A: A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist ("RDN") is a food and nutrition expert who has met nationally recognized academic and professional requirements. They hold a bachelor's or higher degree with course work approved by The American Dietetic Association's Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education and have completed an accredited, supervised practice program. RDNs must also passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration and must completed continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration every 5 years. Some RDNs may call themselves "nutritionists," but not all nutritionists are registered dietitian nutritionist.
A: A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist ("RDN") has at minimum a four-year college degree, usually in dietetics, food service management or nutrition. They are then required to complete an internship program that can take anywhere from six months to two years. These programs are regulated by the American Dietetic Association (ADA), and include supervised practice in healthcare and community facilities. An RDN must complete this internship and then pass a nationally regulated test to become registered with the ADA as stated above.
46 U.S. states regulate dietitians through certification, licensing or formal registration, making dietitians accountable for their conduct and patient care. To maintain active registration, RDNs must complete 75 hours of continuing education every five years.
Though some states regulate the use of the word "nutritionist" through registration or licensing, in most states anyone with an interest in nutrition can call themselves a nutritionist. There is no specific level of education, training or certification required to counsel people on nutrition in most states.
A: Achieving certification status demonstrates to people with diabetes and employers that the health care professional possesses distinct and specialized knowledge, thereby promoting quality of care for people with diabetes. Currently, there are over 17,000 diabetes educators who hold National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE) certification.
NCBDE was established in 1986 to develop and administer a certification program for health care professionals who teach individuals with diabetes how to manage their disease. Through the development, maintenance, and protection of the certification process and the CDE credential, NCBDE recognizes the advances the specialty practice of diabetes education. NCBDE supports the concept of voluntary, periodic certification for all diabetes educatorswhoe meet credential and experience eligibility requirements. For more information, visit the website at www.ncbde.org or call the national office at 877-239-3233.
A: Before your initial session, you will complete a questionnaire that will provide information about your health and your family healthy history, dietary habits and food frequency. This information will be used to create a specific meal plan designed to reach your goals and fit your lifestyle. This first session takes about 90 minutes. Follow up sessions are critical for long term success as your weight loss will be tracked and evaluated.