainer or health club/gym as they are a registered dietitian. AASDN recognizes that health and fitness professionals can and should play a key role in providing nutrition information to the public.

Join us in our Mission

Please join us in our mission to provide the public with sound, scientific nutrition programs administered by you, the qualified non-licensed professional, under the guidance of licensed professionals.


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