Nebraska is an Exclusive Scope of Practice State. The law requires a license to provide nutrition care, and the law states, “No person shall practice medical nutrition therapy unless he or she is licensed for such purpose pursuant to the Uniform Credentialing Act.” Dietitians in Nebraska refer to themselves as Medical Nutrition Therapists or MNT’s, and the state only licenses MNT’s.
The law in Nebraska is restrictive, and holistic nutrition professionals must use caution when working with individuals. Practitioners should focus on providing general nutrition information on healthy lifestyles and nutrition advice that applies to the general public for “normal nutritional needs throughout the lifecycle.” Do not assess or individualize a nutrition plan/recommendations in the state of Nebraska.
(5) Persons performing “general nutrition services” incidental to the practice of the profession insofar as it does not exceed the scope of their education and training;
(6) Persons who market or distribute food, food materials, or dietary supplements, including persons employed in health food stores, or persons engaged in the advising of the use of those products, or the preparation of those products, or the counseling of individuals or groups in the selection of products to meet general nutrition needs;
(7) Persons conducting classes or disseminating information related to general nutrition services;
(9) Persons who provide information and instructions regarding food intake or exercise as a part of a weight control program.
The law further defines “general nutrition services” as:
Section 38-1807: General nutrition services includes, but is not limited to:
(1) Identifying the nutritional needs of individuals and groups in relation to normal nutritional requirements; and
(2) Planning, implementing, and evaluating nutrition education programs for individuals and groups in the selection of food to meet normal nutritional needs throughout the life cycle.