Helana Hoover-Litty, MS, RDN
President of the CT Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2020-2021
What inspired you to become a RDN?
I was working as a research scientist when I decided to pursue a second career in nutrition education. It was Georgia Chavent who convinced me I needed the RDN credential. I had been researching signaling pathways in the search for a better diabetes drug, and it seemed to me a safer and more successful approach would be through MNT.
Where do you work now and where have you worked in the past?
I am currently retired, and volunteer my time working with dietetic interns. I am interested in working toward a more equitable food system, and issues related to food security. In the past I have worked at The University of New Haven as an adjunct Professor, provided nutrition education for SNAPed with The University of Saint Joseph, and I have been active with the CT Food Policy Council. I have been active on the CT Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Board of Directors since 2010. Before that I was a research scientist at Bayer Healthcare.
What is your favorite recipe/food?
I really love popcorn!
General tip for improving diet?
I am a big fan of My Plate! Focus on fruits and veggies and eat a variety of foods.
If stranded on island-what one food or beverage you would want an unlimited supply of?
My first thought was peaches, but I also really love a good cup of coffee.
What is the best part of your job?
Helping people learn.
Where do you want to see the RDN/NDTR profession in 10 years?
I want Nutrition professionals to be recognized as the experts in nutrition, and to be compensated appropriately. I believe we are making progress but there is a lot of work yet to be done.