I started my work career as a food service manager in community hospitals in South Africa. Working in communities, and dealing with nutrition issues, I decided to pursue a career in nutrition. I committed to public health when I started my first degree and conducted my study in pre-school children. I then continued my studies in child community nutrition health. I wanted to be a public health nutritionist in communities, so I could identify and address nutrition problems. Working in an academic institution gave me the opportunity to do so.
Nutritionists affiliated with academic institutions can impact on the nutritional health of the communities that they work in, by conducting nutrition surveys in these communities and sharing this information through publications and presenting it to policy makers. Planned interventions through postgraduate studies can impact on the nutritional health of the communities by addressing problems identified through the surveys.