Meg Hagar, MS, RD, CDN, CLT, CHHP
MEG THE DIETITIAN
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Meg is a second career dietitian that was able to combine her areas of expertise to practice in a niche that she's passionate about. This is another example of how nutrition is connected to many other fields (marketing, public relations, writing/journalism, culinary, personal training) and thus creates unique careers.
Why did you become a RD?
I started as a licensed esthetician and found that often diet plays a huge role in the appearance and function of our skin. Through my studies I learned how much of a basis nutrition is for optimal functioning of all organs and health. I decided I wanted to help people on a deeper level and help them heal from the inside out.
What area of dietetics do you work in?
How would you explain what you do?
I help women get clear skin and a happy tummy by showing them how to heal the body from the inside out.
What are your ‘typical’ daily/weekly tasks?
One on one nutrition counseling, admin, marketing, social media posting, delegating tasks such as billing and design work.
What has been your career path?
I started in a community setting, doing nutrition education classes and cooking classes for those who are HIV/AIDS + and their families. I then decided to go back to grad school and get my masters. While I did that, I worked at a nursing home for 2.5 years. After that I did my internship, passed the RD exam and started working at a hospital. I was there for 1 year and decided it wasn't for me. Now I'm in private practice working on building my own business.
What advanced education or special training do you have?
In an ideal world, what does the industry look like 5 years from now?
Across-the-board insurance coverage for virtual visits, clear licensure laws and scope of practice across state lines, mutual respect between doctors and allied health practitioners.
What misinformation about RDs would you like to clear up?
Not everyone in the health field thinks RDs are as amazing as we do unfortunately. Take each opportunity to do great work, get clients good results/make great recommendations and show your value. I think this certainly varies depending on your state and/or setting, and this certainly isn't everyone in the health field but there are quite a few I've encountered!
What are challenges you encounter as a RD?
Other health practitioners undermining our value as RDs.
What do people think that you do for a living?
"make diets" some even think I serve food!
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