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Who should see a registered dietitian (RD)?

Sarah Worden
Nutrition & Dietetics
Great question! Anyone can benefit from seeing a registered dietitian. Dietitians can provide nutrition information and advice to anyone, from a healthy person who wants to make a few changes to his diet, to a person with a critical illness. Registered dietitians provide proven, research based advice, so I advise you to definitely consult one if you are considering making any dietary changes to ensure it is done safely and healthfully!
Suzy Weems
Nutrition & Dietetics

The RD is trained to be your best source for science based information on nutrition counseling for a wide variety of concerns. So, who should see one -- anyone who wants help on 'healthy eating' as well as those who are looking for very specific science supported information and guidance. Nutrition counseling provided by the RD will be inclusive and as extensive as you want. A specific listing of folks who benefit from seeing a registered dietician includes: pregnant women, mothers of small children as well as children in the mid-range and adolescents; adolescent athletes; competitive athletes at all levels; children; older individuals (those with chronic health conditions and those without); individuals working on weight management (loss or gain or maintenance); diabetics (type 1, 2 and gestational); people with medical nutrition related problems; individuals planning meals on a limited budget -- to name a few!

Melissa Nodvin
Nutrition & Dietetics
Everyone! It has been shown that registered dietitians are the health professional along with physicians that people trust the most for accurate and reliable health information about diet and nutritional health.

Registered dietitians have extensive clinical training and can relate the clinical evidence-based practices into practical applications for clients. Our expertise and knowledge of the nutritional implications of chronic health conditions is why RDs are a valuable member of the treatment team process.

In addition, RDs have wonderful bedside manners and are willing to spend the time and effort to explain all the reasons an RD should be valued.
Nadine Pazder
Nutrition & Dietetics
Anyone who is looking to give themselves the gift of better health. To reach your goals: whether it is to lose weight, lower your risk for developing heart disease or cancer, control diabetes or high cholesterol, or obtain guidance starting a vegetarian lifestyle, the RD is uniquely qualified to get you started. 
Lisa Stollman
Nutrition & Dietetics
EVERYONE! Good health begins with a healthy diet. Learning what foods are the best for you to eat, at any stage of life, can provide you with optimal health for many years to come. A registered dietitian is the health professional to seek out if you want to feel great and improve your health.
Cindy Guirino
Nutrition & Dietetics
If your diet needs a tune-up, a dietitian is the nutrition expert and can carefully plan and individualize meal plans to fit what you need to accomplish for health and wellness.

Everyone -- all ages should schedule a check-up with the nutrition expert.

RDs specialize in Lifecycle Nutrition so we have the PLAN for you.
Jennifer Shaw
Nutrition & Dietetics
Pretty much anyone who's looking for evidence-based answers related to diet and nutrition. Dietitians are trained to look at the science behind health claims that various foods and diet make, so they can help anyone plan a way of eating that's right for them. They can assist in managing a health condition such as diabetes, renal disease, irritable bowel syndrome, or heart failure; help someone plan a diet for weight loss or gain; or just plan out some health meals to maintain their current health state. They can also help parents plan meals for their kids or answer questions that women may have about eating right during pregnancy. There's really no one better to turn to when it comes to asking questions about food and health.
The professional, legally qualified to practice in the field of nutrition, is a registered dietician (RD). The registered dietician is a specialized food and nutrition expert with extensive training who meets specified criteria. RDs are skilled at providing individual nutrition assessment, meal plans, and recommendations for nutritional therapy. Individuals with chronic disease (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity etc.) should seek the advice of an RD for nutrition guidance.
Sarah Koszyk
Nutrition & Dietetics
Many people are now focusing on preventive health care. People who may have a pre-disposition or family history to certain disease states, such as high cholesterol or diabetes, are now visiting registered dietitians. Registered dietitians can assist people with maintaining a healthy weight and healthy body fat percentage and reducing metabolic risk factors such as a large waistline, high blood pressure, and/or imbalanced blood sugars. By focusing on healthy eating, on can reduce these risk factors and optimize health. This is where a registered dietitian is key.
Consult a registered dietitian (RD) when:
  • You have diabetes, cardiovascular problems or high blood pressure. A registered dietitian can be an integral part of your health-care team by helping you to change your eating plan.
  • You have digestive problems. A registered dietitian will work with your physician to help fine-tune your diet so you are not aggravating your condition with fried foods, too much caffeine or carbonation.
  • You're pregnant or trying to get pregnant. A registered dietitian can help make sure you get nutrients like folate, especially during the first three months of pregnancy, which can lower your newborn's risk for neural tube or spinal cord defects.
  • Your teenager has issues with food and eating healthfully. A registered dietitian can assist with eating disorders -- anorexia, bulimia and overweight issues.
  • You're caring for an aging parent. A registered dietitian can help with food or drug interaction, proper hydration, special diets for hypertension and changing taste buds.
  • You are thinking of having or have had gastric bypass surgery. A registered dietitian will help you learn to eat again. Since your stomach can only manage small servings, it's a challenge to get the right amount of nutrients in your body. An RD will work with you and your physician to develop an eating plan for your new needs.
  • You need guidance and confidence for breastfeeding your baby. A registered dietitian can help make sure you're getting enough iron, vitamin D, fluoride and B vitamins for you and your little one.
  • You need to gain or lose weight. A registered dietitian can suggest additional calorie sources for healthy weight gain or a restricted-calorie eating plan plus regular physical activity for weight loss while still eating all your favorite foods.
  • You want to eat smarter. A registered dietitian can help you sort through misinformation, read labels at the supermarket, discover that healthy cooking is inexpensive, eat out without ruining your eating plan and resist workplace temptations.
  • You want to improve your performance in sports. A registered dietitian can help you set goals to achieve results -- whether you're running a marathon, skiing or jogging with your dog.

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