Health Promotion and Wellness proudly offers enrolled students a variety of nutrition services to help improve their health and well-being including nutrition counseling, cooking demos and more!
At this time Health Promotion and Wellness nutrition services are not available to alumni, staff or faculty.
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Every Registered Dietitian is a Nutritionist, but not every Nutritionist is a Registered Dietitian!
What is a registered dietitian/registered dietitian nutritionist?
A registered dietitian (RD)/registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) is a food and nutrition expert who has met academic and professional requirements including:
- A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with course work in food and nutrition sciences, foodservice systems management, business, economics, computer science, sociology, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology and chemistry.
- Completion of an accredited, supervised, experiential practice programs at a healthcare facility, community agency or foodservice corporation.
- Passing the national examination by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
- Maintaining registration and licensure by completing on-going continuing professional education.
Recently, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Board of Directors and the Commission on Dietetic Registration approved the use of “registered dietitian nutritionist” (RDN) by registered dietitians. The credential registered dietitian and registered dietitian nutritionist have identical meanings and legal trademark definitions. The Academy established this option to further enhance the RD brand and more accurately reflect to consumers what registered dietitians do.
What services to RDs/RDNs provide?
Many dietitians work in the treatment and prevention of disease (administering medical nutrition therapy as part of the medical team) in:
- Private practice
- Long-term care facilities
However, dietitians are not just limited to working in those fields. Dietitians can be employed in a wide variety of settings, including:
- Academia and research
- University or college Wellness or Health Center
- Public health, such as WIC (Women, Infant and Children) and SNAP (Supplemental
- Nutrition Assistance Program)
- Sports nutrition at all levels- collegiate, professional league, Olympics, etc.
- Food Industry
- Corporate Wellness
- School nutrition
- Community, such as a health club or gym
- And more!
What is the difference between a registered dietitian/registered dietitian nutritionist and a "nutritionist?"The terms “registered dietitian” (RD) and “registered dietitian nutritionist” are legally protected, just like a “registered nurse” (RN) or a “medical doctor” (MD). In order to use either title, an individual must complete specified academic and professional requirements and pass a board certified exam (see "What is a registered dietitian/registered dietitian nutritionist”). Unfortunately, some people abuse the term “nutritionist” and sell supplements or counsel people when they lack any specific education or training. Most states, including Georgia, require dietitians to be licensed if they provide nutrition counseling. When seeking nutrition services, always verify the provider is a registered dietitian (or registered dietitian nutritionist) through the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is licensed in the state they are practicing.
For more information about RD/RDNs:
- Top Ten Reasons Why Consulting with a Registered Dietitian Can Benefit You
- Registered Dietitians...Bring Food and Nutrition Expertise to the Table
- Registered Dietitians and Medical Nutrition Therapy Services
Ever thought about dietetics as a career path? Feel free to schedule an appointment with your campus dietitian to discuss what it takes to become a dietitian. Call 470-578-6394 to schedule your appointment today!
Nutrition counseling includes meeting one-on-one with one of our registered and licensed dietitians to discuss any concerns you may have with your current eating patterns and your relationship with food and/or your body. Your very first session will include a thorough assessment and will last about 1-1.5 hours.
It may be beneficial to schedule an appointment with one of our dietitians if:
- You are unaware of body cues indicating hunger/satisfaction
- You feel that food dominates your life
- You find yourself using exercise to compensate for your food consumption
- You are tired of yo-yo dieting
- You want to decipher between evidence-based nutrition information and misinformation
- You feel your eating patterns influence your low/fluctuating energy levels
- You do not have regular bowel movements and/or your bowel movements are difficult
- You have been diagnosed with a nutrient deficiency (such as anemia)
This service is only available to enrolled KSU students.
To schedule your appointment, please call 470-578-6394 or stop by Health Promotion and Wellness.
Any student scheduling an appointment with the KSU Registered Dietitian will be required to sign a form stating they understand and authorize Health Promotion and Wellness to initiate a charge of $25.00 per appointment on their student account, which may result in withholding of grades, transcripts, future registration and the forfeiture of continued participation in nutrition counseling for the remainder of the semester, if a client fails to show for their nutrition appointment (considered as a “no-show”) or fails to cancel more than 24 hours before his/her scheduled appointment. If a client is 15 minutes or less late, the session will only last until the end of the scheduled time. If a client is more than 15 minutes late, the session will be considered a “no-show” and the Dietitian will be under no obligation to provide nutrition services to the client. Students who cancel more than 24 hours before their scheduled appointment will not be penalized. If students call to cancel and must leave a voicemail, the time they leave the voicemail will be considered the time they cancel. For example, if a student calls Monday evening at 6:30PM to cancel his/her appointment at 9AM on Wednesday, the student will have given 35 hours and 30 min notice of needing to cancel the appointment and will not be penalized.
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Health Promotion and Wellness’ cooking demonstration kitchen allows students an opportunity to learn how to prepare easy, nutritious and budget-friendly meals on their own. Students will not only learn new recipes, but also basic culinary skills, healthy eating and food safety tips!
See our event calendar for upcoming cooking demonstration classes.