The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ 2022 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo showcased a video that features four registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) sharing their journey, love for nutrition and their community impact. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals.

Jessica Crandall Snyder

Jessica Crandall Snyder grew up in the midwest and always had an interest in nutrition, which was fueled by her mother’s struggle with weight. She initially pursued a career in journalism, but her passion for the field continued to grow, leading her to switch to a career as an RDN. Today, she operates a private practice in Denver, where she focuses on personalized nutrition plans. She also serves as a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Sharon Smalling

Sharon Smalling has always been an athlete. In college, she discovered the crucial role of nutrition in peak performance, which inspired her to pursue a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. Now, she works for a non-profit organization that creates nutrition education programs for inner-city children. Through these efforts, she aims to empower children to make healthy choices and understand the benefits of a balanced diet.

Christy Wilson

Christy Wilson’s struggles with an eating disorder in college led her to pursue nutrition as a way to nourish her body and soul. Her passion for the field led her to become an RDN and she now works as a dietitian for a treatment center that educates people with eating disorders on how to cultivate a healthy relationship with food. Her extensive expertise and experience have enabled her to impact people’s lives by helping them improve their relationship with food and body image.

Sylvia Klinger

Sylvia Klinger grew up in Colombia and had been exposed to a diverse range of fresh fruits and vegetables that led her to develop a deep passion for food and nutrition. After moving to the United States, she became an RDN and is now focused on educating the Latinx community about nutrition and healthy eating habits. Through educating families and communities about healthy food choices, Sylvia is committed to improving health outcomes.

Diverse Paths to Nutritional Advocacy

The four RDNs featured in the video come from diverse backgrounds, and what still brings them together is a passion for nutrition. They are all committed to improving the health and lives of the communities they serve by creating personalized nutrition plans, educational programs, and advocacy, thereby empowering people to make healthy choices and understand why they are so essential.


These inspiring stories demonstrate the many paths that can lead to success in the field of nutrition. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ website offers resources for those interested in learning more and finding registered dietitian nutritionists. Today, the field not only focuses on dietary recommendations but also ensures that individuals have a healthy, sustainable relationship with food and their bodies. It is particularly poignant in the current health crisis to acknowledge the importance of finding healthy ways to nourish our bodies.

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