National Registered Dietitian Day

March 14, 2012 at 11:54 am 2 comments

March 14 has been designated as National Registered Dietitian Day.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics would like to share the following messages today:

  • Registered Dietitians are the food and nutrition experts who can translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living.
  • Registered Dietitians have degrees in nutrition, dietetics, public health or a related field from well-respected, accredited colleges and universities, completed an internship and passed an examination.
  • Registered Dietitians use their nutrition expertise to help individuals make unique, positive lifestyle changes.
  • Registered Dietitians work throughout the community in hospitals, schools, public health clinics, nursing homes, fitness centers, food management, food industry, universities, research and private practice.
  • Registered Dietitians are advocates for advancing the nutritional status of Americans and people around the world.

Registered Dietitians share safe and science-based information to promote health and prevent disease.

Please do not confuse “nutritionist” with Registered Dietitian!  Anyone can call themselves a nutritionist.  RD’s must first earn a Bachelor’s Degree in nutrition or have earned a Bachelor’s Degree in another field and then take additional nutrition-related classes.  That is what I did.  I have a BA in Business.  The classes I needed to take are in a program called the Didactic Program in Dietetics.  I took classes such as Anatomy and Physiology, 2 Chemistry classes, Statistics, Microbiology, Medical Nutrition Therapy, Biochemistry, Nutrient Metabolism and also several Sports Nutrition-related classes.  After that, an RD candidate must complete a Dietetic Internship which usually lasts 7-12 months.  You actually pay (sometimes a lot of $$$) to work 40-60 hours per week!  THEN, you can sit for the RD exam!

I loved it all, though!  So great to find a population of people who think just like me!  I didn’t feel so much like a nutrition freak when I met all my fellow nutrition students!  RD’s are a wonderful population of caring, kind, genuine people who also love vegetables!


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. wartica  |  March 14, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    I couldn’t agree more; when I found a dietitian – a few years back – they helped me realize what to eat, how to eat, when NOT to eat as well:) Great post and I look forward to sharing more with you:))

  • 2. Elise  |  March 14, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    I totally agree with you Marica – when I found my “Nutrition Peeps” I finally felt like I was at home! 🙂

    Happy RD Day!


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