10 Future Dietetic Trends in 2017
New trends emerge each year where one minute something is hot, hot, hot, and the next minute, it’s not. NutritionJobs caught up with fellow dietitians to find out what to look for in regards to the dietetic industry for the upcoming year. Here are 10 future dietetic trends in 2017. – Sarah
1. Diversifying the Industry. “It is well established that there is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach to nutrition, so more individuals are going to be seeking personalization and individualized approaches to meet their needs. I predict that there will be more job opportunities for RDs to interpret genetic testing as it relates to nutrition recommendations. Given our training in patient/client/relationship centered counseling, science, food, and physiology RDNs are poised to be able to take personal nutrition to the next level,” explains Stasi Kasianchuk, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, CSCS, Oregon State University Athletics Sports Dietitian and consulting Sports Dietitian for Recharge.
2. Integrative and Functional Nutrition. “Welcome to the wave of the future. As the public becomes more aware of this type of holistic care, it is essential that Registered Dietitians don’t get left behind,” informs Lindsey Pine, MS, RDN, CLT, Owner of TastyBalance Nutrition. Get educated about this type of nutrition care and start to apply it to your practice.
3. Food Sensitivities. “I expect to see an increase in dietitians in private practice that are working with the food sensitivity clients and anti-inflammatory, whole food diets such as the LEAP protocol (diets to reduce inflammation) for conditions such as IBS, migraines, and arthritis. I think we will also see an increase in people following gluten-free diets for medical reasons, including celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, and autoimmune thyroiditis. However, we’ll see a reduction in people following gluten-free diets out of curiosity or for weight loss,” states Jan Patenaude, RD, CLT, LEAP Mentor since 2004, and Co-author of the CLT Training.
4. Food and Menu Labeling. “I see the clean label trend continuing into 2017. With increasing demand for ‘ingredients you can recognize and pronounce,’ sweeping changes to food labels and menu labeling for chain restaurants and other establishments, dietitians are poised to help shoppers not only with meal planning before purchase, but actually at the point of purchase. I see our field expanding to opportunities for dietitians working with restaurants, supermarkets, and other locations such as theme parks and movie theatres, and playing an important role in helping companies comply with new regulations around food and menu labeling,” notifies Jessica Levings, MS, RDN, Owner of Balanced Pantry.
5. Diverse and non-traditional positions. “In 2017, I see dietitians creating more diverse and non-traditional positions. These positions will include a global focus on a variety of food and nutrition concerns to improve the world’s food supply and the nutritional status for those individuals who are struggling,” advises Linda S Eck Mills, MBA, RDN, LDN, FADA, Career Coach, International Speaker, and Author.
6. Transparency and wellness. “2017 will be all about transparency and wellness. As health care costs continue to rise, employers and employees have wellness at the top of mind. This is an incredible opportunity for dietitians to step in and lead the charge,” updates Caroline Susie, RD, LD, Dietitian by Day, Foodie by Night.
7. Wellness Programs. “High-end residential buildings are developing wellness programs in which dietitians offer personal nutrition counseling, coaching, help with meal planning, and recipe ideas for residents. It’s exclusive and sexy to get a recipe from your personal RD,” enlightens Tava Sternberg, RD, LDN, Owner of Hub Healthy.
8. Community Nutrition Upgrades. “Nutrition will be integrated in the school curricula, dietitians will work closely with organic food co-ops to promote local food, dietitians will be on staff in various medical offices, and more supermarkets will hire dietitians to assist customers with food allergies and meal planning. Dietitians will promote the ‘food is medicine’ approach and the healing powers of food,” tells Lisa Rudi-Davis, RDN, CHC.
9. Customization & Personalization. “Personalized nutrition and lifestyle medicine is where it’s at and RDNs are poised to be the leaders in every area of our expertise. We have the ability to use our medical nutrition therapy (MNT) knowledge in exciting areas of integrative and functional medicine including nutrigenomics, epigenetics, our microbiome, and functional lab testing. Now is our time to shine and underscore the value of our coaching, knowledge, and dynamic, holistic approach in changing lives,” counsels Monique Richard, MS, RDN, LDN, Integrative dietitian and owner of Nutrition-In-Sight.
10. Telenutrition. “Teleheath for nutrition will become a significant trend in the next few years. With people spending large amounts of time at work and taking care of other aspects of their busy lives, making time for self-care will become increasingly difficult to achieve. To stay ahead of this trend, dietitians need to embrace the new technology and use it to advance their professions,” recommends Barbara Spalding, MA, MS, RDN, creator of the secondactkitchen.com and breastcancerkitchen.com.
With all these new proposed trends in 2017, make sure to stay ahead of the game and determine which one you want to be a leader in. Happy New Year!
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