Where Are They Now? Nancy Clark '73

April 13, 2015

Nancy Clark

It's opening day at Fenway Park! We're celebrating by talking with Nancy Clark -- she works as a Nutritionist for the Red Sox.

What is a typical day like at your job?

I don't have a typical day! I have a private sports nutrition practice in Newton where I counsel both casual exercisers and serious athletes one-on-one. I blog and tweet and write sports nutrition articles. I market my Sports Nutrition Guidebook, ready-made handouts and powerpoint presentations. And I offer workshops locally and nationally. 

How did you hear about the position with the Red Sox?

The Red Sox Director of Sports Medicine called me up out of the blue.

What's your favorite part of your job at your private practice?

Helping people who struggle with finding the right balance of food and weight to find a healthy balance with diet and exercise. Many of my clients have disordered eating patterns and fight with food and the bathroom scale. I help them find peace.

What was your favorite class you took at Simmons? Why? 

Cooking. It was fun, educational, useful and yummy

How did Simmons help prepare you for your career? 

Simmons gave me what I needed to get an internship and become a Registered Dietitian.

Fill in the blank: I love Simmons because... 

...of the location in Boston with all that it offers, the friends I made and the great education.

Can you explain the kind of work you do for the Red Sox?

  • One-on-one consults -- primarily focusing on how to gain or lose weight
  • Group talks on sports nutrition
  • Oversight of the menu

Have you always been interested in sports nutrition?

I live an active lifestyle and wanted to know more about how food and exercise connect. Professionally, it's fun to work with active, healthy people.

What's your favorite Simmons memory?

Cooking labs -- and having my friends wait by the doorway, drooling!

What advice would you give to a current Simmons undergraduate student?

Jump in and learn as much as you can.