Nancy Rodriguez, R.N., B.S.N., C.D.E.
Nominated for Diabetes Educator Of The Year Award by AADE - American Association of Diabetes Educators
Food for Life Instructor since 2013
Serving cities and surrounding areas of
| Oak Park
Favorite Low-fat Vegan Recipe:
Food for Life Instructor Nancy Rodriguez, R.N., B.S.N., C.D.E.
Nancy is a licensed registered nurse in Illinois.
She received her bachelor of science in nursing from Lewis University. She
earned her specialty as a certified diabetes educator (CDE) from the National
Certification Board of Diabetes Educators. She is founder, President, and director of Latino Instruction in
Diabetes to Empower and Reduce risks (LIDERr) Wellness Foundation, a non-profit
education organization that provides education regarding diabetes and how a plant-based whole foods, and low fat life style can prevent, control or reverse diabetes and heart disease. She has developed and implemented community-based programs for underserved, high risk, Spanish and English speaking families; Presented at seminars, conferences, and health fairs throughout metro Chicago. Nancy also received the Hispanic Heritage Award and was
nominated for Nursing Excellence for her community service. Her mission is to
educate, equip, and empower underserved families, especially with Spanish-language
and financial barriers, with the knowledge to prevent and reverse chronic
diseases like diabetes, through low-fat, plant-food diets and lifestyle
- Presenter, "Working with
the Entire Latino Family Unit to Help Prevent or Reverse Diabetes through
Plant-based Nutrition", 4th Annual National Plant-based Prevention of
Disease (P-POD) Conference, May 18-20, 2017, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Why did you become a Food for Life instructor?
"I do this in honor of my mother Elizabeth and underserved
Latino families, especially Spanish-speaking children who are twice as likely
to develop diabetes!"
My mother's quote: "Si, Se puede, primero Dios." Yes, it's
possible, with God.
Here is what class attendees are saying…
“These classes have really made a huge difference in my overall diabetes and well-being. I not only feel more energy, sleep better, and was taken off all my diabetes medications. I have also lowered my A1c from 10.8 to 5.7% my triglycerides from 306 mg/dL to 59, and lost 60 pounds after 4 months.”
-Carlos Angeles, Chicago, IL
"After 3 months on the program, I have both lost 10 pounds and my blood sugar is controlled after dropping an average of 100 points. My doctor said I could get off all my insulin injections and my A1c is at normal level."
-Roberto Elguea, Chicago, IL