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It’s an exciting time to be in the field of nutrition but at the same time, never has there been so much nutrition information available to the public; the sources seem endless: youtube, social media, websites, blogs and more. There are many other professions, both regulated and unregulated, who are providing nutrition advice, advice that influences public opinion and perception.
Not only that, there is a wave of misinformation about what a Registered Dietitian is, what we do as work, what our values are, questions about regulation, and a lack of awareness of the quality of our education and training.
I believe that the time for Registered Dietitians is now; Registered Dietitians are poised to take a greater lead with respect to being seen as the preferred choice for nutrition advice and as credible nutrition professionals.
Registered Dietitians have the solid education and training needed to fulfill this role by helping the public sort through all of the nutritional chatter, dogma, ‘nutritional religion’ and misinformation that they encounter everyday. It is for this reason that I wanted to share a Registered Dietitian ‘creed’ of sorts; the results of a collaboration that I, and several of my Dietitian colleagues, feel best reflects our practice but this version of the ‘creed’ reflects my viewpoint.
What is a Registered Dietitian?
I am a regulated health professional but my practice is not dictated by a governing body. This ensures my education, training, and practice meets and exceeds legal and professional standards for safe, ethical, and quality health care. Public safety is the primary concern.
I love food and am passionate about health; the perfect combination for a nutrition professional.