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My First Week as a Supermarket Dietitian (And Free Materials)

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My First Week as a Supermarket Dietitian (And Free Materials)

So, this was my first official week as being a Supermarket Dietitian and I loved it! I’m still training and shadowing people; however, the more I learn about the job, the more I am loving it. If you are the type of person who is an independent worker, loves doing different things each day, and is comfortable in the public, then this is a job for you! I am pretty excited that I will have a huge brown desk out on the floor of the store. I’ll also have a large storage area for all my nutrition materials. It is nice to finally have my own space at a job.The in-store events include produce picks (feature a fruit or vegetable, preferably on sale/in season with a recipe for taste testing), product sampling, easy dinner meal ideas (with a recipe sample), kid’s days, cooking classes, diabetes classes, weight-loss classes, etc. They also have counseling and individual store tours. They are always open to new ideas for newsletters, recipes, and programs. It is perfect for me since I have experience in running programs and I like trying new ideas out. I’m excited to be able to post “RD selection” stickers around the aisles. These will be products that fit a certain nutritional criteria and are a healthy option for consumers. Since my supermarket has a hot/cold food section to take items to go (or dine in), I will also have stickers there. It is an awesome feeling to know that I will be able to reach out and help people on such a large scale.

Another awesome thing about being in a supermarket is that you have connections with all the other supermarket RDs in your area. It is great to have such a huge network of RDs to be able to bounce ideas off of, swap materials, and support one another in our efforts.

For anyone that knows me personally, you know I love getting free nutrition materials. There are tons of websites that will send you coupons, handouts, and/or lessons for FREE! In my free material search this week, I got Yoplait Greek Yogurt coupons, Diabetes handouts, Weight Control handouts, and Blood Pressure cards. There are also a ton of materials for free download; however, I don’t have the ability to print large quantities of handouts. I have the links at the bottom of this blog!

My last exciting nutrition find of the week was my Garden Heroes! I ordered these cute little guys from Learning Zone Express. No, they were not free; however, they were pretty cheap. I teach kids nutrition a lot, so these will come in handy for lessons.

Eddie Eggplant, Buddy Broccoli, Andi Apple, Alonzo Avocado

Stay tuned for my blog on “Dietitian You Say? That Means You Make Meal Plans!”

Resources:
http://www.bellinstitute.com/Coupons.aspx
https://catalog.niddk.nih.gov/index.cfm
http://win.niddk.nih.gov/order/orderpub.htm
http://catalog.nhlbi.nih.gov/catalog/home

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Author: PorrazzaNutrition

Hi there! My name is Felicia Porrazza and I am a registered and licensed dietitian with a Masters in Dietetics Administration. I started PorrazzaNutrition to share my knowledge and passion for nutrition with others. I am a traveling dietitian conducting in-home and out-of-home counseling and cooking sessions. I am dedicated to working with clients to help them reach their health goals. I believe healthy eating is a lifestyle change, not a diet, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Contact me to get started on your nutrition journey!

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