About

Susan Engle, MOE, RD, LD

susan engle licensed dietician at nutrtition mattersSusan Engle has been helping people eat well and live well for over 20 years. She especially likes it when her clients end up feeling more confident about their food choices, enjoying food more and feeling better on a daily basis.

Susan taught nutrition at the University of New Hampshire from 1990 – 2005. During that time she also consulted with area nursing homes, home care agencies and through local health clubs. In 2004 Susan opened her own private practice in Exeter, NH and since that time she has helped thousands of individuals, couples, and families make changes in their eating habits to improve their health and quality of life. She still enjoys addressing groups and in addition to teaching at UNH presents at state meetings as well as in corporate settings.

Susan is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist licensed to practice in the state of New Hampshire. She earned a BS in Nutrition and a Master’s Degree in Occupational Education with a specialization in nutrition from the University of New Hampshire. She is a member of the advisory board of the UNH Dietetic Internship and continues to guest lecture in the program. She recently served a 3 year term on the state Board of Licensed Dietitians for NH and is a member of the The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the NH Dietetic Association, MEDA (Multi-service Eating Disorder Association) and the NH Healthy Schools Coalition.

weight loss familySusan lives in Stratham, NH with her husband and cat. She is a proud parent of 2 young adults and recently became a mother-in-law to a talented young man. She is involved in nutrition committees at her local schools and provides nutrition services to individuals without health insurance through the SeaCare Health Care network. When she is not working, Susan enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and being active outdoors skiing, hiking, walking, or biking.

 

Susan’s Philosophy

Eating well is a way of taking care of ourselves and a way of giving ourselves pleasure on a daily basis. For a variety of reasons many people have lost their way with food and no longer find eating pleasurable. I use a collaborative approach when working with people to assist them in figuring out how to eat differently to achieve their goals of better health and more enjoyment.  I am an expert in food and nutrition but I believe my clients are the experts in themselves.  We need to combine our expertise to encourage best outcomes.

Food choices today can feel complicated; efforts by large food companies to sell nutrition can be confusing. Registered dietitians/nutritionists are food experts. We help people navigate the “low carb”, “no trans fat”, “contains plant sterols” labels and determine whether any of these claims are even relevant to a client’s particular situation. We are familiar with the foods that aggravate common, yet frustrating conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome or gastro-esophageal reflux.

I have a strong science background and believe in evidence based practice. I also have advanced training in Mind-Body Medicine. I utilize a variety of methods based on what each individual client needs or is interested in trying. I help my clients integrate their goals and values with national standards for dietary recommendations. I am open to alternative therapies; I may suggest herbal products or other supplements as appropriate to the individual.

Changing eating habits is not easy. A registered dietitian/nutritionist who takes the time to get to know clients can help facilitate changes that result in clients who feel better. This is what gives meaning to my work. I provide tools to help people make changes they can live with and thus lead healthier and more productive lives. When my clients feel successful I feel successful.

 

Susan Engle in the News

From Seacoast Living, March 3, 2006
“My Strawberry, Myself”

From Foster’s Online, April 8, 2007
“Tipping the scales: Local experts weigh in on the topic of teen obesity”