Date: March 20, 2015
Place: Falls Church, VA
Interview: Sasha Bard, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Meet Sasha, a registered dietitian nutritionist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In this video, she talks about how her job helps people eat healthy foods, and teaches families how to keep track of what they're eating.
I love food! And I love helping people. At USDA [U.S. Department of Agriculture], our job is to teach Americans, all Americans in the whole country, about healthy eating, which is a pretty big job.
What does a nutritionist do?
A nutritionist or a dietician is an expert in food, health and nutrition. And nutritionists are health professionals, so they work in a variety of settings:
- Nutritionists work in hospitals helping patients get better.
- Nutritionists also work in grocery stores helping customers.
- There are nutritionists that work in gyms that help athletes perform their best.
What's your day like?
As part of my job, we get to create nutrition education resources. So handouts like these that are really bright and colorful and teach people about MyPlate and healthy eating. We have them in English and in Spanish. ¿Qué hay en su plato?
I get to create web pages and also work with online apps and games.
Any good nutrition apps?
The SuperTracker is an online application [app] where you can enter in information about you:
- How tall you are
- What age you are
- If you're a boy or a girl
- How active you are
And it'll tell you a food plan. It'll tell you just how many fruits and vegetables you need to be eating each day, how much dairy, protein, and grains so that you know you're getting the right foods from all five food groups.
What advice do you have for kids?
If you're interested in being a nutritionist, you should get out there in your community and volunteer [offer to help]. Volunteer at a food bank [free food for people in need] or a soup kitchen [place where food is given to the hungry or homeless]. See what it's like to help people get excited about healthy foods.
It's also important, if you're interested in being a nutritionist, to be a healthy role model [a person looked up to by others] and you can start today. So eating healthy foods and being active and showing your friends and family that that's something that you enjoy, those are ways that you can be a role model for others in your life.