I’ve worked with thousands of clients since becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) more than 20 years ago. I have seen the positive impact of teaching clients to truly understand nutrition so that it becomes enjoyable to make changes to their eating instead of feeling like they are being punished or deprived. I have also seen the growing amount of misinformation being taught by people claiming to be experts in this field. The medical field has specialists in various areas for a reason. No one can be an expert in every area and your health deserves the best C.A.R.E. you can get.
That’s why I started C.A.R.E. Wellness Group. I want to build a team of experts that will cover all areas of health and nutrition and give people the place that they can come to for reliable information. It’s a fascinating field that is overshadowed by so much misinformation that most people lose interest when they don’t achieve the expected results or continue to hear conflicting information. This site is about providing facts, not fads.
My Philosophy - I believe my role as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist is to provide an education in nutrition and health, based on research and my professional experience, that allows people to choose what works for them. It’s not my job to preach, judge, or force my views on anyone. Food is very personal thing for people with a lifetime of memories connected to it. Working together is about understanding what your goals are for your weight and/or health and then learning how to make the choices to achieve those goals.
One of the things that I hear the most is that “I know what I should eat, but I just don’t do it.” The problem lies in what you know, not in you. There is no one plan or diet that will work forever for anyone. Our needs and preferences change for health reasons, age, activity, seasons, stress, living situations, and everything in between. I take the approach of providing the information needed to make adjustments and choices based on these changes. I don’t put people on a “diet.” That implies deprivation, restriction, torture, guilt, you name it. It also implies that there is an end if you “start” a diet. What you eat needs to become a part of your life, how you live and what you do. I look at it as learning to balance, but not in the way that it’s implied to be something easy. I see balancing your life and food choices like walking on a balance beam or tight rope. There’s a great deal of focus, planning, practice, and making adjustments to maintain your balance.
Education & ExperienceBetty Kovacs-Harbolic is one of the leading Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in the weight loss and maintenance field, with a career unlike any other. She trained and worked with the world-renowned scientist, Dr. Xavier Pi-Sunyer, at the New York Obesity Research Center at St. Luke’s Hospital for nearly two decades. She has worked with thousands of clients one-to-one, in groups, by telephone, and on message boards in numerous different roles:
Betty is an educator to her peers, speaking annually at the Columbia University Obesity: Etiology, Prevention and Treatment Course, presenting at conferences and grand rounds, and serving on advisory panels. She participated in the development of the exam and coursework for The American Dietetic Association for dietitians to be certified in adult weight management. She has been a medical writer for over a decade on WebMD’s site, medicinenet.com covering all areas of nutrition and health.
Betty holds an Associate’s degree in Business Administration; graduated Magna Cum Laude from Marymount College with a Bachelor’s degree in Foods and Nutrition, and has a Master’s degree, from NYU, in Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics: Clinical Nutrition. She won the nutrition graduate most likely to succeed award and went on to do an intensive, full-time, 52-week internship with the Department of Veteran Affairs covering all aspects of nutrition and health, from pregnancy to geriatrics. She was recognized as a leading Registered Dietitian in Manhattan in Quest Magazine’s Annual New York Resources issue. She has appeared on WNBC news, WABC Eye Witness News, New York 1 News, and News 12, and she has been interviewed by numerous magazines and newspapers, including Woman’s World, Glamour, Newsday, LA Times, Daily News, and Travelers Magazine.
In her free time, Betty enjoys, traveling, concerts, game nights, walks, and getting together with family and friends. She lives in Putnam county with her wonderful husband, Jason, and two lovable dogs, Lucy and Ricky. Betty and Jason are combining his love of cooking with her knowledge of nutrition to develop recipes and cooking videos.
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