Julie McMillin, the assistant VP of retail dietetics for Hy-Vee, has been named the Retail Dietitian of the Year by the Retail Dietitians Business Alliance at FMI Connect in Chicago.
McMillin supports 228 in-store dietitians, three retail dietetic supervisors and one corporate dietitian by helping them define services and accomplish their goals, according to RDBA. She also works with store merchandising, buying and marketing, and as a liason for Hy-Vee’s health and wellness program to the community, corporations and with Hy-Vee employees.
The award recognizes a retail dietitian who shows leadership in using business skills and industry knowledge to positively impact consumer behavior changes, according to RDBA.
“Julie has an enormous job where she’s not only a skilled dietitian but a business person who works with varying corporate departments to implement innovative and successful campaigns and services to every Hy-Vee store,” said Phil Lempert, CEO and president of RDBA, in a statement.
RDBA is an important resource for retail dietitian, according to McMillin.
"Being an in-store dietitian you have to build your customer base from the store up and RDBA provides promotional ideas, guidance with vendor relations and creates a community where other RD's can share ideas,” she said in a statement. “It's learning to walk-the-walk and talk-the-talk of retail.”
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