March is the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ National Nutrition Month – and March 8th is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day!
“Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day commemorates the dedication of RDNs as advocates for advancing the nutritional status of Americans and people around the world.”
If you read my blog, you know that Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) are the food and nutrition experts who translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions to help individuals make profound and positive lifestyle changes.
For National Nutrition Month 2017, we are celebrating the theme “Put Your Best Fork Forward,” reminding us that the fork is a tool best used wisely! Putting your best fork forward is all about how making small, healthy changes at each meal can lead to vibrant health and wellness – one bite at a time. For more about healthy diet and lifestyle changes you can make for National Nutrition Month, check out my latest piece in Health and Wellness Magazine.
The power of food and diet is also precisely what led me to my career:
While I was always interested in health and nutrition and grew up playing sports and dancing, I realized it was my true calling when I was suddenly and unexpectedly diagnosed with Type II diabetes as a young adult. After my diagnosis I quickly began devouring nutrition books and articles written by Registered Dietitians. My eyes were opened to the intersections of plant-based diets, glucose control, and diabetes management. Recognizing the concept of food as medicine and feeling empowered to take control of my health, I knew I wanted to share this with others. Once I made the decision to go back to school to become an RDN, I never looked back, and have been on an incredible journey ever since.
I continually find myself putting my best fork forward, both in my own personal health journey and in my career, continuing to learn as much as I can on issues like food insecurity, integrative and functional medicine, biochemistry, supplements, sustainability, and the power of plant-based nutrition and disease prevention. Learn more about my journey in my interview at NutritionJobs.com.
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