Dietetics and Nutrition

Dietitians help promote good health through proper eating. They supervise the preparation and service of food, develop modified diets, participate in research, and educate individuals and groups on good nutritional habits. Registered Dietitians (R.D.) are specifically trained and licensed to provide these dietary services. 

In a medical setting, a dietitian, often a R.D., may modify the nutritional plan, form and delivery mechanisms for patients unable to consume food normally. The goals of a dietary department are to provide medical nutritional intervention and to obtain, prepare, and serve flavorful, attractive and nutritious food to patients, family members, and health care providers

Clinical nutrition is the study of the relationship between food and the well-being of the body. More specifically, it is the science of nutrients and how they are digested, absorbed, transported, metabolized, stored, and discharged by the body. Besides studying how food works in the body, nutritionists are interested in how the environment affects the quality and safety of foods and how these factors influence health and disease. A Clinical Nutritionist may hold certifications through various nutritional associations and may also be licensed through state agencies.

Most states license Dietitians and Nutritionists and require continuing education (CME/CEU) for license renewal. The American College of Physical Medicine is an Illinois approved provider for continuing education through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations for Dietitians/ Nutritionist.

CME/CEU Courses