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Health and Wellness Program Manager - Char Heer

Health and Wellness Program Manager - Char Heer

Char Heer - Health and Wellness Program Manager and NDNC Member

Char Heer

  • Health and Wellness Program Manager

  • Midwest Dairy Association/Midwest Dairy Council

  • Home office in Hazeltine, ND



What do you do on typical day of work?

  • Every day is different.  On Monday I may be in my home office reading and answering emails from co-workers, educators and health professionals. Tuesday I may be on the road to Fargo for a visit with the School Nutrition Director talking about Breakfast in The Classroom or visiting a Fuel Up To Play 60 Program Advisor at a local school about their projects to encourage healthy eating and physical activity.  Wednesday may take me to Minneapolis or Chicago for a meeting with my co-workers to talk about our partnership with Feeding America to address Food Insecurity.   Thursday may put me back in the office to work on a Farm to School project promoting dairy farmers or planning the Living Ag Classroom exhibits and Friday I most likely will be documenting all my visits and successes from the week, schedule future visits and reflect on how fortunate I am to work for great people (the dairy farmers) who make great products!   


What are the working conditions like?

  • My car and I are best friends! I generally travel 3000 miles a month going to meetings or events in Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks and other North Dakota locations.   I also spend some time in airports going to Chicago, Minneapolis, Des Moines or Kansas City (location of our corporate offices).   So when I am not traveling it is really nice to be in a home office.  


What education requirements, college degrees, licenses are needed for your career?

  • Being a registered dietitian or a licensed nutritionist is preferred.   A strong communications background is helpful.


What are the most and least rewarding parts of your job?

  • I grew up on a farm so it is very rewarding to me to represent and promote the hard working and dedicated dairy farmers.   The frustrating part of my job is seeing how consumers have lost trust in agriculture and no longer understand all the work that it takes to have wholesome food on our table. Winter travel is always a challenge!


What do you wish you knew (but didn’t) when you first contemplated this career?

  • I really can’t think of anything – I have no regrets.


What is one piece of advice you would give to undergraduate dietetics/nutrition students?

  • I would suggest getting experience in public speaking, writing and message delivery.  You are in a career where your voice needs to be heard!

Why are you an NDNC member?

  • The members represent a broad range of careers that address the health and wellbeing of students and adults.  I feel privileged to be part of such a diverse group of professionals and honored to be in the company of friends.
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