Dietary management, also known as “foodservice management”, is the practice of providing nutritional options for individuals and groups with diet concerns through supervision of foodservices. Practitioners in dietary management, known as dietary managers, work in hospitals, long-term care facilities, restaurants, school and college cafeterias, correctional facilities, and other foodservice settings, usually implementing meal plans established by a dietitian or nutritionist. They are responsible for supervising the work of other nutrition personnel such as cooks and dietary aides.
Training and regulation of dietary managers
The professional requirements of dietary managers vary across countries and employment settings, but usually include some formal (postsecondary) education and/or on-the-job experience in nutrition care and therapy, management of foodservice operations, human resource management, and sanitation and food safety. Dietary management is not usually subject to professional regulation, although voluntary certification is preferred by many employers.
In Canada, dietary managers with recognized training in areas such as diet therapy, menu planning, food safety and food production may become members of the Canadian Society of Nutrition Management.
In the United States, dietary managers with a composite of education and experience may take a certification exam offered by the Dietary Managers Association (DMA), known as the Dietary Manager Credentialing Exam. Eligibility requirements to take the exam include a DMA-approved diploma in nutrition, foodservice management, culinary arts, hotel-restaurant management, institutional foodservice management, or military dietary manager training. Training may have been taken at a designated school or through distance learning. Passing the exam allows use of the title “Certified Dietary Manager” or “Certified Food Protection Professional”.
- Canadian Society of Nutrition Management Scope of Practice. Accessed 2 August 2011.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition: Food Service Managers. Accessed 2 August 2011.
- Canadian Society of Nutrition Management About CSNM.
- Dietary Managers Association. Certified Dietary Manager Exam. Accessed 2 August 2011.
- Dietary Managers Association. DMA-Approved Programs (Schools).
- University of Florida. Flexible learning: Dietary Manager Training.
- University of South Dakota. Online and distance education: Dietary Managers Training Program.
- Home Economics Archive: Tradition, Research, History (HEARTH)
An e-book collection of over 1,000 books on home economics spanning 1850 to 1950, created by Cornell University's Mann Library. Includes several hundred works on nutrition in this period, itemized in a specific bibliography.