March has been designated National Nutrition Month by the American Dietetic Association (now known as Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) in order to increase awareness of good nutrition, provide nutrition education opportunities to the public and celebrate the efforts of Registered Dietitians.
National Nutrition Month began in 1980 in response to the increased public interest in nutrition and health.
The second Wednesday in March marks Registered Dietitian (RD) Day celebrated during National Nutrition Month to spotlight the work of Registered Dietitians.
Registered Dietitians are highly trained professionals who provide food and nutrition services and thereby help improve the health and well being of the public.
- RDs are experts in their field who bring the science and research of nutrition into practical guidelines to help people improve chronic conditions and live healthier lives.
- RDs are specialists with degrees in nutrition, dietetics, public health and other related fields. They pass rigorous training programs and internships in order to successfully pass a national board exam before practicing.
- RDs can work in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, schools, public health, nursing homes, food management, research, doctor’s offices, fitness clubs, sports teams, wellness centers, cardiac rehab centers, authors, private practice and more. This variety of locations means you may soon come in contact with an RD.
- Registered Dietitians strive to help people improve their nutrition and health.
This month, RDs around the country will be hosting special events at which you can participate.
Take advantage of the opportunities that come your way to meet with an RD whether it is at a wellness fair, food tasting events, nutrition seminar, support group meetings, fitness events or other special National Nutrition events held in your community.
To contact an RD in your area check out www.eatright.org.
Eat well and live healthy with the help of a Registered Dietitian!