3/8/17

Happy Registered Dietitian Day!


This picture was taken 7 years ago, on my first day of my 10 month, 1200 hour dietetic internship. 

As I look back on those 10 months, which required a lot of time, energy, focus, hard work, money and brain power, I could not be more happy with my decision to return back to school after earning my Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology, to become a Registered Dietitian. 

Did you know that anyone can call themselves a nutritionist regardless of education, experience or background? As you know, there are countless meal plans, books, articles, blogs, classes and seminars provided by nutrition experts who have no to little formal education on nutrition or simply hold a certification in nutrition.

Much of our public is confused and misled by the nutrition information and advice from nutrition experts which ultimately devalues the qualifications and experience among RDs. Today is celebrating the many RD's out there who, by law, can legally provide nutritional counseling. 

"Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day was created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to increase the awareness of registered dietitian nutritionists as the indispensable providers of food and nutrition services and to recognize RDNs for their commitment to helping people enjoy healthy lives. Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day and National Nutrition Month® promote the Academy and RDNs to the public and the media as the most valuable and credible source of timely, scientifically-based food and nutrition information" - Eatright.org


Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day key messages developed by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionists are the food and nutrition experts who can translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living.
  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionists have degrees in nutrition, dietetics, public health or a related field from well-respected, accredited colleges and universities, have completed an internship and passed a national examination.
  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionists use their nutrition expertise to help individuals make unique, positive lifestyle changes.
  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionists work throughout the community in hospitals, schools, public health clinics, nursing homes, fitness centers, food management, food industry, universities, research, media, professional sports, and private practice.
  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionists are advocates for advancing the nutritional status of Americans and people around the world.
Looking for a Registered Dietitian?
When you need accurate, personalized, realistic and practical nutrition advice, it's highly recommended to use the services of a Registered Dietitian. If you are an athlete seeking daily and sport nutrition advice, pursue a RD who is a Board Certified Specialist in Sport Nutrition (CSSD credential).

To find a registered dietitian in your area, visit EatRight.org and click on “Find an Expert.”

Here are a few of my most popular blog posts detailing my long dietetic journey which I pursued after earning a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology:

FDA conference - 1200 hours to go!

Ironman and dietetic internship

Week 1

Busy intern/IM athlete

At least I didn't serve tofu

12 weeks to go!

No longer a dietetic intern

RD exam report

Breaking news - I passed

My long road to becoming a dietitian




HAPPY RD DAY!

Don't forget to thank your favorite RD today.