Nutritionist and Dietitian Programs in Ohio
According to a 2008 study by the Ohio Department of Health, the number of Ohio’s residence considered obese has doubled over the past two decades to over 20 percent of the population. The percentage of those considered overweight increased from just 24 percent in 1984 to over 38 percent in 2008. At the highest risk of becoming obese, these people have posed the biggest gain.
Although men are only slightly more likely to become obese than women, they are much more likely to contract life threatening health problems such as hypertension, heart disease and type II diabetes. These ailments pose giant health care costs on both the people and the healthcare system of Ohio, in many cases using tax payer dollars to assist those in need. Unfortunately, those with less education are more likely to become overweight or obese than those with a high school diploma or college or university degree.
Nutritionists and Registered Dietitians in the state of Ohio are at the frontlines of the fight against obesity and related health problems. Through public education, research and patient care, nutrition professionals can work to reverse this trend. By working with businesses and government agencies, obesity can be turned around. Moreover, as obesity becomes a priority for government and private business alike, nutrition professionals will be in great demand to take the lead in this fight. Those who wish to be a part of this industry are encouraged to find a school and program that fits their educational and career goals in the various fields of nutrition.
Ohio & Regional Wages & Working Conditions
Nutritionists and Dietitians work in a variety of environments including hospitals, assisted living facilities, clinics, laboratories, food service facilities and food processing and manufacturing facilities doing a variety of work including:
- Organization and supervision of food service operations
- Dietary analyses and recommendation
- Diet counseling
- Food purchase supervision
- Nutrition research
A list of average salaries for Oklahoma Nutritionists, RD’s and DTR’s are available below:
Find degree programs, schools and jobs in major cities in Ohio: Akron, Bowling Green, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Dublin, Fairfield, Garfield Heights, Kent, Lakewood, Lancaster, Middletown, Portsmouth, Springfield, Toledo, Wooster, Youngstown.
Ohio State Registered Dietitian and Dietetic Technician Requirements
*Do not assume that any schools and programs listed on this site are a path to obtaining the RD credential. For credential information on actual schools that offer programs to the RD credential, view the ADA's official website at www.eatright.org.
According to the Ohio Dietetic Association and the Ohio Board of Dietetics, those who satisfy the requirements of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and Commission of Dietetic Registration (CDR) become eligible for membership in the state of Ohio under the ODA. Current 2009 ADA and ODA membership criteria is as follows:
- Earned a Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution approved by the ADA and OBD.
- Successful completion of a supervised professional internship program of at least 900 hours, approved by the American Dietetic Association.
- Successful passage of the ADA examination approved by the Commission of Dietetic Registration and the Ohio Dietetic Association.
- Successful completion of Continuing Education (CE) credits as required by the ADA.
Ohio Dietetic Programs
Ohio Dietetic Association
The ODA, with over 3200 members, consists of registered dietitians and DTR’s working to promote better health and nutrition in the state of Ohio. ODA members work in a variety of settings including private clinics, school districts, public health facilities, hospitals and long-term care facilities, research facilities and private business.
96 Northwoods Boulevard
Columbus, OH 43235-4722
Ohio Nutrition Council
The ONC, an affiliate of the Society for Nutrition Education is a network of nutrition professionals representing organizations, institutions, agencies, businesses, colleges and universities working to improve the nutrition and health of Ohio’s residents.
171 Green Meadows Drive South
Lewis Center, OH 43035
Ohio Board of Dietetics
The OBD works in cooperation with the Ohio Dietetic Association to protect Ohio residents by regulating dietetic practices through licensure, enforcement and education.
77 S. High Street, 18th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215