Dietitians are often referred to as the ‘Gold Standard’ when it comes to nutrition and food professionals.
The Title ‘Registered Dietitian’ is the only Food/Nutrition title that is legally protected and unlike other similar titles, Dietitians are governed by an ethical code, to ensure that they always work to the highest standard.
Well Rooted Health and Nutrition, PLLC is owned and operated by a Registered Dietitian. Many other nutrition programs are provided by “nutritionists.” The term “nutritionist” is not legally regulated and therefore can be used by anyone regardless of expertise or education level. Dietitians use the most up-to-date public health and scientific research on food, health, and disease, which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.
Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) are food and nutrition experts who have met the following criteria to earn the RDN credential:
- Completed a minimum of a bachelor’s degree at a United States regionally accredited university or college and course work accredited or approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
- Completed an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program at a health-care facility, community agency, or a foodservice corporation or combined with undergraduate or graduate studies. Typically, a practice program will run six to 12 months in length.
- Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). For more information regarding the examination, refer to CDR’s website at www.cdrnet.org.
- Completed continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.
For additional information on what a Registered Dietitian is, please visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) identifies registered dietitians as qualified professionals for nutrition therapy. According to IOM, “the registered dietitian is currently the single identifiable group of health-care professionals with standardized education, clinical training, continuing education and national credentialing requirements necessary to be directly reimbursed as a provider of nutrition therapy.”
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