South Dakota Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics


Our Mission:


SDAND is the home base for finding, connecting to and serving South Dakota Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs). Our mission is to prevent disease and improve health through evidence-based medical nutrition therapy and using food as medicine.


2019 SDAND Conference

September 19-20, sioux Falls, SD

Holiday Inn Sioux Falls-City Centre

Registration Now Open!


4:00-6:00 PM, Thursday, September 19
Holiday Inn City Centre-Sioux Falls, Cascade Room


6:00-8:00 PM, Thursday, September 19
R Wine Bar, 322 E 8th St, Sioux Falls
RSVP to Chase Merfeld at


8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Friday, September 20
Register by August 15th and receive $20 off your ticket using code: earlybird


The Fundraising Committee will again be accepting gift basket donations to enter into the silent auction during the conference on Friday. If you would like to donate a basket, please contact Chase Merfeld at

View full conference schedule HERE

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Though a small group, Registered Dietitian Nutritionists are mighty in knowledge. They hold an undergraduate degree similar to pre-medicine but with more nutritional science, biochemistry and physiology. While everyone is affected by nutrition because we all eat, RDNs can help tailor nutrition recommendations to your situation and help you become an expert at your own body.

Work With a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

There are many ways to work with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. The most common way is to call your local hospital or clinic that employs dietitians and request an appointment. Some RDNs work in private practice, gyms or other settings and can be found online, through referrals, social media accounts or via the Find a RDN Directory on this site.



Dietitians in South Dakota

RDNs in South Dakota can be found in a variety of settings and specialities. Check out our Work With a Dietitian page to find one near you!



years of education

To become a RDN, requirements include completing a four year bachelor’s degree plus a dietetic internship. Most students choose to complete a master’s degree and by 2024 a master’s degree will be required for RDNs.



dedicated to helping you

Dietitians are the food and nutrition experts and can help you with a wide variety of nutrition questions or concerns.



The South Dakota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the professional association for RDNs in South Dakota that:



for increasing reimbursement opportunities for medical nutrition therapy, and increasing legislation that impacts RDNs, such as the Farm Bill, diabetes prevention, food security or licensure issues.


students to become involved by offering student memberships to undergraduate dietetics students and dietetic interns.


the role of the RDN through connections with ancillary healthcare professionals and associations, speaking opportunities, relationships with state and national lawmakers, and more.


member benefits, such as scholarships, local continuing education opportunities, social events, job postings, awards, and more.


Events & Resources

SDAND collaborates with other organizations, such as the South Dakota Academy of Family Physicians and South Dakota Diabetes Coalition for special events. You can find more details about upcoming events, conferences, or social activities on our Events & Resources page.

Legislative Day

The next Legislative Day will be held in February 2020 in Pierre. Check back for details later.

annual conference

The SDAND Annual Conference will be held September 19-20, 2019 in Sioux Falls.

Job postings

Head to the Events & Resources page to find RDN job openings in South Dakota.