Delma De La Fuente earned her Baccalaureate of Arts in government studies from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from Life University, Marietta, GA, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. While attending Life University, Delma served as both a student ambassador and nutrition department tutor, was active in the Nutrition Club and Diversity Committee and was inducted into the Nu Omega Chapter of the Kappa Omicron Nu National Honor Society, where she served as Events Chair.
Delma is a breast cancer survivor whose career path shifted after being diagnosed in 2007, when she refocused on becoming an “integrative and functionally oriented registered dietitian.” Following her diagnosis, treatment, and time spent learning about food as medicine; Delma decided to formalize her long held passion for natural approaches to wellness by enrolling in Life University’s dietetic program. Delma is fueled by the desire to constantly learn and teach about the merits of health promoting foods and their relationship to quality of life, longevity and high performance.
Delma’s commitment extends to her community. She became a nutritional educator with “Cooking Matters,” participated in nutrition education with Share Our Strength, a national hunger relief program, and served as volunteer ambassador with Atlanta Public Schools conducting “Smoothie Dream” nutritional education sessions to students in middle school. The one-hour sessions focused on plant-based nutrition with an extensive show-and-tell display of fresh produce, nuts, seeds, legumes and grains and how those relate to health and well-being. The big idea was to promote the notion that you are what you eat.
Before shifting career paths in 2010, Delma served on several community boards including the Mexican Center of Atlanta (Instituto de Mexico), Planned Parenthood of Georgia, and Atlanta’s Table of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. She was also appointed by Governor Roy Barnes to the State Board of Technical and Adult Education.
Following satisfying her degree requirements from Life University, Delma completed a 10-month didactic program through Life University in June of 2014. Rotations included dietary management of dialysis patients, hospital-based acute care patients with cardiac and renal disorders, and long-term chronic care residents. The Atlanta Community Food Bank and WIC programs also provided rich learning opportunities. Delma’s area-of-interest rotation was spent at Wildwood Lifestyle Center, a Seventh-day Adventist wellness facility in the NW Georgia Mountains.
Delma DeLaFuente has a Plant-Based Nutrition certificate from the T. Collin Campbell Center for Nutritional Studies, is a certified Living Foods Lifestyle educator through the Living Foods Institute, and is a certified Living on Live Foods teacher through Boston’s Alissa Cohen. Delma is a member of the Functional and Integrative Dietitians working group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and serves as a director on Life University’s Board of Alumni Relations.
Delma is mother to Raquel, a vibrant and holistically-minded teenager.