Need-to-Know Resources for Dietitians

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Whether you are an aspiring student, newly minted Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), or an experienced professional at the pinnacle of your career, you’ll benefit from access to a wide range of available resources for the dietetics community. These include professional organizations, journals, podcasts, websites, blogs, and more that offer information and support—and the occasional touch of humor.

Get access to current industry news, trends, and research that will help expand your knowledge and your opportunities for mentoring, jobs, and continuing education throughout your studies and career

As your journey begins or continues, you’ll join a vibrant community of like-minded practitioners, gain information, seek advice, offer input in various forums, and build your personal network. You’ll continue to learn about subjects like the latest in dietetic science, how to build your own consultancy, trends in the industry, and new options for continuing education. You’ll stay up-to-date—and connected.

“Resources like these are invaluable to those thinking about a career change, students and professionals; you’ll refer to them often as your studies and career progress,” says Ginger Hultin, MS, RDN, CSO, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Some of her recommendations are included below.

Hultin herself is a career changer and consulted several of these resources on her journey to an RDN credential. Initially a fitness trainer after college, Hultin decided to pursue a master’s in nutrition, and moved to Chicago for a rigorous dietetic internship at Edward Hines Jr. Veterans Hospital. She stayed in the city for five years, working in a clinical practice before returning to Seattle and starting ChampagneNutrition.com. Hultin says she still refers to many of these sources everyday. Once you establish your own set of go-to sources, you’ll do the same.


The Mother of All Dietitian Resources: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

With more than 100,000 credentialed practitioners, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. Founded in 1917, the Academy is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Members include Registered Dietitians and Registered Dietitian Nutritionists; Dietetic Technicians, Registered; other dietetics and nutrition professionals holding undergraduate and advanced degrees in nutrition and dietetics; and students pursuing under graduate and graduate degrees. The Academy is the place to start for all things related to nutrition and dietetics—from requirements for credentialing and lists of accredited colleges to definitions of terms, job opportunities, salaries, and continuing education options—plus everything in between. We’ve listed some of the main links below that you’ll find essential to your education, career development, and networking.

Career Toolbox

Career resources, including resume development, interview techniques, and career guidance

Career Changer

RDN career path info for those changing careers

Accredited Programs

Listing of all accredited undergraduate and graduate programs

Career Center

Job postings for job seekers and employers

Practice

Resources to manage practice and career, from standards of practice tools to marketing tips

RD/RDN Fact Sheet

Education requirements and career options

Dietetic Practice Groups

Interest groups for areas of focus, such as diabetes, clinical nutrition, or healthy aging

State Affiliate Groups

State dietetic associations


The Academy also provides access to the information you need to get certified as an RD/RDN.


Associations and Organizations

While the Academy is the dominant organization in the field of dietetics and nutrition, there are other organizations that will be of interest to you, depending on your practice area and interests. These groups provide access to current industry news, trends, and research that will help expand your knowledge. You may also benefit from programs for mentoring, networking, job opportunities, and continuing education that they may provide. We’ve listed a representative sample of these professional organizations here.  (Note: While RDNs may have an interest that aligns with some of the following groups, RDN credentialing is done through the Academy.)

Association/Organization

What It Does


Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association (CPSDA)

Members are Sports Dietitians employed as RDs/RDNs in an athletic or tactical (military) setting.

The National Association of Nutrition Professionals

Advocates for professionals dedicated to holistic nutrition. They offer board certification and have an online career resource center.

The American Nutrition Association

Provides advanced, science-based nutrition education, training, and advocacy.

The American Society for Nutrition

This group’s mission is to advance the science, education, and practice of nutrition. Members have access to professional development and a career resource center.

Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC)

Part of the National Agricultural Library (NAL) of the USDA, the FNIC contains over 2,500 links to current nutrition information.


Journals, Magazines, and News

Following these publications, and others like them, will keep you up to date on what your professional colleagues are writing about and reading—and, just as importantly, what your clients are seeing in the news.

Journal / Magazine

What It Offers


Food & Nutrition Magazine

Articles on food and diet trends, nutrition research, public health, and policy; exploration of social and cultural factors shaping diet and health.

Today’s Dietitian

Stories on subjects that affect RDs and RDNs, their clients, and their career development; plus coverage of topics like diabetes management, heart health, weight control, and industry research.

The New York Times

The “Well” section online publishes general interest articles on the latest trends in nutrition, covering everything from child nutrition to the long-term impact of sugar substitutes and whether being vegetarian contributes to cancer. It’s a good resource to keep tabs on what consumers and clients are interested in and being exposed to in the media regarding nutritional and dietetic information.


Blogs and Podcasts

Many RDs and RDNs are published authors and establish websites, write blogs and create podcasts to share information and inspiration with their colleagues and clients. We’ve highlighted a few of the prominent ones here. You’ll enjoy the discussion, love the personalities, and may even be inspired to create blogs, websites, and podcasts of your own.

Blog/Podcast

What It Offers


All Access Dietetics

Founder Jenny Westerkamp helps aspiring RDs and RDNs hoping to get matched to a dietetic internship, pass the RD exam, and land a dream job. Resources include a newsletter, personal coaching, and a blog.

Melissa Moore, RDN

Formerly President of the Georgia Dietetic Association, Moore uses her blog to share (mostly) vegetarian recipes, credible nutrition information, and a peek into her Southern roots. Becoming a registered dietitian married her love for food, science, and education. 

RD Lounge

This blog is written for and by RDs and RDNs; RD Lounge is a safe haven where nutrition professionals can read about the opinions and insights of fellow colleagues on a wide range of topics from eating disorders and ethics to fertility, child nutrition, and food safety.

Spot On!

Dr. Joan Salge Blake, author, media expert, and nutrition professor at Boston University covers the latest topics, hijacked from media headlines, to provide accurate, usable health and wellness information geared towards college students, soon-to-be college students, or anyone who knows a college student.

Sound Bites RD

Host Melissa Joy Dobbins MS, RDN, CDE, “The Guilt-Free RD,” delves into the science, psychology, and strategies behind good food and nutrition; Sound Bites RD is a Top 20 Nutrition Podcast on Apple.

Food Psych

This podcast is a weekly show by Christy Harrison, MPH, RD, CDN—a self-described anti-diet registered dietitian—is dedicated to helping listeners make peace with food and break free from diet culture.

Liz’s Healthy Table

The theme for host Liz Weiss, MS, RDN is “Real family food. Everyday.” In each broadcast she serves up wholesome, flavorful recipes with a tasty side of science, good nutrition, and fun with episodes like “Half the Sugar, All the Love.”

Food Heaven Made Easy

Wendy and Jess, both RDs, use their podcast to help you transform the way you eat, make peace with food, and live your best life. Check out their favorite books listed on their website.


Who to Follow on Social Media?


All of the organizations, podcasts, blogs, and publications listed in this section have multiple social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Be sure to check those out for real time updates, late breaking news, and quick bits of info. Engage in discussion and post your own thoughts; social media makes online networking a breeze.

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