By: Tracy Mendez, RDN
Tracy Mendez is a registered dietitian nutritionist with more than a decade of nutrition education expertise. A strong advocate for children's health and nutrition education, Mendez believes that pairing nutrition education with access to nutritious foods equips children, families and the community with the knowledge and means to live healthfully through healthy eating habits. She is passionate about providing nutrition education that is culturally, socially and economically inclusive of all audiences, and believes that learning how to eat healthfully is an essential lifelong skill.
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Tracy Mendez, RDN
Tracy Mendez, RDN
Tracy Mendez, Nutrition Education Director, is a practicing registered dietitian nutritionist with expertise in advancing nutrition education.
For many children, school meals may be their best source of nutrient-dense foods due to the National School Lunch Program + School Breakfast Program.
Maintaining a healthy gut supports the immune system + overall health since it is affected by genetics, medications, the environment + nutrition.