3/14/12

Happy Registered Dietitian Day!

Today is National Registered Dietitian Day and March is National Nutrition Month. To celebrate we want you to get to know us a little better. But first, what does it take to be a Registered Dietitian?
A Registered Dietitian (RD) is a food and nutrition expert who has met academic and professional requirements including:
  • Earned a minimum of a bachelor's degree with course work approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Coursework typically includes food and nutrition sciences, foodservice systems management, business, economics, computer science, sociology, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology and chemistry.
  • Completed an accredited, supervised practice program at a health-care facility, community agency or foodservice corporation. Typically 6-12 months long, full-time.
  • Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
  • Completes continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.
Did you know anyone in the world can call themselves a nutritionist? You can even get your dog certified as a nutritionist (true story!). So when we say that all four of us are Registered Dietitians, it's not to brag but to provide you with confidence that Market Street dietitians can be a trusted nutrition resource.

Now, on to the fun stuff...
 
 Meet our fearless leader, Robin Hawkins, MS, RD, LD (Lubbock)

Where were you born? Amarillo, Texas

What made you want to be a dietitian? When I was a sophomore in high school, I went to a leadership conference and there was a dietitian who came and spoke. She was a clinical dietitian and I thought she had the coolest job in the world, and so I decided I would be one, too.

What is your favorite healthy food? Fruit, especially strawberries and bananas

What is your favorite indulgent food? Gluten-free cupcakes from Sprinkles

How do you spend your free time? I enjoy working out, playing tennis and spending time gardening, and with my hubby and three Boston Terriers.



Meet our very first Market Street dietitian, Tyra Carter, PhD, RD, LD (Lubbock)

Where were you born? Lubbock, TX

What made you want to be a dietitian? I think my grandmother (Nannie) had the greatest influence that contributed to my interest in food and cooking. Growing up, I spent a lot of days and nights at her house. She loved to cook, take others food, and have our family dine at her house for gatherings. All of this rubbed off on me, as she was a foodie of her time.

What is your favorite healthy food? Berries such as strawberries and blueberries

What is your favorite indulgent food? Dark chocolate

How do you spend your free time? Creating in my kitchen and in my sewing room at home. I love to bake homemade bread and use my computerized embroidery sewing machine to create designs to stitch, as well as for quilting projects. I also enjoy spending time with all my family, including my one grandson (5 yrs. old) and one granddaughter (7 mos. old).


Meet our newest dietitian, Jennifer Gorman, MS, RD, LD (Lubbock)

Where were you born? Abilene, TX

What made you want to be a dietitian? I enjoy food! I like to taste and pair different foods. I am amazed by God’s creativity to use so many different foods to nourish our bodies and give us energy.

What is your favorite healthy food? Strawberries

What is your favorite indulgent food? Ice cream

How do you spend your free time? Playing with my 3 dogs (Tucker, Lucy, and Jock) and supporting my husband “the coach” by attending various sporting events.



And lastly, meet our Dallas Market Street dietitian, Alicia Jerome, MS, RD, LD (DFW)

Where were you born? Omaha, NE
What made you want to be a dietitian? When I was little, we had a garden and loved watching food grow. As I grew up I learned to love baking and figuring out how to make food healthy and taste good. I also secretly love reading food labels and calculating nutrition analysis for recipes – I’m a card-carrying nerd :)

What is your favorite healthy food? Artichokes, olives and pineapple (but not together)

What is your favorite indulgent food? Fresh from the oven, made from scratch, chocolate chip pecan cookies

How do you spend your free time? I love spending time with my wonderful husband and our playful chocolate lab, Whiskey Jack. We love being outdoors, traveling, exploring new cities and trying new food. Most Sunday afternoons you will find me in the kitchen trying to turn my baking recipes into vegan or gluten- free treats - I love the challenge.

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