Alison Dvorak, MS, RDN, CDN
Alison is a new board member for the CT Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and she is on the Nominating Committee.
What inspired you to become a RDN?
I didn’t know what a Dietitian was until my second year of college studying Psychology but I always had an interest in Nutrition and how people relate to food. I continued to study both and found the field of Dietetics has so many ways in which to help people live healthier and happier lives.
Where do you work now and where have you worked in the past?
I work at the Area Agency on Aging for Eastern Connecticut, Senior Resources, as the Director of Outreach and Training which includes Nutrition Education and Counseling with Meals on Wheels participants, Benefits Screening and Assistance, and Medicare Education and Advocacy. I am also an Adjunct Clinical Instructor with the University of Connecticut and a Private Consulting Dietitian. Previous positions include Director of Food and Nutrition and Clinical Nutrition Management with Sodexho (Marriott) and very interesting internship roles with both Walt Disney World and a Women’s Prison. Most of my career has included working with Adults and large foodservice operations
What is your favorite recipe/food?
I love to make new and different takes on recipes in order to utilize odd items or leftovers. Every recipe is a starting framework for a new creation. My favorite food is cold spaghetti Bolognese. My mother always made the sauce from scratch and I wanted to have more for the next day- with more vegetables
How is food related to your culture?
The history and tradition of many cultures are represented in the recipes passed down over time. I collect cookbooks and recipes from older generations and love to listen to stories of how food is involved in holiday and other celebrations
What is your #1 tip for improving one’s diet?
Add a vegetable. People love to hear what they can eat MORE of instead of not this, not that.
What is one item that is always in your pantry?
What is your go -to exercise routine?
Year round I enjoy Hiking and walking with my dogs. Seasonally, I love skiing and gardening.
If stranded on island-what one food or beverage you would want an unlimited supply of?
Drinkable water for survival. Red raspberries for enjoyment.
What is the best part of your job?
Helping people to be healthier and continue to be a part of their community. I enjoy the variety of situations, people and places that I see.
What inspired you to serve on the CT Academy board?
Networking with professional colleagues is extremely important. As Dietitians, we are sometimes one of few (if not the only) in a workplace so connecting with the tremendous resources we have in each other is crucial.
Where do you want to see the RDN/NDTR profession in 10 years?
Well known, sought after and accessible to people with or without specific medical conditions.
Anything else you would like to add?
Thank you for asking me to be your Spotlight Member- it is truly an honor.