RDN: Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
-Food and nutrition expert who has met the minimum academic and professional requirements to qualify for the credential "RDN"

CDN: Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist
-Dietetic credentials have been certified through the New York State Department of Education
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About Marina Stauffer, RDn, CDN

Marina was set on nutrition from the very start of her education. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from San Diego State University and went on for her internship through the Sodexo Distance Dietetic Internship program. Shortly after, she became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Marina is a private practice dietitian-nutritionist with an office in Northport, NY. She works alongside other health and wellness professionals, which makes for an ideal location.


While Marina’s number one passion is nutrition, food and cooking is a close second. She has always been amazed by the ability of food and its impact on us as people in so many ways. Marina’s travels around Europe and the Mediterranean helped shape her love of food and appreciation of wholesome nutrition. She enjoys nothing more than sharing her enthusiasm of food with others. Marina is adamant on incorporating nutrition and cooking simultaneously into a healthy, well-rounded lifestyle.

Why Nutrition?

As you may know, the foods we eat play a major role in our health. This is because our bodies are tremendously complex systems which crave proper nourishment in order to thrive. Since every body is unique, it can be difficult and quite confusing to give our bodies what it needs—especially since our needs also change throughout our lives.

People always tell me how confusing it can be to try to eat healthy. There are always new “rules” to follow, and new diets which promise quick, lasting results. Sorry to say, but there is no magic bullet. Good nutrition is the result of knowledge and know-how, and it is not something that needs to be advertised or sold on TV. If you are looking for genuine, up-to-date nutrition information, it is time to see a professional.

Consider seeing a dietitian if you struggle with food or possibly have a negative relationship with it. You do not have to go at it alone. Dietitians offer insight and an understanding which will relieve negative tension towards food. Learn to love food, and live happily with it.


Seeing a Dietitian:

When you make the decision to see a dietitian, you are really making an investment. In a way, you can look at it as an education. Three sessions may be all you need to make the proper improvements in your life. On the other hand, it may take ten sessions. Whatever it may be, the information you learn is yours for life. You are not paying for a quick fix, or a short-term solution; in other words, I will teach you how to fish, rather than giving you a few fish.

Buyer Beware: Nutritionist vs. Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

The “RDN” credential is a legally protected title that can only be used by practitioners who are authorized by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Some RDNs may call themselves “nutritionists,” but not all nutritionists are registered dietitian nutritionists. The definition and requirements for the term “nutritionist” vary. Some states have licensure laws that define the scope of practice for someone using the designation “nutritionist,” but in other states, virtually anyone can call him- or herself a “nutritionist” regardless of education or training.

Individuals with the RDN credential have fulfilled specific requirements, including having earned at least a bachelor’s degree (about half of RDNs hold advanced degrees), completed a supervised practice program and passed a registration examination—in addition to maintaining continuing education requirements for recertification.

Resource: http://www.eatright.org/HealthProfessionals/content.aspx?id=6859