SOCIAL MEDIA IN DIETETICS PRACTICE: ETHICAL AND LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS
The growth and prevalent use of social media provides the perfect avenue to registered dietitians to share their nutrition expertise with consumers, but poses unique legal and ethical challenges. Learn how to identify the appropriate application of federal regulations and the Code of Ethics for the Profession of Dietetics to avoid compromising your current and future professional career. This session meets the RD requirement for a unit of "ETHICS" during a 5 year renewal period.
Upon successful completion of this course, the participant should be able to:
Describe key issues related to social media in society and for the profession.
Apply general guidelines for using social media in personal and professional practice situations.
Reduce potential legal and ethical problems when utilizing social media in personal and professional situations.
Note: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy) and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) are not responsible for the provider’s interpretation of the Academy/CDR Code of Ethics for the Nutrition and Dietetics Profession or its enforcement as it relates to the scenarios and content presented in this activity.
Neva Cochran, MS, RDN, LD, FAND is a nutrition communications consultant in Dallas, Texas. She serves as a consultant to a variety of food and nutrition organizations and is a frequent speaker for professional and consumer groups. An active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, she has served as President of both the Dallas and Texas Academies, as an Academy media spokesperson, a member of the House of Delegates and Chair of the Foundation. She currently serves on the Foundation's Philanthropy Council. She was a 2012 recipient of the Academy's Medallion Award and the 2016 Texas Academy Outstanding Veteran Preceptor Award recipient.
Debra King, MS, RDN, LD, FAND
Debra King's passion for nutrition began when she took her first nutrition class. She has worked in food service management, clinical nutrition, consulting, and frequently volunteers in community nutrition education programs. She is currently the Director of Nutrition Services for Meals on Wheels and an adjunct nutrition sciences faculty member at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She also serves as the Social Media Manager for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Vegetarian Nutrition practice group. In addition, she is Chair of the Academy's Consumer Protection and Licensure Sub-Committee and the Consumer Protection Coordinator for the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.