Today is Registered Dietitian Day

I am a Registered Dietitian and I absolutely LOVE my job. Some people like their work, some tolerate it, but I don’t think a lot of people end up pursuing what they LOVE. So I consider myself among the fortunate minority.  Why do I love my work:

  • I love working with people
  • I love talking about food
  • I love helping people find healthier and happier relationships with food
  • My work feels meaningful, challenging, stimulating, and fun

I’m often asked “what’s the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist?” (Note, this is common because RDs in the field of eating disorders are often referred to as “nutritionists.”) Here’s the bottom line:

  • “Nutritionist” is not a licensed or credentialed term. Anyone can call themselves a nutritionist: you, your Mom, your local GNC salesperson, a person with a 4 year nutrition degree, even someone with a doctorate in nutrition! It’s a bit of a gamble since the term isn’t regulated.

  • In order to call yourself a “Registered Dietitian” you have to complete a 4 year accredited degree in nutrition and dietetics, complete a year long dietetic internship, pass a national exam, and maintain your licensure with sufficient continuing education credits. Essentially, when you meet an RD, you are at least guaranteed that they have met those minimum standards.
If you know any RDs in your life, today’s the day to show ’em a little love. 🙂

Marci

7 thoughts on “Today is Registered Dietitian Day

  1. Happy RD day, Marci! It’s obvious you love your job and your work is very much appreciated 🙂 kara

  2. You are certainly a boon to the dietetics community. That is easily apparent from your blog, website, even your tweets! Someday I look forward to being as accomplished as you. Thank you for all that you do! Cheers and happy RD Day to a fellow RD, *Heather*

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