Why should I work with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist?
Working with a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) means working with someone who has a minimum of a four-year college degree with coursework that includes biology, biochemistry, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, counseling, and of course, nutrition and food science. Beyond that, registered dietitian nutritionists are required to complete an intensive internship and pass a national registration exam. RDNs are bound to a code of ethics and are required to complete courses in continuing education to maintain their registration. They are trained to examine the science and translate it into workable plans for their patients and clients and develop strategies to help you meet your health goals.
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.