Tracy Williams, Social Media Committee
Works at: Mainstay/My25- contractor for menu analysis
Hobbies: public speaking, freelance writing, diversity advocacy, reading nonfiction, jigsaw puzzles
Did you always know you wanted to be a dietitian?
I always wanted to be involved in health and wellness advocate for peers with disabilities. I started to get involved in typical nutrition education when I assisted my mom when I was young making her PowerPoint presentations for her hypertension classes at Cook County Hospital when she was a nurse practitioner in the ambulatory clinic.
What is your best advice for younger dietitians on how to network with experienced dietitians?
Although I am not yet a dietitian, I would say from my experience as a student that getting involved in your local dietetic group, like NSAND, is the best way to network with experienced dietitians. If you are interested in a specialty area of dietetics, you can build your network by visiting the websites of previliant dietitians in the field and pick their brain about your next ideas for your career directions. Most dietitians like to mentor the next generation of dietitians and nutrition professionals.
What's a fun fact about you or your family?
There is a fun fact about my family is that I have an aunt and uncle who are professional musicians with an aunt as a violinist in the Italian symphony orchestra. Her husband is a base player in the Italian orchestra pit for opera. A fun fact about me is that I stopped growing when I was twelve years old due to all of orthopedic surgeries during my young childhood.
Name one thing an RDN could do to benefit the dietetics profession in general.
I think dietitians can do a lot to benefit the profession by staying educated and up to date with research and trends because things are always changing! It would be great if dietitians would be involved with learning about the latest research that impacts the future of other health professions, like physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychology, nursing, doctors or social worker.
What is your favorite food?
I LOVE pizza. You can choose from a variety of toppings. I also like pasta salads as well because you choose from salad dressings and tomato sauce as well as beans, vegetables or sausages or other meat sources.
Which area of dietetics do you like or have considered switching into that is different from your area of practice?
I am considering to write a healthy lifestyle book for people living with physical disabilities or chronic conditions. I want to share my professional expertise as well as sharing my personal journey with other young adults who are trying to figure out how they can be healthy, whole person no matter if they have a disability or not.
Where did you complete your internship (or which DI are you enrolled in - or is your first pick if not an RD or dietetics intern yet)?
I have not completed a dietetic internship due to some health concerns related to my daily stamina. I am involved in the profession by doing public speaking on general nutrition topics, as well as freelance writing for a variety of websites and professional blogs for other dietitians. Seven months ago, I joined a healthy lifestyle nonprofit that support people with intellectual disabilities who live in group home settings. Our company, Mainstay/My25 provides menu analysis, recipes, and inexpensive grocery lists. You can connect with me at www.tracysplate.com.
Personal Website: www.tracysplate.com