Christy Wilson is a Registered Dietitian with a passion to help her clients achieve optimal health. At heart, she is a teacher who brings clients into her office or kitchen and educates them on how to take better care of themselves by eating healthy food. Translating complicated nutritional science into simple language and useful tips, Christy’s mission is helping clients succeed in gaining control over their health one bite at a time. From deciphering food labels at the grocery store, choosing the healthiest menu item at a restaurant, to making a nutritious meal for your family, Christy’s advice will always lead you in the right direction.
Since 1997, Christy has been spreading the word of nutrition, health and wellness to clients in Arizona, Texas and New York. She has worked in the inpatient and outpatient clinical settings, community health arena and non-profit sector. Whether you meet with her individually, in a group setting or in a kitchen where she’s showing you how to prepare a deliciously healthy meal, meeting Christy will be an experience you won’t soon forget.
Growing up in the border town of Nogales, Arizona I was always surrounded by family, friends and food. Each has equally influenced what I do today.
My interest in nutrition came gradually while taking undergraduate courses at the University of Arizona in Tucson. After taking my first nutrition class, all I wanted to do was learn more and spread the word about eating for health and wellness. During my post-graduate internship at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, I worked in kitchens and clinics across the metroplex. Once landing my first job as a Registered Dietitian with Parkland Hospital’s Community Oriented Primary Care Clinic in East Dallas, I had the opportunity to counsel patients of all ages, both individually and in group classes.
As a volunteer with Share Our Strength non-profit organization, I co-taught a series of cooking and nutrition classes with a chef…and the light bulb went off! What better way to teach people about nutrition than in a hands-on cooking class? We showed families how to choose, shop and cook healthy food. While working in New York City at Iris House, Inc., I taught similar nutrition-focused bilingual cooking classes.
From these experiences, I developed similar combination nutrition cooking classes offered through Pima Community College and currently at El Rio Community Health Center, Special Immunology Associates serving the Tucson and Southern Arizona HIV community. I also worked with American Veterans for 11 years at the Southern Arizona VA Hospital and at their Northwest Community Based Outpatient Primary Care clinic. I recently began working with the University of Arizona’s Life Work Communications employee wellness program.
Writing about food and nutrition in print media has been an experience I’ve enjoyed exploring. Frustrated with the abundance of false nutrition information being spread among the media, I began pitching articles to editors with the angle that the best source of credible nutrition advice is from an expert in the field: a Registered Dietitian.
To me, eating well has never meant abandoning taste or depriving myself of favorite foods. Instead, it has taken me on a journey in learning how to enhance the flavors of naturally good-for-me food. It’s a process I’ve enjoyed exploring and continue to learn about everyday.
In today’s world of fast food and fast eating, it’s easy to get swept into unhealthy habits that eventually promote health problems. But with helpful guidance from a trained professional, I believe eating whole, fresh, flavorful foods can be simple and is key to gaining ultimate control over our health for a lifetime.
Organizations I’ve Worked With
University of Arizona
United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona
Share our Strength’s Cooking Matters
Marana Parks & Recreation
Native Images/National Native Americans AIDS Prevention Center
Carondelet St. Mary’s Hosptial
Community Foundation for Southern Arizona
Southern Arizona Aids Foundation (SAAF)
El Rio Community Health Center
Pima Community College, Community Campus
Wheat Foods Council
Brown Mackie College
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly known as American Dietetic Association)
Membership to the following Academy Dietetic Practice Groups:
Food & Culinary Professionals
Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition
Diabetes Care & Education
Arizona Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Southern Arizona Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
2003-2004 Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award Recipient
(Arizona Dietetic Association)