Monday, January 24, 2011

Lorena Drago, MS, RD, CDN, CDE
Nutrition Expert

My next stop on my Dietitian journey through the Internet brings me to the
Hispanic Foodways and Lorena Drago, MS, RD, CDN, CDE

"Food is not just nourishment, it's part of culture.
It helps people celebrate, mourn and mark life's important moments."
- Lorena Drago, MS, RD, CDN, CDE

Lorena Drago is a registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator, author and consultant. She is senior associate director of Ambulatory Care Nutrition Programs at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx and maintains her own private practice.

Lorena is the owner of Hispanic Foodways, which specializes in the multicultural aspects of diabetes self-management education, creating culturally and ethnically-oriented nutrition and diabetes education materials. She is the author of Beyond Rice and Beans: Caribbean Latino Guide to Eating Healthy with Diabetes and a contributing author and co-editor of Cultural Food Practices and Diabetes.

Lorena has appeared on several TV shows speaking about diabetes management, including The Early Show, CNBC's dLife TV and New York’s “ Diálogo con Glenis” a live Spanish community cable show, where she discusses nutrition and diabetes, topics especially relevant to the Latin community of the Bronx.

Lorena served on the American Association of Diabetes Educators board of directors and volunteered as a nominating committee chair of the Member Interest Group Latinos and Hispanics in Dietetics and Nutrition; chair of the American Diabetes Association Latino Committee and as past president of the Metropolitan New York Association of Diabetes Educators in 2004.

Drago graduated from Hunter College of the City University of New York with a Masters of Science degree in Food and Nutrition, and received her BA in Home Economics, Food and Nutrition from Queens College.

AADE 2009 - Lorena Drago
Interviewed by Hope Warshaw

Summary: Beyond Rice and Beans: Caribbean Latino Guide to Eating Healthy with Diabetes. Written in Spanish and English, the book features new food pyramids and menu plans specifically designed for the Latin American palate from all over the Caribbean. It is a great resource for dietitians and people who want to manage their diabetes but don't want to sacrifice cultural identity. The book shows Latin Americans with diabetes how they can easily design meals that fit into a healthy lifestyle without giving up taste or familiar staples. Included are a Latin American food dictionary, advice on handling holiday meals and how to decipher Spanish food labels.

To learn more about Lorena Drago and the Hispanic Foodways visit the following links:
Websites. Hispanic Foodways; Lorena Drago
Facebook. Hispanic Foodways
LinkedIn. Lorena Drago
Twitter. @lorenadrago

Thank you for joining me. Dietitians and Dietetic Associations Worldwide have provided me an opportunity to explore numerous specialties, cultural diversities, advances in research, legislative news, current events, ADA campaigns and creative new recipes.

Until next time, have a healthy journey.
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