There are wonderful people who make it their life’s work to learn about nutrition and how what we eat affects our bodies. They are in hospitals, doctor’s offices and anywhere that people are looking at how to get and stay healthy. A day has been set aside to honor them. Registered Dietitian Day is a great time to recognize the job they do, the part they have in helping us stay heathy, and highlight the messages that they are offering to our community as a whole.
History of Registered Dietitian Day
Registered Dietitian Day was created in 2008 by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The Academy choose the day to increase awareness of these professionals who work in nutrition and food services and their commitment to helping people to lead happy and healthy lives. In today’s fast-paced world, it is common to make the easy choices when it comes to food. These professionals take the time and effort to remind us that a little effort with healthy choices can mean a longer life!
It is the role of Dietitians to not only help on an individual level but on a community and national level as well. Nutrition is a science that can be difficult to understand. A Registered Dietitian can break the science down into language that makes since and helps hospitals, schools, community centers, nursing homes and more to plan proper meals for those that they serve. The day is set aside to acknowledge their work, but also to bring awareness to their messages.
How to Celebrate Registered Dietitian Day
Do you know someone who is a Registered Dietitian? Are they after you to make better food choices? Try to make those right choices and show them off! Let that person know that you are really trying and that you appreciate the guidance that has been offered so that you can be healthier! It is even possible that you will get into a habit and make a more permanent change.
If you are like many of those today who could stand to be healthier when it comes to food, you can celebrate Registered Dietitian Day by making a commitment to a new routine. Make a diet and activity plan and keep a log of the progress you make in both areas. Then the next time you need to visit your Dietitian you can show how you have taken the advice and applied it. There is sure to be a surprise on both sides at the result!
It is also important to hear the messages that the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Registered Dietitians are trying to convey. Each community has different needs, but the common thread is to get active and reach for fruits and vegetables more! Make an appointment to talk to a Registered Dietitian and find out what your unique plan is. It’s time to take the first step and get excited about making changes for you and your family that will keep everyone growing strong, healthy and happy!