The board was created to regulate dietitians and nutritionists for the single purpose of protecting the public.
In 1994, the Minnesota legislature, recognizing that the practice of dietetics and nutrition affects the public welfare, passed a law that provided for state licensing and regulation of dietitians and nutritionists. The law also provided that a board consisting of licensed dietitians and nutritionists, as well as public members, would be responsible for carrying out these functions.
The Board consists of seven members appointed by the governor. Two members must be licensed dietitians, two are licensed nutritionists, and two of the three public members must be either consumers of nutrition care services or people who provide care to individuals who use those services. The term of appointment is four years. A person may not be appointed to serve more than two consecutive terms.