Mary Lewandowski MS, RDN, LDN, 2017-2018 NSAND Treasurer
Works at: Contractor for Mondelez
Hobbies: Gardening, Reading, Staying Fit, Cooking
What do you do in the field of dietetics?
I am responsible for Nutrition and Regulatory compliance to meet FDA labeling regulations. I review specifications for Raw Materials, Formulas, and Products. This includes generating Nutrition Facts Panels, Ingredient Declarations, Allergen Assessments, Claim Substantiation and reviewing Product Artwork. I love my work!
Did you always know you wanted to be a dietitian?
No, when I first attended college, I was a pre-engineering student. I took a Nutrition course as an elective, had a most inspiring RD for a professor, and my world changed.
What inspired you to have a career in nutrition?
I took a general Nutrition class and was greatly inspired by the professor. She was bright, articulate and made learning fun! Working in the field of Food and Nutrition is wonderful and an endless opportunity to continue learning.
What is your best advice for younger dietitians on how to network with experienced dietitians?
Join your local Dietetic Association. Attend meetings. There are many ways to obtain your Continuing Education hours, but attending meetings and conferences are well worth your time. You have skills and talents to share and there is a wealth of knowledge and experience to tap into. Don’t be shy.
What is your favorite memory from your career thus far?
My favorite memory which I continue to build on are the people I've met. Over the years, I've met some wonderful individuals; educators, consumers, colleagues, co-workers, and managers among others. Each individual has influenced the person I am today, some more than others, and for that I am grateful.
What's a fun fact about you?
I grew up on the south side of Chicago with seven brothers and just one sister. My family is a huge part of my life. Seven out of nine of us still live in the Chicago area and we all get together a few times each year. I’m right smack in the middle!
What's your favorite dish to cook?
I really love hosting Thanksgiving and preparing the traditional meal. I love cooking from scratch all year round, but this meal is my favorite...because it’s all about the food and we have so much to be grateful for!
If you could have a super-power what would that be?
Wow, what a question. If I could have a super-power, I would use my power to heal the brokenness in our families and bring true peace to our world.
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