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A certified dietitian is an individual who is certified as a dietitian under Chapter 448, Subchapter IV, Wis. Stats.

A dietitian is an individual who practices dietetics. Dietetics means the integration and application of principles of nutritional science, biochemistry, food science, physiology, food systems management, behavioral science and social science in order to achieve or maintain the health of an individual or group of individuals. Dietetics includes assessing the nutritional needs of an individual or group of individuals and determining available resources and constraints in meeting those nutritional needs; establishing priorities, goals and objectives that meet those nutritional needs and are consistent with available resources and constraints; providing nutrition counseling; or developing, implementing and managing nutritional care systems.

A person who is not a state certified dietitian may not designate himself or herself as a dietitian, claim to provide dietetic services or use any title or initials that represent or may tend to represent the person as certified or licensed as a dietitian or as certified or licensed in a nutrition-related field. For exceptions see s. 448.72(1)(a)5, Wis. Stats., and s. 448.72(1)(b) to (1)(f), Wis. Stats.

reviewed 4/13

Licensing Authority:
WI Department of Safety and Professional Services
Dietitiarns Affiliated Credentialing Board
1400 E. Washington Ave.
P.O. Box 8935
Madison, WI 53708-8935
(608)266-2112   (608)261-7083 fax


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