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National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. NNM also promotes the Academy and its members to the public and the media as the most valuable and credible source of timely, scientifically based food and nutrition information.
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Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day Event Ideas

Celebrate the 8th annual Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day with recognition of the professional expertise and accomplishments of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists.

  1. Ask the city mayor or state governor to declare "Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day."
  2. Create a banner to honor Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. The Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day graphic may be requested by sending an e-mail to nnm@eatright.org.
  3. Display photos and bios of the RDN staff on the company bulletin board, including name, position, length of service, special credentials and alma maters. Note the combined number of years of nutritional expertise of your team.
  4. Highlight the contributions of RDNs in your employee or community newsletter.
  5. Present certificates of appreciation to RDNs at a special "thank you" lunch or a reception for all staff. Some suggestions:
    • Innovative ideas for improvement of the clinical dietitian department
    • Superb abilities in teaching nutrition to children and families
    • Excellence in elevating nutritional care to the highest heights
  6. Purchase a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist pin or other RDN gift for each staff RDN from the National Nutrition Month catalog.    
  7. Encourage staff members to sign a "thank you" card or write individual notes of appreciation to the RDNs in your organization.
  8. Provide a free lunch or a restaurant gift card for RDNs on their day.
  9. Here are some other ideas:
    • From the NNM catalog: an assortment of Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day gifts
    • Flowers or potted plant with a note: "Please don't eat the flowers."
    • Gift basket
    • Goody bag with fruit, chocolates and staff photo
    • Chair massage
  10. Expressions of appreciation:
    • Handwritten note from department head or Vice President of Human Resources
    • Announcement in community newspaper or company newsletter
  11. Make a tribute gift contribution to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation in the name of an RDN. Your friend, colleague or loved one's family will be notified of your thoughtfulness through a personalized acknowledgement card.
  12. Develop a yearbook of staff RDN photos, including professional interest and advanced practice. Include a note about "Why I became an RDN."
  13. Local TV stations look for nutrition news. Let them know in early February that "Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day" is approaching.
  14. Ask your company to offer a donation to the local food bank in honor of the staff RDNs.
  15. Encourage your local dietetic association to place an ad in the local paper to help promote the RDN as The Nutrition Expert.
  16. Don't let RDN Day go unnoticed in your workplace. If you are the only RDN, create a "Congratulations!" sign for yourself and place it on your — keep it up for a week. That should generate some appreciation from co-workers!

Dietetic Technicians, Registered

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists are encouraged to include DTRs in their planned celebrations to recognize the valuable contributions of DTRs as part of the healthcare team.

Affiliate dietetic associations in states where DTRs work and live are also encouraged to make DTRs a part of their Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day and National Nutrition Month celebrations.