A Registered Dietitian (R.D.) is an essential member of health care. They are qualified experts in the study of food and nutrients and their effect on overall health and well being. Dietitians work in diverse environments within the community, hospital settings, food service, industry, government, education, research and private practice. As consumer interest regarding healthy eating and food grows, the role of the dietitian has evolved beyond the clinical setting. Registered Dietitians are the "go to persons" for qualified, reliable nutrition advice and counselling.