A new group called Nutrition Leaders Council has been
formed to help find more inclusive ways to advance and
grow the nutrition profession to empower healthcare practitioners to use nutrition as a primary tool in their practice,
according to its organizers.
In an effort to promote nutrition as key to America’s
healthcare, the Nutrition Leaders Council will partner with
a consortium of important nutrition organizations, including the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists (BCNS)
and their Certified Nutrition Specialists (CNS); the Center
for Nutrition Advocacy (CAN), which advocates for practice and insurance rights for practitioners; and the American Nutrition
Association (ANA), which educates professionals and the public.
“It was important for us to first put the infrastructure in place to
support a highly respected and recognized nutrition profession,” says
Michael Stroka, the Chicago-based executive director of BCNS. “The
Nutrition Leaders Council is going to help us usher in the second
phase of moving nutrition to the core of healthcare.”
He notes that consumers’ trust in the use of dietary
supplements stems in great part from the advice of
their healthcare practitioner, such as a credentialed
nutritionist, medical doctor, naturopathic physician,
chiropractor, acupuncturist or pharmacist.
“Nutrition is the single most powerful determinant
of a person’s health,” says Stroka. “The leaders who
make up the Nutrition Leaders Council have aligned
efforts with BCNS and other highly respected nutri-
tion organizations, which will help us ensure that
trained healthcare practitioners have the capability to provide quality
nutrition and supplement recommendations to patients for improved
According to Stroka, currently 16 states do not allow credentialed
nutrition practitioners—who often have more advanced training than
registered dieticians—to give nutritional and supplement advice.
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