Healthy Networking


As a good healthcare provider, I know my strengths and my limitations.I know when to assist others in need of my services and I also know when to seek guidance and counsel from others.I listen and I learn from others around me and thrive when I am able to share my experience and knowledge along with absorbing and passing on the expertise of my peers.As a well-rounded practitioner, I require a network of strong professionals for my own and the benefit of my clients.

In my daily practice and livelihood, I follow the guidelines of holistic health.A whole person approach to health and wellness incorporates an ability to understand, share, and build upon one’s strengths and weaknesses.Each day, I listen attentively to all my clients and nutrition counseling becomes a “two-way street” where I learn from my client as he or she learns from me.I also constantly and actively seek the wisdom of experts to refine my own well-being and this wisdom eventually passes from me to my clients.

My network of resources, from chefs to trainers, doctors, web designers, writers, and even publicists has thus been built over the years from a holistic need to make myself, my practice, and my clients whole – to reinforce both strengths and weaknesses.In healthcare and livelihood, it is extremely important to understand not just your strengths, but your limitations, and to have a network from which to draw your resources.

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About The Author

Manuel Villacorta is a registered dietitian (RD) and certified specialist is sports dietetics (CSSD) with more than 16 years of experience. He was recently appointed national media spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, which identifies him as one of the United States’ leading weight loss and nutrition experts. Villacorta is the owner of San Francisco-based private practice MV Nutrition, the recipient of two consecutive “Best Bay Area Dietitian” awards (2009 and 2010) from the San Francisco Chronicle and Citysearch, and the creator of the Eating Free™ weight management program. Villacorta also developed MV Professional Nutrition (a software suite designed to assist RDs with their own private practices) and created (an international, Internet-based weight loss and weight management program). Villacorta is a compelling, charismatic communicator—a public speaker, who is often praised for making audiences feel, heard, motivated, and engaged. His warm, approachable style, alongside his strong bilingual proficiency in both English and Spanish, have made him an in-demand health and nutrition expert on both local and national television and radio, and in articles in print publications and online. Villacorta worked closely with Dr. Nancy L. Snyderman, chief medical editor of NBC News, to provide expert nutrition advice on a number of topics for the BeWell network. He is often invited to speak at annual state and national conventions such as The Oregon Dietetic Association (where he was the keynote speaker), and The American Dietetic Association (where he spoke to other dietitian professionals about his successful private practice). Villacorta has acted as a media representative for food companies such as Foster Farms (one of the largest chicken producers on the West Coast) as well as for such California statewide health campaigns as the “California Latino 5-A-Day Program” and “Got Milk.” Prior to setting up his private practice, Villacorta worked as a public health dietitian for California Children Services and the Prenatal to Three Initiative, where he offered prenatal, infant, and childhood nutrition consulting. He has worked as a clinical dietitian for Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco and has held a faculty position with the School of Nursing at the University of San Francisco. Villacorta received his bachelor of science in nutrition and physiology metabolism from the University of California, Berkeley, and his master of science in nutrition and food science from San Jose State University. He has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards for his research, including the Outstanding Master of Science Degree Award from San Jose State University’s Department of Nutrition and Food Science.

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