Terri Raymond has worked in dietetics and business for over 35 years. Today she owns and operates her own consulting business which focuses on improving the nutritional health and well-being of the aging population, employing over 30 registered dietitian nutritionists in long-term and sub-acute care facilities. A native to Washington, she has a passion not only for food but real local food. When she isn’t cooking, baking, or reading up on the healing power of nutrition, Terri enjoys getting out in the great Washington outdoors, serving on Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics leadership boards and mentoring students in the nutrition profession.
Our interview with Terri:
How did you get connected to the Dairy Council board? What inspired you to accept the position?
“I joyfully accepted the position nearly 12 years ago. I had just completed a term for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics delegate position, and I looked forward to working with the WA Dairy Council Team. For one, helping spread the local dairy message is so important to me and for my home state. My grandparents farmed in the Bellingham area when I was growing up, and I know what hard work goes into providing such a nutrient-rich product to the public. Second, I have always valued that the Dairy Council looks beyond nutrition; this team is committed to connecting all players—school administration and public education teachers, health professionals, you name it. Health is not just limited to our profession, and this team knows that."
What nutrition topic do you believe is most important today?
“The field of nutrition is so exciting. Nutrition is more than just health therapy; nutrition touches every aspect of our lives. There are so many opportunities available from farm to the plate and through the entire lifecycle, and I believe there are great things happening with nutrition expanding through all aspects of life.”
If you weren’t a dietitian, what would be your second best dream career?
“Perhaps something in the culinary world. No matter what, my career was bound to be with food. I started cooking at a very early age, my parents both worked and preparing food became not just a skill I needed, but a true passion. Food science is one of my absolute favorite topics, and incorporating nutrition into preparing foods would be such a rewarding career.”
What’s Your Favorite Dairy Food?
“Yogurt! I really enjoy trying all kinds. Icelandic has been a favorite lately, or cream on top. I’ve loved non-homogenized yogurt since I was a little kid.”
What advice you would share with a nutrition student?
“I truly believe that students who are exposed to the most areas of nutrition are the best dietitians. I always encourage students to ask a million questions, go to local meetings, not to be shy, to get involved, job shadow, and expose yourself to the people and places where you find your passion. I personally love the opportunity to mentor students; getting to tell my nutrition story re-ignites my excitement about my work.”
What’s your favorite part of working as a dietitian and serving on our WA Dairy Council Board?
“It all about the people. In business, retail or farming, you have to know what everyone does. You need to have an awareness about the roles of the people around you to connect, communicate, and collaborate. And it’s through these connections that the best and most rewarding work gets done.”
Thank you Terri, for 12 years of leadership, service and support for nutrition education with the Washington State Dairy Council.