What is a Registered Dietitian (RD)?
When looking for sound nutrition advice, Registered Dietitians (RD) are the most qualified.
Anybody can call themselves a ‘Nutritionist’, however not everybody can call themselves a Registered Dietitian!
Here are a few qualifications RDs must possess that will convince you they have the top food knowledge:
- They must earn a 4 year Bachelor of Science Degree
- Complete 1200 hands on practice hours through an accredited internship (that’s 1200 hours of free work)
- To put RD next to their names, an RD must pass an extremely difficult Registration Exam (basically undergrad all combined in one test…studying for weeks–see my flash cards and notes??)
- RDs must maintain current Registration through acquiring continuing education hours.
It’s not easy!!
Those who do not have these qualifications, and consider themselves “nutritionists,” are putting down the hard work and knowledge that Registered Dietitians have.
If you want to eat right, make sure your advice is from someone who knows their stuff, ask me, a Registered Dietitian.
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Congratulations! I just passed my exam as well! Isn’t it exciting to finally have your credential and be in the real professional RD world!!… Those 2 letters after your name were the best feeling!
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