About Teresa

Teresa and Daughter, Megan
Teresa and Daughter, Megan

Dr. Teresa Wagner completed her Doctorate in Public Health at the University of North Texas (UNT) Health Science Center. Teresa also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics from Texas Christian University and a Master’s degree in nutrition from Texas Woman’s University. She is a registered and licensed dietitian and a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as well as the Texas Academy. Teresa has served her profession in many capacities for local dietetics associations and the Society for Nutrition Education. She has completed the Commission on Dietetic Registration Certificate of Training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management. She is Certified in Public Health and a Certified Community Health Worker (CHW) Instructor.

Teresa is a current spokesperson for the Texas Academy. Teresa previously received the Texas Academy “Media Award” for excellence in nutrition-based media and served on the Texas Academy Board as Director-At-Large for Communications. She is also a member of the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitian Association (CPSDA). While in school, she received an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Scholarship for a student in Public Health. She also received the Dean’s Scholarship for Continuing Students from UNTHSC. She most recently received the Texas Academy “Distinguished Scientist Award” for her work highlighting the registered dietitian in public health efforts.
Distinguished Scientist Award
Teresa is the Director of Health Literacy at the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas. She completed her doctoral residency at the University of Texas Center for Health Communication focusing on health literacy. She also has her own consulting business, Traveling RD Communications, serving clients in media, communications, sports nutrition and special projects contracting with food processors as well as healthcare. She recently served as a rehab dietitian for HealthSouth Cityview working with patients with orthopedic or traumatic brain injuries. She also has served as a Health Coach and Public Speaker for Wellness Corporate Solutions, a nationwide corporate wellness program provider for several years. Additionally, she serves as an adjunct professor at UNTHSC teaching maternal child nutrition and public health nutrition at the university level.

Teresa is a sought-after health professional whose nutrition expertise has been showcased in a variety of media venues, both nationally and regionally. She has completed hundreds of radio interviews, radio talk shows, newspaper and magazine interviews, television interviews, web interviews, cooking demonstrations, press conferences, speaking engagements and published several professional articles. Teresa also Tweets and is on Instagram @TravelingRD

Teresa has two daughters and enjoys travel, dining out, shopping, movies, fitness and the outdoors. You are likely to find her at a movie, mall or dinner with one or both daughters or walking without her dog, Rusty, at a local park or duck pond. May God be watching over him.

2 thoughts on “About Teresa”

  1. Hi Teresa,

    I’m curious how you became a traveling registered dietitian. Right now, I’m a junior majoring in dietetics and would appreciate any feedback as to how you landed a position, which I’d call my dream job as a traveling RD.

    Look forward to hearing from you!

    Stacie

    1. Hi Stacie,

      Thank you for your question! I have many friends who are consultant dietitians that travel as well for a variety of assignments. I happen to work for the dairy industry in a variety of capacities that require travel for me to attend conferences, trainings and speak to professional groups both as a registered dietitian and/or a representative for dairy.

      My consultant friends and I all worked very hard to establish ourselves in dietetics and thus, uphold the registered dietitian as the expert in food and nutrition which lead to our position as spokespeople and consultants. My advice to you would be to make sure you take time to get baseline experience and knowledge working in the field. Then, take as many trainings as possible to develop additional skills and expertise in media, speaking and consulting in the area or areas that interest you most. Once, you have amassed the baseline and expertise, go after that position that you desire!

      Sincerely, Teresa

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