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03/12/20

From Our Dietitians: An RDN’s Role at SAGE

Nutrition

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Registered Dietitian Nutritionists are food and nutrition experts who work in many settings, including healthcare, sports nutrition, corporate wellness, public health, education, research, and food-related businesses — including SAGE!


Did you know that there are four Dietitians working for SAGE? Our Dietitians specialize in food allergy management, eating disorder prevention, and nutrition education — and they use these skills to delight the senses, inspire minds, and foster community. Let’s take a look at the role of our Registered Dietitians.


In the Nutrition Department, safety is our top priority — especially when it comes to managing food allergies and preventing eating disorders. To ensure the safety of our communities, we train our Managers to increase awareness, take preventive measures, and establish action plans to keep students safe. Our dining halls should be safe, inclusive spaces where everyone can enjoy a meal. To achieve this, our Dietitians review each menu for allergy accommodation and appropriate allergen tagging, and we promote an All Foods Fit philosophy to cultivate a positive relationship with food.


SAGE’s various education programs reinforce this philosophy. Nutrition not only supports people physically but also uplifts social and cultural values. To embrace this broader definition of nutrition, keep an eye out for our educational programs and materials: Performance Spotlight™ (sports nutrition), Paquito’s® (authentic Latin cuisine), Pacific Thyme (authentic Asian cuisine), Vegitas® (plant-based cuisine), and Educational Seasonings (interactive monthly events with food-related lessons).


Our main educational program is The SAGE Spotlight Program®, which provides mealtime guidance based on nutrient density and the principles of variety, balance, and moderation. With this program, there’s space on the plate for all kinds of foods — again, All Foods Fit!


Our department works closely with our culinary team to develop and test creative, delicious, unique recipes for each community to enjoy every day. You’ll also find us diving into more detail on all things food and nutrition through blogs, social media, white papers, presentations, and conferences. Happy National Nutrition Month!

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