‘My’ day is finally here! – Registered Dietitian Day (and yes, I am a Registered Dietitian). March 9, 2011 is the fourth annual Registered Dietitian Day. As the nation’s food and nutrition experts, registered dietitians are committed to improving the health of their patients and community. Registered Dietitian Day commemorates the dedication of Registered Dietitians (RDs) as advocates for advancing the nutritional status of Americans and people around the world.
Why would you need a dietitian? Let me give you reasons you might need a dietitian – David Letterman style:
1. You have diabetes, cardiovascular problems or high blood pressure. An RD serves as an integral part of your healthcare team by helping you safely change your eating plan without compromising taste or nutrition.
2. You are thinking of having or have had gastric bypass surgery. An RD will work with you and your physician to develop an eating plan for your new needs.
3. You have digestive problems. An RD can help fine tune your diet so you are not aggravating your condition with fried foods, too much caffeine or carbonation.
4. 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.
5. You need guidance and confidence for breastfeeding your baby. An RD can help make sure you’re getting enough iron, vitamin D, fluoride and B vitamins for you and your little one.
6. Your teenager has issues with food and eating healthfully. An RD can help assist with eating disorders and overweight issues.
7. You need to gain or lose weight. An RD can suggest additional calorie source for healthy weight gain or a restricted-calorie eating plan plus regular physical activity for weight loss.
9. You want to eat smarter. An RD can help you sort through misinformation, teach you how to read labels at the supermarket, show you how healthy cooking doesn’t have to be expensive, teach you how to eat out without ruining your eating plan and how to resist workplace temptations.
10. You want to improve your performance in sports. An RD can help you set goals to achieve results – whether you’re running a marathon, skiing, or jogging with your dog.
For more info on this list and to locate an RD in your area, visit the American Dietetic Association at www.eatright.org.
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