Dietitian Career Spotlight on Marianne Romano MPA RD
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA RDN on SEPTEMBER 3, 2013
Interested in virtual health coaching? Marianne Romano uses her passion for health, fitness, and nutrition by providing her nationwide clients with virtual coaching so she can help people without travel limitations. – Sarah
What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
My passion for life and fascination with health and food began at an early age. My family was in the wholesale food business and good food was plentiful, fresh and inexpensive. My mom was a pediatric nurse (a healer and helper) loved children and promoted healthy living including home-cooked meals. My aunt and uncle lived downstairs and had a large garden so I learned about growing plants and sustainable food. Lastly, living in a large multi-generational household taught me the importance of family and friends and I found great purpose in helping others achieve lifestyle changes for optimal health.
Your Job Title?
Certified Health Coach & Nutrition Consultant
Company you are with now?
My own company: Romano Health Coaching
A typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you?
My work involves three areas: coaching clients, mentoring health coaches and counseling patients. A typical day includes sharing the health coaching opportunity with other health professionals especially RDs. I offer health coach opportunities to others and travel to share this opportunity or create and provide online webinars. I look for like-minded RDs interested in learning about health coaching. I coach clients all over the country virtually as well helping them create health and get rid of obesity related diseases. Lastly, I also have a physical office space and share the importance of health, fitness and food with patients in that venue.
How did you get your current job in dietetics?
Initially, I started my business by counseling patients in a traditional private practice setting. As it grew I saw the need to add health coaching to my business model. Health care professionals, especially RDs, make great health coaches because we are passionate about health, food, fitness and helping others. My coaching model is virtually based so an office space is not required- coaching is done by phone, email or Skype.
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
– I was born with a big heart and a deep intuition!
– Along the way, I learned patience & perseverance- things grow slowly!
– Integration- uncover common ideas or qualities between people & bring them together!
– Create time & space to grow & develop your business ideas, and as you do you will also grow as a person!
What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?
– Find great mentors and learn from them.
– Take time for yourself & those you love- sometimes it is the small stuff that counts!
– Don’t be afraid to develop your ideas and create a niche! In the beginning you will be alone but eventually others will be following you.
– Always use (and listen to) your intuition and maintain the highest integrity that you can!
If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what would it be?
There are so many terrible diseases and beneficial causes that we all help to support. I think feeding those that are hungry in the world- a simple meal or helping to eradicate senseless violence in some way to create a more peaceful world!