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In the spirit of National Nutrition Month®, I’d like to mention that today, March 9th, is Registered Dietitian (RD) Day. I’d like to therefore give a shout out to all my fellow registered dietitians and explain what an RD actually is.
First celebrated in 2008, Registered Dietitian Day was created by the American Dietetic Association (ADA) to increase the awareness of registered dietitians as the indispensable providers of food and nutrition services and to recognize RDs for their commitment to helping people enjoy healthy lives.
Who are RDs and what do they do?
• Registered Dietitians are the food and nutrition experts who can translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living.
• Registered Dietitians have degrees in nutrition, dietetics, public health or a related field from well-respected, accredited colleges and universities, completed an internship and passed an examination.
• Registered Dietitians use their nutrition expertise to help individuals make unique, positive lifestyle changes.
• Registered Dietitians work throughout the community in hospitals, schools, public health clinics, nursing homes, fitness centers, food management, food industry, universities, research and private practice.
• Registered Dietitians are advocates for advancing the nutritional status of Americans and people around the world.
How does one become a Registered Dietitian?
To earn an RD credential and become a nationally recognized Registered Dietitian by the ADA, the following criteria must be completed:
1. A Bachelor’s degree is required from an accredited college or university, providing a curriculum that has been approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) of the American Dietetic Association (ADA).
2. An accredited six- to twelve-month long CADE internship must be completed satisfactorily from one of the following; a healthcare facility, a community facility or agency, or a foodservice corporation. This should be in combination with the applicant’s college or university courses, either undergraduate or graduate.
3. Each applicant must then pass the required examination administered nationally by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the ADA’s accrediting body.
4. Lastly, applicants must annually update their accreditation with continued coursework and studies into the latest nutrition and dietitian material.
Many Registered Dietitians also receive additional accreditation and certification in specific areas of nutrition practice. These may include specializations for specific ailments and treatments for diabetes, heart disease, obesity, pediatrics and old age. These accreditations may be earned through the CDR or a number of other medical and nutritional professional bodies.
In addition, many states have their own requirements for dietetics professionals, which can often be met by the completing the RD requirements.
Furthermore, many RDs receive Master’s degrees in nutrition, public health or related fields.
Note: Dietitian is often mispelled. Take note of the correct spelling!