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Happy Registered Dietitian Day!

Last week I told you that March is National Nutrition Month®, a month devoted to educating the public about nutrition. A few years ago, the American Dietetic Association decided to celebrate registered dietitians (RD) during National Nutrition Month, to increase people’s awareness that RDs are the primary source and providers of food and nutrition services and that they are the food and nutrition experts. Today is that day — 2010’s Registered Dietitian Day.

I thought this day would be a good time to address a question I get asked all the time:

What is the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist?

Simply put, a registered dietitian (RD), has an advanced degree in nutrition, whereas technically anyone can call him/herself a nutritionist. To become an RD you have to go through an accredited program of classes, fulfill a dietetic internship with a minimum of 900 hours, and pass a standardized national exam. You also need to complete continuing education credits to maintain your title.

Nutritionist is not a licensed title, other than a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS), which is a licensed nutritionist. However, a CNS does not get intensive clinical training like an RD does.

Another title is Certified Dietitian Nutritionist, CDN, which is also licensed, requires specific professional requirements to attain, and varies by state.

Bottom line: All RDs are nutritionists, but not all nutritionists are RDs. If you’re interested in seeing someone for a nutrition consult, make sure she/he is a registered dietitian. You can find out more about the difference between an RD and a nutritionist and what an RD does through the American Dietetic Association.

Other interesting facts to know about registered dietitians like me:

  • We are the food and nutrition experts who can translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living.
  • We use our nutrition expertise to help individuals make unique, positive lifestyle changes.
  • We work throughout the community in hospitals, schools, public health clinics, nursing homes, fitness centers, food management, food industry, universities, research, and private practice.
  • We are advocates for advancing people’s nutritional status.
  • We don’t put people on diets. We help people with dietary needs whether they have a disease, need to gain weight, lose weight, have food allergies, and more.

Do you have any questions about dietitians? If so, send them my way at jessica@nutritioulicious.com!

Happy Registered Dietitian Day to all my fellow dietitians!!

Wednesday Wonders: National Nutrition Month®

This week I have a Wednesday Wonder for you!

Q: Do you know what March is in the nutrition world?

A: It’s National Nutrition Month®! (Yes, I know, the answer was in the headline!) Every March the American Dietetic Association sponsors National Nutrition Month®(NNM), a nutrition education and information campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to educate the public about the importance of making informed food choices and developing healthy eating and physical activity habits. It’s also about promoting and reminding the media and the public that  registered dietitians are the nutrition experts and the most credible source of timely, scientifically based food and nutrition information.

This year’s theme for NNM® is Nutrition From the Ground Up, the basic premise of which is that healthy eating doesn’t have to be difficult. A healthy eating plan emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat or fat-free dairy and includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, and nuts. A healthy eating plan is also low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt, and added sugars. (Sounds a little like my nutritioulicious™ beliefs!) The ADA has some great resources for NNM®, including recipes, handouts, and information about what an RD can do for you.

Happy Nutrition Month!!!

Do you have a Wednesday Wonder you’d like answered? If so, email me at jessica@nutritioulicious.com!