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Registered dietitians, or nutritionists, evaluate and provide for the nutritional needs of people. They assist the healthcare provider and provide a treatment plan that may include the following:
Ideal body weight, caloric, and dietary needs
Foods that help ease swallowing
Dietary changes that need to be made as a result of a disability
Tube feeding formulas and schedules for patients who are unable to swallow
Patient and family education on nutrition topics related to diseases, like diabetes
Registered dietitians nutritionists may practice in a variety of settings, including the following:
Inpatient rehabilitation centers
Home health settings
Community or government nutrition programs
Registered dietitian nutritionists hold an undergraduate degree, have completed an approved internship program, and have passed a national exam to be credentialed as Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. Many have also earned a master's degree in dietetics or nutrition science.
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