What is a Dietitian?

A Registered Dietitian is the food and nutrition expert, trained to provide credible nutrition information to the public. The terms Dietitian and Nutritionist are legally enforceable in the state of Florida. Registered Dietitians are required to earn a four year college degree in nutrition or a related field which is approved by the American Dietetic Association, complete 900 hours of supervised practice in nutrition and dietetics, and pass an exam administered by the Commission of Dietetic Registration to earn the title: Registered Dietitian (RD). RD’s are responsible for staying current on food and nutrition issues through continuing education.

What is the difference between a registered dietitian and a nutritionist?

The Registered Dietitian “RD” credential is a legally protected title that can only be used b practitioners who are authorized by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Some “RDs”may call themselves nutritionists, but not all nutritionists are registered dietitians. The definition and requirements for the term “nutritionist” vary. Some states have licensure laws that define the range of practice for someone using the designation “nutritionist,” but in other states, virtually anyone can call himself a nutritionist regardless of education or training.

What should I do to report unlicensed activity?

If you see any unlicensed activity, report it. Include brochures, business cards, and flyers as supporting documentation. Please follow this link http://www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/unlicensed/unlic_home.html or call 1-877-HALT-ULA to report the activity.

How do I find a registered dietitian?

Go to www.eatright.org Click “Find a registered dietitian” at the top right of the page. Type in your postal code or city, state and then click the “find an RD” tab. The results will be listed on the right side of the page.