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November 20, 2006 5:59 PM

My Career Goals as an RD

It is my dream to become a Registered Dietitian (RD). I was brought up in a very health conscious household and as a result I developed a strong interest in nutrition at a young age. Ever since I began my study in dietetics at UC Berkeley, my love for nutrition has grown even more. I truly believe that knowledge is power and if everyone else in the world knew a portion of what I have learned about nutrition, I think that we would all be better off. People don’t realize how much nutrition and physical fitness impact just about every aspect of our lives and I want to help spread the word. By doing so, I think I will be positively impacting others in the same way that nutrition has mine.

I am currently applying to Masters in Nutrition and Dietetic Internship combined programs. Once I complete this degree I will take the RD exam and I can begin my quest as an RD. I would like to first work at a hospital, preferable a children’s hospital, because I enjoy working with children and have loved my work at Children’s Hospital in Oakland thus far. I think that children are our future and that they are in great need of help when it comes to nutrition, especially now more than ever. I would like to help coordinate or run a nutrition outreach program (similar to the ones I help out with now) because I want to not only help children who are sick, but also I want to prevent them from getting sick through nutrition. I believe that prevention is the key to solving our health problems.

Eventually I would like to open my own practice and also become a certified physical trainer. I would like to learn more about physical fitness since nutrition is only half of the equation. I would base my practice around family nutrition intervention. Since my health conscious family impacted me so much, I feel that this approach would be very effective. I would include nutrition education, treatment, and also fitness in my approach to helping improve the lives of my clients.

At this moment, this is my future career plan. However, it is important to remain flexible since I still have a couple of years of graduate school ahead of me which may lead me in a slightly different direction. Nonetheless, regardless of exactly what I will be doing as an RD, I know that my goal to positively impact the lives of others through nutrition will never change.

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I am very glad to know that you love nutrition and physical fitness. I would like to learn more from you.

Posted by Yvette Smith | 2009-11-15

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