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Inspirational Highlights

Discover inspiring narratives from nutrition and dietetics practitioners, students and other passionate individuals in the field. Delve into their motivations, learn how they overcome fears and challenges, and explore the profound connection between food and humanity. Understand why evidence-based practice is the key to achieving optimal health outcomes, and how dietitians contribute to a brighter world.

Agents of Change: Professional and Personal Journeys

Lauren Au's portrait

Child Nutrition Researcher

Lauren Au answers questions about her experience as an American Association for the Advancement of Science Congressional fellow, a fellowship sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Grace L. Ostenso Nutrition and Public Policy Fellowship.

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Creating Healthy Communities One Person at a Time

After earning a doctorate in nutrition sciences and completing two postdoctoral positions, Nina German Hall, PhD, RDN, LD, shifted her focus from a career in research to becoming a registered nutrition dietitian nutritionist. She shares her motivation for the change and her experiences as an RDN.

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A Shining Star of Service and Scholarship

Naomi Trostler, PhD, RD, FAND, the 2016 Marjorie Hulsizer Copher Award recipient, reflects on her career as an educator and scholar at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as well as her efforts to introduce the NCPT worldwide and develop the Dietetics Practice Based Research Network.

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Passion for Research

Registered dietitian nutritionist Jennifer Kerner, RDN, LD, discusses how her work as a clinical dietitian at University Hospitals Case Medical Center has provided the opportunity to be involved in research projects.

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Science and Communication

Mary Beth Kavanagh discusses her passion for science and communication and how nutrition and dietetics research, including her work with the Academy's Dietetics Practice Based Research Network, is a perfect outlet for those interests.

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Honoring My Multicultural Heritage Through Food

Sports dietitian Roxana Ehsani, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN, was raised in a household with a blend of Iranian and Austrian heritages — an upbringing that encompassed a rich tapestry of cultures. This combined with her experiences of feeling distinct from her peers significantly influences her approach towards her patients.

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On Being the First

Luis Gonzalez, MS, RDN, shares his experience making his way as a Cuban-American dietitian after discovering a lack of diversity in the profession — and he offers suggestions to make it an easier road for others.

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The Importance of Representation

Alabama-based dietitian Andrea Mathis, MA, RDN, LD, shares her journey toward becoming an RDN and explains why we must check our own biases and replace stereotypical thinking with openness and a willingness to learn from others who may look different from us.

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Food and Nutrition Hero Video Series

Arnetta Fletcher

Interdisciplinary Role of Nutrition in Education

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April Hackert

The Intersection of Nutrition and Mental Health

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Jacqueline Burning

Creating Opportunities for Future Practitioners

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Inspiring Athletes through Sports Nutrition

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Combat Medic RDN Impacts Lives during COVID

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