What is the difference between a nutritionist and a Registered Dietitian?

The term “nutritionist” is not legally regulated and therefore can be used by anyone regardless of expertise or education level. Dietitians use the most up-to-date public health and scientific research on food, health, and disease, which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) are food and nutrition experts who have met the following criteria to earn the RDN credential:

  • Completed a minimum of a bachelor’s degree at a United States regionally accredited university or college and course work accredited or approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • Completed an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program at a health-care facility, community agency, or a foodservice corporation or combined with undergraduate or graduate studies. Typically, a practice program will run six to 12 months in length.
  • Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). For more information regarding the examination, refer to CDR’s website at www.cdrnet.org.
  • Completed continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.
What is a dietitian and why see one?

Dietitians are the Gold Standard when it comes to nutrition professionals. The title “Registered Dietitians (RD)” is the only nutrition title that is legally protected and governed by an ethical code to ensure that they always work to the highest standard.

Do you take insurance?

At this time Equipped Wellness does not take insurance

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Do you work with nonverbal individuals?

YES, of course! I do address all questions and recommendations towards my clients if they are nonverbal (or not) as they are the owner of their health and wellness appointments and then fill in any blanks with the parent/primary caregiver.

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