Michigan RD/RDNs in the News
Spotlight on the RD: Amy Bloom
Nutrition and wellness have always been personal priorities, so when I figured out that I could do that for a job - there was no turning back! I originally went to school for a completely unrelated degree and worked for a few years, before realizing my true passion in dietetics. It took a lot of courage and hard work to go back to school but I haven't regretted it for a second.
Your Instagram Feed is amazing! How do you decide what to post and what's the trick to curating an engaging feed?
I post the food I actually make! I believe most people engage with social media posts that are realistic and relatable. If I find any tips or tricks helpful for myself, I post them in hopes they will help someone else.
In addition to your social media presence, you also work at Grand Health Partners - what does a typical work day look like for you?
I have the privilege of supporting individuals' weight management journeys, through medical and surgical weight loss programs. A typical day includes individual appointments, small group appointments, and teaching nutrition education topics to classes. I work closely with clinical staff, behaviorists, and exercise physiologists to promote healthy lifestyle changes. My favorite part of my job is getting to hear people's stories about having more energy, having less pain, reducing or eliminating medications, and most importantly, hearing about all of the things people are able to do because they feel so much better.
What advice would you give to new professionals entering the field of nutrition?
Get in the kitchen! I believe the more we as dietitians understand about what it takes to make food at home using real ingredients, the more we can help others.
Juggling your work at Great Health Partners while keeping up with your Instagram has to be a lot of work! What does balance look like or mean to you?
Work-life balance, self-care, and rest are very important. You can't always be working. My Instagram account is meant to show that healthy eating is possible while working full-time (and all of the other craziness of life). Sometimes I do find myself trying to do too much, and when I realize it, I allow myself to take a break.
Some of my best ideas for my work come while doing other activities, like going for a beach walk or visiting a new city - what are some things or activities that you draw inspiration from?
Absolutely! Anything outdoors. I love hiking in the woods, kayaking, and trips to Lake Michigan. I also love trying new restaurants and breweries in Grand Rapids.
If you could go back and give your younger self advice, what would it be?
Drink more water and eat more veggies, and maybe to go into dietetics the first time around 😉
Thank you, Amy, for all you do to inspire others and for your commitment to our profession, your patients, community and followers!
In the News
- Check out Registered Dietitian and personal trainer, Tony Stephan, in his interviews on Fox 2 and in Women's Health Magazine
- See Michigan Registered Dietitian, Liz Weber in several segments:
- Check out Katie Francisco in Plant Based Diets: Part 2 of 4 Part Series and in her segments on National Peanut Day, National Taco Day
- See our very own, Bethany Thayer, Registered Dietitian, whip up some game day guacamole: Reducing your risk for prostate cancer
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Michigan Academy Members Receive National Honors at FNCE 2017 in Chicago!
Barbara Jacobs Ivens, MS, RDN, FADA, FAND
Jointly bestowed by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), the Trailblazer Award recognizes exceptional leaders who have advanced the science at the nexus of nutrition/dietetics and food science for at least five years. This award is conferred upon a leader who has demonstrated innovative contributions to improve health among underserved populations through a least one aspect of food science and technology, and has exhibited intellectual courage in research, instruction and/or communication at this intersection.
Barbara Ivens is Principal, Nutrition Information Exchange, located in West Michigan. She has served as the Chair of the Commission on Dietetic Registration, the Fellow Panel Chair, Specialty Panel Chair, and as Chair of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. She’s been a member of the Academy Recognition Task Force, Honors Committee, and Certification Collaboration Task Force. She served as Chair of, and represented the Academy on, the Joint Food and Nutrition Science Solutions Task Force. Other roles have included Michigan Academy Treasurer, Newsletter Editor, Policies and Procedures and Publications Chair and Chair of the revision of the Pediatric dietetic practice group’s Pediatric Nutrition Manual.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Medallion Awards, given each year since 1976, honors Academy members who have shown dedication to the high standards of the nutrition and dietetics profession through active participation, leadership and devotion to serving others in dietetics and allied health fields. Several awards are given each year to those members whose dedication to the Academy and service to the profession serve as an example to all.
In recognition of:
- Her transformative ability to move the needle and push the dietetics profession towards excellence. She has used her passion for advocacy to educate countless government officials about the critical importance of nutrition and health, and used her insight to target organizational and policy gaps or opportunities to collaborate with existing Academy units to ensure stability and progress, anchored in documented strategic plans.
- Her outstanding leadership and service to the Academy, serving as a member of National Diabetes Partners, the Evidence Analysis Library Health Disparities work group, the Academy Foundation State Fundraising Task Force, and the liaison to the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP). She served as Chair of the Dietetics Practice Based Research Network Oversight Committee, Michigan Affiliate President, State Legislative Network Coordinator, Chair of the Diabetes Care and Education Practice Group, and has been appointed to over 10 National Academy committees.
- Her volunteerism, which has spanned the landscape of health, lending her expertise and influence to multiple organizations, namely the National Diabetes Education Program, American Association of Diabetes Educators, American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association.
- Her determination for the success of the practicing dietitian. As an invited speaker and adjunct assistant instructor, she has championed evidence-based medical nutrition therapy education in multiple local and regional forums. She proposed, developed and facilitated the first webinar for NDEP and the first joint NDEP/Academy webinar through the Food and Culinary dietetic practice group. Through her radio and local television interviews, she has shared information to promote nutritional health for youth and adults.
Excellence in Practice: Dietetics Education
Lorraine J. Weatherspoon, PhD, RDN
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Excellence in Practice Awards recognize outstanding registered dietitian nutritionists and dietetic technicians, registered, who have demonstrated innovation, creativity and leadership in a specific area of practice. The awards are given in several practice categories, including Clinical Nutrition; Community Dietetics; Consultation and Business Practice; Dietetics Education; Dietetic Research; Dietetic Technician, Registered; and Management Practice, to honor Academy members who have demonstrated exceptional performance, contributed to the advancement of practice, and been effective and inspiring leaders in nutrition-related organizations.
Mary Abbott Hess Award
Staci Gerken, RD
This award recognizes an innovative food/culinary effort. Staci is the Nutrition Contract Administrator at the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan located in Grand Rapids and created the cooking class “Conquering the Kitchen”. The class is designed for male caregivers and provides both classroom and hands-on learning to help participants gain valuable skills that can decrease the stress related to food preparation and mealtime.