We are fast approaching the holidays, and there is always a big push come New Year for health and wellness. Awesome, right?

Think about this:

If I rolled out of bed one morning and decided to promote myself an financial expert because I did my taxes last year – is that ok?

If I started giving legal advice and charging for it because I went through a divorce – is that ok?

If I decided to start giving individual exercise advice, even though I only took one exercise physiology class in undergrad and used to be an certified as an aerobics instructor – is that ok?

The lines may be blurry to some – but let’s be honest. I am not qualified to give you financial advice. I am not qualified to give you legal advice. And I am only qualified to give very general exercise advice that is within my scope as a dietitian.

So why do people call themselves nutritionists, or health coaches that have no background other than a personal experience and maybe a course or 2 in the field? I personally think they want to help. Right? I mean, I would tell my friend about the general ACSM guidelines for exercise, but I would know it may not be right for them, because we are all different. So – I’d refer them to an exercise physiologist!

Let’s set the record straight. Our healthcare system needs health and wellness information to be accurate, reliable, individualized, and translated by the right people. Let’s all cheer each other on! When it comes to giving advice though, let’s leave it up to the experts. #nutrition

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