An Interview with School Dietitian Alexis Beltran

Alexis Beltran received her BS in Foods and Nutrition from San Diego State University in 2014. In 2015, she completed a distance dietetic internship through Utah State University, where she later returned for a master’s in Dietetics Administration. Alexis currently works as a Registered Dietitian for the Chula Vista Elementary School District, the largest K-6 school district in California, where she serves a diverse population of nearly 30,000 students. I spoke with Alexis about the unique challenges and opportunities of a career in school nutrition.

Have you always been interested in foods and nutrition? What inspired you to consider a career in this field?

I wasn’t always interested in foods and nutrition. I always knew I wanted to do something in the health/medical field but never really considered nutrition until I took my first nutrition class at a community college. At the time, I was taking prerequisite classes for a nursing program and the nutrition class was one of the required classes. I ended up enjoying nutrition a lot more and decided to go that route. I realized I wanted to help people prevent illnesses by educating them how to eat healthier and feed their body properly instead of having to help them after they were sick. I chose to work in child nutrition because it gave me the opportunity to educate children early and introduce them to different fruit and vegetables they might not get at home. My passion is feeding students in need and feeding them the most nutritious meals I can within a budget. Continue reading “An Interview with School Dietitian Alexis Beltran”