Becoming a Registered Dietitian in the United States

Becoming a Registered Dietitian in the United States

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The field of nutrition and dietetics is thriving in the United States. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statics, jobs in the field of dietetics are expected to increase by 14% from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average rate of other careers in the US. Entering into the field of dietetics right now is a great choice for students who are passionate about health and nutrition. With rates of obesity, diabetes, and other lifestyle related illnesses on the rise, as well as an aging population, nutrition professional are needed more than ever. What is the path to becoming a Registered Dietitian in the United States and what do career prospects look like? University Level Accredited Coursework Becoming a Registered Dietitian (RD) requires an undergraduate degree and completion of…
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Layne Norton Q & A

Layne Norton Q & A

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Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself? Well basically I’m a science geek who loves to lift heavy things. I started bodybuilding at age 17 in order to build more muscle to improve my confidence and increase my self-esteem. Also, I wanted more attention from girls LOL. Over time I developed a pure love for training. I went on to win my pro card in natural bodybuilding and actually win my class at a pro show. In the last 5 years, I’ve become very involved with powerlifting and have managed to win USA Nationals twice as well as a silver medal at the world championships. I also set a world squat record of 303kg at 91.5 kg bodyweight that has since been broken. In my academic career,…
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Lisa Middleton Q & A

Lisa Middleton Q & A

Other, Sports
Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself and your career? I work predominantly in sports nutrition and I basically became interested in it just from my own personal interest in sport. I did a lot of sport when I was younger and was just interested in the link between what you ate and how that affected performance. I used to experiment with my own diet and was enthusiastic about learning more. When I was in early high school, probably Year 8 or Year 9, I decided I wanted to work as a sports dietitian. I headed down that path, did a human movement degree at Deakin, and then did dietetics after that and got into nutrition from there. I was unemployed for a little while after I…
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Mike Israetel Q & A

Mike Israetel Q & A

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Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself? Totally! My name is Mike Israetel and I’m the Head Science Consultant for and Co-Founder of Renaissance Periodization (@rpstrength on IG). I got my PhD in Sport Physiology 4 years ago, and I’ve been a professor for the last 4 years, teaching courses in sports nutrition, strength and conditioning, health behaviour, and everything sport and exercise science related. On the personal front, I’m a competitive bodybuilder and Jiu Jitsu grappler. What aspects of nutrition do you believe people should be prioritising when looking to gain muscle? Eating enough calories is for sure point #1. In order to gain muscle at the best rates, a surplus of 250 to 500 calories a day is very likely to be a necessary feature.…
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Top 5 Accredited Practising Dietitian Blogs to Follow

Top 5 Accredited Practising Dietitian Blogs to Follow

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Top 5 Accredited Practising Dietitian Blogs to Follow may be a bit of a stretch for a title since I don't follow every single dietitian blog out there, however "Top 5 Accredited Practising Dietitian Blogs to Follow that I know of" didn’t quite have the same authority… Either way, I’ve compiled a list of blogs that I consider to be among the best in this space. If you aren’t already following these dietitians, I highly recommend you check them out. Thinking Nutrition  Tim Crowe’s blog Thinking Nutrition is one of the first places you should look if you want to dig into the details of evidence-based nutrition. It’s a great mix of science and understandable language. 3 must reads: 1. Are carbohydrates trying to kill you?  2. Broccoli is bad for you, like,…
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Kate Wengier Q & A

Kate Wengier Q & A

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Can you please tell us a little about yourself and your career? My name is Kate and I’m a mum of four and a dietitian. Being a dietitian, I started off being trained in a hospital, but for me, I was always more interested in health promotion, so rather than following that hospital path, I started doing some private practice work. The more work I did, the more interested I became in behaviour change before it even developed to what it is today and I wanted to go a more “upstream” regarding health promotion. We started doing some kids’ cooking classes and about three years ago, we launched Foost. Foost has one main mission: to get people to eat colourful—to increase people’s intake of fruit and vegetables—it’s literally that simple.…
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Melanie McGrice Q & A

Melanie McGrice Q & A

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Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself and your career? I have been a dietitian for around 15 years now and my passion is fertility, pregnancy and women’s health. It’s what we call ‘early life nutrition’ and I’m particularly passionate about that because I have come to learn that what a woman eats in the lead up to pregnancy, during pregnancy and then what we feed our babies during the first couple of years of life—that period of time is often called the first 1,000 days—and that has a humungous impact upon the genetics of our babies, which goes on to impact their future health. The research is currently suggesting that the next generation are actually going to have shorter lifespans than we will because of the…
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Jessica Spendlove Q & A

Jessica Spendlove Q & A

Other, Sports
Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself and your career? I grew up in Sydney and did a lot of sport when I was younger, particularly swimming, that was my sport of choice. There were many hours in the pool and lots of training before and after school. While I was Swimming, I actually saw a sports dietitian, Helen O’Connor, and it was at that point I thought, “This nutrition thing is pretty interesting, maybe that’s what I want to do with myself.” By the time I finished high school, I was really interested in sports nutrition and decided that’s what I wanted to do. I went to Wollongong University and did my undergraduate there, which was a Bachelor of Science in nutrition. When I finished that,…
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Simone Austin Q & A

Simone Austin Q & A

Other, Sports
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your career? I always wanted to work in sports nutrition and community nutrition. After graduation, I started working at a community health centre and then shortly after, part-time at the Western Bulldogs AFL club. So, I was doing what I wanted. And then, to cut a long story short because it’s been 23 years, I increased my sports work when my son was born. It’s been nearly 18 years! The next thing I did was work with the Australian cricket team part-time for seven years. I have always done some private practice and some form of presenting throughout. For the past nine years, I have been working at Hawthorn Football Club. I’ve seen three premierships there and during that time…
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Gemma Sampson Q & A

Gemma Sampson Q & A

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Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself? I’m originally from near Sydney and I spent about six years of my teenage years overseas in Zambia in Africa before moving back to Australia for year 12. I was interested in nutrition and sport, so went into dietetics at The University of Wollongong. After that I got straight into work, moved to the country for a bit, then moved back to Sydney and decided, “Alright, let’s go overseas,” because there weren’t any jobs in Australia at the time. I thought, “I’ll do a couple of locums in the UK”—seven years later, I’m still here. I’m looking at moving back to Australia in the next year or two because I’ve started missing Australia and the beach. I’m also quite passionate…
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