Areas of Expertise:
- Community Nutrition/Public Health
- Food Preparation and Meal Planning
- Kosher Foods
- Vegetarian Eating
Smithson is the founder of DiabetesEveryDay.com, an online guidance and support resource for people with diabetes, where she shares strategies and tools for self-managing diabetes, mixing professional expertise with personal experience successfully managing diabetes for more than 40 years. Smithson has developed and implemented diabetes support groups for high school teens, given women's health presentations and developed child nutrition programming and worksite wellness programs. She is a columnist for the Chicago suburban newspaper the Daily Herald and the co-author of Diabetes Meal Planning and Nutrition for Dummies (Wiley 2013). She is also active in several diabetes advocacy groups and sits on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Legislative Diabetes Caucus Foundation. Smithson earned the Commission on Dietetic Registration's certificate of training in adult weight management. In 2009, she was awarded the Illinois Dietetic Association's Outstanding Dietitian award. She is a past president of the Illinois Dietetic Association and continues to hold leadership positions at the state level. A graduate of Northern Illinois University, she is completing a master's degree at Benedictine University.