Feb. 27, 2017
Here's a new article from eLearners.com about how to begin a career in the nutrition and fitness industries featuring commentary from Marathon Health Dietitian Jewels Lett.
The full version can be found here. Below is an excerpt:
What are Online Nutrition & Fitness Degrees?
What is the difference between a nutritionist and a dietician? Though the two terms are often used interchangeably, the difference lies in licensure. A nutritionist has at least a bachelor degree, whereas a dietitian usually has passed a licensing exam. By earning online nutrition & fitness degrees, students will learn about the importance of food in a public health context and also how it affects health at the individual level. They will come away with an understanding of anatomy/physiology, microbiology, chemistry, food production, and specialty diets. Bachelor and Master's Degrees in Food Science and/or Nutrition focus on the real-world application of the latest research in the field.
We asked Jewels Lett, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, to elaborate on:What to expect when pursuing Nutrition & Fitness after you complete your degree and what are some of the challenges?
"The challenges to pursuing a career in nutrition and fitness include increased competition, having the right people skills, and getting patient buy-in. Wellness is a growing field and there is abundant competition among nutritionists. Give yourself a competitive advantage by brushing up on other skills. Read books on topics outside of nutrition, learn more about the insurance/financial side of medicine, and improve your organization skills constantly.
Nutritionists and fitness experts can also set themselves apart by having the right people skills and making sure they handle their patients/clients with the utmost respect. Lastly, it's common for clinicians and fitness experts to hear “I know what to do; I’m just not doing it" from clients. It is of utmost priority that your patients understand that their "why" must be greater than their "what."
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Jewels Lett, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at Marathon Health