Diversity

WE ARE SO EXCITED AND DELIGHTED to introduce the new Diversity and Inclusion section of the website. It is important that diversity and inclusion are practiced in every aspect of our life.

National Hispanic Heritage Month


National Hispanic Heritage Month is
celebrated from September 15 to October 15 in the United States and recognizing the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to our history, culture, and achievements. It signifies the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua. Originally the Hispanic Heritage was only celebrated for a week, but was expanded into a month long celebration in 1988. According to the US Census Bureau, approximately 61 million Hispanics live in the USA.


Fun Facts:

  • In 1492, Christopher Columbus arrived in the New World, landing in the Bahamas. 
  • In 1565, the first permanent Spanish settlement was established in St. Augustine, FL.
  • In 1974 the Equal Educational Opportunity Act allowed for bilingual education.
  • In 1975 the Voting Rights Act of 1975 made bilingual ballots a requirement in certain areas.
  • In 1988 Secretary of Education, Lauro Cavazos, became the first Hispanic Cabinet member.
  • In 1989, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen became the first Hispanic woman elected to Congress. 
  • In 2001 Hispanics became the nation’s largest minority group.
  • In 2009, Sonia Sotomayor became the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice.

Recent Interviews

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AnnaMarie Rodriguez, RDN, LD, FAND

AnnaMarie has worked as a renal dietitian for over 20 years in a variety of settings from clinical to pharmaceutical including sales, education and renal medical affairs. She is currently employed by Pentec Health as a Renal Clinical Case Manager. She has served and chaired a number of boards including the South and Central Texas National Kidney Foundation Medical Advisory Board, San Antonio Council of Renal Nutrition, Texas Hill Country Patient Awareness Days and Kidney Walks, Renal Practice Group DPG and Wisconsin Council of Renal Nutrition; in addition to serving on advisory committees for local symposiums and building annual Hill Country Education Days while living in TX. Currently she is the VN DPG Speaker Bureau Chair, the VN DPG WI State Coordinator and a Master Gardener in SE WI. She has a house full of kids, dogs, loves volunteerism and is focusing on continuing education. Managing chronic pain led to an enjoyment of plant-based meals and, ultimately, chronic pain management and her love of animals has led her to embrace a vegan lifestyle.

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Katya M Galbis, LD

Katya was born and raised in Mexico. She received her bachelor’s degree in nutrition science from The Autonomous Metropolitan University of Mexico City. After graduating, she moved to Florida where she is an international member of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Orlando Dietetic Association. She has worked in both clinical and community settings, her passion however, lies within the social media arena targeting and educating Spanish-speaking people on plant-based diets. She loves to share recipes, experiences, lifestyle tips, and nutritional information on her website and on different social media platforms. She transitioned into a vegetarian diet gradually over a ten-year period. She became vegan for about 4 years ago. As a bilingual dietitian, Katya also works part time for Food and Nutrition Translations with a group of dietitians from different countries, translating health and nutrition materials. In her spare time, Katya enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

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