October 28, 2013
Many people are surprised to find out that Kellen, an association management company, has registered dieticians/nutritionists as employees. Nutritionists typically have jobs in clinical, community, research or foodservice settings, or sometimes in Washington, DC, government jobs. I didn’t know that working at an association management company was a potential career path when I first started out as a nutrition student at Rutgers University.
But, having nutritionists on staff is an invaluable asset for Kellen clients, especially our clients whose members are in the food industry. So what do I do as an RD? Here are some of the many ways I work with clients:
- Evaluate scientific studies
- Translate research and scientific data into consumer friendly language for the client or the consumer
- Communicate relevant and accurate health and nutrition messages
- Evaluate nutrition information on blogs, websites and other avenues
- Represent the association at scientific, health professional or culinary meetings
- Analyze recipes
- Truthsquad inaccurate nutrition information in the media
- Create healthy or special diet (such as gluten-free or diabetic) recipe guidelines and make sure recipes meet these guidelines
- Connect the association to the dietetic community in social media, government, research and corporate circles
- Serve as a resource for nutrition-related information
If you have ever worked with associations in the food industry, you probably understand that having scientific knowledge can be invaluable. It’s important to have someone on your team with enough background information to help advise.