This is the 22nd Anniversary of this celebration that is held across the country in various ways. This recognition week applauds nutrition and foodservice professionals and other members of the nutrition services team for their hard work and dedication on the job.
West River Health Services (WRHS) recognizes Sharon Maershbecker, CDM, CFPP (Certified Food Protection Professional). Sharon is the foodservice supervisor in the Food and Nutrition Services Department at WRHS. Sharon and Linda Nudell, RD, LRD, CDE are responsible for the day-to-day operation of the foodservice area and the implementation of nutritional care.
Sharon lives in New England and has been employed at WRHS for 23 years.
The Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals (formerly Dietary Managers Association) has approximately 14,000 members across the country, 85% of whom work in long-term care facilities or hospitals. These individuals are educated, trained and qualified professionals who work as foodservice managers in all fifty states. In the absence of a full-time registered dietitian, it is the certified dietary manager who is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the foodservice area and the implementation of nutritional care.
Certified dietary managers (CDM’s) are experienced, educated, and trained professionals who can address the nutritional needs of our state’s nursing home residents. There are currently 107 North Dakota ANFP members, 86% of who are certified. These individuals have taken and passed a 200-question certification examination offered by the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers. In addition, forty-five hours of continuing education credits per three-year period are required to maintain certification. .
CDM’s are trained in understanding the basic nutritional needs of their clientele, and are responsible for purchasing, storing, preparing and delivering balanced meals, three times a day, 365 days a year.