Jillian Wanik, DCN RDN CSSD
Delegate of the CT Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2019-2020
What inspired you to become a RDN?
Many things, initially I wanted to teach college athletes about nutrition, but as time went on, I became more interested in the role of nutrition in health and wellness in all populations. Currently I’m passionate and inspired by the research that shows nutrition has a primary role in preventing chronic disease and improving quality of life and I love teaching the next generation of RDNs who also want to be a part of this solution.
Where do you work now and where have you worked in the past?
Currently I work at the University of Connecticut as an assistant professor in residence. I also work as a per diem RDN at the Hospital of Central CT (HOCC). Before UCONN I was full time at HOCC. I have had several other jobs in the past, I started in University Food Service which is a great field.
What is your favorite recipe/food?
Right now its tomatoes from my garden and the delicious cucumber gazpacho recipe that was in Food and Nutrition magazine.
General tip for improving diet?
More veggies, less starchy carbs, olive oil, fish….. hard to have one tip!
If stranded on island-what one food or beverage you would want an unlimited supply of?
Wine and cheese 🙂
What is the best part of your job?
Working with other professionals who are passionate about promoting the field of dietetics and teaching the latest evidence based practice in all areas.
Where do you want to see the RDN/NDTR profession in 10 years?
As a key member of interprofessional healthcare teams working at the top of our scope, ability to independently place orders, drop feeding tubes and bill for our services.