Mind-Body RD Meetup

Meeting Notes

Created by DIFM’s Mind-Body Therapies Chair, Pamela Malo, MHS, RDN


After our opening grounding exercise (thank you Kaitlyn!) we moved into breakout groups to discuss what mind-body practices RDs are currently using or want to use, and how this group can be most supportive for practitioners in this emerging area. Resources and volunteer opportunities listed and we closed with a visualization (thank you Christina!). Many attendees expressed how meaningful this was to connect with others and a desire to stay connected between meetings – see ‘NEXT STEPS’ below.

Attendees: 24

Registrants: 76

(Note: Meetings are not recorded but all registrants receive an email with the meeting notes)

Ways RDs are integrating mind-body therapies into dietetics

  • Offering yoga for women going through fertility treatment
  • Neuro-linguistic programming (similar to hypnosis) 
  • Reiki
  • TCM Herbal medicine and seasonal eating
  • Listening to brown noise to calm down when feeling anxious 
  • Teaching yoga
  • Teaching a wellness course 
  • Bring students to recreation center to practice, walk through a garden, connect
  • to nature, 
  • Practice box breathing and other breathing techniques 
  • Teaching a class on Ayurveda
  • Into Marma Therapy (which is like acupuncture)
  • Offering sound bath meditation classes in addition to seeing people in private practice
  • Incorporating breathing techniques, stress management, yoga stretches into women’s health, perinatal, postpartum, menopause

How can this group be of most service to you?

  • Have a collection of reviewed handouts with RD-reviewed resources on different modalities
  • Receive CEs for trainings (**Check out 
  • Creating symposium that draws in all voices to contribute in new ways of thinking 
  • Creating toolkit for how to do this work as a biz 
  • Learning how exactly to connect the work in functional medicine with dietitians to utilize it in a more diverse and high-touch way
  • Being a part of the community
  • MindBody modalities for diabetes education
  • As a place for career ideas/direction
  • To be a resource center
  • Connection/networking 
  • How to integrate MindBody practices into a nutrition setting
  • Learning what everyone is doing in their practice
  • Connection between research/efficacy of things like yoga, breathe work on health, resources like yoga alliance, learning what the possibilities are in this field



Whole Health Library Tools: https://www.va.gov/WHOLEHEALTHLIBRARY/tools/index.asp

Volunteer with us!

  • Developing group mission, vision & values
  • Writing or researching mind-body modalities to create handouts
  • Graphic design 
  • Misc backend admin

Please email Pamela (pamela@pamelmaalo.com) if you have 30 minutes or more a month to volunteer, and we will find a role that is a great fit.

When:  Jan 16, 2023 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (ET)