What is a Registered Dietitian (RD)?
A registered dietitian (R.D.) is a food and nutrition expert who has met the minimum academic and professional requirements to qualify for the credential “R.D.” In addition to R.D. credentialing, many states have regulatory laws for dietitians and nutrition practitioners. State requirements frequently are met through the same education and training required to become a registered dietitian.
Registered dietitians must meet the following criteria to earn the RD credential:
- Bachelor’s degree with course work approved by the Academy’s Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. Coursework typically includes food and nutrition sciences, foodservice systems management, business, economics, computer science, sociology, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology and chemistry.
- Complete an accredited, supervised, experiential practice program at a health-care facility, community agency or foodservice corporation.
- Pass a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
- Complete continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.
How is a registered dietitian (R.D.) different from a nutritionist?
The “R.D.” credential is a legally protected title that can only be used by practitioners who are authorized by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Some registered dietitians 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 themselves a “nutritionist” regardless of education or training.
Individuals with the R.D. credentials have fulfilled specific requirements, including having earned at least a bachelor’s degree (about half of RDs hold advanced degrees), completed a supervised practice program and passed a registration examination, in addition to maintaining continuing education requirements for recertification.
What is a Wellness Coach?
A Wellness Coach is your partner in helping you seek out your best health and achieving your wellness goals
Why well coaching works?
Coaching works because it brings out your best. A coach asks powerful questions, listens intently, gives advice, makes challenging requests and helps you stay focused. The wellness and nutrition coaching process will stimulate your mind and body to address your mental, physical and emotional health and fitness goals. The coaching process helps you to clarify, prioritize and simplify your lifestyle habits and allows you to make healthful lifestyle changes in your life. Partnering with a Registered Dietitian and Wellness Coach will help you rediscover what wellness means to you. As your coach, we will provide you with support, guidance and encouragement you need to make the changes you want. Through safe, open and honest dialogue, we help our clients become clearer on where they are, where they want to go and how to get there.
Who uses a Wellness Coach?
- Individuals who want to start eating better and exercising more but have been unable to do it alone;
- Successful, busy people who feel, their work is consuming them and who want to balance their lives;
- Professionals who are stressed out, lack energy and enthusiasm and do not know what to do about it;
- People who want to live a healthy lifestyle so they can enjoy life as they age, but do not know where to begin.
A 3-month commitment is highly recommended in order to explore, learn and commit to regular weekly goals that will ultimately help you reach your 3 month, 6 month or yearly goals. The coaching process helps you draw on your strengths to live your best life and become a role model yourself in life’s journey.
When are you open?
We are open by appointment only. We often have “off-site” speaking engagements, training sessions, or volunteer activities; therefore we are not always “in” the office and therefore do not take walk-in clients.
Do you accept insurance?
At the present time, no, we do not accept insurance for nutrition fitness and wellness appointments.