Dietitians plan, conduct, and supervise diet food service programs and provide nutrition counselling/consulting services. They also conduct research to improve the nutritional value, taste, appearance, and preparation of food, and may specialize in different areas such as clinical, community or research dietetics, public health, food service administration, and industry.
Dietitians perform some or all of the following duties:
Develop, administer and supervise nutrition and food preparation and service programs in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, company cafeterias or similar settings;
Evaluate nutritional status of individuals and provide nutrition counselling and consulting to health professionals, dietetic interns, community groups, government, media and individuals;
Aid in the prevention and/or treatment of inadequate nutrition;
Plan, evaluate and conduct nutrition education programs and develop educational materials for various audiences;
Practice on an individual basis or as a member of an interdisciplinary team to determine nutritional needs of patients and to plan normal and therapeutic menus;
Study and analyze current scientific nutritional studies and conduct research to improve the nutritional value, taste, appearance and preparation of food.
Dietitians may specialize in such areas as administrative dietetics, clinical dietetics, community dietetics, public health dietetics or research dietetics.
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