A registered dietitian (RD) is a food and nutrition expert authorized to perform medical nutrition therapy. In addition, RDs are medical professionals who work with patients to develop a personalized approach to healing and well-being through a healthy and sustainable relationship with food.
In the video below, Amanda Haney highlights everything you need to know about registered dietitians.
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How to become a registered dietitian
First, dietitians get a bachelor’s degree and must complete approved coursework in areas of chemistry, biology, counseling, food science, and foodservice management.
During this process, they complete a 1200 hour supervised internship, and are then required to pass the Registration Exam for Dietitians to earn the RD credential.
Many dietitians also have their master’s degree and some even go on to obtain their Ph.D. Overall, it takes about 6 to 8 years of additional education after high school to become a registered dietitian.
Registered dietitians are not the food police. We believe in restoring a positive relationship with food and work with you to create a lifestyle that syncs your health goals with the foods and activities you already enjoy.
The key to a sustainable diet is to develop healthy choices that are practical for your unique needs.
Dietitians work in many different settings including hospitals, private practice, public health programs, restaurants and hotels, corporate wellness centers, research facilities, school districts, college campuses, and professional sports teams – to name a few.
To learn more about registered dietitians or to find one in your area visit eatright.org.