Top 10 Reasons to Consult with a Registered Dietitian
Have you hugged your registered dietitian today?
March is National Nutrition Month and every year there is one day during this special month that is dedicated to recognizing registered dietitians (RD).
March 9, 2011 is National Registered Dietitian Day, and the 4th annual, thanks to the American Dietetic Association.
Recognition That’s Well-Deserved
As the nation’s food and nutrition experts, registered dietitians are committed to improving the health of their patients and community. Registered Dietitian Day commemorates the dedication of RDs as advocates for advancing the nutritional status of Americans and people around the world.
Registered Dietitians are Experts
The American Dietetic Association(ADA) expresses that registered dietitians are the food and nutrition experts who can translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living. There are many people out there that call themselves “nutritionists” but RDs have degrees in nutrition, dietetics, public health or a related field from well-respected, accredited colleges and universities.
We have also completed an internship, which is usually at least one year long and passed a board examination to be able to have the RD credentials. Registered Dietitians use their nutrition expertise to help individuals make unique, positive lifestyle changes. RDs work throughout the community in hospitals, schools, public health clinics, nursing homes, fitness centers, food management, food industry, universities, research and private practice.
Many dietitians also get advanced degrees and specialize in certain areas. As you know, I am a registered dietitian. I also have my MBA and specialize in weight management and have an extra certification as a CDE, certified diabetes educator. I am also a certified health coach and teach fitness classes.
One of the beautiful things about choosing a career as a registered dietitian is the various career paths you can take with the knowledge you have. You can truly find your own niche. My favorite thing about being a dietitian is helping others and watching them become healthier and happier.
Top 10 Reasons Why Consulting with an RD Can Benefit You
- You have diabetes, cardiovascular problems or high blood pressure. An RD serves as an integral part of your health-care team by helping you safely change your eating plan without compromising taste or nutrition.
- You are thinking of having or have had gastric bypass surgery. Since your stomach can only manage small servings, it’s a challenge to get the right amount of nutrients in your body. An RD will work with you and your physician to develop an eating plan for your new needs.
- You have digestive problems. A registered dietitian will work with your physician to help fine-tune your diet so you are not aggravating your condition with fried foods, too much caffeine or carbonation.
- You’re pregnant or trying to get pregnant. A registered dietitian can help make sure you get nutrients like folate, especially during the first three months of pregnancy, lowering your newborn’s risk for neural tube or spinal cord defects.
- You need guidance and confidence for breastfeeding your baby. A registered dietitian can help make sure you’re getting enough iron, vitamin D, fluoride and B vitamins for you and your little one.
- Your teenager has issues with food and eating healthfully. A registered dietitian can assist with eating disorders like anorexia, bulimia and overweight issues.
- You need to gain or lose weight. A registered dietitian can suggest additional calorie sources for healthy weight gain or a restricted-calorie eating plan plus regular physical activity for weight loss while still eating all your favorite foods.
- You’re caring for an aging parent. A registered dietitian can help with food or drug interaction, proper hydration, special diets for hypertension and changing taste buds as you age.
- You want to eat smarter. A registered dietitian can help you sort through misinformation; learn how to read labels at the supermarket; discover that healthy cooking is inexpensive, learn how to eat out without ruining your eating plan and how to resist workplace temptations.
- You want to improve your performance in sports. A registered dietitian can help you set goals to achieve results — whether you’re running a marathon, skiing or jogging with your dog. (information derived from American Dietetic Association)
If you are looking for a registered dietitian in your area, go to the American Dietetic Association website and click on “Find a Registered Dietitian.”
I am accepting all hugs today too. If you have any questions about becoming a registered dietitian or any health and wellness questions, I am here for you.
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