Florida Recognizes Dietitians, Nutritionists

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The Florida Department of Health (DOH) recognizes the registered dietitians and licensed dietitians/nutritionists who help Floridians live healthier lives through the promotion of healthy eating and physical activity.

“We appreciate the nutrition expertise, compassion and dedication of registered dietitians and licensed dietitians/nutritionists who are committed to helping people enjoy healthy lives,” said DOH Division Director of Family Health Services Annette Phelps, A.R.N.P., M.S.N. “Their expertise is especially critical during these difficult economic times, reminding Floridians that healthy foods are important to their health and well-being.”

Registered dietitians and licensed dietitians/nutritionists complete a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and an internship, pass a national exam and obtain ongoing professional education. These nutrition experts evaluate current nutrition science information and determine how it can be used to address an individual’s unique nutrition needs. They offer vital nutrition education, consultation and guidance to Florida’s citizens—from the most vulnerable, frail or ill in our society to those who want to improve their food intake in order to maximize health and strength.

Their expertise and guidance assist:

· Pregnant and breastfeeding women to help them have healthy babies

· Infants and young children to promote healthy growth and development

· Children to encourage healthy eating and physical activity habits

· Adults to prevent the onset or advancement of obesity and chronic diseases

· Patients with wasting diseases or injury to rebuild or strengthen them

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· Teenagers with eating disorders to provide guidance to them

· Elderly who need information on drug-nutrient interactions or hydration

· Athletes who want to improve sports performance

DOH recruits and employs many registered dietitians and licensed dietitians/nutritionists in programs such as:

· Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

· Child Nutrition Programs

· School Health

· HIV/AIDS

· Children’s Medical Services

· Adult Health, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease

· Healthy Communities, Healthy People Program

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