A Glimpse of a Dietitian’s Daily Activities: What we do and where!

dietitian's daily activities

A Dietitian’s daily activities

“All Dietitians are nutritionists, but not all nutritionists are Dietitians”Georgia State University School of Health

First, we should learn the differences between a Registered Dietitian (RD), Dietetic Technician Registered (DTR), and a Nutritionist.

  • A Registered Dietitian (RD) must obtain at least a 4-year bachelor’s degree, complete 1000+ hours in a supervised practice program, and pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration Exam. Additionally, a RD must have 75 hours of Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) every 5 years to maintain registration status. A RD must also be Licensed in Nutrition if practicing in Florida. The Licensure requires 30 hours of CEUs be maintained every 2 years.
  • A Dietetic Technician Registered (DTR) must obtain at least a 2-year degree, complete 450+ hours of supervised practice, and pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration Exam. Additionally, a DTR must have 50 hours Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) every 5 years to maintain registration status.
  • A Nutritionist may obtain a degree in nutrition sciences from an institution or obtain a certificate online. Additional supervised practice is not completed. Nutritionists are not eligible to sit for the registration exam.

Where do we work?

The majority of a dietitian’s daily activities revolve around the treatment and prevention of disease administering medical nutrition therapy often as part of medical teams in hospitals, HMOs, private practices, or other health-care facilities. In addition, a large number of RDs work in community public health settings, academia, and research. A growing number of RDs work in the food and nutrition industry, business, journalism, sports nutrition, corporate wellness programs, and other non-traditional work settings-IE: freelance, blogging, or internet nutrition.

Why did I become an RD?

I have had many family members fight chronic illnesses that could have been prevented through lifestyle changes. I watched my grandmother fight cancer and my grandfather fight asthma and COPD-both were overweight.Both sides of my genetics holds cancer, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.

I knew I wanted to work in healthcare to help others. I am a people person after all and It’s my calling! I also selfishly wanted to learn about nutrition and and how I could improve my health outcomes later in life. If I can help just one person a week, my job is fulfilled! Clinically , it is hard to build rapport with patients in a short window of time before they are discharged. I believe I am given that time for a reason and will try my damnedest to bring them into the light so to speak. My ultimate dream job is to work in the outpatient wellness sector of nutrition. I want to help others BEFORE they end up sick in a hospital bed. Everything I do, and my clinical dietitian’s daily activities, prepare me for that future.

Be well and Travel often!

Feel free to contact me about your nutrition inquiries!

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Maegan and Michael are Adventurous Southerners who share their world journey and approach to living the travel lifestyle. You can expect humor and lighthearted banter blended with REAL travel stories and tips. Maegan is a registered dietitian, while Michael has an excerise science background, but both are outdoor lovers, and revel in the beauty of cultures unlike their own. Now, Maegan and Michael are working towards expat life through remote work. Join the adventure. Do you love to travel? Does your full time job or career prevent you from living the life you dream of? This is the duo to follow. Feel free to contact us if you have questions.

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