About Sharon

Sharon E. Hawks, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE

Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist,
Certified Diabetes Educator
Speaker, Wellness Consultant and Health Coach

Sharon E. Hawks is the founder and director of The Nutrition and Diabetes Education Center (NADEC). Sharon received a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University and a Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from Central Michigan University. She is a Certified Diabetes Educator with many years of experience working in many different diverse organizations. Sharon worked for several years as the Director of Diabetes Education and Training for Civista Medical Center in Waldorf, Maryland. Sharon developed her teaching skills as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Nursing, at Bowie State University.

One of Sharon’s greatest accomplishments occurred when she served her country in the United States Air Force and the D.C. Air National Guard for many years before honorably retiring as a Major. While serving her country, she received extensive education in the areas of human relations and diversity. This training enables her to provide effective nutrition counseling to individuals of different ethnic, cultural and racial backgrounds.

Sharon has been a consulting dietitian for many years and conducts seminars and workshops for numerous government, religious and civic organizations. Her skills include diabetes education, training and program development, individual nutrition counseling, health promotion program development and total body wellness (mind/body). Her work has been featured on radio and television.

She is certified by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and volunteers her time at her local church instructing fitness and wellness classes. She takes much pride in her physical health which helped her to completed two marathons (26.2 miles)!

Sharon’s goal is to educate, motivate and inspire individuals to make lifelong changes to improve their overall health. Her motto is “You can’t do better until you know better, but once you know better you are required to do better.” Sharon’s clients often describe her as a force that makes you want to live a healthier life, while gently motivating the spirit inside you to move toward excellence. Sharon’s motivational style of counseling has a way of encouraging you to change your outlook forever. From your first encounter with her, you will see that her southern charm, confident demeanor and passion and beliefs comes from a place of experience and sincerity. Whether she’s speaking, writing, giving expert advice or working with patients, her candor and energetic approach appeals to people from all walks of life. Most importantly, her sound nutrition and fitness advice gets results.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (American Dietetic Association)
  • Academy of Certified Diabetes Educators
  • American Diabetes Association
  • Maryland Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • District of Columbia Metro Area Dietetic Association
  • Nutrition Entrepreneurs , Dietetic Practice Group
  • Diabetes Care and Education, Dietetic Practice Group
  • Aerobic and Fitness Association of America

QUALIFICATION HIGHLIGHTS and EDUCATION

  • Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Licensed Dietitian-Nutritionist, Licensed in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia
  • Certified Diabetes Educator, National Board of Diabetes Educators
  • Master of Science in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics, Central Michigan University
  • Bachelors of Science in Dietetics, Michigan State University
  • Associates of Arts Degree in Logistics Management, Community College of the Air Force
  • Certified Fitness Specialist, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America

ON A PERSONAL NOTE…

Sharon grew up down South in a large family (8 siblings) with traditional southern values and eating habits. Over the years she watched numerous family and friends die from illnesses which were related to poor eating habits and obesity. Because of her history, it has become her life time mission to be the voice of wellness to all she encounters. After being diagnosed with a hereditary health condition herself, Sharon took her message to another level by living in a way which controls her illness with lifestyle modifications and not medications. Now when she speaks to others on wellness she can relate on a personal level. Her life is an example of how making small and consistent changes to your lifestyle can pay off with a big return. Sharon believes she was born to help others take control of their health.

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