In honor of National Nutrition Month, read a brief Q&A from Neighborhood Health Center Registered Dietitian, Maria Inés Agüero de Manunta, MS, RD, CDN.
Q: What is most rewarding about being a Dietitian here at NHC?
A: I enjoy the team work and the contributions of others, either from my colleagues, from other disciplines, from my students and especially from my patients.
Q: Out of all the work that you do, what is your favorite thing to do as a dietitian?
A: My favorite thing to do as a dietitian is to transmit to my patients that acquiring healthy habits through a nutritional education is the key to ensuring and maintaining good present and future health.
Q: What’s something about your career that many people may not know?
A: A dietitian does not impose a way of eating on clients/patients, a dietitian listens to them and helps them to adapt a healthy diet that fits their needs, preferences, tastes and personal situations. A dietitian gives information or recommendations based on evidence, knowledge and resources so that the person himself is able to carry out a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
Q: What is your favorite healthy snack?
A: Almond butter with a fruit.
Q: What is your National Nutrition Month tip?
A: I encourage you to plan well what you are going to eat; try to eat foods that are as less processed as possible, increase your consumption of vegetables and do physical activity. Drink plenty of water, this beverage is the favorite of Mother Nature. If you have already tried to change habits but you cannot, I recommend you go to a qualified professional.