Robyn Flipse, Registered Dietitian and Cultural Anthropologist

Meet Health Goes Strong Writer Robyn Flipse

This blog was originally written during my 2 1/2 year tenure as a blogger for Health Goes Strong. The site was deactivated in July 2013, but you can read the original post here.


Some say timing is everything, and for me I would have to say that is true when it comes to my chosen profession.  I became a registered dietitian in the 1970s during the food revolution triggered by two books: Rachel Carson’s The Silent Spring and Adelle Davis’s Let’s Eat Right to Keep Fit. (Anyone who has a personal Woodstock story read them both.) Little did I know that what we eat would remain headline news throughout the rest of the 20th century and into the 21st !

My good timing lead to a career bringing diet and health information to a public whose appetite is never satisfied. I have provided hundreds of television, radio and print interviews; presented at international symposia; appeared in national media tours; and created Internet videos to meet the demand for more food and nutrition news.

Even after writing three books and a website column (that became my first blog once the word “blog” was invented), I still had more to say. Then along came the offer to become a blogger for Health Goes Strong in September 2011. I write as The Everyday Dietitian and hope to keep posting until everyone has had their fill!

What I Know Now That I Didn’t Know at 20

Without a doubt, I know that time is more valuable than money. Time is the universal equalizer, and the more of it you have the richer your life will be. In fact, everything I know about eating and exercise comes down to having enough time to put into practice. That is why all of my career decisions have been based on how to spend fewer hours working so I’ll have more time for living well.

Another under-appreciated nugget I learned later in life is that the shoes you wear will determine how fit you’ll be. There are literally millions of steps that go untaken when wearing fashionable, but impractical shoes. Once I figured that out, I never let my footwear keep me from climbing the stairs, parking on the perimeter, or dancing at a wedding. Modern technology is destined to make us all fat and sedentary, but you can fight back with a comfortable pair of shoes.

What I know About Eating That Most People Don’t

Nutrition information does not make people eat better. It just allows them to know more about what’s in their food and how it can affect their health.  Making the right food choices each and every day takes motivation (plus time, skill, and money). Finding your source of motivation to eat well is the key to overcoming all of the cultural distractions that have been blamed for making us fat and unhealthy. Government regulations can’t make unmotivated people eat right, just as seductive advertising can’t keep the motivated from doing so.

Some things I’ve written that you really should read.

Getting Motivated to Eat Right

Beware of Footwear That Can Make You Fat This Holiday Season 

Childhood Obesity: 5 Things Every Parent Should Know 

World’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals changes name after nearly 100 years

Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo Presents Cutting Edge Research to Over 6000 Nutrition Professionals

Dietitians attending Food & Nutrition Conference come away with new identity

I just returned from the 2011 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE) of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) where I spent four days attending presentations on the latest research in food and nutrition science, networking with professional colleagues and learning about new products in the marketplace. I have attended every one of these annual gatherings of registered dietitians and other nutrition professionals since 1974 and am always rewarded with cutting edge information and insight.

I am going to share some highlights from this year’s sessions in my next three blogs. One will be devoted to the best new products I discovered on the exhibit floor and another will be about the most interesting nutrition research studies presented. But in this blog I am going to share with you what was for me the biggest news of all.

The president of the American Dietetic Association announced at the Opening Session of FNCE 2011 that the Association was officially changing its name to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics!

The former ADA was founded in 1917 with the mission to help the government conserve food and improve the public’s health and nutrition during World War I. Since that time it has grown to be the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals with 72,000 members working in schools, hospitals, athletic programs, food services, public health centers, grocery stores and many other settings where people eat, make food decisions and need nutrition guidance.

The decision to change the name to the Academy of Nutrition Dietetics (AND) reflects the strong science background of the members since an academy is a society of learned persons organized to advance science. The inclusion of the term nutrition underscores the focus on wellness, prevention and treatment through better food and nutrition choices.

The word dietetics was retained in the new name because it continues to reflect the title of most of the members, whether a Registered Dietitian (RD) or Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR). These titles are earned by meeting and maintaining the standards for certification and credentialing of Commission on Dietetic Registration.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will have the same mission as the former American Dietetic Association, and that is to protect and advance the nutritional well-being of the public. To find out more about the former ADA/new AND, or to find a Registered Dietitian who can help you, go to