March 13: Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day.

R.D.Ns provide nutrition counseling, meal planning, assessments.

Training includes dietetics, nutrition science, medical nutrition.

Various roles: clinical, community, foodservice, pediatric, research dieticians.

Advocate for improved nutrition status; celebrated since 2008.

They work in hospitals, schools, long-term care, sports facilities.

R.D.Ns bridge science of nutrition with practical guidance.