The month of March is designated each year as National Nutrition Month and sponsored by The American Dietetic Association. Registered Dietitian Day will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 10 this year. The purpose of the day is to help inform the public about the ways Registered Dietitians serve as the experts "who can translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living."
I thought this would be a great time to give a "shout out" to our wonderful Registered Dietitian, Becky Hand, and provide helpful information about the dietetics profession.
After completing my Bachelors of Science degree in food and nutrition back in 1988, I started a practical experience internship at a nearby hospital. It was during one of my community nutrition rotations that I first met SparkPeople Registered Dietitian Becky Hand. Becky was the director of the Diary and Nutrition Council, Mideast where I spent two weeks learning how to share the message of good nutrition to the public. Anyone that has heard Becky speak at one of our Spark Your Life Conventions will likely agree that Becky has an infectious way of getting people excited about healthy eating. She had the same energy, excitement and enthusiasm back in the spring of 1989 as well. Whether she was talking to schoolchildren or answering questions for the local news station, Becky has always been able to capture her audience while sharing a basic nutritional truth or strategy for weight management success.
Registered Dietitians work in a variety of settings to provide nutrition education and assist with medical nutritional therapy where necessary. A process is required to ensure Registered Dietitian's are qualified to serve as experts in the field of food and nutrition. Those eligible for registration must:
Registered Dietitians like Becky are the best source of practical, affordable, and accurate nutrition information and are committed to helping people enjoy healthy lives. If you or someone in your family believes you could benefit from personal education and intervention from a Registered Dietitian in your area, go to www.eatright.org and click on the "Find a Registered Dietitian" link in the upper right hand corner.
Thank you Becky for serving as an inspirational SparkPeople Registered Dietitian but also for being a mentor for me and many other professionals that you have inspired during your career.
Have you or someone in your family ever worked directly with a Registered Dietitian?
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