At Top Nutrition Coaching, we’re proud to have some of the nation’s best sports nutritionists on our team. Our sports nutrition counselors have succeeded in helping thousands of amateur and professional athletes reach their health and fitness goals.
People accustomed to an active lifestyle can be fiercely competitive and independent. Yet they may be reluctant to seek help and support even when they stand to benefit from the expertise of a professional. This is often the case with individuals who want to improve their overall strength and sports performance.
There’s a good reason why many health and wellness providers are moving online. For Atlanta residents interested in working with a sports nutritionist, telehealth platforms such as Top Nutrition Coaching offer incredible convenience and unparalleled access to the leading health and nutrition experts in their respective fields.
All of the nutritionists at Top Nutrition Coaching are registered dietitians. Many of our nutritionists hold additional certifications in specialties such as pregnancy nutrition, diabetes, pediatric nutrition, and oncology.
The process of becoming a registered dietitian in Georgia is similar to that of other U.S. states.
All candidates must complete a bachelor’s degree or higher in a nutrition-related program approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. In addition to the academic hours, all dietetics students in Georgia must complete an internship involving at least 900 hours of practical work in a professional setting. They must then pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s Registered Dietitian Examination before applying for Georgia licensure.
Registered dietitians who want to practice in Georgia must keep their certification current by completing 30 hours of continuing professional education every two years. This can include attending workshops and seminars or conducting research, although many professionals make use of this requirement by completing additional training in various specialties, such as sports nutrition, eating disorders, diabetes, cardiac issues, and kidney disease.
Atlanta is a great city, but it’s not always the easiest place to stick to a healthy, high-performance diet. For people trying to fine-tune their diet and maximize their athletic achievement, there are several barriers that can get in the way of consistently eating wholesome and nutritious food.
Thankfully, the fresh food landscape in Atlanta has improved in recent years. Seventy-five percent of Atlanta residents live within half a mile of a supermarket, neighborhood market, or grocery store, up from 52 percent in 2015. However, a quarter of Atlantans, especially those in less densely populated areas, still live in “food deserts.”
This leaves residents – especially those without a vehicle – reliant on fast food, convenience stores selling processed meals, and takeout and delivery services. For individuals trying to get fit and excel in sports, the lack of regular access to fresh food is a significant hurdle to following the type of diet necessary for athletic achievement.
Food deserts aren’t the only issues facing Atlantans. Many people who are passionate about improving their fitness are also incredibly busy with work and family commitments. There often isn’t enough time to read up on nutrition and prepare and eat the healthy meals necessary to fuel workout sessions properly.
The decisions you make about your diet can significantly impact your ability to participate and compete in the activities you love. We want you to feel good about your approach to nutrition, even if working with a nutritionist isn’t the right choice for you. Here are a few other options that you might want to consider.