Worksite Wellness

Sharon E. Hawks, the owner and director of the Nutrition and Diabetes Education Center, is a highly trained wellness coach who has over 20 years of experience in the area of diabetes management, women’s health, minority health, heart disease, sports nutrition, weight management and wellness consulting. Her knowledge and widespread experience allows her to work on a variety of health and wellness projects with ease.
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The Nutrition and Diabetes Education Center, under the direction of Sharon Hawks, is well capable of providing the scope of service you require for your organization. Allow us to bring our specialized method of nutrition counseling to work for you. From groups to seminars to individual sessions, we can make your work site healthier and happier. The Nutrition and Diabetes Education Center can provide all the necessary requirements to ensure that the health and wellness program for your organization is a success. What makes this facility different than others is that we can customize the health and wellness needs of your organization to fit the needs of the staff. Our facilitators are not only well educated on the latest health issues, but they provide the instruction in a way that is easy to grasp and their engaging presentations leaves the participants wanting more.

Companies typically spend approximately 95% of their health benefit expenses on only 15% of its employees. Research shows that this unbalanced spending insures a greater increase in health care premiums each year. Companies can significantly reduce their annual health care premiums by using a greater portion of their health care dollars to preventative wellness promotion for their employees. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that 70% of the costs of health care can be prevented with diet, physical activity and lifestyle choices, like not smoking. Lifestyle interventions, like diet and exercise, are the least expensive and most effective method to treat chronic disease and save money for both the employee and employer. Employee wellness programs are an investment in your company’s greatest resource – your employees! Research has shown that the benefits for employees after participating in these programs included:

  • Improved productivity
  • Weight reduction
  • Improved physical fitness
  • Increased stamina
  • Lower levels of stress
  • Increased well-being, self-image and self-esteem
  • Enhanced recruitment and retention of healthy employees
  • Reduced healthcare costs
  • Decreased rates of illness and injuries
  • Reduced employee absenteeism/sick days
  • Improved employee relations and morale

The Nutrition and Diabetes Education Center provides consulting dietitians and health educators who have extensive training and experience in health and wellness. We provide expertise in medical nutrition therapy and health education to individuals, institutions, business and the media. Our widespread knowledge and experience allows us the ability to work on a variety of nutrition projects with ease. Our health professionals have formal training in cultural diversity which allows us to work with individuals and groups from numerous cultural and ethnic backgrounds. We pride ourselves on the ability to create or tailor presentations specific to your needs. The wellness programs we offer your employees are infused with passion, motivation and excitement.

Worksite Wellness On-site Options:

Health and Wellness Workshops – These workshops will cover an array of topics which will address the latest information in the areas of health, wellness, disease prevention and balance living.

On-Site Nutrition Coaching – A 30-60 minute on-site consultation with a registered dietitian who will work with employees to create a personalized nutrition plan. The plan will be based on the individual’s health and diet concerns, food preferences and behavior goals.

Cafeteria Tours – A dietitian will take small groups of employees around the cafeteria to discuss how to identify and choose healthy options.

Weight Loss Competitions (Biggest Loser) – We will create a customized 8-12 week weight loss challenge for your employees. Included in the competition will be weekly or monthly seminars, weekly weigh-ins, body fat percent and BMI measurements, and regular emails encouraging realistic weight loss.

Lunch and Learn Programs – We provide 45-60 minute long interactive workshops on a variety of nutrition topics. Pick from the topics listed, or let us know if you have a topic in mind that’s not listed.

Seminar Series – Series include one to three hour long workshops concentrated on a single health topic. Choose from one of our series or let us to create one that better meets your needs.

Monthly Newsletters – We can send copies of our monthly newsletters and emails out to all employees as well as create periodic emails on various health topics
Health Needs Assessments – conducted at the start of the program to determine the need of the organization and the employees health status prior to being the program.

On-site Health Screenings: periodic screening can be conducted to include cholesterol and diabetes screening, body composition testing, computerized diet analysis and blood pressure testing.

Health Fairs – This half or full day event will provide screenings: blood glucose, blood pressure, body fat analysis, body mass index and weight. Mini seminars will allow participation in cooking demos, life skills awareness (first aid and CPR) classes, health education sessions and fitness demonstrations.

Cooking Demonstrations – The best way to learn is by doing – and meal preparation is no exception. Multiple recipes can be prepared with volunteers. The audience will get to taste the food, learn culinary skills, and take home recipes.

Making the Right Choices – our 6-8 week program for weight management or just learning what to eat for optimal health and how to do it. Participants can receive a body composition analysis, individualized nutrition plan and will receive program workbook and food journals with weekly personalized feedback.

Fitness Classes and Exercise Seminars: Certified fitness instructors and/or exercise physiologist will conduct periodic fitness classes for employees. These experts can conduct classes on the latest fitness trends and provide instruction on proper techniques.

