So, you’re a little lost and overwhelmed by the amount of nutrition resources out and about this time of year. With New Year’s Resolutions soaring and hopefully not soon to dwindle, you may be in search for the best you. Maybe that’s the happiest you, the most fit you, the healthiest you, or the most balanced you. Perhaps you’re about to focus on your cholesterol, weight, meal planning, diabetes, kidney health, cooking skills, energy, inflammation, digestive health, emotional relationship with food, allergies, or any other nutrition goals. Where should you begin?
There are many people today offering nutrition advice and recommendations. It’s so easy to get confused and overwhelmed! Some of these people call themselves health coaches, nutritionists, or nutrition experts, but the only qualified professionals who focus on nutrition with an extensive undergraduate education, competitively complete a 1200-hour residency internship, and successfully pass the national exam are Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs). Many RDNs further their education through additional graduate studies or residency internships and earn specialized certifications above and beyond the requirements of an RDN. The tricky thing to remember is that all Registered Dietitians are nutritionists, but not all nutritionists are Registered Dietitians. Check out this article from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic on the qualifications of an RDN.
It is proven that working with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist improves the success of patients and clients to achieve results. RDNs make evidence-based, personalized nutrition recommendations to meet individual health goals. These trained professionals implement nutrition changes that are safe and effective. RDNs also take into account individual needs and preferences, while applying years of research to practice. You will find RDNs work in a variety of settings including private practices, hospitals, clinics, fitness centers, restaurants, nursing homes, wellness companies, universities and colleges, grocery stores, research centers, food companies, and many more establishments. They also work with a range of populations including neonates and infants, adolescents, adults, and older adults.
How do you know that you are receiving the most updated information? Registered Dietitian Nutritionists are trained with extensive years of foundational nutrition experience. Fortunately, RDNs are also required to maintain licensure and master their knowledge about the latest nutrition research to be on top of their career.
So, you’ve decided to work with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. Where do you find an RDN? Nuleeu is your one stop shop to find a skillful RDN who will help you meet your nutrition needs. Nuleeu Registered Dietitian Nutritionists have years of professional experience in the clinical healthcare, community, fitness, and private practice settings. Nuleeu is not only made up of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists, but it couples its programs together with other professionals such as yoga instructors and Certified Personal Trainers. Talk about an all-inclusive program to help you meet your needs! Check out the Nuleeu programs to discover which program is best for you with a free initial consultation.
-Elizabeth Fay, MS, RD, CNSC
1. Kohn, Jill. “Qualifications of a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.” Eat Right. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics., 30 Nov. 2017, www.eatright.org/food/resources/learn-more-about-rdns/qualifications-of-a-registered-dietitian-nutritionist.
2. “Work Settings and Areas of Expertise for RDNs.” EatrightPRO – Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, www.eatrightpro.org/about-us/what-is-an-rdn-and-dtr/what-is-a-registered-dietitian-nutritionist/work-settings-and-areas-of-expertise-for-rdns.