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Juliana Draper, RDN, LD

I am Juliana Draper, RDN, LD. I am the Dietetic Internship Program Administrative Coordinator at Oakwood University and have worked in the Nutrition & Dietetics Department since January 2016. I became an Oakwood student in 2011 in Nutrition & Dietetics and became a registered dietitian in 2016.

I have had type 1 diabetes for the last 41 years and have been involved with community activities promoting diabetes awareness for the past 15 years. I have a special interest in providing nutrition counseling for carbohydrate counting, label reading, meal planning, stocking a healthy pantry and shopping smart at the grocery store.

I have lived in Madison County, Alabama all my life and have a wonderful husband of 24 years and a daughter who is 20 years old. Our family likes to spend time with family and play with our three dogs, Tynee, Brutus and Bandit.

I love the Oakwood family and look forward to speaking to the students and faculty about healthy choices.

FAQs

Questions and Answers about Calories from CDC website:

Q: I’ve heard it is more important to worry about carbohydrates than calories. Is this true?

A: By focusing only on carbohydrates, you can still eat too many calories. Also, if you reduce the variety of foods in your diet, you could exclude vital nutrients and not be able to stay on the diet over time.

Q: Does it matter how many calories I eat as long as I’m maintaining an active lifestyle?

A: While physical activity is a vital part of weight control, so is controlling the number of calories you eat. If you take in more calories than you use, you will still gain weight.

  1. What other factors besides diet and behavior contribute to overweight and obesity?

A: Environment and genetic factors may add to causes of overweight and obesity. For more information, see Other Factors in Weight Gain.

Schedule and Appointment

To Schedule an appointment, please call 256-726-7842.

Helpful Resources

CDC Website Links:

Healthy Eating Tips: https://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpao/features/national-nutrition-month/index.html

Healthy Weight: https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/index.html

Healthy Eating for a Healthy Weight: https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/healthy_eating/index.html

Finding a Balance: https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/calories/index.html

MyPlate:

Plan for Food Planning during Coronavirus pandemic: https://www.choosemyplate.gov/coronavirus

Choose a food group to explore: https://www.choosemyplate.gov/

ACADEMY OF NUTRITION & DIETETICS

EatRight Videos: https://www.eatright.org/videos

What a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Can Do for You

https://www.eatright.org/food/resources/learn-more-about-rdns/what-a-registered-dietitian-nutritionist-can-do-for-you

Improving Overall Health and Wellness:

https://www.eatright.org/food/resources/learn-more-about-rdns/improving-overall-health-and-wellness

 

Home Food Safety Videos:

How to wash fruits and vegetables:

https://www.eatright.org/homefoodsafety/multimedia/videos/how-to-wash-fruits-and-vegetables-video

Preparing foods with four easy steps:

https://www.eatright.org/homefoodsafety/multimedia/videos/preparing-foods-with-four-easy-steps-video

 

How to Prepare Foods and Recipes Videos:

https://www.eatright.org/food/planning-and-prep/cooking-tips-and-trends/caribbean-quinoa-salad

https://www.eatright.org/food/planning-and-prep/recipes/quick-smashed-oven-roasted-potatoes

https://www.eatright.org/food/planning-and-prep/cooking-tips-and-trends/cooking-dry-beans

https://www.eatright.org/food/planning-and-prep/cooking-tips-and-trends/peeling-squash

https://www.eatright.org/food/planning-and-prep/cooking-tips-and-trends/overnight-oats

https://www.eatright.org/food/planning-and-prep/cooking-tips-and-trends/peeling-a-tomato

https://www.eatright.org/food/planning-and-prep/cooking-tips-and-trends/toasting-nuts

https://www.eatright.org/food/planning-and-prep/cooking-tips-and-trends/broil-fish

https://www.eatright.org/food/planning-and-prep/cooking-tips-and-trends/cut-an-onion

https://www.eatright.org/food/planning-and-prep/cooking-tips-and-trends/cut-an-onion

https://www.eatright.org/food/planning-and-prep/cooking-tips-and-trends/strip-kale

https://www.eatright.org/food/planning-and-prep/recipes/healthy-chocolate-chip-cookie-dough-dip

https://www.eatright.org/food/planning-and-prep/recipes/high-five-salad

 

Vitamins and Supplements Video:

https://www.eatright.org/food/vitamins-and-supplements/nutrient-rich-foods/enjoy-the-taste-of-eating-right

 

ACADEMY OF NUTRITION AND DIETETICS: VEGETARIAN ARTICLES

Vegetarian Glossary of Terms:

https://www.eatright.org/food/nutrition/vegetarian-and-special-diets/vegetarian-glossary-of-terms

Building a Healthy Vegetarian Meal Myths and Facts:

https://www.eatright.org/food/nutrition/vegetarian-and-special-diets/building-a-healthy-vegetarian-meal-myths-and-facts

Vegetarianism the Basic Facts:

https://www.eatright.org/food/nutrition/vegetarian-and-special-diets/vegetarianism-the-basic-facts

Building Muscle on a Vegetarian Diet:

https://www.eatright.org/fitness/training-and-recovery/building-muscle/building-muscle-on-a-vegetarian-diet

What are B-Vitamins and Folate?

https://www.eatright.org/food/vitamins-and-supplements/types-of-vitamins-and-nutrients/what-are-b-vitamins-and-folate

Healthful Vegetarian Meal Ideas:

https://www.eatright.org/food/nutrition/vegetarian-and-special-diets/healthful-vegetarian-meal-ideas

Vegging Out Tips on Switching to a Meatless Diet:

https://www.eatright.org/food/nutrition/vegetarian-and-special-diets/vegging-out-tips-on-switching-to-a-meatless-diet

Food Sources of Important Nutrients for Vegetarians:

https://www.eatright.org/food/nutrition/vegetarian-and-special-diets/food-sources-of-important-nutrients-for-vegetarians

 

CDC WEBSITE LINKS for Diabetes, Pre-Diabetes and Obesity

Risk Factors for Diabetes:

https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/basics/risk-factors.html

What is Pre-Diabetes?

https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/basics/prediabetes.html

Reversing Pre-Diabetes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhOF3Kx8CEQ

Adult Obesity Facts:

https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html

Strategies to Prevent Obesity:

https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/strategies/index.html

 

National Institute of Health-

Take Charge Health Guide for Teenagers

https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/weight-management/take-charge-health-guide-teenagers

 

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