If you have ever had a nutrition-related concern, someone has probably suggested that you pay a visit to a registered dietitian. But who are registered dietitians, and what makes them different then all the other ‘nutrition experts’ claiming that they know it all when it comes to a healthy diet? Rest assured, if you visit a dietitian, you will receive expert advice. When deciding which medical professional to trust regarding your nutrition concerns, just look for two letters – RD.
Registered dietitians are nutrition experts. Not only do RDs provide nutrition-related counseling and services, they also do it in a way that promotes health and well-being. RDs use their expertise to help individuals make unique and positive lifestyle changes. They don’t promote fad diets, weight loss drugs, or other risky endeavors. They work within the community in hospitals, private practice, physician’s offices, health clinics, nursing homes, fitness centers, corporate offices, schools, and many others.
RDs provide medical nutrition therapy (MNT). Registered dietitians are the most highly qualified health professionals to deliver nutrition education and medical nutrition therapy for prevention, wellness, and disease management. These services can imrpove a client’s health and increase quality of life through decreased doctor’s visits, hospitalizations, and perscription drug needs.
RDs use evidence-based research. RDs apply the American Dietetic Association’s Evidence-based Nutrition Practice Guidelines, which illustrate the best courses of action to achieve positive outcomes related to specific diseases.
RDs are highly trained professionals. RDs receive extensive training that combines academic preparation with hands-on patient experience. RDs must have the minimum of a bachelor’s degree, participate in a practice program that involves direct patient care, and pass a national registration exam. Approximately 50% of RDs hold advanced degrees. RDs are also required to complete continuing education to stay up to date and maintain their credential.
RD services are vital to patient-centered medical care. RDs work hand-in-hand with referring providers and other healthcare professionals to deliver coordinated care. In addition to providing MNT, RDs address other areas such as glucose monitoring and body composition analysis.
To get the answers to your questions, the first step is finding an RD. To find an RD in your area, visitwww.eatright.org. To learn how we may be able to help, visit www.familyfoodllc.com and click ‘contact’ so that we can answer your questions!