Friday, July 29, 2011

Nutrition Expert: Toby Smithson, RD, LDN, CDE

The next stop on Dietitians Online journey brings us to
the greater Chicago Area, where Toby Smithson, RD, LDN, CDE
is making a difference everyday in the lives of people with diabetes.


Toby Smithson is a Registered Dietitian, a national media spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, Past President of the Illinois Dietetic Association, a Certified Diabetes Educator, and holds a certification in adult weight management. She earned her B.S. Degree in Dietetics, Nutrition and Food Science through the Coordinated Undergraduate Program at Northern Illinois University, and has worked professionally in institutional, clinical and public health settings.

Toby founded DiabetesEveryDay to provide guidance and continuous support every day to people with diabetes. Toby was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in October, 1968, and has successfully managed her diabetes personally every single day. Toby shares her own personal insights into successful diabetes self-management, as well as her knowledge and experience as a registered dietitian.

Meet Toby Smithson, RD, LDN, CDE


DiabetesEveryDay has a wonderful video library. Toby discusses a wide variety of topics, including diabetes, food safety, nutrition labeling and many more.  

To learn more about Toby Smithson, RD, LDN, CDE, visit the following links:


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When seeking nutrition advise, verify the organization and/or individual is a reliable resource. Check credentials, look for a Registered Dietitian (RD) or Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD). If in doubt, contact your countries dietetic association for additional information.
a. USA: Registered Dietitian (RD);  administered by the American Dietetic Association.
b. Australia: Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD); administered by the Dietitians Association of Australia.
c. United Kingdom: Registered Dietitian (RD);  administered by the British Dietetic Association.
d. South Africa: Registered Dietitian (RD);  administered by the Association for Dietetics in South Africa.
e. Canada: Registered Dietitian (RD);  Dietitians of Canada.
f.  International Confederation of Dietetic Associations.

A dietitian . . . .
  • Is a person with qualifications in nutrition and dietetics, recognized by national authority(s). The dietitian applies the science of nutrition to the feeding and education of individuals or groups in health and disease.
  • Receives a minimum of a Bachelor's degree with course work approved by the national dietetic authority.  Courses include food and nutrition sciences, foodservice systems management, business, economics, computer science, sociology, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology and chemistry.
  • Completes a supervised professional practice of at least 500 hours.
  • Passes a national examination prepared by the countries dietetic and nutrition authority.
  • Completes continuing education in order to maintain one's credentials.


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