Dietary Services

Dietitians, In General

Dietitians plan food and nutrition programs and supervise the preparation and serving of meals. They help to prevent and treat illnesses by promoting healthy eating habits and recommending dietary modifications.

Other health care professionals who have an extensive science background and who have read up on nutrition may not have much knowledge about food products and preparation.

Dietitians need to take a variety of science courses—physiology, chemistry, and biochemistry courses, among others—which allow them to have a deep understanding of the science of nutrition and to separate erroneous nutrition information from facts. In addition to science courses, the training includes coursework in food science and food preparation, to give clients practical information about how to change their diet.


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