Pam Thompson is a registered and licensed dietitian. As a University of Georgia graduate with a degree in dietetics, the interrelationship with nutrition and wellness is her passion. Almost thirty years ago, she founded Instructional Dietetic Associates, Inc., a dietary and nutrition consulting company that provides nutrition services to a full spectrum of health care facilities like Head Start, physician offices, Council on Aging, renal dialysis centers, addiction disease facilities, and universities.
Ten years ago she recognized a need for a simple, easy to understand wellness program. Using her professional work experience, input from countless other professionals and computer programmers, Food Fitness First, Inc.®, was created. Unlike the current dietary guidelines, she developed a tool that was easy to understand and simple to use. The FOOD SPIRAL® was created. Her team is now working to develop FOOD SPIRALS® for different diseases, for multiple cultures and across the age spectrum. The FOOD SPIRAL® concept is simple – Green for Go foods, Yellow for Caution foods and Red for Stop foods. All people understand this concept and it makes learning nutrition fun and achievable.
Not only is Pam dedicated to bringing a new and exciting nutrition program to the healthcare community, but she is dedicated to her local community. She was the first woman president for the Toombs County Chamber of Commerce in Vidalia,Georgia. She has worked closely with the Chamber and local festival to raise money through writing her own cookbook. She was Legislative Liaison for Georgia Dietetic Association for four years. She is a strong believer in education as she has established the Pam McIntyre Thompson Scholarship in Dietetics awarded annually for University of Georgia students. She also worked with the governor to establish a vocational school in her community.
I have been a Registered Dietitian for over 30 years. From the beginning, I have been intrigued with diabetes. As a child, I saw several of my relatives suffer with the disease. My Aunt Lizzie, 100 lbs soaking wet, had diabetes and took insulin. My Uncle Syl had part of his foot amputated and had a bad limp. My grandmother and Aunt Kate both developed diabetes in their late 70’s. About 20 years ago, my brother was diagnosed with diabetes. He was in California, driving a 14 –wheeler. His doctor put him on insulin and his career as a truck-driver was essentially over. His struggles with diet, medication and trying to work have been enormous to cope with. This past year, my mom was diagnosed with diabetes because of steroid use and I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes.
"My style of education is called empowerment. It is a model of education that asks people what is important for them to learn, there-by placing the responsibility of their disease and management with them, the patient and me as the person to help them. The educator can then build on this, building trust and communication with each success the patient has."
I have been a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) for 26 years, and continue to learn about diabetes care from up-to-date literature and also from the patients themselves. Listening to their trials and successes is what makes it all worthwhile for me.
All that said, Diabetes education is a passion for me and now preventing diabetes has become a life goal.
The Food Fitness First, Inc.® program is based on the FOOD SPIRAL®. This nutrition tool allows you to make the best food choices in regards to your dietary challenge(s). Our FOOD SPIRAL’s® are based on the 3 simple colors of a traffic light and can be seen as healthiest from top to bottom, left to right, light to dark and large to small.
What is unique about us is that we are the only nutrition company with a Renal Diabetes program that really works and Fiber is the most important criteria we take into consideration when forming a healthy life plan for you.
When you sign up with Food Fitness First, Inc.®, you will first provide us with your health information and then will be assigned a 1) Favorable Fitness Factor® and 2) FOOD SPIRAL® that best suits your needs. A Favorable Fitness Factor® is a specific score of your health which designates how much food you should eat per day. Depending on which spiral you are placed on, each individual food is assigned a number and a color to represent its level of health. To stay healthy, you add these food numbers together (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks) and avoid going above your Favorable Fitness Factor® number each day.
Are you a health care professional working on your own and need a good nutrition and fitness program? Or do you work as a health care professional for an organization that needs a wellness program? That’s great! We offer Certification Training that teaches you how our program works so that you can educate members of your organization or corporation how to live a healthier lifestyle. With this option, Pam Thompson, the owner of Food Fitness First, Inc.®, or a designated trainer will show you how our program works. You will receive a 12-week guide, multiple support documents, meal plans, PowerPoint slides and more, and will also have the unique opportunity to purchase our FOOD SPIRAL® Books. Contact email@example.com to learn more today.
We like to think that we are not a diet program, but a way to help individuals struggling with dietary challenges learn what foods they should or should not eat in a simple way. After you or your physician provide us with the necessary health information we need, you will receive informational step-by-step guides that tell you what is good for you to eat, educate you about your condition and help you plan for the future. From hundreds of “What Can I Do” handouts to menus, recipes, explanations of common illnesses and medical issues and more, we love creating new material available for you. So, if you have something you’d like to know about in the nutrition, disease and fitness topics, please let us know and we’ll make it available. Lower literacy options are currently available upon request and a Spanish option will be available in the near future!
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Food Fitness First® was an integral part of Georgia Southern University Health Center. It worked with every area pertaining with food and health services on campus. On campus offerings included:
Food Fitness First® was highly involved in the community surrounding Georgia Southern University. We worked with Boys and Girls Clubs as well as educated groups that help people without health insurance. Food Fitness First® is always ready to extend a helping hand to those in need.
Pam and her team currently work with 4 Goodwill locations in Georgia: Warner Robins, Augusta, Lake Oconee and Macon. With over 5 certified instructors and over 30 students, Food Fitness First, Inc® is improving the health of many individuals across the state.
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