Welcome, Registered Dietician, “Healthy Holly”

The Word on Wheat Blog is partnering with Hy-Vee Registered Dietician, Holly Ellison. Holly will be a regular contributor to the blog and will share fun facts about food, health and wellness tips and delicious recipes.

My name is Holly Ellison, RDView More: http://inspiredportrait.pass.us/hyveeradio415, LD, a.k.a “Healthy Holly” and I am a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Dietitian at Hy-Vee grocery store in Mankato, Minn. As a Hy-Vee dietitian I aspire to help make people’s lives easier, healthier and happier. Along with being a registered dietitian I am also a wife, foodie, CrossFitter, dog lover, adventurer, lover of the outdoors and a child at heart.


I have a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics and exercise science from Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN and I completed my postgraduate dietetic internship through the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, WI.

So, what does it mean to be a registered dietitian?

  • A registered dietitian is a food and nutrition expert who has met stringent academic and professional requirements.
  • Registered dietitians (RDs) have at least a bachelor’s degree in the science of nutrition or a related field from an accredited college or university approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education.  Many RDs have a master’s or Ph.D. degree.
  • RDs must complete an internship and pass a national registration exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Continuing professional educational requirements must be met to maintain registration.
  • Some registered dietitians may choose to be called a nutritionist, but a nutritionist is not necessarily an RD.  The title “nutritionist” is a generic term for someone who may possess all of this training, or none of it.

For more information on registered dietitians, visit eatright.org (http://www.eatright.org/

I am truly passionate about sharing my love and knowledge of food, nutrition and wellness with others. I enjoy teaching others about new foods and cooking techniques and I love sharing delicious and nutritious recipes like this recipe for spinach pasta salad. Click here for the full recipe.

Stay tuned for more fun food facts, health and wellness tips, and delicious recipes from “Healthy Holly”.

“Keep in mind, the purpose of this blog is solely educational. The information included in this blog is not a substitute for professional medical advice, examination, diagnosis or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider before altering your diet, changing your exercise regimen, starting any new treatment or making changes to existing treatment”.