Erin Good RD, LD
A few facts about myself :
How did you become interested in dietetics?
As a 4-year Waukee High School Varsity cheerleader we were required to work out at the YMCA 2-3x/wk in addition to scheduled team practices; as my interest for exercising grew, so did my love of nutrition & fueling my body. My Freshman year advisor at ISU, Anne Oldham, was so passionate about the profession and I became hooked instantly.. joined a Food Science Human Nutrition learning community Freshman year which helped me feel comfortable in choosing dietetics as my major right as I became my college journey.
What do you enjoy most about being a dietitian?
I really enjoy being able to work with such a wide audience.. children, elderly, athletes, those just starting a healthy lifestyle change. Being a dietitian has turned me into a major foodie! I love learning about new food products, tasting the latest plant-based water or high protein food product.. it makes healthy eating fun & Getting to do a wide variety of things makes my job never boring! Cooking classes, biometric screenings, nutrition presentations, schools, etc.
Do you have any advice for others who want to be successful in the dietetics field?
Do you have any advice for others who want to be successful in the dietetics field? Be self- motivated, self-directed and a self-learner. Obtain as much job experience as you can in as many of the areas of dietetics as you can (community, food service, clinical, sports nutrition, etc.). Make the most of your undergrad and dietetic internship years.. you’ll form lasting strong relationships with colleagues forever which is a really great thing. “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink. My job is to make him thirsty!”
What do you enjoy most about your career?
Long-lasting customer relationships. I love hearing from my previous clients who once struggled with weight now finding success with a new food/exercise program and healthier lifestyle that I coached them on. Career as an RD with Hy-Vee, I have the best teaching tools at my fingertips! Fresh produce, real food products to look at the label, ingredient list, etc.