The History of NYSAND's Name Change

The roots of organizing dietetic professionals in New York actually precedes the formation of the national organization.

The first separately organized group of dietitians in the nation was the New York Association of Dietitians in New York City which was formed in November 1916, with the national organization forming in October of 1917 in Cleveland.

In May of 1930, the New York State Dietetic Association (NYSDA) was founded with 14 dietitians meeting at Rochester General Hospital in Rochester, NY to form a statewide organization. The earlier group, formed in New York City, changed their name in 1930 to the Greater New York Dietetic Association (GNYDA) so that it would not conflict with the newly-formed NYSDA.

In addition to Rochester and GNYDA, four other district associations were initially recognized (Buffalo, Utica, Central New York and Hudson Valley). With this change, New York joined 13 states and Washington D.C. to become a statewide organization.

In April 1931 NYSDA became an affiliate of the American Dietetic Association (ADA). Since then, four other districts were formed and became affiliates to NYSDA: Long Island, Mid-Hudson, Southern Tier, and  Westchester/Rockland for a total of ten regional-based affiliates throughout New York.

In 2012, the ADA officially changed its name to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Academy President, Sylvia Escott-Stump, explained the thoughts behind changing the original name, "Protecting the public's health is the highest priority of the Academy and our members, and our new name complements our focus: the nutritional well-being of the American public." She went on to note that the new title reflects the members' background in science and their academic expertise, "Nutrition science underpins wellness, prevention and treatment." It was noted that including the term nutrition, resonates with consumers and wellness and is recognized by those in the medical community. 

The leadership of NYSDA discussed changing the name to align with the Academy and in 2015 the change was made to be the New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (NYSAND). As of 2017, three districts in New York have aligned with the Academy name (Long Island, Mid-Hudson, and Southern Tier).