As a professional registered dietitian and nutritionist, I engage in social media for various reasons. Networking with other professionals in my field is key in staying abreast on current trends and also reinforcing solid truths. Social media has allowed me to be in contact with my peers by providing a forum to share our thoughts and experiences, ask each other questions, and introduce new topics of interest or concern. Through these interactions, I have a “bird’s-eye view” of global nutrition and healthcare without ever having to leave my office. In essence, social media is another arm of my practice where I learn valuable lessons from the success or trials of my peers along with today’s current health concerns.
As a small business owner, I also use social media to connect with the general population; a marketing tool where people can learn about my services and be informed on the latest nutrition topics. Hot debates on nutrition and health are a great way to interact with clients, friends, and even strangers without need for formal discussion or personal therapy sessions. Providing current or prospective clients with a place to express their thoughts, fears, and progress has been a powerful therapy tool in itself where all of a sudden, we are not alone, after all.
A support network helps to build myself and my practice. In current times, progress is based on connectivity and social media is connection without walls.
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