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Check Your Health: Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day

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(KUTV) — March 8 is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day.

But what exactly is a registered dietitian nutritionist?

Joy Musselman, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at Intermountain McKay-Dee Hospital, stopped by 2News to help educate us on the value of choosing a registered dietitian to support nutrition goals and share how to locate a dietitian.

Here's what you need to know:

Where can I find help navigating all the advice about nutrition I am encountering?

It can be overwhelming to try and figure out if the nutrition advice you are receiving from friends, social communities, online searches, magazines, etc. is actually true. A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist is a great resource to help you identify evidence-based nutrition recommendations, evaluate your current health needs, and work with you to develop a nutrition plan that meets your individual goals.

What does it take to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist?

A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist is the only nutrition professional who is required to have a college degree in nutrition science – particularly the science of nutrition as it relates to specific health conditions. Dietitians also complete supervised practice hours, pass a rigorous credentialing exam, maintain credentialing through the State of Utah, and complete continuing education requirements to stay current on new research regarding nutrition and health.

Where can I find a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist?

Dietitians can be found in a variety of settings. All Intermountain Healthcare hospitals and many Intermountain Healthcare clinics have dietitians on staff (see the Intermountain website below to find a location nearest you). Additionally, dietitians can be found in community settings like the Utah Department of Health and WIC offices, they can be found increasingly in grocery stores, and some can be found in private practice. To find a dietitian in Utah, visit www.eatrightutah.org.

You can find an Intermountain Registered Dietitian here, or find a Registered Dietitian in the state of Utah here.

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