THRIVE is an AIWA-SF April project dedicated to highlighting Armenians who are doing amazing things in their personal and professional lives to better themselves and those around them. These individuals are inspiring, dynamic, innovative and interesting. Today we feature Anet Piridzhanyan.
Name: Anet Piridzhanyan, MS, RDN || President – Los Angeles District (LAD) || California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (CAND)
Anet Piridzhanyan is a registered dietitian specializing in pediatric nutrition. She received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine, and her master’s degree in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics from California State University, Northridge. She completed her post graduate work as a dietetic intern at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), along with a nutrition fellowship for the California Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Interdisciplinary Training Program (CA LEND) at the USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (USC UCEDD) through CHLA. Anet specializes in feeding development therapy and childhood obesity working in both community and clinical settings at CHLA. Anet is also a nutrition consultant for the Garvey School District Head Start Preschools and California State University, Northridge. She currently serves as the President for the Los Angeles District of the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Executive Board.
Food plays an integral role in our lives. We eat when we celebrate, grieve, stress, socialize and heal. It is amazing the impact food can have on our body and mind, whether it be a positive or negative one. Anet studied food and nutrition because she loves to eat and was curious about the art and science of food. She became a dietitian because she wanted to learn how to help others feel better, to live healthier lives. With so much misinformation available around food and nutrition, it is often difficult for the public to make appropriate and healthful choices. This is why she became the President of LAD. She wanted to make a greater impact that went beyond her individual patients. She shares, “It takes a village, and it is our LAD village of dietetic professionals and students working together to promote optimal nutrition and health that has allowed us to make a difference in our communities. We make sure our profession is at the cutting edge of information, so they can provide the best care for their patients, clients and community members.”
Los Angeles District (LAD) of the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (CAND) represents the local professional organization of Registered Dietitians Nutritionists (RDNs), Diet Technicians-Registered (DTRs), dietetic interns, and nutrition students residing in Los Angeles County. The mission is to promote optimal nutrition and health for Californians by advocating for our members. LAD strives to provide members with opportunities to network, obtain Continuing Professional Education Units, volunteer in the community, and promote the dietetic profession.
The LAD will have their annual conference on April 14, 2018, to learn more and to purchase tickets, visit: https://www.dietitian.org/los-angeles/
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