Integrative IDEAs in Dietetics

Integrative IDEAs in Dietetics

This podcast is produced by the Committee of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access through the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine (DIFM) practice group with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Join us to explore a range of whole food therapies and mind body modalities within different settings and cultures, and to celebrate the ways that our diversity in practice and perspective makes us stronger.


May 1, 2023 69 mins

Lorena Drago, MS, RD, CDN, CDE, is a registered dietitian, consultant and certified diabetes care and education specialist. In this episode, she discusses how her career developed to fill a void in providing culturally-sensitive nutrition care for Hispanic individuals. 



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Pamela Malo, MHS, RD, KYT speaks with us about her mind-body approach to nutrition, and provides guidance for creating your own personal professional path. 



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Aminah Ghaffar joins us to discuss the value of indigenous and knowledge-based healing traditions within the Native American community, sharing strategies for how to learn from indigenous knowledge while honoring the human source. 

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Pushpa Soundararajan, RDN, LDN, MBA, AP, CYI discusses how Ayurvedic principles shape her perspectives and practice as a Registered Dietitian. 

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Episode Summary

Sumiya Khan, MS, RD discusses how exposure to a diversity of cultural food practices have shaped her professional viewpoints, provides insight into Sanctuary Kitchen, and speaks to the role of storytelling and sharing meals in creating human connection.  


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