Ava McGlew, MS, RD, CD-N
Current President of The CT Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
What inspired you to become a RDN/NDTR?
I have always had a love for food and nutrition. When I had the opportunity to become a dietitian, I knew instantly that’s what I wanted to do. It’s knowledge that I have applied to my career and my everyday life.
Where do you work now and where have you worked in the past?
I am currently a Regulatory Affairs Advisor for Ashbury Labelling, Inc. My previous positions include being a Director of Operations and Child Nutrition Program Manager in school food/nutrition services.
What is your favorite recipe/food?
My favorite food is sushi. If I’m cooking at home, my favorite recipe is sausage and apple stuffed acorn squash https://cherishedbliss.com/sausage-and-apple-stuffed-acorn-squash/
General tip for improving diet?
Drink water! Water is life and has so many hidden benefits in improving overall health. I find many people don’t drink enough water.
If stranded on island-what one food or beverage you would want an unlimited supply of?
See above! Absolutely water! We can’t survive without it.
What is the best part of your job?
As a dietitian and a regulatory professional, I am responsible for continuing education and learning. The best part of my job is that I’m on top of any changes in the food industry. I can apply my knowledge of food and nutrition labeling in both my professional and personal life.
Where do you want to see the RDN/NDTR profession in 10 years?
Hopefully in 10 years, we can see the public really look to RDNs/NDTRs as the leading nutrition experts in the health industry. There is a lot of confusion when it comes to the public’s perception of nutrition that generally comes from non-RDNs/NDTRs professionals in the health industry.