Sarah Williams, MHA, MPH, RDN, CDN
Secretary of the CT Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2019-2020
What inspired you to become a RDN?
I have been interested in nutrition since I was a child – growing up eating lots of fruits and veggies, and learning to read food labels and adapt recipes because I have a younger sister with food allergies. After trying several majors during undergrad and working in medical device regulatory affairs, I decided to obtain a master’s degree in public health nutrition.
Where do you work now and where have you worked in the past?
Currently, I am at a small consulting company doing literature research, evidence analysis, and medical/regulatory writing – mostly for medical device companies though I do get (and very much enjoy!) the occasional project related to nutrition. Previously, I worked in research and regulatory affairs for a dietary supplement company, in nutrition education for a nonprofit, and in regulatory affairs for a medical device manufacturer.
What is your favorite recipe/food?
I enjoy experimenting with combinations of fruits, nuts, spices, and yogurt/milk with oatmeal.
General tip for improving diet?
Have at least one fruit or veggie at every meal/snack, and everything in moderation.
If stranded on island-what one food or beverage you would want an unlimited supply of?
Almond butter – that and water could sustain me for a bit!
What is the best part of your job?
Flexibility – to balance my job with family/kids, and to allow time to volunteer in the nutrition field since my job responsibilities are less focused on nutrition right now. In my career, I most enjoy searching for information – in clinical literature or regulations – and applying that to address specific questions (eg, menu or label review, evidence assessment for a nutrient or product). I also enjoy learning about new clinical areas. Though my career continues to cross between nutrition and medical devices, there is much overlap in how these research and analysis skills can be applied.
Where do you want to see the RDN/NDTR profession in 10 years?
More fully integrated into a preventive health society – understood as contributing to food options available in stores and restaurants, and as a regular part of health services provided to all. As widespread and accessible as nursing care, for all aspects of health and health care needs.