We are happy to announce the launch of Dietitians For Professional Integrity’s Distinguished Dietitian recognition program.
In light of our concerns about how the RD credential is often represented, DFPI’s core group of team members thought it was equally important to acknowledge those dietitians whose work reflects integrity and a sustained commitment to health and wellness.
Today, we recognize Angie Tagtow, MS, RD:
RD Credential Received: 1996
Area(s) of Practice: Food and Water Systems, Public Health
Relevant Website/social media links:
- Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group
- Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition
- Iowa Food Systems Council
- Cultivate Iowa
Angie Tagtow currently serves as a Senior Fellow, Endowed Chair at the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture and the University of Minnesota and was a former Fellow with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy’s Food and Society Policy Fellows program. She operates Environmental Nutrition Solutions, LLC, a consulting firm aimed at leveraging partnerships and policies to build resilient and sustainable food and water systems that advance public health. She is the Co-founder of the Iowa Food Systems Council, Coordinator of the Iowa Food Access and Health Working Group and co-author of “Cultivating Resilience: A Food System Blueprint that Advances the Health of Iowans, Farms and Communities.”
Angie is the founder and managing editor of the Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, serves on the editorial board of Childhood Obesity, and is the project coordinator for a statewide food gardening campaign titled Cultivate Iowa. An international speaker on food systems and health, She has more than 20 years of experience working in public health nutrition and food system arenas. Currently, she is working with the Iowa Department of Public Health on integrating food systems constructs into public health practice as part of a Community Transformation Grant.
She co-chairs the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Standards of Professional Practice in Sustainable, Resilient and Healthy Food and Water Systems Work Group, is a past chair of the Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group and recently served as a Delegate on the Academy’s House of Delegates (HOD). Angie is a co-author of of the HOD report “Healthy Land, Healthy People: Building a Better Understanding of Sustainable Food Systems for Food and Nutrition Professionals” and co-producer of “Healthy Land, Healthy Food, Healthy Eaters – Dietitians Cultivating Sustainable Food Systems,” an online continuing education module for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Angie received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dietetics and a minor in chemistry from the University of Northern Iowa. She received a Master of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education from Iowa State University. In addition to fellowships, she has received several awards including Emerging Young Dietitian of the Year Award and an Outstanding Leadership Award from the Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group.
What does ‘professional integrity’ mean to you?
Several words, or characteristics, come to mind when I hear the words ‘professional integrity’ – words such as honest, genuine, and truthful. I also view professional integrity as a continual commitment to betterment, both personally and professionally, and a willingness to support others in their journeys to betterment.
What words of encouragement do you have for RDs-to-be looking to make a significant contribution to our profession?
I have always enjoyed working with students, interns and new dietetic professionals because they are at a point in their emerging careers that anything is possible – the world is their oyster and their eyes are wide open! As we become seasoned professionals, we need to continue to explore new opportunities, provide environments for thoughtful critical thinking about the profession and to take risks to ensure that we are passionate about the work we do. Define your passions, and create your practice that supports your passions.
Again, we extend our congratulations to Angie and thank her for her important work.
If you want to nominate a dietitian for a Distinguished Dietitian award, please email a nomination to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the email, please write one or two paragraphs explaining your nomination, and share any relevant materials (journal articles, blog posts, websites) you want taken into consideration. DFPI’s core group members will review all nominations and vote.