As the Retail Dietitian at ShopRite of Lincoln Park, I am the lead nutrition expert in the store and within the local community. I offer individual nutrition counseling based on customer needs, which includes, but is not limited to, diabetes education, combating hypertension, and weight loss
I started at FreshDirect in produce merchandising more than ten years ago. My interest and passion for nutrition has always been strong. Working through various departments and roles over the years helped clarify my desire to pursue the RDN credential.
Tell us about your experience in retail and how you came to live in the Philippines. My first job in retail was at Giant Food in Washington, DC as an In-Store Nutritionist. During that time, I became involved in the community, making connections with local food banks, as well at the city food council. That position made me realize I was passionate about sustainable food systems so I enrolled in an online master’s degree program in Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems through University of Wisconsin. So after, I started working for Whole Foods private brand in Austin, TX. I was on their product innovation team as a Nutrition Product Compliance Analyst. During that time, I was long distance from my now fiancé, who I met in DC. He does international development work and was assigned to the Philippines where I decided to join him.
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