*Some RDs may call themselves “nutritionists,” but not all nutritionists are registered dietitians. Virtually anyone can call himself or herself a “nutritionist” regardless of education or training. Always ask for the RD credentials!
*The “RD” credential is a legally protected title that can only be used by practitioners who are authorized by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
*RDs earn a bachelor’s degree with course work approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
*RDs complete an accredited, supervised internship program at a health-care facility, community agency or foodservice corporation and RDs must pass a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration in order to practice dietetics.
*Registered dietitians, or RDs, are the food and nutrition experts, translating the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living. The expertise, training and credentials that back a registered dietitian are vital for promoting positive lifestyle choices.