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RD Web Presence – A Valuable Thing

I have always had a passion for social media and information technology, which is no surprise if you have followed my blog or know my background!  Communicating with the public online is something I really enjoy.

Having a website, blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc can be a lot of work to maintain (especially when you have a full-time job, too!)  however it can really pay off.  For example, I was contacted by a company called AD Medical, or America’s Dietitians, which is in Chicago.  One of their employees in the communications department stumbled upon my website and blog, and took the time to contact me directly.  He asked if I would be interested in writing a guest blog for his company’s brand new website.

Just some background – AD Medical works primarily with those on Medicare and with diabetes.  Their new website provides information for both clients and health care providers.  Their new blog, BlogAbetic, offers a more interactive feature for clients to learn tips on healthy living.

I was really excited to be featured as the first blogger featured on BlogAbetic after they debuted their brand-new website.  I definitely hope to work with them more in the future!

Check out my entry – Color Your Plate, Improve Your Health!

Having a website, blog, and various social media platforms have given me many other opportunities as well, such as career advice, notification of available jobs/volunteer work, and even an offer for free RD exam study materials!  Plus, when you apply to a job, all you have to do is refer them to your portfolio to find all the information they’d ever want.

It may seem like a lot of work to maintain a web presence, but don’t give up.  For example, my blog had very few views when I first started, but now I get more than I ever initially expected!

How has social media and web presence helped you in your career/education?

Revival Blog Post – Life as a New RD

Since my last post, I admit I’ve been a little confused on how to progress with this blog.  “Mission: Dietitian” was intended to outline my progress through the dietetic internship and becoming a Registered Dietitian.  Well…it’s over, I’m an RD, now what?

Over the past couple months I’ve been getting quite a bit of feedback from readers, mostly emails from future RDs/interns asking about my experiences and applications (I try to get back to people as best I can, apologies if my responses are delayed!)  Plus my blog views have risen exponentially since I wrote posts about studying for the RD exam and finding a job.  I’m so happy I can help fill the internet void that I encountered when I googled “tips for studying for RD exam”.

Bear with me while I make a few changes to the blog, such as changing my header (I haven’t been a dietetic intern for quite a while now!) and shifting the focus from becoming an RD to actually being a new RD.  Starting my full-time career has definitely kept me busy but I feel confident I can start blogging regularly once again.  I hope that my posts continue to inspire and help potential dietetic students, interns, and other new dietitians!

As always, I welcome your feedback, suggestions, and questions via comments on the blog.  Is there anything about becoming/being a dietitian you’d like me to write about in particular?

Recent Work: from FNCE, to the First Lady, to WordPress

Since I have to remain mum for many of the projects I have been working on while at the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, I just wanted to update Mission: Dietitian with some updates about some other things I have been working on.

Today I submitted an abstract to the American Dietetic Association for the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (ADA FNCE) about a project I worked on at CNPP.  I also plan on submitting it to the Maryland Dietetic Association Annual meeting…we’ll see what happens!

Also, in the past couple of weeks I have submitted two more blog posts (I suppose it’s 3, now!) to the ever-expanding blogosphere:

Blogging: What’s the Word(press)? -about using WordPress for your nutrition-blogging needs, for the Society for Nutrition Education blog

Modeling…With Moderation -a reflection on Rush Limbaugh’s accusation that Michelle Obama does not follow her own dietary advice, for the University of Maryland College Park Dietetic Internship Blog

Check ’em out and let me know what you think!

Eat…Sleep…Blog!

Hey everyone- sorry if it seems like I’ve been neglecting Mission: Dietitian! However I have been in my information technology and communication rotations.  The commutes to DC and Alexandria are extremely long plus I work on a computer all day- by the time I get home I’m a tad crosseyed.  Not that I’m complaining- I love it! But theres only so much blogging you can do in one day.  Speaking of which, I have two more to offer you (I know, I hate referring you all to OTHER blogs in my past few entries…but it would be silly to be posting the same blog in two places, right?)

my partner and I

Ala & Chrissy: Nutrition Blogger Extraordinaires!

IFIC has another blog up that my partner and I wrote (see here and here for past published entries).  It’s about keeping those health-related new years resolutions a top priority!  It offers suggestions to help you reach your personal goals:

A New Year: A New You?

…And the University of Maryland Dietetic Internship Blog has a recent posting by yours truly!  (See here and here for my past entries to the internship blog.)  It talks about some of the stuff I learned about the public perception of foods and ingredients while at IFIC:

The Blame Game: Science, Hype, and Consumer Attitudes

I hope you enjoy the posts!  Any feedback is much appreciated.  I just started my rotation at CNPP– so I’ll keep you updated with what I can, when I can!

Happy Healthy Weight Week!

This week (January 16-22) is the 18th annual Healthy Weight Week.  Basically we want to spread awareness that fad diets for rapid weight loss are not only potentially dangerous, but don’t work in the long run!  Yes, they may help you lose weight initially, but as far as keeping it off…don’t hold your breath!  Long-term weight loss requires a full understanding of good nutrition and active, healthy living, plus the self-discipline to adhere to those guidelines.  With quickie weight loss gimmicks, you could lose weight at first but you don’t really learn how to ideally sustain it.

Bottom Line? Healthy Weight Week aims to draw attention to achieving your individual healthy weight as part of an overall healthy lifestyle.

IFIC LogoCheck out this blog I co-wrote for the IFIC Foundation to highlight some of their helpful resources to help educate the public about weight loss:

Healthy Weight Week: No Scams, Gimmicks, or Tricks- Just the Facts

I’m Published!

I am still at my IFIC rotation (International Food Information Council) in DC, but on Monday the University of Maryland College Park Dietetic Internship hosted a joint class day for DC-Maryland area internships.  The subject?  Nutrition communication.  Because really, what good is having information on a subject if you’re not able to reach anyone with it?

Take a look at a blog entry I wrote with my partner Ala for the IFIC Foundation’s Food Insight Blog:

Dietetic Interns at the Forefront of Nutrition Communications