There’s so much for our profession to celebrate!

Dale Kline, MS, RD, LD Director Food, Nutrition and Dietetics, Nutrition Dimension Happy Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day, and an even happier National Nutrition Month! Dietetics has been my life for almost 35 years. I am honored to be a dietitian. When I started my career there were limited options for dietitians – hospitals, nursing homes, WIC, government, academia and other institutions. There were dietitians who were “doing their own thing” but they were few and far between. In 1986, I started Nutrition Dimension with my husband and began the transformation from employee to entrepreneur, which is not as easy as it sounds. While being an entrepreneur I was not able to give up my other passion, clinical dietetics and nutrition support, which I kept on doing for 25 years. Filling in the cracks and thriving When I look at the profession, I am astounded at the transformation. No longer do we have to be in “traditional” jobs as there are many more opportunities for us now. Entrepreneurial dietitians abound in private practice, as authors, spokespersons, bloggers, business owners, etc. Dietitians are found working for major league sports teams, health insurance companies, health communication companies, corporations, fitness centers, newspapers, and radio and public relations companies. Some of those public relations companies are even owned by dietitians! I am so impressed with the ingenuity of RDNs who have created businesses or found a niche inside an institution. What we do is hard, and you are all to be commended. Most important of all, we are now looked upon as thought leaders, decision makers and professionals who influence consumers. Have you ever wondered why so many companies target their marketing to dietitians? The answer is simple. We control budgets [...]