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Why Meet with an RDN

Take the guesswork out of eating healthfully.

Meeting with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist helps you take control of your health. You will be equipped with education giving you a better understanding of what your body needs and how to meet those needs in a healthful way.

Just one appointment with an RDN can provide lifelong tools and information you can use every day to make smart, healthy choices.

 
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Scheduling a consultation with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) is easy and offers confidence and peace of mind in daily choices you make.

What you learn will take the guesswork out of eating. After a couple appointments you will understand exactly how to best meet your nutritional needs without all hype, restrictions and calculated measurements that most diet fads require.

No more wondering, questioning and sifting through the abundant diet world of fads and testimonials. You will be able to focus your efforts toward grocery shopping, meal preparation and meal packing strategies that are impactful, scientifically sound and enjoyable!

As a dietitian, my job and goal is to provide tools that are likeable and realistic so they can be maintained for life. Plus, you can have your favorite foods and still eat healthy…us dietitians don’t just eat lettuce and steamed broccoli, you know!

Between appointments we will stay connected via phone and email so you can reach out when you need to chat about unforeseen obstacles, questions you may have forgotten to ask or to troubleshoot any area that seems difficult.

Are you ready to make changes to your eating habits that are kind, sustainable and effective? Let’s look into scheduling and what your financial investment to your health looks like.

 

What is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist?

Educational and Professional Requirements of a Registered Dietitian

  • Registered Dietitians (RDs) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) are food and nutrition experts who have met the following criteria and earned the RD or RDN credential:

  • Completed a minimum of a bachelor’s degree at a U.S. regionally accredited university or college or foreign equivalent, and coursework through an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) or Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CP).

  • Complete 1200 hours of supervised practice through an ACEND accredited Dietetic Internship, Coordinated Program in Dietetics or an Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP) offered through an ACEND accredited program.

  • Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). For more information regarding the examination, refer to CDR’s website at www.cdrnet.org. In order to maintain the credential, an RD or RDN must complete continuing professional educational requirements.

How Is an RDN Different Than a Nutritionist?

The "RD" (Registered Dietitian) and "RDN" (Registered Dietitian Nutritionist) credentials are legally protected titles that can only be used by practitioners who are authorized by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. RD and RDN are titles for the same profession. There has been so much confusion between "dietitian" and "nutritionist" titles so the addition of "Nutritionist" has been officially approved and added to the RDN title.  

Based on the approved new title, we dietitians don't have to sweat when we are referred to as "nutritionists," but the general public should know that not all nutritionists are registered dietitian nutritionists. The difference is worth pointing out for the concern of knowing where to go for the specific nutritional guidance you are seeking. 

The definition and requirements for the term "nutritionist" vary. Some states have licensure laws that define the range of practice for someone using the designation "nutritionist," but in other states, virtually anyone can call him -or herself a "nutritionist" regardless of education or training.

Individuals with the RDN credential have fulfilled specific requirements, including having earned at least a bachelor's degree (about half of RDNs hold advanced degrees), completed a supervised practice program and passed a registration examination — in addition to maintaining continuing education requirements for recertification no less than every 5 years.

The above is adopted from the American Academy of Dietetics: http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=6442472286