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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

RDN: Why the Change?

Recently, a new credential has been offered to all Registered Dietitians.  In the past RD was the credential that signified all the intensive schooling and practical experience required to become the most reliable source of nutrition information.  However, there has long been some confusion regarding the differences between "dietitian" and "nutritionist".  Most people are more familiar with the term nutritionist and may naturally seek information from a nutritionist.  However, keep in mind that all Registered Dietitians are Nutritionists, but not all Nutritionists are Registered Dietitians.  Anyone can claim to be a nutritionist without the training, schooling and rigorous credential process.  So to clarify to the public that Registered Dietitians are Nutritionists (and the most expert ones around) they offered a new credential: RDN = Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.  The take home message is this: if you are looking for reliable, expert nutrition & wellness information, you should look for a Registered Dietitian - whether they be listed as RD or RDN, they are still the experts in the nutrition field.

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