MCHD observes Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day 03.13.2024

March 13, 2024

MCHD observes Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day

MOBILE, Ala. — First celebrated in 2008, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day commemorates the dedication of RDNs as advocates for advancing the nutrition status of Americans and people around the world.

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day, celebrated each year on the second Wednesday in March, was created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to increase the awareness of registered dietitian nutritionists as the indispensable providers of food and nutrition services.

This occasion also serves to recognize both RDNs and nutrition and dietetic technicians, registered for their commitment to helping people enjoy healthy lives.

Family Health, the primary care division of the Mobile County Health Department, has RDNs who assist patients achieve healthy eating habits.

“Family Health/MCHD is grateful to have committed Registered Dietitians and Nutritionists on the team to educate consumers on the importance of nutrition in fueling the body, contributing to healthy growth and development, and alleviating chronic health conditions,” said Kelly Warren, the Executive Director of Family Health.

MCHD also has numerous RDNs who work in the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) supplemental nutrition program. WIC’s mission is to increase awareness among pregnant women, breastfeeding women, women who had a baby within the last six months, infants, and children under the age of 5 years of the need to balance food intake and daily physical activity, to promote increasing the intake of fruits and vegetables and to increase awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding.

“This year our nutritionists are educating on the importance of portion sizes to help maintain a healthy weight,” said Monique McMillan, the District Nutrition Director. “Pre- and post-natal mothers are receiving measuring cups, infants are receiving sippy cups with measurements, and children are receiving plates with all food groups and their portion sizes to help plan healthy meals. Our registered dietitians also assess, educate, and follow our high-risk WIC participants.”