What is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)?

A RDN is your most credible source of nutrition information. Look for the initials RD or RDN which indicates the practitioner has:

  • Completed a Bachelor, Master’s or Doctorate Degree in Nutrition
  • Performed a minimum of 1200 supervised hours in an approved Internship
  • Successfully passed a national examination
  • Maintains continuing education to stay current with the latest research and science

Value and Services of the RDN


Is nutrition counseling covered by my insurance?

Registered Dietitians have the skills and knowledge to improve your health.

Many insurance plans will cover nutrition counseling with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

Check with your insurance provider directly or contact one of our dietitians in private practice listed on our Find an RDN page.


Why should I see a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist?

RDNs can translate current nutrition science into practical knowledge. Here are 10 reasons to visit a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist:

  1. You have diabetes, cardiovascular issues, high blood pressure, cancer, or other chronic disorder.
  2. You are thinking of having or have had weight loss surgery.
  3. You have digestive issues.
  4. You are pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or breast feeding your baby.
  5. You are concerned about your young child’s weight or risk of becoming overweight.
  6. Your teenager has issues with food and is showing signs of an eating disorder.
  7. You need to lose or gain weight.
  8. You are caring for an aging parent or concerned about your nutritional needs as you age.
  9. You want to change your habits, eat smarter and help your family eat healthier.
  10. You want to improve your performance in sports.