Message from the Program Director
It is an exciting time as the School of Health Professions begins a new program in Dietetics in San Antonio and The UT Health Science Center Regional Campus in Laredo. The need to create our program has been supported by the fact that many of the leading causes of death in Texas, particularly in areas near the border, and across our nation have a food and nutrition-related link. Dietetics professionals are instrumental in helping individuals improve their nutritional status and lifestyle practices; and in enhancing the services offered by communities—all leading to better health. The statistics on overweight and obesity are staggering, not only in our adult population but amongst our children. The risks for developing heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, cancer and other conditions are highly increased with obesity and sedentary lifestyles. The dietetics professionals are educated and trained in translating the science of food and nutrition to improve the well-being of people. Dietetics professionals study the science behind the research, and make recommendations to the public for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases and the promotion of better health. As professionals you will see dietitians working in wellness programs, schools, food service operations, hospitals, clinics, acute and long-term care facilities, and in public policy, education and research.
We welcome you to explore our web pages and gain more insights into the profession of dietetics. Nutrition and dietetics professionals can make an impact in the cost health care, addressing health disparities, improving the longevity and the well-being of many. The time is right to take action and make a difference in the lives of many as they struggle to improve their lifestyles and dietary choices. Join our program and school as we strive to inspire and empower people to create healthier communities.
Carmen R. Roman-Shriver, Ph.D., RD, LD