Laura Thomas, MED, RD, LD, FAND shares her expertise in nutrition, nutrition education, and school and childcare nutrition programs through developing creative resources, trainings, recipe and menus, and delicious food. She works throughout the nation bringing solutions to clients – her job is to make your job easier!
She approaches work like she approaches making her favorite dessert – homemade lemon pie.
Start with quality ingredients (fresh lemons)
Take time on the steps that require technique (don’t overwork the crust)
Measure and carefully balance ingredients and flavors (zest the lemon peel in fine strips)
Check for quality measures (beat the meringue enough but not too much)
Serve and savor the results – be ready for enthusiasts to ask for seconds!
- Registered Dietitian 661527, Licensed Dietitian in Idaho D-128
- Healthy Edge Trainer, School Nutrition Association, 2007- 2014
- MEd, Vocation Education (emphasis on Adult Education); University of Idaho; Moscow, ID, May 1995
- BS, Home Economics, Foods and Nutrition Emphasis, Coordinated Consortium Undergraduate Program in Dietetics Summa cum Laude; University of Idaho; Moscow, ID, May 1983
Honors and Recognition
National and State Honors and Recognition for professional activities and creation of innovative nutrition education resources include: the Dannon Institute; Nutrition Education for the Public DPG, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics*; Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior**; Idaho affiliate of/and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics*; Idaho Association of Family and Consumer Sciences; Margaret Ritchie School of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Idaho, Moscow; Who’s Who of American Women and Who’s Who in the West.
Membership and Leadership
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics*, Idaho Affiliate and Dietetic Practice Groups: Dietitians in Business and Communications, Food and Culinary Professionals, Nutrition Education for the Public, SCAN, and School Nutrition Services; Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior; School Nutrition Association and Idaho Affiliate. A few of her leadership roles includes state president and media representation for Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics*, Webinar chair, Secretary (2012-14) and EC board member, Food and Culinary Professionals; Newsletter editor (2015-2018) and EC board member, School Nutrition Services; and Nominating committee chair and EC board member, Nutrition Education for the Public; Reviewer – Kids Eat Right Campaign Healthy Cooking Toolkit; Advisory committee member University of Idaho Coordinated Program in Dietetics (2006- present). Laura was awarded Fellow status with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2014.
*formerly American Dietetic Association **formerly Society for Nutrition Education