Hats off to RDNs: Helping people live healthier lives

March 14, 2018

Today is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDNs) Day, and there’s a lot to celebrate!

RDNs across the country are tackling the global challenge of nourishing a growing population, reducing food waste and connecting people to the farm to help them understand where their food comes from. Plus, March is National Nutrition Month, and this year’s theme, Further with Food, reminds us how vital dietetic professionals are in telling the farm-to-table story as they help people make nutrient-rich food choices and live healthier lives.

The need for academically trained RDNs in the Academy’s science-based tradition has never been greater to help correct misinformation and guide the public on a path to wellness. A critical task of our time will be to help people distinguish between scientific evidence and personal opinion when it comes to nutrition and health, including defining sustainable foods and food systems. RDNs are well prepared to take the lead in these new conversations about the future of food – to be at the table with farmers, medical experts, environmental scientists and business leaders to find collaborative solutions to our modern food challenges.

In 2017, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) celebrated its 100th anniversary, and to this day it continues in its longstanding commitment to RDNs, and the vital role they play in improving people’s health and solving the greatest food and nutrition challenges of the day. Back in 1917 when the American Dietetic Association (now AND) was first founded, the new organization dedicated itself to conserving food and improving the public’s health and nutrition during World War I. Now we must meet the challenges of hunger and malnutrition, the high rates of obesity, cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases and learn how to improve the sustainability of food systems.

As food and nutrition experts, RDNs have the power to change the future of food by joining nutrition education and agriculture for a holistic view of health. Integral to that effort is helping people understand the farmer’s long legacy of sustainable practices, and how to foster a relationship with local farmers.

National Dairy Council is proud to have over 100 RDNs from around the country who are meeting today’s new challenges. They collaborate to connect people to dairy farms and farmers by sharing the stories about dairy’s contribution to sustainable food systems that improve the health of people, communities and the planet. You can check out their stories on Twitter using the hashtag #100Dietitians and meet us this October for FNCE 2018. 

This article was originally published March 8, 2017