As a S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control registered dietitian, Shorus Manning understands the importance of eating well.
“I love what I do, and I take the responsibility of imparting relatable nutrition knowledge very seriously,” she said.
That’s precisely why the South Carolina Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Scholarships and Awards Committee named Shorus the state’s 2016 Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year.
Shorus was honored for demonstrating leadership in the organization, her efforts to promote health and nutrition, along with her community and volunteer activities and support of her peers. She serves in DHEC’s Professional and Community Nutrition Services Office as a SNAP-education dietitian. Although she has been with DHEC for 10 years altogether, starting as a work-study student, Shorus has been a dietitian for the past four years.
“I think food and nutrition is constantly overlooked as being a first step to changing your health,” according to Shorus. “Through my experience, I’ve noticed it’s usually the last step that people consider. There is also a big misconception that you have to make drastic changes to your diet to be healthy. This is not true. During my nutrition education classes and cooking demonstrations I teach about small changes.”
Those teachings are getting the native South Carolinian noticed. She hopes this award will shine light on DHEC’s SNAP-Ed program.
“The ladies in the Office of Professional and Community Nutrition Services work so hard around the clock to improve the health of South Carolinians, and I am honored to participate in this effort.”