I do see that there will be a lot more opportunities in areas that we would have never dreamt of but as a profession we need to be open to jump at them. It might not be straight forward, but it’s up to us to jump for those opportunities because we can shape what they want them to be.”Mariette Abrahams, PhD, RD
Mariette Abrahams, the founder of Qina and the Digital Nutrition Academy, joins Sarah on the podcast this week to discuss technology in nutrition and dietetics. Mariette’s career has taken her all over the world and has included experience across multiple fields of dietetics before she found her passion for personalized and digital nutrition. Now, Mariette is a consultant and entrepreneur with a passion for bringing technology literacy into the dietetics field.
Mariette grew up in an active and health-focused household, and was led to dietetics by a high school guidance counselor. She moved to South Africa to pursue her dietetics education, and entered the field in food services after graduation. Mariette worked in pharmacy and in the ICU before realizing she wanted to expand her skillset and decided to get her MBA. She went on to work on management and in product development before moving to Portugal and discovering personal nutrition.
Mariette knew she had found her calling in personal nutrition, but also knew the industry needed time to grow, so she decided to get her PhD. After completing her doctorate, Mariette started her consultant company, Qina, and has since launched the Digital Nutrition Academy. Mariette discusses the tools currently available to dietitians, and explains why digital literacy is so important within the dietetics field.
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