Happy National Registered Dietitian Day! In honor of National RD Day, I’m sharing some information about RDs and also my favorite meals from the past week!
What is National RD Day?
From the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics website: “Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day was created by the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) to increase the awareness of registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs)as the indispensable providers of food & nutrition services and to recognize RDNs for their commitment to help people enjoy healthy lives. Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day and National Nutrition Month promote the Academy and RDNs to the public and the media as the most valuable and credible sources of timely, scientifically-based food & nutrition information.”
What does an RD do?
An RD is trained to do a variety of different jobs. Just a few examples:
- counsel patients & recommend diets in the hospital (weight gain/loss, health issues like diabetes/high blood pressure, etc; eating disorders)
- teach classes on topics like meal planning, food safety, introducing foods to infants/children, etc.
- advocate/lobby for healthy foods in schools
- consult with food companies
- write articles for magazines
- help athletes to fuel to perform their best
Where does an RD work?
- schools (daycare through college)
- Public Relations firms
- government agencies (here’s what I do)
- restaurants (chefs, food service managers)
- sports teams
….and this is just the short list!
How do you become an RD?
Fun fact: All registered dietitians are nutritionists, but not all nutritionists are RDs. RDs have had a significant amount of education training in health and nutrition, while pretty much anyone can call themselves a nutritionist (no official training required).
The majority of RDs have completed a 4 year college degree at an accredited university, 1200 hours of supervised practice in a dietetic internship, and passed the registered dietitian exam (similar to board exams for other health professions). Here’s how I become an RD.
Last Saturday, we put in an offer on a house! After signing our initials and signatures about 1000 times, we were famished and headed over to Meatheads. I had a 1/3 lb. burger with pepperjack cheese, bacon ranch sauce, and roasted red peppers, then we split an order of cajun fries. We came home and promptly fell into a food coma. Fun fact: running after a food coma is very difficult.
After we recovered from the food coma, we headed to Cooper’s Hawk for dinner. Cooper’s Hawk is known for their delicious wine and food, and we partook in both! We had a giftcard to spend, so my husband ordered a bottle of wine (pinot gris) for the table (our first time ever!). It was fun! For the meal, I ordered parmesan-crusted chicken, garlic green beans, and parmesan-topped au gratin potatoes (droooool!!!). I highly recommend Cooper’s Hawk and we’ll definitely be heading there again soon!
(my husband hates when I take pictures at restaurants, so this was my sneaky picture….sorry about my finger blocking half the photo!)
Another awesome meal I had this week was one I made at home…open-faced caprese sandwiches (stolen from Iowa Girl eats, but sans chicken). Basically place some pieces of french bread in the oven for a few minutes then top with some basil, a tomato slice, and some mozzarella, then return to the oven until the cheese is melty. Voila! Very tasty!
What was your favorite meal this week?
What’s your favorite recipe/food blog?
Do you know an RD? What do they do?