Nutrition Awareness Month: “Eat right with a Nutritionist’s advice”

A long time ago, Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine said, “Let thy food be thy medicine, and thy medicine be thy food.” This sentiment still rings true in our modern day. Every year in March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics observe a “Nutrition Month” that stresses the importance of a balanced diet and exercise. It promotes the transformative powers of healthy food choices, by encouraging using a registered dietitian (RD) to develop and stick with a healthy eating plan.

Between what you hear on TV and read in the news, eating well can seem like a real challenge that doesn’t have to be. A RD will partner with you to develop a safe and realistic eating plan that you can stick with for the long haul. To guide and motivate you, dietitians use creative and out-of-the-box strategies to help with meal planning, grocery shopping and mindful eating.

What an ophthalmologist does for your eyes, a dietitian does to keep your digestive system and body running smoothly, making sure you’re getting the proper nutrients and helping you tailor an eating plan that works best for you. Whether your goal is weight loss, healthy eating, or boosting iron intake. Dietitians work in a range of fields including patient care; mostly in hospitals to offer disease-specific therapeutic interventions, community and public health, and national level to influence policy making, private sector to offer consultancy to groups and individuals, food industry, sports, and research and teaching.  

Anyone can call themselves a nutritionist. However, only an RD has completed multiple layers of education and training established by the Kenya Nutritionist and Dietitians Institute. All RDs must have gotten a four-year degree; a specially designed, accredited nutrition curriculum, completed an extensive supervised program of practice at a health care facility, foodservice organization or community agency, passed a rigorous licensure exam, and maintained continued education credits throughout their career. In addition, some RDs may have certifications in specialized fields, such as sports, pediatric, renal, oncology or gerontological nutrition. 

Do you want to lose or gain weight? Are you pregnant, looking to become pregnant or just had a child? Are you looking for ways to maintain your health in your older years? Are you an athlete looking to boost performance? Do you have a health condition such as diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, any allergies etcetera? Then you need to seek the expert, science-based advice of an RD.

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