04_DietitianNutritionWhat Is a Dietitian?

A registered dietitian is an expert who can assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems. A dietitian can give you an accurate, personal nutrition plan you need to improve health and fight disease. Your dietitian will learn about your health, diet and exercise habits and then help you set goals to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

What Does a Dietitian Do?

Dietitians work with patients who have special dietary needs, such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, eating disorders, high blood pressure, celiac disease, etc. A dietitian is qualified to write meal plans and give guidance to patients with various diseases in order to help them improve their health status. Some people without a disease may request guidance from a dietitian in order to prevent diseases. This is especially true for those who have a family history of the diseases mentioned above.

Your dietitian works alongside your doctor to help you achieve your health goals. They will track your progress as a team to make sure you are achieving maximum results in order to help you improve your health status.

What Are the Qualifications of a Dietitian?

A registered dietitian is a person who has a college degree and has qualified for and passed the national exam by The American Dietetic Association. Once they accomplish that they become a registered dietitian nutritionist, or RDN. To maintain a registered status with this national organization they must receive 75 hours of continuing education every 5 years after the exam has been passed.


Article Contributor- Jean Weinert, RDN, CD