What is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) are food and nutrition experts who have met the following criteria to earn the RDN credential:

  • Completed a minimum of a bachelor’s degree
  • Completed an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program
    • Typically, a practice program will run six to 12 months in length
  • Passed a national examination
  • Completed continuing professional educational requirements

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What is a Certified Diabetes Educator?

A Certified Diabetes Educator® (CDE®) is a health professional who possesses comprehensive knowledge of and experience in diabetes prevention, prediabetes, and diabetes management. The CDE® educates, supports, and advocates for people affected by diabetes, addressing the stages of diabetes throughout the lifespan. The CDE® promotes self-management to achieve individualized behavioral and treatment goals that reduce risks and optimize health outcomes (adopted from NCBDE).

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8 reasons to see a RDN

There are many good reasons to see a registered dietitian nutritionist to improve your health and quality of life. Here are eight common reasons to see a registered dietitian nutritionist:

1, You have chronic medical problems, high blood sugar, high blood cholesterol, and high blood pressure.

Food plays an important role in disease management. RDN will  create an individualized meal plan without compromising taste and nutrition.

2. You have digestive problems, ulcerative colitis, gastric ulcer, irregular bowel movement.

RDN will work with you to identify nutrients and/or food groups that might aggravate your conditions.

3. You want to gain or lose weight.

RDN can suggest ways to increase or restrict your total caloric intake along with regular physical activity to reach your ideal body weight while eating all your favorite food.

4. You are planning to get pregnant or currently pregnant, lactating.

Eat to conceive, learn the proper meal plan to improve fertility, maximize the health of your baby and give you the best chance at successful breastfeeding.  

5. You have micronutrient deficiencies.

Micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) deficiencies can affect both adult and children. RDN can incorporate food high in specific nutrients to resolve nutrient deficiencies or suggest supplements as needed.

6. You want to improve your performance in sports.

RDN will calculate your nutrient needs based on your physical activity level to achieve your goals.

7. You are taking care of aging parents.

RDN can assess client’s eating patterns and habits to ensure adequate nutrients (protein, fluid, vitamins/minerals) intake in elderly population. RDN also discuss food-drug interactions to prevent nutrient deficiencies.

8. You have picky eating children at home.

RDN can provide you guidance to work with picky-eaters. RDN also works with other health care professional to assist eating disorders like anorexia, bulimia and overweight problems.