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In Minnesota, a nutritionist has many rules to follow ranging from Minnesota Board Dietetics and Nutrition propagated rules all the way to Federal Law. Nutritionists are also often in many contracts with employers, licensing agencies, vendors, commercial real estate agents, insurance companies, employers, employees, independent contractors, partners and local, state and federal agencies.
The main rules pertaining to Minnesota nutritionists are in the following laws:
- Laws enacted by the Legislature governing the practice of dietetic and nutrition practice – MN Statutes Ch. 148.621 – 148.634
- Rules adopted by the Board regarding the practice of dietetics and nutrition – Rules of Dietetic and Nutrition Practice – MN Rules Chapter 3250
- Laws enacted by the Legislature governing the establishment and operation of examining and licensing boards – Examining and Licensing Boards – MN Statutes Ch.
“Nutritionist” means an individual who engages in dietetics or nutrition practice and uses the title nutritionist.
“Dietetics or nutrition practice” means the integration and application of scientific principles of food, nutrition, biochemistry, physiology, food management, and behavioral and social sciences to achieve and maintain human health through the provision of nutrition care services.
“Nutrition care services” means:
(1) assessment of the nutritional needs of individuals or groups;
(2) establishment of priorities, goals, and objectives to meet nutritional needs;
(3) provision of nutrition counseling for both normal and therapeutic needs;
(4) development, implementation, and management of nutrition care services; or
(5) evaluation, adjustment, and maintenance of appropriate standards of quality in nutrition care.
“Nutritional assessment” means the evaluation of the nutritional needs of individuals or groups based on appropriate biochemical, anthropometric, physical, and dietary data to determine nutrient needs and recommend appropriate nutritional intake.
“Nutrition counseling” means advising and assisting individuals or groups on appropriate nutritional intake by integrating information from the nutritional assessment with information on food and other sources of nutrients and meal preparation consistent with cultural background and socioeconomic status.
The most frequent question we see is in regard to the definition of dietetics and related “wellness” services such as those seen on food blogs by individuals who are clearly not licensed professionals.
Invest in experienced legal counsel so you can focus on providing quality care (and enjoying quality time for yourself) rather than guessing and worrying about the law.