LEARN ABOUT HEALTHY EATING, BECOME A DIETICIAN: BECAUSE YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!

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Your food choices each day affect your health ? how you feel today, tomorrow, and in the future. Good nutrition is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Combined with physical activity, your diet can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases (like heart disease and cancer), and promote your overall health. A dietician (or dietician) is an expert in dietetics; that is, human nutrition and the regulation of diet. A dietician alters their patient's nutrition based upon their medical condition and individual needs. Dieticians are regulated healthcare professionals licensed to assess, diagnose, and treat nutritional problems.

Job Duties and Tasks for: "Dietician and Nutritionist"

1) Assess nutritional needs, diet restrictions and current health plans to develop and implement dietary-care plans and provide nutritional counselling.

2) Consult with physicians and health care personnel to determine nutritional needs and diet restrictions of patient or client.

3) Advise patients and their families on nutritional principles, dietary plans and diet modifications, and food selection and preparation.

4) Counsel individuals and groups on basic rules of good nutrition, healthy eating habits, and nutrition monitoring to improve their quality of life.

5) Monitor food service operations to ensure conformance to nutritional, safety, sanitation and quality standards.

6) Coordinate recipe development and standardization and develop new menus for independent food service operations.

7) Develop policies for food service or nutritional programs to assist in health promotion and disease control.

8) Inspect meals served for conformance to prescribed diets and standards of palatability and appearance.

9) Develop curriculum and prepare manuals, visual aids, course outlines, and other materials used in teaching.

10) Prepare and administer budgets for food, equipment and supplies.

11) Purchase food in accordance with health and safety codes.

12) Select, train and supervise workers who plan, prepare and serve meals.

13) Manage quantity food service departments or clinical and community nutrition services.

14) Coordinate diet counselling services.

15) Advise food service managers and organizations on sanitation, safety procedures, menu development, budgeting, and planning to assist with the establishment, operation, and evaluation of food service facilities and nutrition programs.

16) Organize, develop, analyse, test, and prepare special meals such as low-fat, low-cholesterol and chemical-free meals.

17) Plan, conduct, and evaluate dietary, nutritional, and epidemiological research.

18) Plan and conduct training programs in dietetics, nutrition, and institutional management and administration for medical students, health-care personnel and the general public.

19) Make recommendations regarding public policy, such as nutrition labelling, food fortification, and nutrition standards for school programs.

20) Write research reports and other publications to document and communicate research findings.

21) Plan and prepare grant proposals to request program funding.

22) Test new food products and equipment.

23) Confer with design, building, and equipment personnel to plan for construction and remodeling of food service units.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR A JOB OF A NUTRITIONIST OR DIETITIAN Courses

  • B. Sc / B.A Nutrition: It is a 3-year course focusing on a wide variety of topics, such as human physiology, basics of nutrition, food biotechnology, health, weight loss strategies, human physiology, etc.
  • BSc Food Technology: It is a 3-year course that focuses on the safe use of food. Food technology is the process in which various principles of food science are applied in the selection, preservation, packaging and safe distribution of food.
  • BSc/ BA Home Science: Home Science is a subject that not only includes Food and Nutrition, but is a broader term that also includes Human Development and Family Resource Management.
  • Msc in Food and Nutrition: Post-Graduate programs give you a chance to choose your specialization from various fields in food and nutrition such as Clinical Heath (dealing with clinical patients), Child/Adolescents, Public Health, Food processing etc.
  • Post Graduate Diploma: Post Graduate diplomas are generally 1-year long, and are extremely comprehensive.

Eligibility : You should have PCB for most of the Hons courses at undergraduate. Every university has its different criterion.

Universities/ Colleges : Lady Irwin (New Delhi), Institute of Home Economics (New Delhi), National Institute of Nutrition (Hyderabad), SNDT Women's University (Mumbai), Women's Christian College (Chennai), Nirmala Niketan (Mumbai)

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