If you came upon my blog via a search and you are still reading, you may be thinking why am I qualified to talk about food all of the time. Well, I am a registered dietitian (RD) with 20 years of experience (not sure if I should have revealed that ;). I am also a certified diabetes educator (CDE) AND a licensed dietitian/nutritionist (LDN) by the State of North Carolina.
I believe it is important for everyone to know what my credentials really mean. In many states, anyone can refer to themselves as a "nutritionist." But, not everyone can be referred to as a registered dietitian. Here is the fancy definition from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (www.eatright.org)
Registered Dietitians (RD) are individuals who have
- completed the minimum of a Baccalaureate degree granted by a U.S. regionally accredited college or university, or foreign equivalent;
- met current minimum academic requirements (Didactic Program in Dietetics) as approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics;
- completed a supervised practice program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics;
- successfully completed the Registration Examination for Dietitians;
- complied with the Professional Development Portfolio (PDP) recertification requirements
- I have a BS degree in Nutrition and Dietetics.
- I took a lot of science classes including chemistry and biochemistry.
- I completed a 900 hour internship supervised by experienced dietitians and physicians.
- I took the Registration Examination for Dietitians in 2003 and passed.
- I complete 75 hours of continuing education every 5 years to keep my RD credential.
The CDE credential is a specialty credential that I hold. To obtain it I had to work for two years specializing in diabetes education and training. Then I had to take an exam and pass it. Now I complete 75 hours of continuing education (about diabetes only) every 5 years to keep my CDE credential.
Now you know why I am a food geek & why I can say I am a food expert. Please let me know what food geek stuff would you like to see in upcoming posts!
Until next time...
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