November is National Diabetes Month and Cindy Fitch, a registered dietitian with more than 30 years experience working with children and their families, can provide expert assistance on living with diabetes.

Cindy completed her BS degree in Home Economics at Texas Tech University and her MS degree in nutrition at Texas Woman’s University. She worked for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) in Lubbock, Texas during the earliest years of the program. She spent several years working as a clinical dietitian at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. Later, she moved from Dallas to Cleveland where she worked as a clinical dietitian at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. In 1999, she completed her PhD in nutrition at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and joined the human nutrition faculty at West Virginia University. In August of 2008, she moved to the WVU Extension Service as the Food and Nutrition Specialist.

Prior to joining Extension, her research focus was on understanding the relationships among nutrition, growth, development, and health in children, and she has several publications in that area. In her role as the Food and Nutrition Specialist, Dr. Fitch is responsible for guiding the diabetes education programs, including Dining with Diabetes and the Diabetes Symposium and Workshop. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association, the American Society for Nutrition, and the American Diabetes Association.

She can be reached by phone at 304-293-2796, extension 3341, or 304-680-6095 (cell), Her email is: cfitch@mail.wvu.edu.