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Carla Cox, PhD, RD, CSSD, CDE

Carla Cox

Greetings! I'm Carla Cox, and I am a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator. Academically, I have a master’s degree in nutrition, and a doctorate with emphasis in exercise physiology. I have been a certified diabetes educator for over 25 years, and I served as an assistant adjunct professor for 14 years, teaching in areas of sports nutrition and exercise physiology. Currently, I work in Missoula, Montana as a diabetes educator in both the in- and outpatient settings.

In addition to seeing patients with diabetes, I meet with patients for eating disorders and sports nutrition, and on occasion, all three are incorporated in one patient! A major passion of mine brings together diabetes, kids and exercise.

I love encouraging children with diabetes to enjoy outdoor activities. This has resulted in many dogsled adventures, backpacking and hiking trips with kids with type 1 diabetes. I’m the head nutritionist for both the Montana and Colorado American Diabetes Association summer kids camps, and for the last 2 years have co-chaired the Montana Tour de Cure bike ride.

In my personal life, I enjoy dog sledding (with my own 10 dog team), backpacking, canoeing, running, cycling, triathlons, grandchildren and a supportive husband! I have climbed a wide variety of mountains and am attempting to achieve the highest peak in all 50 states. Only 9 states left to go! In May, 2008, I was fortunate to stand on the top of the highest point in North American, Denali in Alaska.

Recent Posts:

  • Diabetes Technology is off to Camp

    By Carla Cox, PhD, RD, CDE, CSSD, FAADE, CPT | Mar 19, 2019

    There are several new resources available to share with camp health professionals and school nurses that may be less familiar with type 1 diabetes and devices. Diabetes educator Carla Cox shares the educational resources, tip sheets and websites to help address this gap in diabetes-tech knowledge.

  • American Heart Month – Let’s Remember to Honor the Heart with Healthy Food

    By Carla Cox, PhD, RD, CDE, CSSD, FAADE, CPT | Feb 25, 2019

    What are the dietary recommendations for reducing the risk for heart disease? While there are some conflicting recommendations, the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association and the National Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics have some common recommendations. Here are the research-based recommendations which you can confidently encourage individuals to embrace for the prevention of heart disease.

  • Population Health – Just What Does That Mean?

    By Carla Cox, PhD, RD, CDE, CSSD, FAADE, CPT | Jan 10, 2019

    Most diabetes educators focus on an individual or a small group of people with diabetes, providing education and support throughout the lifespan but how are we involved in working with the health of larger populations?

  • 2018 Diabetes Technology Advances at a Glance

    By Carla Cox, PhD, RD, CDE, CSSD, FAADE, CPT | Dec 26, 2018

    Diabetes Planning
    Watching the progress of technology that enhances the management of diabetes has been amazing over the decades. Here are some diabetes technology highlights from 2018.

  • Thinking of Doing Research? Make Sure You are on the Right Track!

    By Carla Cox, PhD, RD, CDE, CSSD, FAADE, CPT | Dec 05, 2018

    As more diabetes educators are encouraged to do research, or are finding it of interest, it is important that we think about the purpose of research. It is also critical that we understand the steps of doing research so that the results are valid and can be shared with the wider community.

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