The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics celebrates National Nutrition Month throughout the month of March. This is a time to bring awareness to the importance of developing healthy eating and physical activity habits. This recognition also provides a platform to discuss the role of a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and how they can help their local community to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.
An example of a dietary lifestyle that has gained a
lot of attention over the past few years is the Mediterranean diet. This places
an emphasis on foods that are high in fiber and contain healthy fats to improve
one’s overall health. Primary sources of protein for this diet include seafood,
legumes, and nuts.1 It is also recommended to increase consumption
of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.1 A dietitian would be able
to help you find food choices that will work best for you and your
Regarding physical activity, the CDC recommends 150
minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity and 75 minutes of intense
aerobic physical activity per week.2 This provides health benefits
such as improving overall well-being, decreasing risk of chronic diseases (such
as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer), along with improving mental
health. Examples of moderate intensity aerobic activity include walking
briskly, bicycling, yoga, and swimming.2 Vigorous-intensity
activities include running, hiking, and heavy yard work such as shoveling the
mounds of snow piled up around us.2 🙂
A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) is recognized as the expert in nutrition services, providing scientific-based nutrition information to the public. This credential is regulated through the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). An individual can gain this credential after completing a bachelor’s degree with course work from an approved ACEND program, completing an accredited supervised practice program/internship, passing a national exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, and continuously pursuing professional education requirements to maintain registration. Dietitians work throughout various fields within the community positioning themselves in hospitals, food service management, schools, public health clinics, nursing homes, fitness centers, the food industry, universities, corporate wellness, research and private practice.
has Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) on staff who work in all capacities.
Inpatient RDNs who work with our inpatients for all
nutritionally related issues.
Outpatient RDNs who work in the pediatric clinics
(Pediatric Diabetes, Blue Prints 4 Health, Multi-Handicapped, Cardiology,
Neuromuscular, and Hemophilia), the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, and who
see outpatients for a variety of nutrition-related issues. Did you know
that UPHS-M insurance covers 12 nutrition counseling visits per year for
Outpatient diabetes program.
Food and Nutrition Services. In celebration of National
Nutrition Month, Food and Nutrition Services is offering FREE sliced
apples with any purchase on March 6th.
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