March 9th is the day that the healthcare community recognizes the commitment of Registered Dietitians to helping people all across America make healthy food choices and develop lifestyles which incorporate sensible eating habits and a balance of physical activity.
What exactly is a Registered Dietitian?
A Registered Dietitian, or RD, translates the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living. Unlike a “nutritionist,” an RD has a degree in nutrition, dietetics, public health or a related field and has passed a standardized exam verifying nutrition expertise – continuing education is also required.
We work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, schools, public health clinics, nursing homes, fitness centers, food management, food industry, universities, research and private practice to help individuals make healthy lifestyle changes.
The Registered Dietitians of AICR specialize in issues related to diet and cancer prevention and survivorship. We interpret the research and provide practical steps people can take to lower their cancer risk based on that research.
Karen Collins is another Registered Dietitian who serves as a nutrition advisor for AICR. You can read her answers to common nutrition questions and cancer queries on the AICR website:
To find a registered dietitian that can work with you on an individual basis, visit www.eatright.org and click “Find a Registered Dietitian.”