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Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day

Published: March 01, 2020

Reviewed: February 08, 2023

Celebrate RDN Day
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Celebrated on the second Wednesday in March during National Nutrition Month®, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day increases awareness of registered dietitian nutritionists as the indispensable providers of food and nutrition services and recognizes RDNs for their commitment to helping people enjoy healthy lives.

Ways to Celebrate RDN Day

Celebrate this event by recognizing the invaluable expertise and contributions of registered dietitian nutritionists!

  1. Ask the city mayor or state governor to declare "Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day!" See the National Nutrition Month® campaign resources for a sample Proclamation Form.
  2. Create a banner to honor RDNs. Use the Academy's permission form to request a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day graphic. RDN Day posters are available for purchase in the National Nutrition Month® catalog.
  3. Display photos and bios of staff RDNs 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. Give certificates of appreciation to RDNs. Some suggestions for certificate recognition:
    • Innovative ideas for improvement of the clinical nutrition department
    • Superb abilities in teaching nutrition to children and families
    • Excellence in elevating nutritional care to the highest heights
    • Exceptional commitment to evidence-based practice in dietetics
  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.
  9. Gift ideas include:
    • Use the National Nutrition Month® catalog to choose from 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 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 Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day go unnoticed in your workplace. If you are the only RDN, create a "Congratulations!" sign for yourself and place it on your desk — keep it up for a week. That should generate some appreciation from co-workers!

RDN Day Sponsor

The Academy's mission is to accelerate improvements in global health and well-being through food and nutrition. With more than 112,000 credentialed practitioners, the Academy is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. Most Academy members are registered dietitian nutritionists and nutrition and dietetics technicians, registered. Visit National Nutrition Month® campaign resources and the National Nutrition Month® catalog for special RDN and RD gifts.

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