Indulge me on my special day. March 9 is an Official Day declared by “anyone who knows someone” (which includes you, since you are reading my post) to celebrate RDs. I love to talk about Registered Dietitians – especially the RDs here at Dayton Children’s, so I ask for your indulgence in listening to me.
Our RDs make a difference.
- Dietitians guide children to gain weight, lose weight, boost immunity, breathe easier, thrive, keep diabetes controlled, get over tummy problems, know what to eat even with many food allergies, and generally enjoy healthy foods.
- In critical care and metabolic and neurology clinic, the RDs determine the smallest of changes in a child’s diet that can mean the difference between living a full life, just surviving, or not living at all.
Our RDs are fun.
- Dietitians love food and nutrition and love finding ways to spread that joy and interest to kids and families.
- As part of teaching, our pros use games, models of food, jokes, reward charts, puppets, stories, cooking demonstrations, and more.
Our RDs add value.
- These pros teach over 300 medical students (doctors, nurses, dietitians) a year
- Professionals, classrooms and parent groups often ask us to talk to them about food – examples of topics include obesity, brain nutrition, eating disorders, sports and healthy eating on a budget
- The newspaper, TV stations, radio stations, and web sites turn to us for expert opinion
- Magazines and professional publications ask us to write and edit articles, chapters, and books.
About our expert Rachel Riddiford, MS, RD, LD.
Rachel has been an employee of Dayton Children’s since 2004. She is currently the Manager of Clinical Dietetics and works as an eating disorder specialist in the Nutrition Clinic. Rachel completed her BS in Dietetics at Western Michigan University, Master’s degree at University of Dayton, and dietetic internship at Indiana University/Purdue University. She has also completed an American Dietetic Association Pediatric and Adolescent Weight Management Certificate.