ABOUT GRACE RIVERS

My path to the nutrition field

Food and activity appealed to me when I was a young girl. My mom had back issues that required surgery and her therapy was to walk. She needed a designated partner, so that became my role. In the weeks that followed, I realized that I was losing weight and felt great. That was more than 45 years ago, and even now, walking remains a “go to” for exercise.

Another time that nutrition influenced me was when I was diagnosed with high blood pressure and placed on medication. I was in college at the time, and eating wasn’t a top priority for me, but with the unwanted diagnosis, my food choices changed. That resulted in a lower blood pressure, so the doctor discontinued my medication!

Making nutrition my career choice

Awareness of the impact of nutrition stayed with me and eventually my path became clear. Because of this, I applied to UT Southwestern Medical Center Allied Health Sciences School of Clinical Nutrition. That was more than 25 years ago.

After graduating I was able to help others with nutrition by working as the regional dietitian in nursing homes. After several years I worked in kidney dialysis and home health. My primary focus became diabetes care once I began working in this area in 2000. Group, as well as one-on-one diabetes care was provided. I am now self-employed and use writing to share my knowledge and am available for corporate consulting. 

What I do now

• Freelance writing on nutrition and diabetes care
• Consulting for companies for nutrition and diabetes

My day to day life

When not working on a project, my days involve nutrition care by preparing food for myself and spouse. Our plant-based meals are flavored to our delight, with herbs and spices and  without salt. We remain active with our own favorite exercises to remain healthy. If not in our yard, we enjoy reading, visiting friends and family, and observing the neighborhood wildlife.

                                                 

          • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
          • Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition from UT Southwestern, (1993)
          • Certified Diabetes Educator, (CDE since 2002)
          • Diabetes Care and Education Specialist
          • Professional Development Course on Copyediting
          • Treating health issues with nutrition for more than 25 years

        MEMBER 

        • American Association of  Diabetes Educators 
        • Dallas Dietetic Alliance