Congratulations to Janice Baker, selected as this month's Health Hero! As a professional dietician, Janice has made a successful career of helping people point their lives in the right direction through healthier eating decisions.
Q: What are your clients' favorite Extend Nutrition products and do you have a favorite of your own?
Any of the bars are their favorite because the bars travel so easily. When people are on the go this is a really great snack. I personally like the crisps!
Q: How do you stay involved in the community?
I have lived in Rancho Bernardo for close to 30 years and have volunteered with the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, Taking Control of Diabetes, American Cancer Society, and in local schools. I also work a lot with TCOYD and was the dietitian for Extreme Diabetes Makeover. I especially love working with my seniors who are a lot of fun!
Q: Do you have a special story about one of your clients that you would like to share?
Yes I work with several attorneys who have very erratic and long days. The Extend bars are very helpful for one attorney as he uses insulin and the Extend bars help keep his blood sugar more stable. He also exercises at the gym and has one after work and this helps reduce his chance of overnight lows. I try to keep them out of the danger zone and Extend helps to do that.
Q: Besides working as a dietician what do you do?
My career as an RD, CDE and CNSC is more than full time. I have a private practice, write for magazines and cookbooks, work with eating disorders, and appear on television and radio spots. Outside of this, I am a mom of 3; two boys ages 17 and 20, and a daughter who is 15. My husband of 27 years is an architect.
Q: What's the best part of your career?
I love seeing my clients realize that they have the power to influence their health and take control of their risks of diabetes complications. Everyone is coming from a different place and it is so important to listen to clients and not make assumptions about what they are or aren’t willing to do. Offering choices, support and acceptance go a long way. I also love connecting with my high school friends on Facebook and cheering them on towards a healthy lifestyle, since I was a cheerleader in high school. Now I do this in a whole different area, but it’s much the same. I enjoy giving people hope and helping them to smile even when they get scary news. I like to meet new people and never know what each day is going to be like and that makes it interesting!
We'd like to once again congratulate Janice on her selection as our November Health Hero and for taking the time to speak with us. Keep it up, Janice!