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Celebrate Registered Dietitian Day
Today is Registered Dietitian Day, honoring RDs' commitment to helping people enjoy healthy lives.
Registered dietitians are the food and nutrition experts, with the training and credentials vital for developing a personalized nutrition plan tailored for your unique nutritional needs, lifestyle and tastes. RDs can also help you manage or reduce your risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and hypertension to name a few.
Some RDs may call themselves nutritionists, but not all nutritionists are registered dietitians. The definition and requirements for the term "nutritionist" vary. Some states have licensure laws that define the range of practice for someone using the designation "nutritionist," but in other states, virtually anyone can call him- or herself a "nutritionist" regardless of education or training.
Individuals with the RD credential have fulfilled specific requirements, including having earned at least a bachelor's degree (about half of RDs hold advanced degrees), completed a supervised practice program and passed a registration examination — in addition to maintaining continuing education requirements for recertification.
For more information from the most valuable and credible source of timely, science-based food and nutrition information, consult a registered dietitian in your area and visit our Registered Dietitian Day or National Nutrition Month pages.
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Reviewed January 2013