Registered Dietitians: Food & Nutrition Experts
A registered dietitian (RD) is a food and
nutrition expert who is authorized to perform
medical nutrition therapy.
In addition, they are medical professionals
that work with patients to develop a personalized
approach to healing and well-being through
a healthy and sustainable relationship with
Dietitians have their bachelor’s degree
and must complete approved coursework in areas
of chemistry, biology, counseling, food science,
and food service management.
During this process they complete a 1200 hour
supervised internship then are required to
pass the Registration Exam for Dietitians
to earn the RD credential.
Many dietitians also have their Master’s
Degree and some even go on to obtain their
Overall, it takes about 6 to 8 years of additional
education after high school to become a Registered
On the other hand, dietitians are not the
We believe in restoring a positive relationship
with food and work with you to create a lifestyle
that syncs your health goals with the foods
and activities you already enjoy.
The key to a sustainable diet is to develop
healthy choices that are practical for your
This means being inclusive, not restrictive!
Dietitians work in many different settings
including hospitals, doctor’s offices, private
practice, public health programs, restaurants
and hotels, corporate wellness centers, research
facilities, school districts, college campuses,
and professional sports teams to name a few.
To learn more about registered dietitians
or to find one in your area visit eatright.org.