Jodieann McIntosh (B.S.)
Jodieann is currently a student at the University of St. Joseph and is on the board of the CT Academy of Nutrition as one of our Student Liaisons and she is actively involved with the Diversity Committee.
What inspired you to become a RDN?
I was inspired to become an RDN due to my passion to work with culture and incorporate it into healthy lifestyle/ eating. I want to bring diversity to nutrition.
Where do you work now and where have you worked in the past?
I am currently a student at University of Saint Joseph.
What is your favorite recipe/food?
My favorite food is the national dish of Jamaica called Ackee. Ackee is the national fruit of Jamaica. Many times, it is served with saltfish also known as cod fish. In order to consume ackee it must be cleaned properly, or it can be poisonous. You can find cleaned ackee in cans in many retail supermarkets.
How is food related to your culture?
Food is related to my culture and background of the beautiful island Jamaica. Family gatherings and many health gatherings involve various food choices. It’s a way to connect with family.
What is your #1 tip for improving one’s diet?
My number one tip to improve one’s diet is to have moderation. In all food choices. When eating have a healthy relationship with your food. Food is here to fuel your body.
What is one item that is always in your pantry?
One item that is always in my pantry is peanut butter, I love the great source of protein and fat it brings and how convenient getting a scoop in can be.
What is your go -to exercise routine?
My go to exercise routine would have to be following Zumba classes. They allow me to get my heart pumping while enjoying my time .
If stranded on island-what one food or beverage you would want an unlimited supply of?
If I was stranded on a island I would love to have a life time supply of my favorite food ackee.
What is the best part of your job?
I love being a student because I’m learning how to provide care and service to individuals the one way, we all connect …. Food! I have had many opportunities with community nutrition working with SNAP as health coach and going out to food share sites to speak on various nutrition topics such as protein, plan shop save etc.
What is your favorite part of being a CT AND Member?
My favorite part of being a CT AND member is working with the diversity team, as well as the annual meeting where we get to hear all the project everyone is working on.
Where do you want to see the RDN/NDTR profession in 10 years?
In 10 years, I would love to see the profession progress in diversity. At the moment there is only 3% African Americans, 5% Hispanics and Asian, and 2% other. In order to help everyone to succeed with nutrition there should be a representation of themselves and their cultures to make change.
Anything else you would like to add?
My passion is to bring culture to nutrition.