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  • What is the difference between a registered dietitian (RD) and a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN)?
    RD and RDN refer to Registered Dietitian or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. The main difference between the two lies in the credentialing terminology used by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the credentialing agency for dietitians in the United States It's important to note that both RDs and RDNs have the same educational requirements and professional scope. They are qualified healthcare professionals with expertise in nutrition and dietetics, capable of providing medical nutrition therapy, dietary counseling, and working in various healthcare and community settings.
  • What is your philosophy on working with individuals to assist them with their health-related goals?
    I avoid using judgmental language like "good" or "bad" foods and instead focus on promoting a balanced and mindful approach to eating. I aim to foster a positive relationship with food, encouraging clients to make informed choices that align with their nutritional needs and personal tastes. I do not believe in goal weights or "ideal weights" and am concerned about the use of body mass index (BMI) as the standard many healthy care professionals use to advise patients on their weight and health. Obesity is a chronic disease that deserves the same level of respect and care that all other chronic conditions are given. I believe a complete overweight/obesity treatment plan includes lifestyle changes, behavior modification and support, medication management, and/or bariatric and metabolic surgery as indicated.
  • What is the difference between a registered dietitian (RD) and a nutritionist?
    The primary difference between a registered dietitian (RD) and a nutritionist lies in their education, qualifications, and professional status: Education and Credentials: Registered Dietitian (RD): RDs hold a bachelor of science degree in nutrition or a related field and have completed a supervised practice program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). They must pass a national registration exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) to earn the RD credential. Completing continuing professional educational courses is required to maintain registration. Nutritionist: The term "nutritionist" is not a legally regulated title in many countries, including the United States. While some nutritionists may have formal education in nutrition or related fields, others may have completed short courses, workshops, or self-study programs. The qualifications and credentials of nutritionists can vary widely, as there are no standard educational or licensure requirements. In summary, a registered dietitian is a regulated healthcare professional with specific education, training, and credentials, while a nutritionist is a broader term that can be used by individuals with varying levels of nutrition-related education and expertise. It's essential to research the qualifications and experience of a nutritionist to ensure they have the appropriate knowledge and skills to meet your specific dietary needs and health goals.
  • What is a CDCES credential?
    To become a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES), individuals must meet specific qualifications and complete the necessary steps set by the Certification Board for Diabetes Care and Education (CBDCE). A minimum of 2 years professional practice experience in your discipline. A minimum of 1,000 hours providing diabetes care and education
  • What is the CSOWM credential?
    The CSOWM credential refers to "Certified Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management." It is a specialized certification offered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) in the United States. This certification recognizes expertise in providing evidence-based care to individuals seeking help with weight management and obesity-related issues. Maintenance of RD credential for a minimum of two years by the time of application. Documentation of 2,000 hours of specialty practice experience in obesity and weight management while holding RD credential within the past five years.
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