What is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)?
Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) are health professionals specializing in food and nutrition. To earn the nationally recognized credential of RDN, a candidate must complete a Bachelor’s degree in Food and Nutrition and/or Master’s degree in Nutrition and then an approved Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics dietetic internship. RDN status also requires successfully passing the National Registration Exam and accumulating a sufficient number of ongoing continuing education credits annually. A RDN is sometimes referred to as a nutritionist; however, a nutritionist who has not achieved RDN status may not advertise or practice as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Also, in the state of Washington, Registered Dietitian Nutritionists are licensed as Certified Dietitians (CD) to prevent misuse of the term nutritionist. RDNs and CDs are the only health professionals permitted to counsel patients on medically necessary dietary intervention.
May I bring my partner?
Definitely — we encourage a “family approach.” There is no additional charge if your partner, spouse or the parents of children living at home wants to join you in your session(s). However, if they are also interested in nutrition counseling for themselves, they will have to register as a patient.
What about groups or teams?
Of course! We are available to meet with your group or team to discuss single topics of interest or for longer term coaching. Services offered include Lunch-and-Learns, speaking engagements, travel team meal and hydration planning, and sports nutrition coaching. Popular topics include Food as Medicine, Overcoming the Diet Mentality, Supplementation: Good or Gimmick?, Travel Food for Teams, and Modern Families. We can craft a presentation or program to your specific group; contact us to get started.