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Archive for March 9th, 2011

Today, March 9, is Dietitian Appreciation Day. Too long society has embraced the misconception that anyone who works with foods, especially in cooking, is a dietitian. Not so. Who are these unique individuals who have their own special recognition day? Dietitians are experts in food and nutrition with specific academic and professional training. The term “dietitian” signifies definite qualifications and skills.

  • Dietitians hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree with prescribed coursework approved by the American Dietetic Association’s Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education.
  • Registered dietitians (RD) pass an approved national examination.
  • RDs maintain professional credentials through prescribed continuing education.
  • Approximately 50% of RDs hold advanced degrees.
  • The majority of RDs work in clinical settings (55%).  Food and nutrition management, dietetic counseling, or business employs 23%.  Others work in community nutrition (11%) or education and research (6%).

During the month of March, National Nutrition Month, and especially on this day, set aside time to recognize dietitians. Thank these professionals for their part in helping America eat better and stay healthier.

Hug a dietitian!

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