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!


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I had a great 1st visit with the nutritionist. I went to get tips on changing by diet, but got much more. I was able to set a physical activity and nutrition goal. The nutritionist was knowledgeable and helpful.

I am so grateful for the stellar support and advice provided by Meghan, the dietitian I'm working with. She is both knowledgeable and kind, and it's a deeply productive journey. Thank you."


Consulting with a Family Food nutritionist is turning out to be helpful in my effort to live healthy. The consultations are a way of having a sense of accountability and I get helpful feedback on my dietary decisions.


Great nutrition experts who inspire you! I am happy with the nutrition specialists at Family Food. They make me excited about nutrition, answer all my questions, and provide excellent recommendations! Thank you!!


Very professional experience. I felt she listened to my needs and adjusted to personalize my nutrition needs.


My initial appointment was helpful - helped me consider new ways of addressing some problem areas for me and helped set attainable, concrete goals.


Insightful and Informative. She was very attentive and helpful. She gave excellent tips on what to do and eat to meet my goal weight.


I feel confident about the changes we made to my goals and look forward to implementing them into my everyday routine. The health adviser was very helpful and didn't make me feel shameful for not meeting all my previous goals.


I highly recommend Family Food. The nutritionist, Erika is helpful and provides great information and positive feedback.


I had an excellent experience with the representative from Family Food. She really read into what I was telling her and offered excellent advice that I am already able to implement after one visit. She also helped to make the best use of the hour long session. Very good time management!


I met with a dietician for the first time and I had an idea of what to expect but I find this to be an invaluable resource because I have already received great ideas of things to use for meal planning and I also received more information of how to read nutrition labels. I am looking forward to my next appointment.


I really enjoyed my first session with Christine. She provided me with a lot of solid information on issues I was not aware of and positive reinforcement for behaviors I have already engaged in. I outlined specific goals I would like to work on with her guidance and she gave me some initial steps to start. I found what she had to say respectful of the space I am in and cognizant of obstacles to making lifestyle and lifelong changes.


I walked in without any specific questions/concerns, and my counseling was well-guided and ended up helping me see specific small changes that I can make to keep me on-track with my nutrition goals. Solutions fit my lifestyle and were not cookie-cutter, which is fantastic. I was able to start making improvements immediately. Thank you!


I am finding the sessions helpful and a good way to talk through improving habits and making better food choices.


I am very happy this program exists. It has been very helpful and informative. My deitition is very nice and intelligent I am happy to have her help and support.


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