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Registered Dietitian Day: What Makes a RDN?

Today is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) Day! Celebrated during National Nutrition Month ®, RDN Day is an important observation of the contributions and expertise of Registered Dietitians as they pertain to the fields of nutrition, dietetics, and food science. RDNs work in a variety of settings, everywhere from army hospitals and nursing homes all the way to the sidelines of a NFL field or a large food management company. The path towards becoming a RD begins with an accredited program work approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Coursework typically includes food and nutrition sciences, foodservice systems management, business, economics, computer science, sociology, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology and chemistry. After successful completion of the bachelor’s degree program, aspiring RDs must complete an accredited, supervised practice program usually lasting nine months at a health care facility, community agency, or foodservice corporation.  This combination of course work and hands on experience in the field helps prepare them to take a national exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Passing this exam entitles a person to use the RD or RDN credential, however, in order to maintain registration on an ongoing basis, continuing professional education such as attending seminars and conferences, taking courses, or attaining advanced degrees must be completed. Over half of RDNs hold advanced degrees and in 2024 all incoming RDNs will be required to have a master’s degree. Some RDNs also hold additional certifications in specialized areas of practice, such as pediatric or renal nutrition, sports nutrition, and diabetes education.

RDNs are highly skilled in translating the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living and help individuals make personalized, positive lifestyle changes. Through years of detailed coursework kept current by required continuing education, RDNs provide reliable and relevant nutrition information. Titles such as nutritionist, nutrition coach, or health coach are not regulated like the RDN credentials-technically anyone can call themselves a nutritionist without obtaining any education or experience in the field. Nutrition information is widespread and there are many sources to turn to; make sure you are confident in the knowledge level and credentials of those you take nutrition recommendations from!

This RDN Day, take a moment to appreciate and thank the RDNs you may know and work with. They are the gatekeepers of the specialized science of nutrition and passionately work towards fostering individualized, sustainable, and positive changes for the health of our bodies and environment!


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  • March 11, 2020


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“What a wonderful dinner we had tonight for our international families. The food was delicious and well presented as well.”

“Even though we see challenges every day, each one of you rises to the occasion and makes it seem so easy. I cannot express how impressive it is to see you all work in such a fashion. You are true professionals.”

“I ALWAYS feel spoiled by the meal offerings at CSW (The Cambridge School of Weston) and am entirely grateful for it. As I eat today's delicious and lavish lunch (and think about yesterday's as well), I can't tell you how much I feel so well cared for here, both with the food and by the dining hall staff. CSW cares for us in so many ways, both big and small.”

“Thank You! Chef Budd [and team], you overcame a new online ordering system (and hundreds of labels daily!), provided creative and healthy menus, continued to connect with local farmers to incorporate locally sourced ingredients, and worked tirelessly to serve the school community on three campuses.  While it feels like you are all a little like the Wizard of Oz right now, working behind a curtain in a kitchen far away, we sense your smiles and your passion to deliver the best possible service during these trying times. We are all so grateful!”

“Thanks so much for a great week of food here at SCH to start off 2021. Everything has been fantastic. The kids were loving the Chinese food and boxes today. The Moo Shu Pork was amazing. Great work!”

“I wanted to let you know that for this entire school year I have been so well fed! I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE all the diversity of salad choices we have each day and the amazing entrees.  My favorites are the carnitas, chili, curry, and cajun chicken days.  I am so grateful for all the care that goes into the food because I know I do not eat enough vegetables or balanced meals without you and your crew's work.  Thank you so much!  You take such great care of us!!”

“We were totally impressed by the presentation and care in which these new team members were brought into the CulinArt family. So happy we made the decision to choose CulinArt Group.”

“I have really appreciated the wonderful cafeteria staff we have via Culinart and the thoughtful meals they provide our kids. They're truly one in a million. I have also really appreciated the dedication Parker and CulinArt share to sustainability and green practices on campus. I am so thankful that Parker has chosen CulinArt, a company that shares Parker values, and that they took the time and effort at such a hard time to make sure that Parker is always on the forefront of green practices and safety - never compromising.”

“We appreciate the excellent service that is a hallmark of the Chadwick Culinart team. You all are such professionals - and you always deliver your service in such a pleasant manner! Thank you for everything you do to help make the Village events successful. We greatly appreciate your talents, efforts, and kindness.”

“Thank you and your staff for all the care and thought you give CSW adults and students. You approach events with such care and elegance- I don’t know how you do it! Especially day after day. Please thank all your staff for their wonderful work and kind manner with all of us. Here is to a great year!”

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