Today is Registered Dietitian Day, a day to recognize the food and nutrition experts. A Registered Dietitian (RD) has the training and credentials that are essential for developing a personalized nutrition plan tailored for your unique nutritional needs, lifestyle and tastes. RDs can help you manage or reduce your risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and hypertension. RDs can help you set goals to achieve results and perform your best whether you’re an elite athlete or a weekend warrior.
Individuals with the RD credential have fulfilled specific requirements, including having earned at least a bachelor's degree (about half of RDs hold advanced degrees), completed a supervised practice program and passed a registration examination, all while maintaining continuing education requirements for recertification. It is important to note that some RDs may call themselves nutritionists, but not all nutritionists are RDs. Some states have licensure laws that define the range of practice for someone calling themselves a "nutritionist," but in other states, anyone can call him- or herself a "nutritionist" regardless of education or training.
To the RDs in my life: thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise with me and for teaching me what it means to be successful in this profession. Your mentorship over the years is an invaluable asset and I am very grateful.
For more information on what an RD can do for you and to locate an RD in your area, please visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at www.eatright.org.