Julia Werth, RD is our new Kids Eat Right Chair of The CT Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
What inspired you to become a RDN/NDTR?
Growing up I loved to cook, bake and experiment in the kitchen. Throughout high school as I became a distance runner I realized how much nutrition affected my performance and health. I wanted to become a nutrition expert in order to help others avoid the mistake I had made and learn to love food, exercise and themselves.
Where do you work now and where have you worked in the past?
I just completed my Dietetic Internship at the University of Maryland and moved back to Connecticut. I work as a freelance writer and dietitian with my own company called Werth Your While Nutrition.
What is your favorite part of your job?
I love when a reader responds to a blog post or article. Whether it made them smile, helped them realize something about themselves or gave them good ideas for future snacks it feels great to know my work made a difference in someone’s life. https://werthyourwhile.com/blog/
What is your favorite recipe/food?
Nothing beats a peanut butter toast with blueberry jam and a banana sliced on top!
General tip for improving diet?
A little planning can go a long way! Whether it’s making a grocery list, packing a lunch the night before or waking up early to go for a run planning the time to allow for healthy eating and exercise in daily life makes all the difference.
If stranded on island-what one food or beverage you would want an unlimited supply of?
Seriously, clean, cold, filtered water. I don’t want to take any risks out there on the island. But really, Teddie’s super chunky peanut butter.
Where do you want to see the RDN/NDTR profession in 10 years?
I hope to see dietitians and dietetic technicians more well-known across the general public and seen as essential care-giver. I think an ounce of prevention is certainly worth a pound of cure so hopefully one day it will become the norm for people to see dietitians for “well visits” just like physicians.