In today's society, food and nutrition are timely topics. And like many popular issues, everyone seems to have an opinion about what food and nutrition-related practices are useful and beneficial. Sometimes it can be difficult to determine just who is a qualified nutrition expert.
A registered dietitian, or RD, is an individual who has completed extensive education and professional requirements to earn the RD credential and thus is qualified to provide credible nutrition information and advice. To earn the RD credential, people must receive a minimum of a bachelor's degree in nutrition or a related field from an accredited college or university that has a program approved by the American Dietetic Association. He or she also must complete 900 hours in a supervised practice program. To become registered, eligible individuals must pass a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, and to maintain registration, dietitians complete ongoing continuing education requirements.
As a result of their education and training, RDs can be a valuable resource for consumers seeking guidance on a wide variety of nutrition issues. Here are just a few of the situations in which consulting with an RD can be very beneficial.
To find a qualified registered dietitian near you, ask your health-care provider or contact the ADA at 1-800-877-1600, ext. 5000 or on the Web at www.eatright.org.
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