What are RDN’s?
RDN stands for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. As explained by Nutrition ED, RDNs are professionals who have training and education in food and nutrition. They have completed certain requirements, such a holding a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an institution that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; completed an ACEND-accredited internship; passed a national examination given by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR); and maintain continuing education.
What Does an RDN Do?
RDN’s are the most valuable and credible source of timely, scientifically-based food and nutrition information. They are also the food and nutrition experts who can translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living.
While every RDN’s job is different, there are certain commonalities among the profession, such as:
- Educating others on diet and nutrition
- Assessing a patient’s nutritional needs
- Developing dietetic plans
- Facilitating group sessions on nutrition and dietetics
- Providing individual counseling on dietetics and nutrition
- Helping patients in meal planning
- Collecting data, do research, and prepare reports
RDN Day 2022
As part of National Nutrition Month, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day is celebrated each year on the second Wednesday in March. This observance was created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to increase the awareness of registered dietitian nutritionists as the indispensable providers of food and nutrition services. RDN’s are dedicated to improving the health of their patients, clients and communities, and March 9th, 2022 is all about celebrating their commitment to helping people enjoy healthy lives.