What Does a Digital Diet Tech Do?
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Here's everything you need to know.
What is a Dietetic Technician (Diet Tech)?
A nutrition and dietetics technician, registered (NDTR for short) is nationally credentialed as a food and nutrition technical practitioner. This means that an NDTR is trained and educated at the technical level of nutrition and dietetics practice.
NDTRs ensure the delivery of quality food and nutrition services, including but not limited to:
food service management teams
Traditional Diet Techs
Under the direct supervision of dietitians while practicing nutrition care, NDTRs generally work in the following settings:
Home health-care programs
When visiting a dietitian, diet techs may be the first providers you see. They often participate in intake and assessment, such as measurement or taking patient history.
Digital Diet Techs
Digital diet techs help to bridge the gaps in dietetics practice. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, technology is "entering into mainstream practice."
Utilizing technology for optimal healthcare is achievable. Digital diet techs function as virtual dietitian assistants to help professionals and providers to improve patient care.
Digital diet techs can improve efficiency and productivity by working smarter and working hard.
NDTRS are qualified to work independently in certain settings. They can provide general nutrition education to healthy populations.
Some of the settings independent NDTRs can work in include:
INFANT & CHILD NUTRITION
Women, Infants, Children (WIC) programs, schools, day-care centers
Corporations, hospitals, restaurants
Correctional facilities, health-care facilities
CLUBS & CLINICS
Health clubs, weight management clinics
PUBLIC & COMMUNITY
Public health agencies, Meals on Wheels, community health programs, community wellness centers
MANAGEMENT & OTHER
Food companies, contract food management, food vending, distributing operations