Bessie O'Connor

Bessie O'Connor, RDN

Bessie O’Connor, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, may serve Central California as a Community Nutrition Adviser, but she has experienced nutrition all over the world. Bessie has always been drawn to cultures different than her own, leading her to educational opportunities and work experiences in places such as Louisiana, Hawaii, Spain, Chile and beyond. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Hawaii and her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from the University of Northern Colorado. This combination of experiences allows her to build and manage regional relationships to facilitate the implementation of nutrition education in her community nutrition adviser role with Dairy Council of California.

Bessie has become a true advocate for identifying opportunities to increase nutrition education. “I am passionate about prevention and believe we have the power to improve the well-being of all Californians through nutrition education,” she says. Yet proper nutrition isn’t the only way she chooses to personally stay healthy. When Bessie is not working, she enjoys getting outside to run, hike, camp and spend time at the beach with her three rambunctious children.