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Ask A Nutritionist: Meet Bessie O'Connor, RDN

By: Bessie O'Connor, RDN

  • Wednesday, March 17, 2021
  • Minute Read   

Bessie O’Connor is a registered dietitian nutritionist and a community nutrition adviser at Dairy Council of California, a quasi-state nutrition education organization. As a community nutrition adviser, Bessie works directly with local schools and communities to educate students and families, providing free nutrition education resources and trainings, as well as supporting consumption of healthy foods and food access programs. 

Bessie fell in love with dietetics during her studies in anthropology, where she learned about culture shapes societies and behavior, especially around food. She completed her B.A. in anthropology and continued her education, earning a second degree in dietetics. By the time she completed her dietetic internship at the University of Colorado, Bessie knew she had found her passion. 

As a mother of three children, Bessie understands first-hand the challenges parents experience in making sure their kids are eating healthfully. Establishing a healthy eating pattern can be difficult, but by breaking it down into daily food choices and reinforcing healthy behaviors in multiple settings, Bessie believes greater impacts can be achieved.

Stay up-to-date and tune in to watch future episodes of Bessie, a registered dietitian nutritionist, community advocate and mother, address different nutrition topics.

Visit the Community Nutrition Adviser page for more information on Community Nutrition Advisers in your area and how you can partner with school and community leaders to elevate the health of children and families.

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Ask a Nutritionist is an educational video series developed by Dairy Council of California and hosted by registered dietitian nutritionists for educational and informational purposes only. It does not provide individualized nutrition advice and is not intended to be a substitute for recommendations made by your doctor, registered dietitian nutritionist or other health professional. Always seek the guidance of your health care professionals for any specific questions you may have regarding your health or medical condition. If you wish to seek clarification,  please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Bessie O'Connor, RDN

Bessie O'Connor, RDN

Bessie is a practicing Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and the Community Nutrition Adviser for California’s Central Coast region.

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