Meet Karin, RD, CDN and partner of Move for Turner Syndrome!
Turner Syndrome Foundation is proud to partner with Karin Ofir for the Move for Turner Syndrome! program! Karin is a RD, CDN working at Montefiore Medical Center at the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and women’s health. She is concentrating in diabetes education, high-risk pregnancies, and obesity. Karin is also a mother to a beautiful toddler. Karin spoke to us about what healthy eating means to her and why anyone can benefit from this program!
Talk about your story. Why were you interested you in becoming a dietitian?
I immigrated to the United States while in my mid 20s and that is when I decided to become a dietitian. For me, growing up in Israel, processed food was uncommon. Fruits and vegetables are dietary staples and I wasn’t previously aware of all of the issues stemming from an unhealthy diet. Confronted with the stark contrast I saw in the American diet opened my eyes to just how and why this diet makes many of us so sick here.
Healthy eating and nutrition were always a big part of my life. My mother is a doctor and my father is an amazing cook. I believe that by choosing nutrition I can fuse together a bit of both my parents’ passions in an enjoyable way. In my daily life I enjoy cooking, finding new recipes, and exploring foreign cuisines. While on the job, my true passion is meeting new people, conversing with them about food, and teaching and sharing what I can with them.
How difficult is it to change your eating habits? Will this program be possible for everyone?
As the saying goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day!” Every change takes time and effort and bad habits, in particular, take about 2-3 weeks to overcome. Trying new food can require 20-30 tastings before it grows on you! Although it’s difficult to completely overhaul years worth of eating habits in a 3 month program, we can set some reasonable goals and meet them. For example, success can be defined as drinking more water, trying new vegetables, eating a healthy meal, or increasing physical activity. Not all participants will have or should have the same goals or outcomes, but everyone can learn from this experience and improve as an individual.
What is the benefit to caregivers participating in this program?
I believe anyone can benefit from this program! Caregivers often suffer from increased stress. Eating healthier and increasing physical activity is key to the reduction of this stress. Furthermore, caregivers are responsible for the nutrition of the TS girls and this population is at increased risk for obesity and diabetes. Improving the caregivers’ nutritional knowledge will empower them to provide healthier meals for their girls.
Karin is excited to share her expertise and help you reach your goals! To join her today, sign up at the button below. Don’t wait – this FREE program starts January 29!