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Careers in Nutrition and Breast Cancer Prevention

Breast Cancer awareness

Healthy nutrition and exercise are great ways to prevent breast cancer!

Every October, we celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s a chance to honor our friends and relatives who have battled breast cancer as well as to create hope about how to prevent breast cancer. Nutrition professionals play an important role in educating everyone about prevention because of the strong connection between food choices and breast cancer. In fact, many nutrition professionals devote their entire careers to working with cancer prevention, including positions in non-profit agencies, cancer research labs, and the offices of primary care doctors. Check out these 5 steps for planning your nutrition science career.

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A Creative Vegetarian Lifestyle

salad tomatoes avocados

A cabbage salad topped with tomatoes and avocados is tasty & filling.

Vegetarian + Creative = Wow!

My opinion about leading a vegetarian lifestyle has changed a lot over the past 10 years. I used to think it was very restrictive and, honestly, boring. But, not anymore. I now consider what so many call ‘plant based nutrition’ to be an exciting, flavorful, and nutritious way to go. I do still eat meat occasionally and seafood quite a bit – but, I love filling up my plate with colorful raw and cooked vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds, too. It is amazing how the flavors pop!

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A Career Change to Nutrition Science

Career change girl

Are you ready for a career change to Nutrition Science?

A Career Change to Nutrition Science

People end up in professions for lots of different reasons. In my case, I first thought I wanted to become a marine biologist, then possibly a nurse, and then I finally decided to become a nutrition scientist. I’m lucky because I know I made the right decision. The point is that it took years to figure it all out. I know other nutrition professionals who started out as journalists or fitness pros or medical technologists. The good news is that just about any first career can cross paths with nutrition science.

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Men in the Field of Nutrition

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Men are a growing force in the field of nutrition.

Men in the Field of Nutrition

If you’re thinking about which profession you want to pursue, there are a lot of questions to ask yourself. One question might have to do with the ratio of men to women who will be working with you, side-by-side. Some professions are dominated by men, some are dominated by women, and some are about 50:50. The great thing is that what matters most is your passion, professional knowledge and skills. Gender is typically less important.

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Summer Fruits are Nutrition Superheroes and Easy Fruit Parfait Recipe

Summer Fruit Parfait

A summer parfait is fresh, tasty and good for you!

Summer Fruits are Nutrition Superheroes & Easy Fruit Parfait Recipe

If you’re like me, you look forward to the drippy, sweet, juicy fruits of summer.  They come in so many varieties from blackberries and blueberries to plums, peaches, watermelon, cantaloupe, and even figs. I can’t imagine not loving fresh, summer fruits and eating them every day. Can you?

Nutrition Superheroes

If you look at the nutrient density of summer fruits, you will see why I call them superheroes. They give us fiber, vitamins, minerals, and healthier carbohydrates. Mostly because of their antioxidants like vitamins A and C, summer fruits help reduce inflammation in our bodies. And, summer fruits help strengthen our immune systems, too. You can’t beat that if you want to feel great and keep your heart healthy.

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A Sneak Peek into Food Industry

Food Research lab

Food research appeals to some nutrition scientists

Is Food Industry for Me?

One of the neat things about nutrition science is how it overlaps and intertwines with so many food-centric career options. One of these options is food industry – large and small – with a strong business twist, research technology angle, and consumer reach. Diving into food industry and learning the ins-and-outs can be a bit overwhelming, so let’s break it down and take one bite at a time.

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Find a Mentor this Spring

Mentor

Finding a mentor is finding a supporter, teacher, and a friend.

Find a Mentor this Spring

Spring is a time of the year when nature wakes up and everything turns green. It’s a season of new energy, more daylight hours, and warm sunshine. Taking on a new adventure in the spring is good for the spirit and keeps us moving forward. Finding a mentor may be your sweet-spot for ‘waking up’ to new possibilities this spring.

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Nutrition Month, Being a Nutrition Leader and Green Apple Salad Recipe

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Try this easy green apple salad recipe for a healthy glow!

Nutrition Month, Being a Nutrition Leader & Green Apple Salad Recipe

Are you ready to celebrate a most important month of the year? March is when we celebrate National Nutrition Month and it’s a big deal for getting the word out about eating well! This public education campaign comes to us every year in March from the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics and for 2017 the theme is ‘Put Your Best Fork Forward.’ Why? Because every bite counts!

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Nutrition Pros Help Others Keep Their Hearts Healthy

Heart month

February is a month of the heart!

Happy Heart Month

May I be the first to wish everyone, Happy Heart Month! February is a month of the heart – from Valentine’s Day to Go Red for Women Day to dozens of American Heart Association Community Walks. Our childhood memories of February typically include exchanging Valentines at school as a way to our friends’ and teachers’ hearts. As adults, we begin to grasp the seriousness of heart disease when a family member or friend receives a diagnosis of an ailing heart.

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A New Year of Networking

Networking with food

Networking about food and nutrition is a blast!

Networking Know-How

Yes! It’s time for a fresh, new outlook on networking as we enter a fresh New Year. Why? Because the rewards of networking are so worth it  – like, for example, making new friends, learning about something that interests you, and figuring out your next step toward a meaningful career.
So, what is networking? Well, one word definitions of the word, network, include link, connect, and interact. So, how does this relate to the New Year and to Nutrition Science? Here’s how: For many of us, the thought of networking is scary. Can you relate to being at an office party or professional conference mixer and feeling awkward or blanking on something to say? Or, with an important interview or presentation on the horizon, have you ever suddenly lost all your confidence, in spite of being totally prepared? Getting interested in a career within Nutrition Science will put you in a position to link, connect and interact. And, even if your networking is a bit awkward and scary at first, there are ways to overcome this. Here’s an article about how to learn to love networking.

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