Read more about our current featured member below. For previous Member Spotlight editions, head over to the archive.
Carol Berg Sloan, RDN, FAND
Tell us about your job.
I am a nutrition consultant and have been for 27 years. Currently I am the Health Research Director for the California Walnut Commission (CWC) where I lead project implementation and oversee active research studies internationally and domestically. I also collaborate with the public relations and marketing departments to translate this scientific research for broader audiences, including consumers and health professionals. In the past four years I have planned and initiated scientific conferences on behalf of the CWC in the UK, India, Japan, Germany, Korea and Spain and am currently in planning stages for a health research conference in Istanbul, Turkey. I am also a freelance journalist specializing in delivering scientifically sound, realistic information all about food, nutrition and health. I currently write a nutrition column for School News Roll Call (425,000 subscribers in southern California) with my daughter, Kelly Sloan MS, RDN and I was nutrition editor for LA Parent Magazine for 20 years. I am the nutrition consultant to several healthcare facilities in southern California and I am member of the Bayer Crop Science Leaders Engaged in Advancing Dialogue (L.E.A.D.) Initiative. I am excited to share that I recently found out I received the 2020 Excellence in Private Practice, Business or Communications Award from the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
I have been involved with local, state and national dietetic associations since my undergraduate days. I am an active member of several Dietetic Practice Groups including Healthy Aging, Diabetes in Care and Education, Oncology, Research, Vegetarian, Food and Culinary and Dietitians in Business and Communications. I was editor of the DBC DPG newsletter for 10 years and as many of you know I am currently the co-editor of the NEP DPG Networking News. I served the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as a state affiliate delegate for six years and served on the Association Positions Committee and the Finance and Audit Committee. I am passionate about supporting students interested in dietetics, food and nutrition. I am a dietetic internship preceptor for California State University at San Bernardino's Individualized Self-Study Program and the Master’s Dietetic Internship at California State University, Long Beach and a member of the Dean’s Council for the Department of Agriculture at Cal Poly Pomona.
I can’t stress enough how important it is to get involved in your district, state and national professional associations!
What do you find most interesting about your job?
The variety of projects, meeting with researchers and health professional colleagues and learning what they are doing to help consumers live healthier lives.
Where were you born and raised?
I am a SoCal gal born in Pasadena and am currently living in fabulous Long Beach.
Besides your profession, what are your hobbies?
Baking, boating, riding on the back of a Harley, visiting new places and family get-togethers.
What are your favorite foods?
I thoroughly enjoy walnuts, oatmeal raisin cookies with good ole milk, crisp apples, sharp white cheddar cheese, roasted Brussel sprouts and my favorite beverage, rum and diet Coke!
How long have you been a member of NEP, and why did you join?
I’ve been a member since 2000. NEP DPG is dear to my heart for their mission to empower individuals with evidence-based nutrition education to make good food decisions aligns with my philosophy.
Are there any other interesting things you would like to share with NEP members?
There is nothing more wonderful than to see your kids achieve greatness. My husband and I are proud of our children who, through hard work, are doing extremely well in their careers. And having one of your kids follow in your footsteps and become a registered dietitian/nutritionist is icing on the cake!
Please connect with me!
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