Alabama is an Exclusive Scope of Practice State and requires a license to practice dietetics/nutrition. Only dietitians and nutritionists may obtain a license and provide nutrition care services. The state also protects the titles of “dietitian/nutritionist,” and your title may not contain the words “dietitian,” “nutritionist,” or other restricted titles/abbreviations such as L.D., L.N, RDN. The law in Alabama is known as the “Dietetics/Nutrition Practice Act.” (Acts 1989, No. 89-866, p. 1733, §1.)
“Nothing in this chapter is intended to prohibit any person who does not hold himself or herself out to be a dietitian or nutritionist from furnishing general nutritional information on food, food materials, or dietary supplements or from engaging in the explanation to customers about foods or food products in connection with marketing and distribution of those products, nor to prohibit any person licensed under this chapter from engaging in the marketing and distribution of food or food products.”
General nutritional information can be found in a book, on the internet, in a medical journal, etc. This information applies to the generally healthy public. You may not assess or evaluate a client’s individual needs in Alabama, nor may you individualize your client’s nutrition plan. You may not practice telehealth in the state of Alabama.