Dear Holly: You are a registered dietitian. What does that mean? -What’s In It For Me?
Dear: W.I.I.F.M, To be a registered dietitian, there are minimum standards for practice. I have completed my bachelors degree at Ohio University (go Bobcats) and completed my masters degree and internship at Ohio State (go Buckeyes!) The master’s degree was not required, but it is helpful. I passed the national board exam and then became licensed in Ohio. To maintain licensure, I complete continuing education credits every year. There are many fancy-sounding certificates you can get related to health and nutrition. A short online program does not make the certificate holder an expert. Nutrition is young field with new research being published daily so you want to be getting your health recommendations from a knowledgeable professional.
Why visit a dietitian? A dietitian is able to wade through the plethora of nutrition information available and separate the real information from the fluff. While a testimonial online may sounds powerful, it is just one person. Dietitians use published research to best guide practice.
Feel like you’re already knowledgeable? A dietitian is also your strategy manager to guide you to set SMART goals. Goals that are appropriate for you and your lifestyle as well as the strategy to implement them.
I hear all the time “I know what I need to do, I just need to do it.” Supporting your success is my job – to help discover what barriers are between you and your health goals and how to overcome them. If it were easy, we would all be healthy.
When are other good opportunities to work with a dietitian? Common reasons include wanting to lose or gain weight, to better manage diabetes or heart disease, you have a child or teenager who has issues eating healthfully, you have digestive problems or are pregnant.
It is also a great idea to work with a dietitian if you simply want to eat better. Excellent nutrition can improve your performance at work, in the classroom and on the field. You do not need to wait until something is wrong to want to improve your eating habits.
You and I working together? Now, that’s a recipe for success. Contact me at email@example.com. For more information and to make an appointment to work on your goals, visit Grass Roots Nutrition, LLC and BrideBod, owned by me, Holly Larson, a Registered Dietitian. Visit me online at hollylarsonrd.com and follow us on Facebook. Have a delicious, healthy day!