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Authors

  1. Kolasa, Kathryn M. PhD, RDN, LDN
  2. Craven, Kay MPH, RDN, LDN
  3. Nordby, Kelly MPH, RDN, LDN
  4. Drier, Lindsay MS, RDN LDN
  5. Ascanio, Kathleen MS, RDN, LDN
  6. Tant, Robin MPA, RDN, LDN
  7. Strickland, Ashley RDN, LDN, CNSC
  8. Matarese, Laura PhD, RDN, LDN, CNSC, FADA, FASPEN, FAND
  9. Jennings, Jill MS, RDN, LDN
  10. Johnstone, Julia MS, RDN, LDN

Abstract

We, registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs), could have sat on the sidelines in the early days of the pandemic when many RDNs were not considered "essential" workers. Instead, RDNs used their abilities to innovate and adapt to ensure the public, their patients, and clients received continuous nutrition services. Some of the strategies adopted were possible because of temporary or emergency flexibilities in policies. We present examples primarily from our outpatient practices, with efforts by public health and inpatient RDNs acknowledged. We hope these examples will inspire all to do the work needed to provide increased access to medical nutrition therapy and nutrition education for all.