Consumers have a right to know and this right extends to affiliations between health professionals and other organizations. There is currently a flood of criticism about dietitians due to associations with food industry or other organizations. It calls into question if there is a conflict of interest or bias. Conflict of interest is a sticky subject and even an apparent conflict (the appearance of potential bias even when there is no bias) can be damaging to a health professional’s reputation.
Dietitians have a Code of Ethics for their profession. Alexia follows this Code of Ethics. She values her reputation and believes in transparency. This is why she has chosen to fully disclose any potential or apparent conflicts of interest on this page.
Alexia’s opinions are based on her professional judgement, a review of the scientific evidence, and what she has seen firsthand in her experience working with clients. She chooses to associate herself only with organizations and products that she believes in. This means that they either:
(1) Can be included as part of a diet that is beneficial for heart health
(2) Promote evidence-based nutrition (based on research, not testimonials or endorsements)
(3) Are products that she uses or are causes that she supports
Affiliations and Disclosures
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Professional Nutrition Associations
Alexia has been a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics since 2010. She is also a member of the state-level Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the local district-level Jacksonville Dietetic Association.
Alexia has been active with the Jacksonville Dietetic Association holding roles as President (2012-2013) and Publications Committee Chairperson (2009-2010 and 2011-2012) and was awarded the Outstanding Dietitian of the Year award for 2012. She will be the Consumer Protection Coordinator for the Florida Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics for the 2014-2015 year.
RDs for Disclosure
Alexia has taken the pledge with RDs for Disclosure, “a peer-enacted community of registered dietitians expressing their commitment for full disclosure in all forms of media and online communications.” You can review the pledge by clicking on the picture below.
Nutrition Blog Network
Alexia is proud to be a member of the Nutrition Blog Network. This is a network of blogs written by dietitians. There is no compensation or required topics. The Network provides publicity for blogs written by registered dietitians.
Florida Dairy Farmers
Alexia is a Third Party Speaker/Advocate for the Florida Dairy Farmers. In exchange for media training, Alexia has agreed to write one blog that promotes dairy. In addition, Alexia may be called upon to speak to the media, at conferences, or other events. In these cases, the Florida Dairy Farmers provides materials, props, and compensation. The Florida Dairy Farmers does not have editorial control over Alexia’s professional opinion and judgment. All statements made by Alexia will be in accordance with the current body of evidence regarding dairy foods and their effects on health as well as sustainable farming and agriculture practices.
Cabot Creamery Cooperative
Alexia works with Cabot Creamery Cooperative promoting their products – cheese, yogurt, butter, and other dairy foods – at vendor booths for events such as art fairs, home shows, music events, and races. This is a work-for-hire relationship and Alexia is paid for these promotional efforts when she is working a vendor booth for Cabot. Cabot does not have any editorial control over Alexia’s professional opinion and judgment. All statements made by Alexia will be in accordance with the current body of evidence regarding dairy foods and their effects on health as well as sustainable farming and agriculture practices.