Welcome to Sound Bites! Here’s what’s on the program:

1. I'm the Guilt-Free RD - "Because food shouldn't make you feel bad!" TM. So, on my Food for Thought blog I'm exploring the secret ingredients needed to enjoy your food with health in mind.

2. Grain of Salt podcast (co-hosted with Rachel Begun). The headline isn't always the bottom line, so we take a closer look at food and nutrition news to help you digest the information and make your own well-informed decisions.

3. Lights, Camera, Nutrition! I'm a "Dietitian Enthusiast" so I'm showcasing interviews with dietitians who share their stories and insider tips to inspire other RDs in nutrition communications. My "How To" Series shares practical advice to help you boost your communication skills and gain more visibility, influence and success.

4. My speaker, spokesperson and communications coach services. As a nationally recognized food and nutrition expert with more than 20 years' experience, I promote sound science, smart nutrition and good food. In addition to my speaker and spokesperson work, I enjoy coaching other food, nutrition and wellness experts on media, social media and public speaking skills with an emphasis on creating and delivering meaningful messages that engage and empower audiences.

Thank you for stopping by - I hope you enjoy the show!

Melissa Joy Dobbins MS, RDN, CDE


What’s in a Name?

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What Exactly IS a Dietitian, Anyway?

Have you worked hard to get to where you are in your career? School, internship, practical experience, continuing education? Do people understand what your job entails on a day-to-day basis? Or do you sometimes feel like Rodney Dangerfield when he said “I don’t get no respect!”? [Read more]


Judy Barbe: Showstopper!

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PROLOGUE: I first met Judy about 10 years ago when we were both working for the dairy council (in different states/regions - Judy in Wyoming and me in Chicago). I've enjoyed keeping in touch with her and meeting up at various conferences over the years, and am especially excited to share her interview (and the awesome projects she's working on) with you! [Read more]


My Top 5 Reasons You Have Permission to Love Dairy

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I believe that most people enjoy dairy products and want to feel good about enjoying them. So whenever I hear something negative about dairy in the news, I can’t help but think that it makes some people question whether dairy is really good for them or not. Which makes this topic a perfect fit for my Guilt-Free RD philosophy.
It’s no secret – I’m a big fan of dairy. Sure, you say, after all I worked for the dairy council for 8 years (2003-2011). But my love of dairy started long before then. Like so many others, I grew up enjoying the taste of dairy products and later on learned about their nutritional benefits. But I can say something that most people can’t: [Read more]


Yvette Quantz: Supporting Role and Creative Soul

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PROLOGUE: I met Yvette through networking at FNCE and through the fabulous NE DPG. I always admired her business expertise, her unique niche, and especially her desire to share information and support other RDs. If you aren't already familiar with Yvette, let me introduce you! [Read more]


My Guilt-Free RD Philosophy (Hakuna Matata)

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I’m the Guilt-Free RD.

Because food shouldn’t make you feel bad.

Since 1993, I’ve worked as a dietitian in many different settings (ranging from treatment to prevention) with many different types of patients and clients (including weight management, diabetes, eating disorders, heart health, maternal and child nutrition, and more). The common thread throughout my career, and in fact, the primary reason I became a dietitian, was to help people: [Read more]


Getting the Close Up: Zooming in on Brands & Industry – Part 2

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PROLOGUE:
Welcome to Part 2 of this post where we continue the conversation about RDs working with brands and industry. Be sure to check out Part 1!
The "food industry" seems to have a negative connotation lately, and in this age of disclosure, transparency and criticism over corporate sponsorship, I wanted to talk with some of the RDs who are out there working with brands and industry. What do they want us to know about their role in nutrition communications and the food industry? What advice do they have for RDs who want to work in this capacity? What tips and takeaways do they have for us? Read on for some valuable information from some of the best in the biz! [Read more]


Getting the Close-Up: Zooming in on Brands & Industry – Part 1

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PROLOGUE:
I just ended my 3-year term as a national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and now have my sights set on working as a consultant to the food industry, working with various food companies, brands and commodity organizations. (In case you didn’t know, the Academy has a policy that states, among other things, that an Academy Spokesperson must avoid any conflict of interest, including being a media spokesperson for or endorsing any company, product or service). As a former supermarket dietitian and a former dairy council dietitian, I have experience working with brands and industry - and that experience has been overwhelmingly positive. Yet, the "food industry" seems to have a negative connotation lately, and in this age of disclosure, transparency and criticism over corporate sponsorship, I wanted to talk with some of the RDs who are out there working with brands and industry. What do they want us to know about their role in nutrition communications and the food industry? What advice do they have for RDs who want to work in this capacity? What tips and takeaways do they have for us? Read on for some valuable information from some of the best in the biz! [Read more]


Food, Farming, and…Faith

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Wow, it seems like I can’t go anywhere these days without hearing something about how messed up the food industry is – even church.  Yesterday’s sermon was one in a series on the environment based on a book by Bishop Sally Dyck called A Hopeful Earth.  The sermon touched on food insecurity, modern farming and the environment. [Read more]


Show Me the Money: Using Communication Skills to Get What You’re Worth

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Communication skills are for more than just TV interviews! Dietitians with great communication skills have more career opportunities, more job satisfaction, and higher income than dietitians with technical skills alone. They have more influence in their organization, are more effective with patients or clients, negotiate better raises or benefits, and have more visibility in their community.  [Read more]


Work of Art: Jessica Setnick’s Storyline

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PROLOGUE: I had the pleasure of meeting Jessica in person when she participated in the Nutrition Entrepreneurs DPG panel discussion at FNCE 2013 in Houston for the joint meeting between the Private Practice subgroup and the Speakers & Media subgroup (of which I am the Specialty Chair). She 'wowed' me (and the audience) with her spunk and personality, as well as her sage advice on working with clients in a private practice. Her reputation as an expert in eating disorders treatment precedes her, and she has created quite a niche business and brand. I hope you enjoy her interview as much as I have enjoyed getting to know her better! [Read more]