Happy Registered Dietitian Day!

dietitian Lindsey Mauntel

Yay! It’s RDN Day! Have you hugged a dietitian today? Celebrate dietitians everywhere by making one healthier change in your life today.

Today is going to be short and sweet ๐Ÿ™‚

Just to give some props to all those hardworking RDNs out there, let’s take a look at what goes on in undergrad (at least, for me).

I started at UK as a pre-med Biology major. I made it through my freshman year with mostly As and a few Bs and then Organic Chemistry II hit and I soon realized that pre-med was not for me. Then I tried out Physicalย Therapy as a major and followed a local well-known physical therapist for a day. He had me touch a metal knee and I went to the bathroom and threw up. So THEN, I did some soul searching and found Dietetics. It was perfect for me. I would stay in the medical field without having to do surgery, dress wounds or clean up feces ๐Ÿ™‚ and I got to look cute in a white lab coat. Win-win.

So once I settled on dietetics, I had some catching up to do. I took 19 credit hours a semester to make sure I would graduate on time (and I did so, with Honors!). Dietetic students don’t only take nutrition classes.

Check out what kind of education we get:

  • Biochemistry
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Accounting
  • Medical Terminology
  • Economics
  • Sanitation
  • Sociology
  • Business Management

Then, we take the following Nutrition courses….and I’m sure I’m forgetting a few!

  • Food Preparation
  • Experimental Foods Lab
  • Wellness
  • Purchasing
  • Production
  • Community Nutrition
  • Advanced Nutrition
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy I and II
  • Counseling

Then during your senior year, you apply for a very competitive internship program. After you get matched, you then have to complete a year-long internship before sitting for the RD exam. It’s a lot of work! So next time you meet an RDN, tell them you know a little something about all the hard work that went into their career ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is a look at some serious dietitian humor ๐Ÿ™‚

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So have a good laugh today to celebrate dietitians everywhere ๐Ÿ™‚

–Linds