Sharon’s varied background and skills in worksite wellness, public speaking, health coaching, fitness and everything nutrition and diabetes related, has allowed her to partner with a diverse group of organizations. Take a look at some of the clients and audiences she has presented workshops, lectures, full day seminars and worksite wellness programs to over the years:

Client List

Business and Non-Profit Organizations

Washington Mystics
Montgomery County “G.O.S.P.E.L.” Health Education Initiative
Divabetic, Victory over Diabetes
Lions Champ Merrick, Diabetes Camp for Kids
Rosebud Physician Weight Loss Program
Prince Georges Parks and Recreation
Fit Solution, LLC
National Eye Health Program
Business and Professional Women/USA
Women’s Business Organization-PGC
Lifeline Link Inc.
Wellness Concepts, Inc.
Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network
Mid-Atlantic Association of Community Health Centers (MACHC)
Community Health Awareness and Monitoring Program (CHAMPS)
Work of Faith, LLC
Maya Communications and Advertising
Hogan and Hartson, LLP
Prince Georges Links


University Of Maryland
Bowie State University
Uniformed Services University, the Health Sciences (USUHS)


WUSA 9, Washington D.C.
Channel 13, Baltimore
Heaven 1580 Radio
Discovery Channel
Voices of America
Blog Talk Radio
WOL 1450 Radio
Access Montgomery AM TV 19


Civista Medical and Women’s Health Center
Children’s Hospital
American Heart Association
American Cancer Society
American Diabetes Association, Diabetes Expo

Government Agencies

United States Census Bureau
United States Department of Agriculture
United States Department of Justice
United States Department of Homeland Security
Department of Health and Human Services (OWH)
District Department of Transportation (DDOT)
Charles County Health Department
State of Maryland Department of Juvenile Services


CCS Medical
Novo Nordisk
Bayer Healthcare
Lilly Pharmaceutical, FACE Diabetes Program
CVS-Bayer Television Commercial

Fraternities and Sororities

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Phi Delta Kappa, Inc.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Religious Organizations

Harvest Temple Church of God.
Reid Temple A.M.E.
Matthew Memorial Baptist Church
Ebenezer A.M.E.
Union Temple Baptist Church
First Baptist Church, Glenn Arden
Union Bethel A.M.E.
Shiloh Abundant Life Center
Shiloh Baptist Church of Washington D.C.
Allen Chapel AME.
Covenant Baptist Church
First Baptist Church, North Brentwood
Berean Baptist Church
Hunter Memorial A.M.E. Church
Hemingway Memorial A.M.E. Church
Largo Community Church
Spirit of Elijah Kingdom Church.?
From the Heart Church Ministries.
Mount Calvary Baptist Church

For more information on what the Nutrition and Diabetes Education Center can provide for your organization, please call us at 301-805-8292. We look forward to meeting your company’s unique health and wellness needs.



Sharon, the founder of the Nutrition and Diabetes Education Center LLC, is a recognized expert and a leading authority on nutrition, fitness and diabetes. Sharon is a dynamic and charismatic speaker who motivates groups of all sizes to make lasting lifestyle changes. Health professionals, businesses, and the general public are enthusiastic about her engaging, energetic, clear and practical delivery and explanation of normal or distorted nutrition topics. She empowers individuals to create the life they deserve through her popular, energy-packed motivational seminars.
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Sharon has the ability to cut through the maze of confusing health lingo and make the information clear and practical for her audience by combining humor, real life experience, and common sense. Her presentations are always upbeat and lively with a hint of southern charm which keeps the participants engaged from start to finish. If you’re looking for a dynamic speaker and wellness expert to deliver your health message, Sharon is a great choice. She’ll make nutrition and wellness understandable, realistic and practical for everyday people.

The following are sample talks Sharon has conducted over the years for community groups, churches, corporations, professional organizations, government agencies and universities. Do you need a one hour “lunch and learn,” 3 hour seminar, webinar or maybe a full day workshop? Whatever your vision is, she is a master at putting together everything you need in one package. Choose one of these topics, or let Sharon customize parts from different topics to create the perfect presentation for your organization.

  • Take The Weight Off And Keep It Off
  • This S_ _ _ _ Is Killing Me!
  • Portions: How Much Are You Really Eating?
  • Nutrition Myths Busted
  • Energy-Boosting And Stress Reducing Diet
  • Simple Keys To A Healthy Diet
  • A Women’s Healthy Heart: What All Women Should Know
  • Diabetes Is Preventable And Reversible!
  • Diabetes: Simple Dietary Rules
  • Fighting Fat After 40
  • Jump Start Your Metabolism
  • Holiday Eating
  • 10 Keys To Total Body Wellness
  • Healthy Eating: It’s A Family Affair
  • Keys To Lowering Your Cholesterol
  • Eat Like A Southerner And Live Not To Regret It!
  • Inflammation: The Silent Killer!
  • Fitness: Eating For Peak Performance
  • Super Foods For Healthful Living
  • Nutrition Myths Busted
  • Cancer Prevention: What We Know So Far
  • Manage Your Diabetes
  • Dining Out The Healthy Way
  • Cooking On A Budget
  • Healthy Kitchen Makeover
  • Simple Steps To Lower Blood Pressure
  • Menopause: Is It Hot In Here Or Is It Just Me?
  • Who Has Time To Eat Healthy
  • Herbal Products, Are They Safe?
  • Label Reading: Making Sense Of It All
  • Meal Planning: Shop On A Budget
  • The Art Of “Fixin” Food, Not Cooking
  • Finding Balance In A Busy World
  • Is Sugar The Enemy?
  • Thrive. Live In The Midst Of Your Life.

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