Montana Code Annotated 2017



Part 1. General


37-25-102. Definitions. In this chapter, unless the context requires otherwise, the following definitions apply:

(1) "Accredited" means accredited through the council on postsecondary accreditation and the U.S. department of education.

(2) "Board" means the board of medical examiners.

(3) "Commission" means the commission on dietetic registration, which is a member of the national commission for health certifying agencies.

(4) "Dietetic-nutrition practice" or "dietetics-nutrition" is the integration and application of principles derived from the sciences of nutrition, biochemistry, physiology, and food management and from the behavioral and social sciences to achieve and maintain health. The primary function of dietetic-nutrition practice is to provide nutrition assessment and nutrition counseling.

(5) "General nutritional information" means information on:

(a) principles of good nutrition;

(b) foods to be included in a daily diet;

(c) the essential nutrients needed by the body;

(d) recommended amounts of these nutrients;

(e) the action of these nutrients on the body;

(f) the effects of deficiencies in these nutrients; or

(g) foods and supplements that are good sources of essential nutrients.

(6) "Licensed nutritionist" means a nutritionist licensed under this chapter.

(7) "Nutrition assessment" means the evaluation of nutritional needs of individuals and groups based on appropriate biochemical, anthropometric, physical, and dietary data in order to determine nutrient needs and to recommend appropriate nutritional intake, including both enteral and parenteral nutrition.

(8) "Nutrition counseling" means providing assistance and advice to individuals or groups in the selection of food and other sources of nutrients to achieve appropriate nutritional intake, based on:

(a) the nutrition assessment;

(b) the composition of food and other sources of nutrients; and

(c) meal preparation consistent with cultural background and socioeconomic status.

(9) "Nutritionist" means:

(a) a person licensed under this chapter; or

(b) a person who has satisfactorily completed a baccalaureate and master's or a doctoral degree in the field of dietetics, food and nutrition, or public health nutrition conferred by an accredited college or university.

History: En. Sec. 2, Ch. 529, L. 1987; amd. Sec. 48, Ch. 83, L. 1989.