Dietitians are some of the most unsung heroes in our country, and today we get to celebrate them. National Registered Dietitian (RD) Day is every March 13, an event organized by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics now in its sixth year.
These men and women are tasked with the vitally important job of keeping our country healthy and well, something many of us turn a blind eye, too. Dietitians go through extensive training and achieve a level of expertise that gives them the ability to translate vast nutritional science in to something consumable and understandable for the general public. Their extensive education can often involve multiple degrees and highly coveted internships with major hospitals and universities where practical study gives them an even broader knowledge base.
And the reality of the job isn’t as specific as you might think. Dietitians work one on one with clients (or patients) in a clinical setting, but they also work in schools, health clubs, doctor’s offices and hospitals, in the food industry for food producers and restaurants, and much more.
You’ll even find them on Twitter disseminating health and nutrition information and working hard to keep Americans healthy 140 characters at a time.
Without further adieu, we introduce our favorite dietitians on Twitter, including our resident nutrition expert Mary Hartley, RD.
A 16-ounce soda contains the equivalent of 12 packets of sugar. #sodaban
— Mary Hartley RD, MPH (@MaryHartleyRD) March 11, 2013
— Joy Bauer (@joybauer) March 13, 2013
Pls RT – Great Easter Tip -here is a really cool chart to make your own natural egg dyes from veggies – brilliant!cuesa.org/article/guide-…
— Chef Cheryl Forberg (@CherylForbergRD) March 12, 2013
— Elisa Zied (@elisazied) March 12, 2013
Did you know? The pea is only green when eaten because it is picked when still immature. A ripe pea is more yellow in colour.
— RebeccaSubbiah RD (@chowandchatter) March 12, 2013
— Bonnie Taub-Dix (@eatsmartbd) March 13, 2013
Cauliflower: The ‘It’ Veggie of 2013 philly.com/philly/restaur… (called this a mile away)
— Rachel Berman (@RBBermanRD) February 26, 2013
Get kids excited about veggies by planting a garden and having them help cook.Involvement from seed to table helps spark interest….
— Around the Plate (@aroundtheplate) March 13, 2013
Make mine THICK. Make smoothies more filling by thickening them: Blend in 1/4 cup cold, cooked oatmeal. Adds fullness w/ just 50 cals.
— Dawn Jackson Blatner (@djblatner) March 6, 2013
Remember everyone, a goal without a plan is merely a wish, so write down your goals and start making things happen! 🙂
— Mel Thomassian – RD (@dietriffic) February 26, 2013
It’s much easier to prevent iron deficiency than to treat it. Include iron rich foods: raisins/dates/spinach/ beef/turkey/iron rich cereals.
— Heather Mangieri (@NutritionCheck) March 11, 2013