Sharon O’Melia Howard R.D., M.S., C.D.E., L.D.N., F.A.D.A., the owner of Nutrition for Living, is a registered dietitian with more than 30 years of experience counseling individuals with nutrition issues such as diabetes, weight loss, eating disorders, lipid disorders, celiac disease, renal disease, sports medicine, bariatric nutrition, childhood obesity and improving family health. As a Charter Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association), she is certified by the C.D.R in Adult and Childhood Weight Management, and is a Certified Diabetes Educator by the AADE. Sharon is committed to helping people change their eating behaviors to improve their health with practical, accurate nutrition information.
My Nutrition Approach:
I think as myself as a “facilitator of nutrition change”. Clients come to my practice seeking information, and help with improving their health. Making lifestyle changes is not easy: I have been trained in nutrition counseling because I wanted the skills to help people put their goals into action. We at Nutrition for Living are "Health coaches” by profession. We know it takes support, accountability and time to achieve a better weight, better blood sugars, better health. I strive to be well-informed in evidenced-based nutrition while being skillful in helping people make lifestyle changes.
My Life in the World of Nutrition:
I started Nutrition for Living in 1982 because I realized that people had no access to nutrition professionals in a “wellness setting”. Outpatient nutrition clinics were rare—I even started one at the old Coatesville Hospital before I left to have children. That experience led me to think about bringing nutrition services to the public. I found that people were willing to sit in a pleasant, non-hospital-type environment and ask questions, receive guidance, and make changes when connected with a professional, and pay out of pocket! My clients did well and the Chester County community (former clients, doctor, and therapists) learned of our success and continue to refer. Insurance companies now see the value that nutrition play in health and prevention of illness, and some insurance companies cover our services for free! See information about fees and insurance coverage.
Through the years, I have worked in a variety of environments as I continued growing the private practice. I have added other registered dietitians to the practice who share my vision and add a broader range of experience. We try to match your nutrition needs to the dietitian who could best serve you.Personally, I have lived through divorce, remarried, raised 5 daughters ( 2 of mine 3 of his) and have been a working mom throughout. These experiences also prepare me to understand my clients lives, and how food issues are part of coping.
Present and Past Professional Experiences:
Diabetes Nutrition Writer—www.diabetescare.net
ChristianaCare Weight Management Program: Nutrition Counseling, Weight Loss Surgery education, diabetes teaching.
Nemours; Co-authored Growing Healthy Kids—a group based weight loss program for kids
Robard S.T.A.R. Program—Authored a Weight Maintenance program “Steps to Arrest Regain”
Adjunct professor at St Joseph’s University (Nutrition Entrepreneurism),
Immaculata, Neuman and Chester County Nursing Schools Faculty
Corporate Weight Loss Programs, Supermarket tours, Videos, Cooking Classes, Newspaper and website writing (Dr.Koop website), educational materials.