Welcome: Registered Dietitians are the Nutrition Experts

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Testimonials

Dear Janice,

I wanted to write just briefly to tell you how much I enjoyed our
meeting yesterday.  I found it extremely informative and helpful.
Because adjusting one's eating habits can be such a major thing, I
liked the way you moved us in that direction.

I liked your professionalism and straightforward manner. And I really
liked that you didn't laugh at some of the things I said (the box of
See's candy, for example), or that we were overweight, etc.

All in all, I thought it was most productive. I'm sure we'll see
results with diligence and intelligent effort.

*unsolicited email from client

Private Practice Client

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Did you know that the term “Nutritionist” is not protected in the state of California?  This means that anyone in the state of California may claim to be a nutritionist, regardless of education or training. Most states require licensing, but California has not passed a licensure law at this time. The California Business and Professions code allows anyone to call him or herself a nutritionist.

The term Registered Dietitian (RD) is a protected term. All RDs have 1) received a bachelor’s degree in dietetics or nutrition from an accredited college or university; 2) completed at least 1200 hours of supervised practice experiences at an accredited institution; 3) successfully completed the national Registration Examination for Dietitians; and 4) maintained recertification by completing at least 75 hours of continuing education every 5 years. Many RDs also have advanced degrees and specialized certifications. Therefore, RDs are the true nutrition experts and are most qualified to treat nutrition-relation disorders and help people plan healthy, balanced diets.  

While many so-called nutritionists provide advice that is not backed by sufficient research, Registered Dietitians are trained to critically evaluate research studies and tailor nutrition recommendations to match the most up-to-date research. RDs are trained to assess medical history, medications, supplements, and eating and exercise habits in order to provide their clients with safe and effective nutrition counseling to reach their health and fitness goals.

For more information about Registered Dietitians, please visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics or the California Dietetic Association.

For information about health fraud, please visit the FDA’s website