My Story: Kathy Wiemer, MS, RD

Senior Fellow, General Mills Bell Institute of Health & Nutrition

   Kathy

My journey in nutrition has roots back to my childhood, growing up on an Iowa farm where I learned a lot about growing food. Participating in 4-H helped me gain experience in showing cattle and sewing, cooking and canning.  I was a Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow finalist as a senior in High School, so maybe that was an early predictor of where I might land in my career at General Mills!! 

My direction in college took a few turns---I started at a small liberal arts college in Nebraska where I received a scholarship to play basketball. In 1973, our National championship women’s team was chosen by the State Department, along with an all-star men’s team, to play basketball and represent the US to encourage diplomatic ties with China.  A truly life-changing experience at age 18! I later transferred to Iowa State University to major in nutrition and dietetics, completed my Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition at the University of Nebraska and became a registered dietitian.

The nutrition function at General Mills has a 53-year history and I’ve had the privilege of being part of its evolution for 38 of those years!  It’s been an amazing journey and as a Senior Fellow,  I’m pleased that the Bell Institute exemplifies the strong foundation of scientific rigor, professional excellence and commitment to health and nutrition. While I’ve had several roles during my tenure, I currently lead our Global Scientific and Regulatory Affairs team. We interact on key nutrition regulatory and policy initiatives both domestically and internationally for General Mills, which includes developing and submitting comments, engaging with regulatory agencies, trade associations and key health and nutrition associations on topics of mutual interest. We have made significant contributions that ultimately benefit consumers in the areas of whole grains, oats and cardiovascular disease, food fortification and nutrition labeling. I am so fortunate that I get to work with a wide variety of talented people, both internally and externally, and it is truly inspiring. 

When I’m not working, I enjoy actively spending time with my family (husband and two daughters--who are both in food and nutrition-related fields), reading, gardening, traveling and volunteering in a number of ways.

Currently, my favorite General Mills product is Yoplait Plenti (with oatmeal). It’s a fabulous combination of creamy Greek yogurt, fruits and whole grain oatmeal that’s both delicious and satisfying as part of my breakfast or as a snack.  



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