What is a Dietitian
A specialist in the study of nutrition who can assist people plan the kinds and amounts of foods that promote a healthy lifestyle.
Nationally Registered Dietitians translate the science of nutrition into everyday information about food.
They undertake the practical application of nutrition with both individuals and population groups to promote the well being of individuals and communities to prevent nutrition related problems. They are also involved in the diagnoses and dietary treatment of disease.
Dietitians work with people who have special dietary needs, inform the general public about nutrition, give unbiased advice, evaluate and improve treatments and educate clients, doctors, nurses, health professionals and community groups.
A registered dietitian is a nutrition expert who has at least a bachelors degree or a masters degree in nutrition sciences from a recognized university, spent an additional 900 hours of supervised internship training after graduation, and then passed a national registration exam with the Commision on Dietetic Registration. A "nutritionist" may not have the above training and education.