So, what is an RDN?
An RDN is a food and nutrition expert. Anyone can call themselves a nutritionist, but in order to carry the RDN credential you must:
- Obtain a four-year degree that has been specially designed to include an accredited nutrition curriculum.
- Complete an extensive supervised program of practice.
- Pass a rigorous registration exam.
- Maintain continuing education credits throughout your career.
An RDN’s background makes them uniquely equipped to deliver nutrition education and medical nutrition therapy (MNT) for disease prevention and management. Universal health and nutrition advice can be found anywhere…RDNs provide individualized recommendations – taking into consideration a patient or client’s age, gender, lifestyle, environment, medical history, and personal preferences.
RDN’s also practice using evidence-based facts. Simply put, they offer guidance that’s been validated by research and work to dispel myths and fads.
So, if you have been struggling to maintain a healthy weight, are confused about a new health concern, or are having difficulty managing a current health concern, working with an RDN, well-versed in clinical nutrition, will be of benefit to you. They will help you:
- Set realistic and attainable goals.
- Provide you with a diet prescription and individualized eating strategies.
- Recommend behavioral and lifestyle changes for better health.
- Inform you of the specific foods that may impact your health.