When looking for a nutrition or weight loss expert it can be confusing at times to determine if that person actually possesses the education necessary to provide proper and safe advice. In some states, it is simple for almost anyone to call themselves a nutritionist regardless of their education or training. In some cases it can be as easy as completing a short online course and passing an exam to call oneself a nutritionist. Not every state has laws to protect consumers from so called nutritionists doling out nutrition or weight loss counseling. Unless made aware of the difference, consumers might not make an educated decision. Vida180 ensures that every nutrition professional you speak with is Registered and Licensed.
“The Registered Dietitians at Vida180 are members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, not only are they weight loss experts–they are leaders in the field of nutrition science working for you.”
Below are the minimum requirements necessary to become a Registered and Licensed Dietitian.
- Dietitians must obtain a minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree with course work approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). They must go through rigorous training and complete at least 900 internship hours in their field of practice. Only then may they sit for the national exam which is administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. All Registered Dietitians will possess the RD credential after their names.
- In order to earn the designation “Licensed Nutritionist”, the recipient, must be a Registered Dietitian.
- Most states offer Nutrition licensure for Registered Dietitians. Anyone can call themselves a “Nutritionist”, but that does not mean they possess the necessary qualifications to use that designation in a professional capacity. Don’t be fooled, look for the LDN credential. This indicates the Nutritionist is legally licensed to practice, in accordance with their State Department of Health. All our Dietitian/Nutritionists are Registered and Licensed within their state.
Our Dietitians are here to provide support every step of the way. Because are Dietitians and Nutritionists are all Registered and Licensed, all advice, information and tips will be accurate and up to date. They are waiting for your call!