Nancy Farrell received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and completed her dietetic internship program at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She completed graduate studies and received a Master's of Science degree in Nutrition Education from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. She has been an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly known as the American Dietetic Association) for over 25 years. She has served as the Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Media Representative, and is now the State Public Policy Representative lobbying for nutrition issues at the state and national levels.
Over the years, Nancy has worked in a variety of capacities as a Registered Dietitian (RD), including in the areas of cardiology, pediatrics, medicine, surgery, intensive care, eating disorder, oncology and diabetes units. She has worked in nutrition community education, and in the supermarket industry.
Nancy conducts group nutrition presentations to various community members and organizations. Since 2001 she has served on a local School Health Advisory Board. She created the position of, and served as, Health Services Wellness Dietitian in a local school division. She is a Health and Nutrition Instructor at Germanna Community College.
Under the direction of The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Nancy worked with The Washington Center for Clinical Research on the effects of a low-fat vegan diet in a corporate setting.
Nancy serves on US Congressman Rob Wittman’s Health Advisory Council. In 2008 she was a featured speaker at a round table discussion on Childhood Obesity held by the US Surgeon General. She is involved with local and state legislators promoting nutrition public policy. She has served as nutrition advisor on Virginia Governor Kaine’s Health Reform Commission Work Group.
Nancy has made state level presentations to leaderships including the Virginia School Board Association (VSBA), the Virginia School Board Organization (VSBO), and the Governor’s Healthy Virginians Summit which focused on childhood obesity. Nancy served as the sole nutrition advisor on the 2007 Virginia Department of Education’s Health SOL Review Committee.
Nancy is an active member in the community having served as the Fredericksburg Area Youth Initiative (FYI) School Workgroup Chair, and on the Health Care Providers Workgroup.
Nancy is certified in Child and Adolescent Weight Management from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is a consultant for the SHAPEDOWN weight management program for children and adolescents, and for the ELL Foundation as a certified Protect Allergic Children (PAC) consultant.