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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

HRC's Crystal Woods honored as local Outstanding Dietitian of the Year

Crystal WoodsKINGSPORT, Tenn. – Crystal (West) Woods, dietitian with the Health Resources Center for Mountain States, has been honored again. She was named Outstanding Dietitian of the Year by the Tri-Cities Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


The Outstanding Dietitian of the Year Award recognizes the commitment to excellence made by an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the profession.

Woods, MS, RDN, LDN, was previously honored as the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


Crystal said she firmly believes in a “no one size fits all” approach and the importance of having a healthy relationship with food. She is inspired by how food choices not only impact long-term health, but also our daily functioning, mood, energy levels and so much more.


“Whether I’m working with people during a cooking demonstration, outreach event, or counseling one-on-one, it’s an opportunity to make a direct impact on their health and wellness,” she said. “Working in the community as a RDN has been so rewarding and humbling. The gratitude and appreciation from those I’ve encountered is what motivates me to help others make healthier choices that will give them a better quality of life.”


Crystal, who is president-elect for the Tri-Cities Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, has worked in both clinical and community education settings and has experience with various chronic diseases and ailments. She received her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from East Tennessee State University, Master of Science in Dietetic Administration from the University of Kentucky, and completed her dietetic internship all around the state of Kentucky.


“Crystal is an energetic teacher filled with creative ways to reach our community with the message of the important role food plays in health,” said Laurel McKinney, manager of the HRC. “Under Crystal’s guidance, the nutrition education component of the HRC has grown tremendously.”