Happy National Registered Dietitian (RD) Day! Recognized as the nation’s food and nutrition experts, Registered Dietitians around the nation are committed to improving the health and wellness of their clients, no matter how big or small the goals. What better way to celebrate this day by recognizing some of our nation’s elite. In this post, we went and interviewed three Registered Dietitians from different parts of the country. Before we dive into these interviews, let’s first look at some key messages the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has to say about Registered Dietitians (versus “nutritionists” or self-proclaimed “nutrition/health coaches”).
- RDs are food and nutrition EXPERTS who can translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions and tactics for their clients/patients.
- RDs undergo a rigorous curriculum and have degrees in nutrition/dietetics, public health or a related field from a credentialed university. They also go through an 8 month to 1-year internship program where they practice their clinical, community and management skills.
- RDs take a national exam that grant them the official credentials of RD or RDN (Registered Dietitian Nutritionist). They are not self-proclaimed nutrition coaches. They are the real deal.
- You can find RDs throughout the community including hospitals, schools, public health clinics, nursing homes, health/fitness centers, food industry, universities, research labs and private practice.
Nutrition For Performance has the privilege of knowing each one of these RDs. They exude love for this profession and have a profound respect for food, and food’s true power on overall health. So without further ado, let’s get into these RDs in the spotlight!