Section 34-34A-3

Definitions.

For the purposes of this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings herein ascribed to them unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

(1) BOARD. Board of Examiners for Dietetics/Nutrition Practice.

(2) COMMISSION ON DIETETIC REGISTRATION (CDR). Commission on Dietetic Registration that is a member of the National Commission for Health Certifying Agencies.

(3) DEGREE. A baccalaureate or higher degree from a college or university accredited by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges or other regional accreditation agency recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education.

(4) REGISTERED DIETITIAN. A person registered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (also defined under Section 34-34-1).

(5) LICENSED DIETITIAN/NUTRITIONIST. A person licensed under this chapter.

(6) TEMPORARILY LICENSED DIETITIAN/NUTRITIONIST. A person temporarily licensed under this chapter.

(7) DIETETICS/NUTRITION PRACTICE. The integration and application of the principles derived from the sciences of nutrition, biochemistry, food, physiology, management and behavioral and social sciences to achieve and maintain people's health through the provision of nutrition care services.

(8) Nutrition care services:

a. Assessing the nutritional needs of individuals and groups, and determining resources and constraints in the practice setting;

b. Establishing priorities, goals, and objectives that meet nutritional needs and are consistent with available resources and constraints;

c. Providing nutrition counseling in health and disease according to established guidelines of care;

d. Developing, implementing and managing nutrition care systems; and

e. Evaluating, making changes in, and maintaining appropriate standards of quality in food and nutrition care services.

(9) NUTRITIONAL ASSESSMENT. The evaluation of the nutritional needs of individuals and groups based upon appropriate biochemical, anthropometric, physical and dietary data to determine nutrient needs and recommend appropriate nutritional intake including enteral and parenteral nutrition.

(10) NUTRITION COUNSELING. Advising and assisting individuals or groups on appropriate nutritional intake by integrating information from the nutrition assessment with information on food and other sources of nutrients and meal preparation consistent with cultural background and socioeconomic status.

(11) DIETITIAN/NUTRITIONIST. One engaged in dietetics/nutrition practice as defined in Chapter 34 of Title 34.

(12) DIETETIC TECHNICIAN. A person who is trained to perform specific dietetic functions of a licensed dietitian/nutritionist as defined by this chapter under the direct supervision of a licensed dietitian/nutritionist.

(Acts 1989, No. 89-866, p. 1733, §3.)