What is a registered dietitian?
A registered dietitian, or RD, is the nutrition and food expert. A registered dietitian must:
- Earn a bachelor’s degree with course work approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
- Complete an accredited dietetic internship program which includes supervised practice in programs including hospitals and health-care facilities, community agencies and foodservice corporations
- Pass a national exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration
- Complete continuing professional education requirements to maintain registration
How is an RD different than a nutritionist?
- Some RDs may call themselves nutritionists, but not all nutritionists are RDs
- The “RD” credential is a legally protected term and can only be used by those who have completed the above requirements
- The requirements for use of the term “nutritionist” vary. Some states have licensure laws that define the legal range of practice for someone designated a nutritionist. However, in some states, anyone can call themselves nutritionist regardless of education/training.
What can an RD do for you?
When the media grabs hold of a nutrition topic, it is hard to discern what is fact and what has simply been sensationalized to make a good story. An RD can help you navigate through nutrition information (and misinformation) and provide you with sound nutrition advice. A few benefits of working with an RD include:
- Prevent or manage chronic diseases– conditions including diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and even cancer, can be managed with the right nutrition. An RD can help you create an eating plan to manage chronic diseases and conditions. An RD also has an ability to review medications and provide guidance regarding possible food-drug interactions, and management of drug-related side effects.
- Weight management– whether you prefer counting calories, focusing on portions, or re-constructing your meal and snack timing, an RD can look at your current habits and help you with a personalized plan to meet your weight goals- whether that means weight maintenance, weight loss, or weight gain and RD is valuable tool in reaching your goal.
- Guidance with food allergies, sensitivities and intolerances– Whether recently diagnosed with a food allergy, or trying to navigate through ingredients to minimize effects of food sensitivities, an RD can help answer all your questions and create a personalized plan.
- Improve performance in sports and training– despite the most regimented exercise program, you will not perform at your peak or meet your fitness goals unless your diet is supportive of your level of activity and workout routine. An RD can help you maximize your strength, recovery and performance with the right nutrition plan.
- Learning to shop, cook and eat smarter– If your goal is to simply learn how to eat a more balanced and smarter diet, an RD can teach you how to grocery shop smarter and more efficiently, use healthier seasoning and cooking methods, and balance your meals with a wide variety of foods.
- Healthy diet for pregnancy and breastfeeding– An RD can answer questions about a balanced diet, supplement use, and appropriate weight gain during a healthy pregnancy, as well as meal planning to make sure your newborn is getting proper nutrition while breastfeeding.
- Managing digestive problems– An RD is a crucial part of the health care team when it comes to managing digestive conditions, by helping you pinpoint the aggravating foods and creating a meal plan for optimal comfort and healthy digestion.
How can you schedule an appointment with a registered dietitian?
Come in to meet with Wilmington Performance Lab’s very own registered dietitian. Schedule your initial consultation by calling today!
Kari Grunow, RD, LDN
Wilmington Performance Lab
3305 Burnt Mill Dr, Suite 100
Nutrition Guides & Handouts:
Local Groceries & Co-ops:
Lovey’s Natural Foods and Cafe – Wilmington, NC
Tidal Creek Co-op – Wilmington, NC
The Veggie Wagon – Carolina Beach, NC
Local Farms & Gardens:
Motts Channel Fish Market – Wrightsville Beach, NC
Hilltop Angus Farms – Wilmington, NC
Progressive Gardens – Wilmington, NC
Lewis Farms – Wilmington, NC
Farmer Mac’s Berries – Hampstead, NC
Atlantic Seafood Co. – Hampstead, NC
Nature’s Way Farm and Seafood – Hampstead, NC
Jones Family Farm – Burgaw, NC
Heritage Produce at Shelton Herb Farm – Leland, NC
MiniStock Farm – Rocky Point, NC
Local Farmers’ Markets:
Riverfront Farmers’ Market – Wilmington, NC [April-December]
Farmers’ Market at Poplar Grove – Wilmington, NC [April-December]
Wrightsville Beach Farmers’ Market – Wrightsville, NC [May-September]
Organic Food Websites:
Livestrong’s “My Plate” Food Tracking
My Fitness Pal Calorie Counter
USDA National Nutrient Database
Organic Food Standards and Labels: The Facts
Understanding Food Labels
All About Food Additives
Local Nutrition Statistics:
NC Physical Activity and Nutrition Data Resources
NC Surveillance Data and Statistics
National Nutrition & Health Links:
Environmental Working Group
Harvard School of Public Health
United States Department of Agriculture
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Nutrition & Cancer:
Consumer Concerns About Hormones in Foods
Overview of Nutrition in Cancer Care
Cancer and Obesity
Diet and Physical Activity: What’s the cancer connection?
Nutrition for Children with Cancer
Nutrition & Diabetes:
Diabetes, Food and Fitness
What I need to know about eating and diabetes
Nutrition & Heart Disease:
Your Guide to Lowering High Blood Pressure
Reduce Salt and Sodium in Your Diet
Your Guide to Lowering Cholesterol
Nutrition & Pregnancy:
Food Safety for Moms-To-Be
Nutritional Needs During Pregnancy
Nutrition for Children & Teens:
Raising Healthy Kids
BAM: Nutrition and Activity Resources for Teens
Healthy Eating: A Nutrition Resource for Families and Children
Nutrition for Seniors:
Healthy Eating After 50
Eating Well As You Get Older