Maureen earned a degree in Dietetics from the University of Northern Colorado. She completed her Dietetic Internship through the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, a program with a special focus on diabetes education. She has also earned a Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
Maureen's primary professional focus is individual nutrition counseling and Medical Nutrition Therapy. She assists and encourages people who are looking to improve their overall health through changes in dietary habits. Maureen also has experience in helping people who struggle with eating disorders.
Before starting her own dietetics practice, Maureen was employed as the lead program dietitian at the Winchester Medical Center Bariatric Program. In that setting, she developed extensive experience with medical weight loss, post-bariatric surgery nutrition, and addressing disordered eating behaviors.
Maureen's experience also includes: Peninsula Regional Medical Center Diabetes Education Program, Atlantic General Hospital Diabetes Education Program, "Maintaining Active Citizens" Senior Centers, Culpeper Senior Nutrition Center, DaVita Dialysis Center, Holly Center (Developmental Disabilities), Worcester County Public Schools, and raising three children of her own.
Anyone can claim to be a "nutritionist." To be a Registered Dietitian requires:
-Earning a bachelor's degree with course work approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic's Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. Coursework typically includes food and nutrition sciences, foodservice systems management, business, economics, computer science, sociology, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology and chemistry.
-Completing an accredited, supervised practice program at a health-care facility, community agency or foodservice corporation.
-Passing a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
-Completing continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.
According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Registered Dietitians "provide a nutrition assessment, determine the nutrition diagnosis, determine and implement a nutrition intervention, and then in subsequent visits monitor and evaluate the patient’s progress. Nutrition education for disease prevention and nutrition counseling for chronic conditions provided over a series of visits are essential components of a comprehensive health care program."
Maureen Watts is listed at AllTherapist.com.