March 2020 Issue
By Lindsey Getz
Vol. 22, No. 3, P. 26
Today’s Dietitian’s 11th Annual Showcase of 10 RDs Who Are Making a Difference
The impact dietitians have in their businesses, workplaces, communities, and the world is nothing short of astounding. And yet, there are only so many opportunities Today’s Dietitian has in its pages each month to spotlight their amazing work. That’s why we ask our readers each year, in honor of National Nutrition Month® and Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Day, to nominate colleagues whom they believe go above and beyond the call of duty to make a lasting difference in the dietetics profession.
Every year, it’s increasingly difficult to choose the final 10 winners among the hundreds of nominations we receive. There are so many RDs doing great work, and we commend you all for your tireless efforts.
Profiles of our TD10 winners who have demonstrated excellence and were voted as standing above the rest in dietetics are featured on the following pages. They’re making a significant difference in public health, renal nutrition, dietetic diversity, childhood and maternal nutrition, and other specialties. We invite you to read their inspiring stories on how they’re advancing the dietetics field and leaving an indelible mark on health care’s future.
Elaine Magee, MPH, RD
Wellness Services Corporate Dietitian for Albertsons Companies
Elaine Magee is an award-winner who’s received accolades for her work in academia, sports nutrition, media, and retail.
In her substantial and varied dietetics career, she has served as the wellness and performance dietitian for Stanford University, consulted for the National Football League’s Oakland Raiders, and served as a nutrition expert and one of the top bloggers for WebMD.com. While at Stanford, Magee helped install the first gluten-free micro-kitchen at any university.
Today, she’s a corporate dietitian with the Boise, Idaho–based Albertsons Companies and is continuing her media work. She recently turned her past syndicated column, The Recipe Doctor, into an Instagram page of the same name (@therecipedoctor). She is the chief nutritionist on the largest local morning radio show in the country with more than 100,000 listeners, a sought-after speaker, and an author of 25 published books.
Within months of being hired at Albertsons, Magee was responsible for developing the RD Network, which comprises up to 50 dietitians who can provide nutrition assistance to shoppers in the form of demonstrations and tours. Magee also has developed and manages several wellness programs with annual funding of more than $600,000 from sponsors. This includes the Healthy Aging Cooking and Tasting class, which received the Progressive Grocers Innovation Award in 2018.
In addition, her redesigned Eating Healthy With Diabetes Tour received the 2018 FMI Community Outreach Award. And her Kid-Approved Meals for the Whole Family programming received the 2018 FMI Foundation Gold Plate Award Honorable Mention. She also was awarded the 2019 Emerging Champion of Change from Winsight Grocery Business and the Global Market Development Center.
In her role at Albertsons, Magee also leans heavily on her media skills. She develops food messaging and has produced more than 200 recipes for Albertsons. She also dabbles in food photography.
Magee says that, in every single effort she’s involved with, her focus is on engaging people in fun and memorable ways. She wants her content and her messaging to be user friendly.
“After all, my belief is that healthful food won’t do people any good if they’re not eating it,” she says. “It has to taste great and be easy to make. That’s always my philosophy when developing programming, recipes, or any other content.”