Tip of the Month
Welcome to the Nutrition Entrepreneurs Tip of the Month
Carrie Mark, MA, RDN, LD
Incoming Sponsorship Chair
Every month we are inundated with a plethora of monthly themes. Unfortunately, none of us have the time or energy to recognize and celebrate all of them. However, this month was one I thought we all could benefit from…humor. April is National Humor Month and the tip of the month is to incorporate more humor in our daily lives. The health benefits of humor have been linked to helping to boost energy, decrease pain, strengthen the immune system, and help protect from the damaging effects of stress. To quote the wise words of Bob Newhart, “Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on”. After all, laughter really is the best medicine!
Tip of the Month: April 2015
Lisa Jones, MA, RDN, LDN, FAND
Bite into a healthy lifestyle during this National Nutrition Month! Take this month to not only promote tips on how to live a healthy lifestyle with your clients, but use it for your own goals too! This is a perfect time to reevaluate your 2015 goals, celebrate progress and set new goals for the next 3 months. Don’t forget to celebrate National RD Day, our day, on March 11.
Jackie H Sharp, MS, RD, LD, ACSM-HFS
Director of Membership Services, Nutrition Entrepreneurs
Work only for your worth. That’s it – the tip that is important to you and to all of your fellow dietitians. For so many reasons, dietitians, especially female dietitians are often eager to undervalue their services. If you have ever agreed to do a wellness fair, a presentation, a family nutrition consultation for free or for reduced cost, or taken an offered position for less than the national or local acceptable fee, have you stopped to think about the impact?
I often hear new dietitians and sometimes experienced dietitians willing to take a position that offers a low reimbursement with the justification that they need the experience or that is the amount offered and negotiation didn’t seem appropriate. Unfortunately, this undervalues your training and it also sets a precedent that impacts other dietitians in your area and potentially across the country.
Remember that you have 4 years of undergraduate training plus an internship specifically designed to meet the demands of our profession or a master’s degree. You were required to take a national test that most individuals have to study countless hours in order to pass. We are trained by professors in nationally credited universities at a price tag of 5 to 6 digits.
Remember all of this with professional pride and represent all of us with negotiation skills that demand the price you are worth!
Tip of the Month: February 2015
Barb Andresen, RDN, LDN