When personal and professional paths meet: Leading the way with an exciting new resource for people with diabetes

Prologue: I’ve known Toby so long I can’t actually recall the first time we met.  Perhaps a dietitian friend introduced us at a meeting or our paths crossed because of our shared passion for diabetes education and for communications.  Needless to say, I’ve always respected Toby’s long-time work in public health, her drive to promote nutrition through communications, and her desire to help those with diabetes live better lives.  I’m so glad we get to work together as Academy spokespersons in the Chicago market.

Resources for Writers

Looking for tips and resources to get your writing career off the ground? Karen Ansel MS, RD, CDN shares two websites that writers find really helpful. Mediabistro touts jobs, classes, community, news and resources.  I found interesting info such as newsfeeds, the “Top 25 Most Popular Apps for Freelancers” and online conferences.  I’ll be checking out more later and following them on Twitter. Freelance Success is “an engaging community of independent professional writers and editors based in all 50 states and about 15 foreign countries.”  It does require a subscription ($99/year) but if writing is your niche then it sounds like a good investment.

DBC Communications Camp in Napa Valley – Register Now!

View the invitation and more details here! Join the Dietitians in Business and Communications Dietetic Practice Group for this inaugural two-day event in Napa Valley where you’ll will learn the latest skills, trends and cutting-edge communications and business acumen needed to take your career to the next level. Who Should Attend? The DBC Communications Camp is designed to appeal to a wide variety of nutrition professionals, including business owners, food and nutrition consultants, foodservice executives, self-employed practitioners, media, public relations and communications spokespersons—just to name a few! The Communications Camp will also provide a great opportunity for those wishing to break into the business and communications field. When: Friday, March 8, 2013 – Saturday, March 9, 2013 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM  

Getting to know The Gluten Free RD: Rachel’s only just Begun

Prologue: As you may know, Rachel is one of the newest additions to the media spokesperson team at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  At our training last April, I had the pleasure of meeting Rachel in person.  We hit it off famously!  Seriously, I couldn’t explain it if I tried, but suffice it to say that we ended up laughing so hard we were crying.  It had something to do with 1) dropping a fork, 2) not being able to find the fork, and 3) later finding the fork in Rachel’s pocket.  Okay, so you had to be there!  Laughs and tears aside, I started getting to know Rachel and it was easy to see there’s so much more to her than The Gluten Free RD!

A (Food Network) Star is Born: Ellie Krieger

Photo credit: Lisa Houlgrave Prologue: I met Ellie at the Kids Eat Right Summit in Napa this past March and was thrilled when she agreed to let me interview her for my new blog.  As we talked and I learned more about her background, I could really relate to her stories about growing up in a ‘theater’ environment and how acting has helped her in media and communications.  My father is a director and an actor, so I spent many school nights doing homework in the audience during his rehearsals (mostly Shakespeare), and even did some acting myself from time to time.  I do believe that the skills I learned on stage have helped me in my communications – even if it’s just to feel more comfortable while doing it.  I hope you enjoy Ellie’s story as much as I enjoyed interviewing her!

Zied’s Guiding Principles: Elisa Shares Her Story

Spotlight On: Elisa Zied Prologue: I had the pleasure of meeting Elisa at a nutrition conference a few months ago.  She had written a blog about giving up diet cola and I was dying to ask her about it since I have similar “issues.”  I had so much fun talking with her that I decided to interview her and find out more about her media experience and her books.  You’ll be able to feel her positive, upbeat personality come through as she tells her story.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Media Guide

The food and nutrition experts of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics are the best source of timely, accurate and reliable information on eating well. Effectively communicating your knowledge and your expertise is one of the most important things any AND member can do to promote your Association, your profession and yourself. Download the file by clicking here and logging into the Academy’s website (for Academy members only).

Professionally Speaking: A Story of Courage and Charisma

Center Stage: Dr. Jo Lichten Prologue: I met Dr. Jo about 5 or 6 years ago when she came to speak to the Illinois Dietetic Association. We ended up sitting next to each other at lunch and struck up a conversation. Dr. Jo is so easy to talk to and connect with! Whenever I see her at meetings like FNCE I feel like I’ve reconnected with a long lost friend. This interview will focus on Dr. Jo’s professional speaking career, but she has also written several books.

A Passion for Writing Leads to Articles in Major Magazines

Featuring: Karen Ansel Prologue: I met Karen Ansel about a year ago at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Nutrition News Forecast meeting, when I first became a spokesperson for the Academy. I was impressed by her poise and kindness, and needless to say, her writing reputation had preceded her. You see, Karen writes articles for some of the most widely read magazines in America. She is a contributing editor for Woman’s Day and also writes frequently for Women’s Health, Fitness and Cooking Light.  She has also written several books, and is the co-author of the new The Calendar Diet: A Month By Month Guide to Losing Weight While Living Your Life (Wagging Tail Press, 2012).


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