“You are what you eat.”
Scientific studies are proving that the food we eat has a significant impact on our health. Changes in diet can help prevent or control many health problems, including obesity, diabetes, and certain risk factors for cancer and heart disease.
Dietetics is the health field that focuses on the interaction between nutrition and health. Dietitians and dietetic technicians design “nutrition therapies” that help the body use the natural nutrients and properties in food to protect against disease and promote health.
The field of dietetics has a strong emphasis on public health, and a commitment to educating all Americans about the importance of making proper dietary choices. Dietitians who work in facilities preparing food strive to develop menus and recipes that are healthful, tasty and cost-effective.
Professionals in the field of dietetics often focus their efforts on specific populations, facilities or initiatives, including:
Growing public interest in “taking control” of one’s health is likely to improve employment prospects for dietetics professionals who can design healthy eating programs. The growing and aging population will also increase demand for accurate nutrition information and plans.
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Last updated: June 12, 2013
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