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What is a dietetic assistant?

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A dietetic assistant is a professional who works with registered dietitians. Dietetic assistants collect nutritional information on patients, prepare menus and assess the nutrition needs of patients. They work in hospitals, schools, long-term care centers and other places where nutrition is essential.

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Dietetic assistants may also work with dietitians within the community to assess the health and nutrition needs of residents. They help members of the community, especially those who are low-income, eat healthy to avoid nutrient-related diseases. Dietetic assistants also create menus for people with special dietary needs. To become a dietetic assistant, previous work in the healthcare industry is recommended, and good communication skills are a must.

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