Progressive Nutrition is proud to offer the Careers in Nutrition 101. Less than four percent of Registered Dietitians in the country are African- American. According to the final report of the 2004 Sullivan Commission on Diversities Missing Persons: Minorities in the Health Professions, action must be taken to improve the diversity and cultural competence of health care workers. It is imperative that youth are exposed to health-related careers before they begin contemplating what path they will take post-secondary.
Rates of obesity and nutrition related chronic illness in African- American communities are on the rise nationwide. Needless to say, this trend is also true for African- American communities in Philadelphia. According to Felton et al., Registered Dietitians are the allied health professionals qualified to recommend dietary approaches to prevent such conditions, and when these diseases manifest, to prescribe medical nutrition therapy for treatment (2008). Additionally, a vast majority of the literature supports the notion that persons of color prefer to receive medical care from a healthcare professional of the same ethnicity. The Careers in Nutrition and Dietetics Initiative aims to stimulate an interest in African-American students in the field of nutrition and dietetics so that they might be interested in choosing a career in the field.
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