What is a registered dietitian?
A registered dietitian is an expert in food and nutrition and a vital part of the healthcare team.
The RD must complete the following education and training to meet credentialing requirements:
- Complete a minimum of a bachelor’s degree with coursework approved by ADA's Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE)
- Compete a CADE- accredited supervised practice program, typically six to twelve months in length
- Pass a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration
- Complete continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration
Many registered dietitians also hold an advanced degree and/ or additional certifications in specialized areas of practice. They also practice in a variety of settings.
What services do registered dietitians provide?
According to the American Dietetic Association, RDs provide a nutrition assessment, determine the nutrition diagnosis, determine and implement a nutrition intervention, and then in subsequent visits monitor and evaluate the client’s progress. Nutrition education for disease prevention and nutrition counseling (MNT) for chronic conditions provided over a series of visits are essential components of a comprehensive healthcare program.
Our RD sees clients individually and/or in groups for a variety of diseases and conditions:
- Diabetes: Type 1, Type 2, Gestational, and Steroid Induced
- Renal disease a.k.a Chronic Kidney Disease
- Cardiovascular diseases: hypertension, dyslipidemias, congestive heart failure
- Weight management: assisting those who would benefit from weight loss as well as those who would benefit from weight gain
- GI disorders: celiac disease, Crohn’s disease
- Food sensitivities and food allergies
- Disease prevention
- General wellness
- Sports nutrition
We also offer a resting metabolic rate test known as Medgem, which is used to help clients determine how much they need to eat to meet their weight gain or weight loss goals.
Your insurance may cover nutrition education and nutrition counseling.
To learn more, contact our diabetes and nutrition department at 770-536-9864.