You may or may not have heard, but March is National Nutrition Month! Last week Wednesday was Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day in the U.S., and today I get to celebrate Canada’s Dietitians Day for the second time since becoming a dietitian! That being said, I thought this would be the perfect time to let you get a little more acquainted with what I had to do to become a registered dietitian.
In the future, I may dive more into the specifics of my day-to-day roles and responsibilities as a clinical dietitian, but I think it’s important to first acknowledge a question that I have been asked time and time again… What’s the difference between dietitians and nutritionists?
Dietitians vs. Nutritionists
Simply put — all registered dietitians are nutritionists, but not all nutritionists are registered dietitians.
First off, to become a dietitian you need to complete the follow:
So what should you do?
If you are working with a dietitian, you can trust him or her to provide reliable and safe nutrition advice. If you want to see a nutritionist without “RD” or “RDN” credentials, ask to see their qualifications, education, and training first.
Anyway... Happy Dietitians Day to all my fellow dietitians!
Hi! I'm Erin – a follower of Christ, wife, mama of two, and registered dietitian. Welcome to my blog where I write about intentional motherhood, intuitive eating, inspired discipleship, and whatever else I feel like! I'm so glad you're here.
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