By: Sophia Giovannetti, UCSD Dietetic Intern & Erin Kukura, MS, RD – UCSD Recreation Dietitian
Registered Dietitians, also known as RD’s, are food and nutrition specialists who are licensed to practice in the healthcare field.
Debunking the myth: there is a common misconception that your RD is going to tell you the perfect diet for you body with a few quick rules. Instead, RD’s will work with you over time to assess your nutritional needs and lifestyle habits in order to integrate intuitive eating, education, and progressive positive change.
In order to become a RD, a person must:
- Complete a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
- Complete a 1200 hour accredited supervised internship
- Pass a national exam
- Engage in continuing professional education
So what does this mean for you? That you shouldn’t be taking nutritional advise from the latest Instagram Influencer who has deemed himself or herself a “nutritionist”. Instead, seek professional help from someone with the title “Registered Dietitian” or “Registered Dietitian Nutritionist”.
What can a Registered Dietitian do for you?
Setting up a counseling session can help you:
- Assess the quality of your diet
- Debunk nutrition myths
- Help implement positive lifestyle changes
- Create a plan for a healthy diet
- Breakdown the goals of intuitive eating
- Learn about meal planning
- Discuss certain food allergies or intolerances you may experience
- Gain a better overall knowledge of the importance of nutrition
How to make an appointment?
Students, staff, faculty and any community member can meet with Erin, the UCSD Recreation Dietitian. Schedule your appointment today!
Meeting with a RD is a great way to practice self-care and learn more about healthy eating habits.