ABOUT GRACE RIVERS

My path to the nutrition field

Food, along with activity, appealed to me when I was a young girl. My mom had back surgery that required walking for therapy. She needed a designated partner, so that became my role. We would walk for many weeks to follow. I realized that weight loss was occurring and that I had an overall feeling of well-being. 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 and the medication was no longer necessary.

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.

Since graduating, I applied my nutrition knowledge to help others in nursing homes, kidney dialysis, home health, outpatient diabetes care, corporate consulting, and am now, self-employed. In 2000 I began concentrating on diabetes care and education for adult clients.

What I do now

• Freelance writing on nutrition and diabetes care
• Consulting for companies and individuals for the treatment of diabetes

My day to day life

When not working on a project or with a client, my days involve nutrition care by preparing food for myself and spouse. Our plant-based meals are flavored, to our delight, with on- hand spices, 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
          • Treating health issues with nutrition for more than 25 years

        MEMBER 

        • American Association of  Diabetes Educators 
        • Dallas Dietetic Alliance