I grew up spending spring mornings bottle feeding calves, summers hoeing the garden with Mamaw, and winter evenings sneaking to the shop to strip tobacco tips for my Papaw.
The unique experience I had, knowing where my food came from, along with noticing how the quality of my food impacted my performance as a high school swimmer, directed my path to becoming a registered dietitian.
Working with D1 athletes, college-aged students, and young adults for seven years, I realized most people live far from the experience I enjoyed. They don’t know where their food comes from, how it is cared for, or that quality, nutrient-dense food can be (and is) grown sustainably—and is necessary for a thriving ecosystem.
I appreciate the hard work farmers do to put food on our shelves and I value the natural resources we use to produce nutrient-dense foods. I look forward to representing the dairy farmers in the Southeast as the newest member of the community wellness team at The Dairy Alliance.
Ethan Mattingly, MS, RD, LDN
Ethan Mattingly joined The Dairy Alliance in November 2022. Born and raised in rural Kentucky, he earned degrees in Dietetics from Western Kentucky University and a Master’s in Kinesiology & Health Promotion from the University of Kentucky. In his career, Ethan has been a sports dietitian for a D1 SEC football team, a long-term care dietitian, health coach, adjunct professor, campus dietitian, and dietetic mentor. His focus is helping individuals understand the impact of their food choices on health outcomes and advocating for nutrient-dense, whole foods over highly processed food-like products and supplements. Ethan is a member of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics and the Kentucky Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. His time outside of work is spent helping on his grandparents’ angus cattle farm, raising mums for fall sales with his brother, selling retail Christmas trees at the last country store in his county, and being active in his church and community.