I am a Registered Dietitian and a member of the Navajo/Diné Nation. I was born and raised on the Navajo Nation in Northeastern Arizona. I am the Charcoal Streaked Division of the Red Running into the Water Clan and I am born for the Coyote People Pass Clan.
I created this company because I believe in the power of our indigenous community and the power of change. I believe our communities hold the key to building healthier lives in a way that works for us. I grew up with a keen awareness that many dietitians and healthcare providers do not look like me and may not be familiar with all our indigenous foodways and customs. It is time we start delivering health education in a way that works for us and builds on our strengths as a people.
I recognize the power of building on our local food systems to increase access to healthy and traditional foods, because that’s how we will make a change in our communities. We must use our traditional knowledge of food to help heal our communities. I believe our community deserve nutrition education with dignity, acceptance, and above all love. I love my community and I am excited use my formal education to empower my people.
I am appreciative of all the indigenous dietitians who came before me and I look forward to supporting each other in the future. I honor my ancestors who passed down their knowledge of food and nutrition which helped our communities thrive, even in the face of adversity.
"I believe our communities deserve nutrition education with dignity, acceptance and above all, love."
Master of Public Health
New Mexico State University
This graduate level degree focused on the core competencies of public health, including program development and evaluation. Additionally, the program concentrated on health behavior change theory and community health education.
B.S. in Nutrition
Arizona State University
Coursework focused on nutrition, anatomy & physiology and biochemistry in order to translate the science and art of nutrition and food service for the public.
Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist
The CDCES credential is maintained and fully administered by the Certification Board for Diabetes Care and Education (CBDCE), formerly the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators. Diabetes care and education specialists provide collaborative, comprehensive, and person-centered care and education to people with diabetes and cardiometabolic conditions.
All content is created by Denee Bex, MPH, RD, LD, CDCES unless otherwise indicated. Denee holds a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in community health education, a Bachelor of Science in nutrition and has completed 1,200 hours of supervised practice through an accredited dietetic internship program. She has also passed a national exam to obtain her dietitian credential. To maintain this credential requires 75 hours of continuing education every 5 years.
Additionally, Denee is a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES), which requires 2,000 hours practice experience and passing of a national exam every five years to maintain the credential. Tumbleweed Nutrition content includes references to peer-reviewed research articles, academic text books, or credible and evidence-based websites you can trust (from government or academic institutions).
Denee has worked in indigenous communities as a clinical dietitian, diabetes health coach and group facilitator for more than 10 years. She loves when she sees the light bulb flicker on in the minds of her patients and participants when she discusses nutrition with them. Denee, at her core, is an educator and loves developing new and engaging ways to teach nutrition.
Dietitian Your Way
All Bodies Nutrition Podcast
Dismantling Diet Culture: F*ck Being Calladita
Tribal Health the Podcast
Title: Interview with Denee Bex, MPH, RD, CDCES
Date released: 9/14/23
Title: Nutrition and Indigenous Communities featuring Denee Bex
Date released: 7/5/23
Title: Land and Body Sovereignty in Native Communities
Date released: 6/9/23
Title: Diet Culture in Indigenous Communities
Date released: 3/29/23
Title: Interview with Denee Bex
Date released: 3/9/23