Ask Leah! The Ingles Dietitian

Sponsored: Meet Leah McGrath, Ingles corporate dietitian

ingles dietitianWhat sort of training or degrees do you have?

I have two undergraduate degrees, a B.A. in Speech Communications from West Chester University and a B.S in Human Nutrition from the University of Maryland and I have done some work towards a Master's in Marketing.

To become a registered dietitian I also completed a dietetic internship - I did mine with the U.S. Army at Walter Reed in Washington D.C. I also passed a national board exam to become a registered dietitian and complete annual continuing education to keep my certification. Over the years I've had special training in food safety certification, cooking, as well as wellness and health promotion. 

How long have you been the dietitian for Ingles and what experience did you have before working for Ingles?

I was an officer and dietitian in the U.S Army for four years on active duty. After resigning my active duty commission I worked in public health in South Carolina for a little over a year as a WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Director in the Low Country Health District. I have been working with Ingles for the past 14 years!

What sort of things does a dietitian for a supermarket do? 

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I do a lot of writing for various publications and my blog (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). I usually appear on television once or twice a month on WLOS in Asheville or WSPA or WYFF in Greenville. I plan and participate in various wellness events like Gluten Free Expos. I host a weekly radio program, "Ingles Information Aisle" on WWNC 570am (part of the iheart Radio network). I'm very involved with social media and can be found on Twitter as @InglesDietitian and on Facebook. My job also involves a lot of work with our customers, doing things like answering questions that come in by phone or e-mail, doing talks and presentations and store tours. 

How can people get in touch with you? 

They can write to me through the Ingles website (www.ingles-markets.com/ask_leah/ ), call me 800-334-4936 or use twitter @InglesDietitian or Facebook (Leah McGrath Dietitian https://www.facebook.com/LeahMcGrathDietitian) to reach me.

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