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Have you had an opportunity to have a Registered Dietitian join your care team? In a world where almost every-other-person is a certified health coach or providing nutrition advice from a blog they read online and everyone is looking for the supplement to help them get healthier than ever, nutrition can become quite confusing and overwhelming.
Registered Dietitian Nutritionists are the authority on providing clients the evidence-based Medical Nutrition Therapy necessary to build a solid foundation and maintain sustainable lifestyle change. Their education and training and ability to compassionately translate the science of nutrition into real-life application while coordinating care plans with your medical team is what makes them the most qualified to speak to specific nutrition needs and nutraceutical recommendations. Dietitians take evidence-based principles and package them up into practical every-day strategies that are simple, sustainable, and sensible. No fad-diets, restriction, miracle pills, potions, or powders necessary! Dietitians take the nutrition prescription provided by the care team and create individualized care plans, complete with practical tips and implementation strategies.
If chronic health issues are not something you live with, congratulations! You are amongst an ever-decreasing 40% of the American population according to latest statistics from the CDC. The goal is to help you stay in great health through foundational lifestyle modification.
Dietitians are here to help you and your family better manage or overcome: gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, rheumatic, gynecological, pediatric diseases and disorders, hormone dysfunction, picky eating, nutrition myths, food fears, and more.
Your Registered Dietitian Nutritionist is accredited by the Commission on Dietetic Registration and is held accountable to licensing or certifying bodies in their state and states in which they practice Medical Nutrition Therapy. Additional information about Registered Dietitians/ Registered Dietitian Nutritionists, adapted from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website:
Earned a bachelors or masters degree with coursework approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
Coursework typically includes food and nutrition sciences, food service systems management, business, economics, computer science, sociology, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology and chemistry.
Completed an accredited, supervised practice program at a health care facility, community agency or food service corporation.
Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
Completes continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration on an ongoing basis.
Over half of RDNs hold advanced degrees and in 2024 all incoming RDNs will be required to have a master's degree. Some RDNs also hold additional certifications in specialized areas of practice, such as pediatric or renal nutrition, nutrition support and diabetes education.
Registered dietitian nutritionists are not only food and nutrition experts — they are leaders in the field of dietetics. Dietitians play a key role in shaping the public's food choices, thereby improving its nutritional status, and in treating persons with illnesses or injuries. Dietitians offer preventive and medical nutrition therapy services in a variety of settings, including health care facilities, home health care, foodservice, business, research, grocery stores and educational organizations.
Their resources, combined with the qualifications that are required to become a registered dietitian nutritionist, enable RDNs to translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living and contribute to the nutrition expertise that RDNs use to help individuals make personalized, positive lifestyle changes.
Registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) or registered dietitian (RD) can only be used by nutrition and dietetics practitioners who are currently authorized to use the credential by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (The Academy). These are legally protected titles. Individuals with these credentials have completed specific academic and supervised practice requirements, successfully completed the CDR examination and maintained requirements for recertification. The definition and requirements for the term "nutritionist" vary. Some states have licensure laws that define the scope of practice for someone using the designation "nutritionist."