For purposes of the exemption from licensure contained in division (J) of section 4759.10 of the Revised Code, a person presenting a general program of instruction for weight control need not be a licensed dietitian provided the general program of weight control is approved in writing by a licensed dietitian, physician licensed under Chapter 4731. of the Revised Code to practice medicine or surgery or osteopathic medicine or surgery, a person licensed in another state and approved by the board as having substantially equivalent licensure requirements as Ohio, or a registered dietitian.
A "general program of weight control" is a program designed for one or more population groups in order to achieve or maintain a healthy weight. It is not based on an individual nutrition assessment and does not provide medical nutrition therapy (MNT) as defined in rule 4759-2-01 of the Administrative Code. The program includes the diet plan and any information provided to customers including written guidelines for instruction to customers.
Persons presenting an approved general program of weight control are to adhere to the approved program content. The program shall be reviewed for re-approval in writing at least every two years.