Name/Credentials? Jane Pelkki, MPH, RDN, LD
Current Job? Diabetes Program Coordinator, grant writer-Daughters of Charity Services of Arkansas and Self-employed Community Dietitian
Education? Bachelors of Science, Southeast MO. State University, Masters in Public Health, University of Minnesota
How did you first become interested in dietetics? A friend of my mom's was a dietetics professor at Southern IL University, Carbondale, IL. I got to shadow her at work on several occasions. She told me if I became an RD, I'd never be without a job!
What different jobs/roles have you had as a dietitian? hospital RD-Baltimore, MD; diabetes camp RD-New Jersey; public health nutritionist-Lexington, KY; self-employed RD-Monticello, AR
What was one of your proudest moments in your professional career? Getting Healthy Eating; A True Book published by Scholastic
What advice would you give someone just starting out in the field of dietetics? Explore as many opportunities as you can find! There are many creative ways to help people live healthier lives.
Do you foresee the role of dietitians changing in the future of healthcare? Yes, I think applying global positioning systems to nutrition and physical activity presents us with many exciting opportunities! Of course, helping people learn basic healthy cooking skills will continue to be an opportunity that we as RDs are well-suited to address.