Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Launches Online Certificate of Training for Retail Dietitians

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Launches Online Certificate of Training for Retail Dietitians

June 3, 2015
Career Development

On May 27th, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics launched Supermarket Business and Industry Skills to Thrive in Retail Dietetics, an online program designed for retail dietitians to enhance their business skill and industry knowledge.  The Retail Dietitians Business Alliance played an instrumental role in the program, from concept inception to content development.  “This training program aligns directly with the mission of RDBA,” comments Phil Lempert, RDBA CEO.  “It provides deep content on the business of retail and retail dietetics – exactly what our members need to be successful in their careers.”  

The program is ideal for retail dietitians seeking to advance their business savvy and industry knowledge, and provides a strong foundation in retail dietetics for those seeking to enter this career path.  The program also provides benefit for hiring managers, as they now have a way to distinguish expertise specific to the retail industry.

Development of the program was led by RDBA Advisory Board member and former Academy President Judy Dodd, MS, RD, LDN, FAND and RDBA Executive Director Annette Maggi, MS, RDN, LD, FAND.  The Certificate of Training includes four modules: 

  • Retail 101: Navigating the Landscape authored by Catherine Polley, RPh, Vice President of Health & Wellness for the Food Marketing Institute and Executive Director of the FMI Foundation.
  • Roles and Responsibilities of the Retail Dietitian: In store, Regional and Corporate authored by Karen Buch RDN, LDN owner and principal consultant at Nutrition Connections LLC and Julie McMillin, RD, LD, Assistant Vice President of Retail Dietetics at Hy-Vee, Inc. 
  • Expanding Your Reach by Developing Internal and External Partnerships by Annette Maggi.
  • The Metrics of Success: ROI (Return on Investment) and other Tools for Measuring Results authored by Shari Steinbach, MS, RD, Healthy Living Manager for Meijer and Ellie Wilson, MS, RDN, Senior Nutritionist for Price Chopper/Golub Corporation. 

The talented and knowledge group of experts brought together for development of this level 2 program for dietitians have more than 50 years combined experience in retail health and wellness.  Each module provides 2 CPEUs and takes approximately two hours to complete.  Every module can be taken as a standalone training, but those who complete the entire series, complete the quizzes and pass the post test with an 80% or higher will be awarded the Certificate of Training.  The cost per module is $19 for Academy members or $49 for nonmembers.  

To access the training, visit the Academy’s website.