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Registered Dietitians

RDs= Nutrition Experts

Registered Dietitians are food and nutrition experts who can translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living. RDs use their nutrition expertise to help individuals make unique, positive lifestyle changes. All Registered Dietitians must:

·         Earn a bachelor’s degree with course work approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

·         Complete extensive supervised practice experiences at one or more health-care facilities, community agencies or foodservice corporations.

·         Pass the national Registered Dietitian (RD) examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

·         Complete continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.

In contrast to the Registered Dietitian credential, those designating themselves as a “nutritionist” may or may not have any education or training in nutrition. Some states have licensure laws that define the range of practice for someone using the designation “nutritionist,” but in other states, virtually anyone can call him- or herself a “nutritionist”.

What services do RDs provide?

The majority of registered dietitians work in the treatment and prevention of disease (administering medical nutrition therapy, as part of medical teams), often in hospitals, HMOs, private practice or other health care facilities. In addition, a large number of registered dietitians work in community and public health settings and academia and research. A growing number of registered dietitians work with food and nutrition industry and business, journalism, sports nutrition, corporate wellness programs and other non-traditional work settings.  Registered Dietitian are trained specialists in weight loss, weight management, diabetes, gestational diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, cancer, food intolerance, pregnancy, gastric bypass, lap band, Celiac Disease (gluten sensitivity), inflammatory bowel disease, and renal insufficiency and have training in the scientific principles of medical nutrition therapy.

There are no pills, drinks, hidden costs, or unrealistic demands. The focus is on reliable research combined with personal support.


Do I need a Registered Dietitian?

When you need food and nutrition information based on fact or need to know how a healthy diet improves health and fights disease—rely on qualified professionals in the field. Registered dietitians draw on their experience to develop a personalized nutrition plan for individuals of all ages. They are trained to separate facts from fads and translate nutritional science into information you can use.

Maggie Towe, RD, IBCLC

RD Certification number: 957867