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Celebrate Registered Dietitian Day & Learn How They Help

March 13, 2013 is Registered Dietitian Day! RD Day happens in the middle of National Nutrition Month to celebrate the work and commitment of dietitians who are striving to make our communities healthier each and every day. Registered dietitians are your go-to experts for all things food and nutrition. While a Bachelor degree and specific academic achievements must be met,  according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 50% of RDs hold advance degrees. Some also hold specializations in areas such as sports nutrition, pediatrics, renal disease, and weight management. Registered dietitians can help you meet your weight goals, improve your sports performance, and prevent or manage chronic disease.

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  • 13 Healthy Eating Tips for 2013 1 of 15
    13 Healthy Eating Tips for 2013
    Celebrate RD day with these tips for a healthy lifestyle!
  • Establish family meal time 2 of 15
    Establish family meal time
    Sit down to a meal together as a family several times a week. Turn off the tv, put down the phone, and catch up on your kids' day.
  • Drink up 3 of 15
    Drink up
    Ditch the sugary sodas and juices for water or other low-cal options. The calories in liquids don't tell our brains we've eaten, and those calories add up.
  • Eat breakfast 4 of 15
    Eat breakfast
    Start your day off right with a protein-packed breakfast. Kick start your metabolism and begin your day with a healthy habit so you'll be more likely to make good choices throughout the day.
  • Be smart dining out 5 of 15
    Be smart dining out
    Look at the menu before you go out to eat. You're more likely to make healthy choices when you're not starving. Choose foods that say "baked", "steamed", or "broiled". Avoid fried foods and dishes with heavy cream-based sauces.
  • Prepare foods safely 6 of 15
    Prepare foods safely
    Wash your hands thoroughly after preparing raw meat or eggs. Use a meat thermometer to make sure your meals are reaching the proper temperature. Both of these practices will help prevent food poisoning.
  • Fill up on fruits and veggies. 7 of 15
    Fill up on fruits and veggies.
    Load up at least half of your plate (or bowl or cup) with veggies or fruit at every meal.
  • Choose healthy snacks 8 of 15
    Choose healthy snacks
    Snacks can help keep your blood sugar stable between meals and keep you from getting too hungry before your meal is served. Choose snacks with protein or healthy fats to keep you fuller longer.
  • Pack a lunch 9 of 15
    Pack a lunch
    Think outside the sandwich- try bringing dinner leftovers or bento box of assorted snacks instead.
  • Keep portion sizes in check 10 of 15
    Keep portion sizes in check
    Learn what makes a healthy portion size. That might mean pulling out a measuring cup to see how big your favorite plate or bowl is. Wait a few minutes after you've finished your serving to let your brain registered that your full. If you're still hungry, you can always go back for more.
  • Learn to read food labels 11 of 15
    Learn to read food labels
    Food labels contain a wealth of information. Look to see what the main ingredients are, what type of fat is in your food, and check out the serving size.
  • Work with an RD 12 of 15
    Work with an RD
    A consult with a registered dietitian can help you figure out what works for you, from weight to disease prevention and beyond.
  • Be active 13 of 15
    Be active
    No amount of healthy eating can out-do a couch potato lifestyle. Get up and get moving- walk, run, play basketball- anything that gets you physically active and having fun.
  • Get in the kitchen 14 of 15
    Get in the kitchen
    Cooking meals at home puts you in control of what goes on your plate and in your body.
  • Happy Registered Dietitian Day! 15 of 15
    Happy Registered Dietitian Day!

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