Our latest Distinguished Dietitian honoree is Reed Mangels, PhD, RD, LDN, FADA.
Learn more about Dr. Mangels and her work below.
RD Since: 1979
Area(s) of Practice: Education of Practitioners, Vegetarian Nutrition
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Brief professional bio:
Reed Mangels is a Nutrition Advisor for the non-profit, educational Vegetarian Resource Group as well as nutrition editor and a regular columnist for the quarterly publication, Vegetarian Journal. She is a co-author of The Dietitian’s Guide to Vegetarian Diets (2nd and 3rd editions) and of the American Dietetic Association’s 2009 and 2003 position papers on vegetarian diets. She has served as Chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group and as editor of this group’s newsletter, Vegetarian Nutrition Update. Reed has authored several books for the public including The Everything Guide to Vegetarian Pregnancy and Simply Vegan. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Nutrition Department of the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
What does ‘professional integrity’ mean to you?
Merriam-Webster defines integrity as “the quality of being honest and fair… incorruptibility.” I think this can easily be applied to a professional who should be honest and fair in all dealings, and incorruptible. I practice in two areas, primarily: vegetarian nutrition and education. As someone with a strong interest in vegetarian nutrition, professional integrity requires me to look carefully at the science and to recognize my potential biases. I try to look at all sides of an issue and to critically evaluate scientific research. It is also my responsibility as a professional to stay current and up-to-date in my area of expertise. As an educator, I must also stay current, must help my students develop a breadth and depth of knowledge, and must be fair in my dealings.
What words of encouragement do you have for RDs-to-be looking to make a significant contribution to our profession?
The most important thing is to step up. Don’t wait to be asked – offer to take on projects, actively support groups whose ideas and values mesh with your own (and if they don’t exist, start a group). Be prepared to do your research. Use reliable, current sources as a basis for your statements. Think critically but be willing to listen to others’ ideas. Network – use your contacts and don’t forget to help others.
Again, we extend our congratulations to Reed and thank her for her important work and for representing the RD credential in such a positive light.