Archive for March 14th, 2012

Registered Dietitian Day

March 14, 2012 marks the fifth anniversary of Registered Dietitian Day sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association). Registered Dietitians (RDs) complete a minimum of five years in specific educational requirements and training with emphasis on foods, nutrition, and dietetics. They must pass a national registration examination from the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education. To maintain registration, they acquire a minimum of fifteen hours of continuing education each year. Approximately fifty percent of RDs hold advanced degrees.

RDs work in many settings with more than half involved in clinical practices. About one-fourth work in food and nutrition management, dietetic counseling, or business. Many seek employment in community nutrition, education, or research while others engage in communication fields, private practice, and a myriad of opportunities where their knowledge is needed.

According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, RDs are “indispensable providers of food and nutrition services. . . .and [a] credible source of timely, scientifically-based food and nutrition information.” As food and nutrition experts, they translate the science of nutrition into practical applications for healthful living.

In recognition of their special day, express your appreciation to these valued health professionals as they work to help Americans make healthier food choices.

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