The Women's Health Initiative (WHI) was established in 1992 to address the most common causes of death, disability and impaired quality of life in postmenopausal women. These include cardiovascular disease, cancer and osteoporosis. It was a 15-year long prevention study. It included a randomized controlled clinical trial, observational study and study of communty approaches to developing healthful behaviors. The randomized controlled clinical trial looked at promising, but unproven, approaches to prevention: hormone therapy, dietary modification and calcium/vitamin D supplementation.
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What is the difference between a registered dietitian and a nutritionist?
Anyone can call themselves a "nutritionist", even a person who has not finished high school but a registered dietitian or "RD" has completed the education and experience stated below:
- Earned a bachelor's degree with course work approved by ADA's Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education. Coursework typically includes food and nutrition sciences, foodservice systems management, business, economics, computer science, sociology, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology and chemistry.
- Completed an accredited, supervised practice program at a health-care facility, community agency or foodservice corporation.
- Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
- Completes continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration
Can my family doctor help me eat right?
Stefanie Sacks, MS, Nutrition & Dietetics, answeredWhile doctors get very little nutrition training in medical school (and no food training), some have sought additional education to provide sound dietary guidance. And in the past 10 years there has surely been a rise in doctors who talk food and nutrition. But for the most part, family doctors typically offer very general dietary advice (if any). If you feel that you need more than what he/she has to offer, ask for a referral to a registered dietitican or a culinary nutritionist.
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