Debbie Polisky, MS, MBA, CLT is a Bilingual Nutritionist and Wellness Consultant who has partnered with both non-for-profit and for-profit organizations, to provide them with bilingual health and wellness communication services. She is passionate about preventive health as well as reducing the incidence of chronic diseases in communities.
Her unique approach, the combination of mind and body techniques as well as her high-energy personality and multi-cultural background allow her to reach out to diverse organizations. She has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare field, in two countries, Argentina and in USA and in her two native languages, English and Spanish.
In Argentina, she worked as a Clinical Dietitian in medical centers and in private practice, as an Entrepreneur creating and labeling her own healthy frozen meals for patients, in media (both print and radio) and as a Freelance Writer, for newspapers and local magazines.
In USA, she worked in community/public health as a Nutrition Director of a large community health center, Adjunct Faculty on campus and online for several colleges/universities, Freelance Writer and Translator.
“I enjoy helping organizations, whether in the role of program development, speaking engagements, translations, creative writing or spokesperson for media segments,” says Debbie, “I’m also passionate about implementing health programs which is why I created Your Hungry Heart™.
Debbie describes herself as a science and art “combo” because “When I integrate my scientific and artistic background, through scientific evidence based programs together with music, dance, media communication and creative cooking, I feel complete.”
She is also the owner of Nutrition Tango, a private practice business. You can reach her at NutritionTango.com for individual counseling.
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Debbie Polisky is a bilingual nutritionist who has empowered individuals (patients, students, clients, employees) and groups to be passionate and faithful about their own food heritage while learning healthy eating habits.
Debbie grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from the University of Buenos Aires. As a licensed dietitian in Buenos Aires, she worked during seven years in clinical dietetics for a rehab cardiac center, serving cardiac and other chronically ill patients (diabetes, hypertension, gastrointestinal disorders, obesity.)
As the sole dietitian of the Nutrition Department, she created individualized meal plans, workshops and support groups; cooked and sold her own line of frozen healthy meals and desserts to patients. She was involved in the media and promotion of the center – by presenting lectures, writing articles and newsletters and participating on radio talk shows. Parallel, she had her own private practice in her community.
Her bilingual skills allowed her to obtain a position as a bilingual community nutritionist in a community health center in Arizona in the year 2000. She quickly moved up the career ladder in less than a year – as a Coordinator and then Director, focusing on public health and community nutrition. During eleven years, she worked for the same organization, gaining experience in nutrition state and federal grants – including the Women, Infant and Children Program (WIC), Commodity Supplemental Food Program (Seniors), Farmer’s Market and several diabetic and employee wellness grants which she wrote, implemented and administered.
Parallel to this, her passion for education led her to become adjunct faculty for several on campus and online institutions. Currently, she continues to educate students and encourages them to follow their own dreams, no matter what obstacles they face along the way.
She developed a love for writing at a young age and has worked as a bilingual freelance writer in both countries for a variety of organizations, including the Buenos Aires Herald (the only English newspaper in Argentina), magazines, websites, nutraceutical industry, educational firms and currently, with social media. Not only does she enjoy print media but she continues to be involved in radio and television presentations for the Hispanic market.
Her bilingual health background and her creativity led her to create her own business, Words & Health, LLC in 2011, offering bilingual health communication services.
Debbie holds a Master of Science degree in Nutrition from Rosalind University, Chicago, IL, a Master of Business Administration degree with a Marketing concentration from Keller Graduate School of Management and several health related certifications.
She is an active professional member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and has been a volunteer for several non-for-profits, including the Arizona Heart Association and the Arizona Diabetes Association. She is also a member and a volunteer for LAHIDAN – Latinos and Hispanics in Dietetics and Nutrition – a member interest group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as well as a member of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
- 2013 Recipient of the Keller Graduate School of Management Business Award
- 2012 Recipient of the NBC/Telemundo Hispanic Salute Award
- 2012 Recipient of the Latino Perspectives Entrepreneur Showcase
- 2012 Finalist for the Phoenix Business Journal Health Care Heroes Award
- Master of Science in Nutrition - USA
- Master of Business Administration - USA
- Bachelor of Science in Nutrition – Argentina
- Certified LEAP Therapist (CLT)
- Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT) Instructor
- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Instructor
- Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) Master Trainer
- Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) Master Trainer from Stanford University
- Licensed Zumba Instructor