Amaris Noguera-Bradley, MPH, RD
Q: Why did you choose to become a registered dietitian?
A: I grew up with Colombian parents who were phenomenal cooks so food was always a big part of my life. I fell in love with food and its
connection to health at a young age when I realized that many of my peers and family friends in my hometown of Miami, Florida struggled with nutrition-related health issues or a positive relationship with food. After taking a nutrition class in high school, I was sold on finding a career that could marry my interest in science, food and health. (Unfortunately, I wasn’t successful in finding a career in food tourism, which was Plan A.)
Q: What are your typical daily and weekly work tasks as an RD?
A: As an account lead at Eat Well Global – a fully remote nutrition communications firm – my typical day includes catching up on client relevant nutrition news, video conferencing with colleagues and clients to move client projects forward, planning virtual or in-person events for health professionals, pitching new business opportunities to prospective clients, interviewing health professionals for insights projects, writing proposals or crafting reports for client deliverables, hosting team brainstorms, and/or strategizing around health professionals’ needs and challenges and how the food sector can be a solution.
Q: What field of dietetics do you work in?
A: Communications and marketing! I get to help food companies and commodity boards learn how to effectively connect with health professionals.
Q: Can you talk about the work you do with Eat Well Global?
A: At Eat Well Global, we empower global change agents in food and nutrition. In our perspective, change agents are health professionals and dietitians like you and me that play a role in fostering a healthier world. Regardless of whether you work in research, policy, food service, patient care, communications, or another area, our collective efforts create positive change in individuals and our environment. In my role at Eat Well Global, I work with my colleagues – all of who are credentialed health professionals – to help our food industry clients navigate the food and nutrition landscape through 360-degree global insights, strategic planning, and health professional engagement activations.
Q: What is your favorite part about working in dietetics?
A: I love how dynamic our field is – as science advances and evolves, so does our knowledge and how we practice. As the world changes, new and more job opportunities for dietitians in the field emerge. Who would have thought 10 years ago that there would be dietitians preparing athletes for the Olympics, running health initiatives at fast-food restaurants and convenience stores, or providing one-on-one counseling in major supermarket aisles across the country?
Q: What are some of your professional or career aspirations?
A: I’m 10 years into my career, and I still learn new things daily. Whenever that hasn’t been the case, I’ve embarked on my next chapter. My hope is that I’m always in a professional role that inspires and challenges me to always continue learning and growing.
Q: How does your work with Eat Well Global impact the Latinx community?
A: Because our core work at Eat Well Global involves engaging health professionals, we impact the Latinx community in a number of areas. Whether we’re hiring Latinx dietitian speakers as subject-matter experts for the client events we host, counseling food companies to translate materials into Spanish for Latinx audiences, or brokering media partnerships with Latinx dietitian influencers on behalf of clients, we aim more than ever to amplify credible voices in the Latinx community and other underrepresented communities within our profession.
Q: In an ideal world, what would the role of RDs in the Latinx community look like?
A: I’d love to see more Latinx dietitians in the field emerge, serving not just Latinx populations in perhaps traditional patient care settings, but impacting diverse workforces and the population at large in leadership roles at major Fortune 500 companies. Regardless of the industry, employers have to keep their workforce healthy, and a large swath of major companies touch the food and health space in some way, so there’s certainly a role that dietitians can play in each of these spaces!
Q: What interested you in becoming a member of LAHIDAN?
A: As a Latina, in my career, I’ve unfortunately grown accustomed to being the only Latina in the room – whether it was my undergrad classroom, graduate program classroom, or the office environment at nearly every job I’ve held since graduation. I joined LAHIDAN because I wanted to connect with other Latin dietitians and build my network with fellow professionals that are doing great things in our profession.
Q: Do you have any advanced education or special training?
A: I have my master’s degree in Public Health, which I pursued after undergrad because I was really interested in the power of prevention and the various levers that could be pulled at every level (individual, societal, organizational, environmental) to improve health.