Emory Johns Creek Hospital
What is a Registered Dietitian?
Registered Dietitians are health care professionals who provide medical nutrition therapy and preventive nutrition counseling. The expertise, training and credentials that back a Registered Dietitian are vital for promoting positive lifestyle choices.
What kind of education and training do Registered Dietitians have?
- A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree
- Completed an accredited practice/training program in nutrition
- Certification and a recognized credential
- Ongoing education
The American Dietetic Association’s top ten reasons why consulting with a Registered Dietitian can benefit you:
- You have diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular problems, or high blood pressure.
- You are thinking of having or have had gastric bypass surgery or gastric sleeve surgery.
- You have digestive problems.
- You are pregnant or trying to get pregnant.
- You need tips on healthy eating for breastfeeding your baby.
- Your teenager has issues with food and eating healthfully.
- You need to gain or lose weight.
- You’re caring for an aging parent.
- You want to eat smarter.
- You want to improve your performance in sports.
Together with the Registered Dietitian (RD), you will set nutrition goals to improve your health.
Medical nutrition therapy provided by a Registered Dietitian includes:
- A review of what you eat and your eating habits
- A thorough review of your nutritional health
- A personalized nutrition treatment plan
If you would like individual nutritional counseling, please ask your primary care physician for a referral to a Registered Dietitian. There is a fee for this service, so we suggest you check your health insurance coverage.