Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD
My name is Maryann Jacobsen and I’m the blogger behind Raise Healthy Eaters. I have over 16 years of experience as a registered dietitian, working in many capacities from outpatient nutrition counselor to corporate dietitian to freelance writer. I have worked with every stage of life — children, adults and the elderly. I consider myself a “family nutrition expert” because I understand each stage of development and consider them all to be closely linked.
Before delving into child nutrition, I worked at nursing homes, hospitals and counseled adults in improving their eating habits. I learned quickly that people’s eating habits are shaped early on, not just with what they were fed but how. When I had kids of my own in 2006, preventing eating problems was foremost on my mind because I knew firsthand how difficult it can be to change habits, beliefs and lifestyles later in life.
I discovered my love for writing upon entering the corporate world later in my career and knew almost instantly that I wanted to combine my two loves — nutrition and writing — to help people. My posts don’t just spout off my opinions, but dig into research to get to the truth and offer insight from leading experts in the nutrition field.
As far as education goes, I have a 4-year degree in nutrition from San Diego State University and I completed my internship at Touro Infirmary in New Orleans to become a Registered Dietitian (RD). I later completed my Master’s in Nutrition at the University of New Haven.
You can find more of my work at WebMD where I regularly blog and offer Expert Answers. I’ve also written for CookingLight.com, My Recipes and many popular blogs. My first book, which I coauthored with Jill Castle, MS, RD, Fearless Feeding: How to Raise Healthy Eaters from High Chair to High School, came out in April 2013. I am also a nutrition advisor for SchoolMenu and teach classes on infant and toddler nutrition at the Parent Connection in San Diego.
If you have questions, drop me a line. I like helping parents find solutions to their feeding challenges. My book is also a great resource and both Fearless Feeding and Raise Healthy Eaters are on Facebook for you to “like.”
For more of the juicy details on my experience, see this formal bio on WebMD. Thanks for stopping by!