MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, ND, UNITED STATES
Story by Senior Airman Caleb Kimmell
5th Bomb Wing Public Affairs
MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. – A dietitian’s work centers on food and its role in maintaining people’s health. Julie Yi, health promotion dietician with the 5th Medical Group, is Team Minot’s first resident dietician in over three years. By joining the team, she can have an impact on the daily lives of over 5,000 Airmen. She is indispensable to Team Minot.
“There is so much I want to do here,” said Yi. “I feel this need to help the Airmen. If change needs to happen, I can give people the tools they need to make the change. At the end of the day however, it’s up to the individual to make the effort.”
In order for Airmen to perform at peak capacity, they need to be in top mental and physical condition. Yi helps Airmen develop healthy living practices and positive lifestyle changes. From conducting personal assessments to implementing unique nutrition goals, Yi guides Team Minot Airmen to make decisions that keep them healthy, focused and active.
“The mission here is very stressful,” said Yi. “Nutrition can help quell that stress, and also help your physical health as well. I give Airmen realistic, consistent, and attainable goals that I know they can achieve through hard work.”
Dieticians work with a wide variety of patients. Clientele could be people struggling to lose weight, people who may have health issues, or people who are struggling with diabetes. When visiting a dietician, one can expect to make changes in the way they eat or think about food. Each person’s reason for speaking with a dietitian is different. They work with patients to understand their particular needs and challenges, and design meal plans accordingly.
“I want to see people who are willing to learn and change some bad habits they may have, and I am willing to teach someone healthy lifestyles,” said Yi. “At the end of the day, nutrition is a science, not an opinion.”
Counseling sessions are available by appointment on weekdays. During a session, Yi will explain the benefits of a healthy eating regimen, and what could happen to the human body if it isn’t well cared for.
“I love my job because I see nutrition as a preventative procedure,” said Yi. “I see myself as a frontline defender to ensure Team Minot can complete the mission without being affected by metabolic issues. I love being here to help people.”
To contact Yi to schedule a consultation or a briefing for your squadron, email her at email@example.com, or call (701)-723-5274.
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