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Celebrate RDNs!

posted Mar 11, 2016, 7:08 AM by Rachel Griffin   [ updated Mar 11, 2016, 7:16 AM ]
We are closing up week 2 of National Nutrition Month and want to take a chance to notice our Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs)! Did you know that this past Wednesday (March 9th) was National Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day? I.L. Creations employs 3 RDNs to make sure that your food is safe and nutritionally balanced and to provide you with evidence-based nutrition information that can be applied to your daily life. You may have seen any one of our dietitians in your cafeteria working with ILC employees on food safety and accuracy in nutrition and allergen labeling or sampling a nutritious dish in the café. This year, we have included more interactive nutrition education with our food models, trivia games, and MyPlate promotions to take our monthly wellness themes off a handout and into the hands of our customers. If you haven’t seen one of our RDNs, your life is being touched by one just by reading this blog! That’s correct, RDNs write the weekly blog and monthly newsletter too! On special occasions, our dietitians provide exclusive nutrition presentations to agency fitness centers and other small groups. Check out our full monthly event calendar here to see what's going on in your cafe. 

      


So, what does it take to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and how is that different from a nutritionist? A RDN is someone who has completed an accredited Didactic or Coordinated Program in Dietetics, a dietetic internship, the national registration exam, and continuing education credits throughout his or her career. RDNs can work in a variety of arenas, including clinical settings where medical nutrition therapy (MNT) is practiced. The term ‘nutritionist’ is defined on a state by state basis, as nutritionists are licensed in a similar fashion to massage therapists, opticians, and estheticians (just to name a few other licensed professionals)
. In most states, nutritionists are not permitted to perform MNT, as most have not completed a clinical component to their education, like a dietitian is required to do. Some states, like Virginia, do not license or regulate the term ‘nutritionist’, so it is best to ask questions regarding someone’s schooling and other experience prior to accepting nutrition information from that person. In states that do require nutritionists to be licensed, being a RDN typically makes an individual eligible for licensure without any additional testing or schooling. The District of Columbia and Maryland both require nutritionists to be licensed. Licensing dietitians and nutritionists not only makes it easy for consumers to know that they are paying for a safe and quality service, but also sets a clear scope of practice for nutritionists and other health practitioners to follow. 

For a list of just a few area RDNs, check out the DC Metro Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ contact list. If you don’t live in the DC area, don’t worry! Follow that same link and then click on the dietitian search tool to find a credentialed nutrition expert near you.

If you or someone you know is interested in a career in dietetics, check out this video from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, or contact one of ILC’s dietitians today!
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