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December 14, 2011 - Kathie Evanoff
The American Dietetic Association is changing its name.

As of January 1, the new name will be the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. You can find them at Registered dieticians are the food and nutrition experts. To be a RD, you have to have earned a bachelors degree with coursework approved by the American Dietetic Association. In addition, you have to complete a supervised practice program and a healthcare facility or foodservice corporation and pass an examination enabling you to earn your dietetic registration. You also have to take continuing education classes each year to maintain that registration certificate. It is not a program that is taken lightly. Dieticians are professionals. Many dieticians go on to get graduate degrees in their field.

Nutritionists are not necessarily dieticians. A person can say he or she is a nutritionist but not have the certification. Not only do requirements vary from state to state, but in some states, anyone can call themselves a nutritionist. When searching for a dietician, make sure they have R.D. certification.

A dietetic technician, registered, (DTR), works in hospitals, clinics and other health-care facilities, including weight management clinics and wellness centers.

And speaking of registered dieticians, Humility of Mary Health Partners from St. Joe’s at the Eastwood Mall and St. Elizabeth Health Center in Boardman will be introducing a new program in January to help get off those holiday pounds and any other extra pounds our bodies might be hoarding.

Called the SlimDown program, registered dieticians certified in adult weight management will be teaching classes from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday from Jan. 3 to Feb. 7 at St. E’s Boardman Center, 5401 Market St., Boardman; each Wednesday from Jan. 4 to Feb. 8 at St. Joe’s at the Eastwood Mall; and each Thursday from Jan. 5 to Feb. 9 at St. E’s Health Center Youngstown.

The cost is $40 for new participants and $20 for repeat participants.

To register, call the healthline at 330-480-3151 or 877-700-4647. Deadline to register is Dec. 27.


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