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What is a Registered Dietitian (RD)
Registered Dietitian

A registered dietitian is a provider of food and nutrition services. Dietitians are committed to helping people enjoy long, healthy lives by teaching them sound diet and nutrition practices they can use every day. They are a valuable and credible source of timely, scientifically-based food and nutrition information, (1).

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics classifies Registered Dietitians as follows:

"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," (1).

1. Registered Dietitian Fact Sheet. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics webpage. Available at: http://www.eatright.org/NNM/content.aspx?id=10791. Accessed on March 12, 2012.