In year 9 at school, Julie Meek realised that she wanted to help people choose a healthy lifestyle and food for a living but she had no idea what that career was. She sought advice from a guidance counsellor and came up with a plan to achieve her goal of becoming a dietician.
After a completing three degrees at Curtin – a Bachelor in Nutrition and Food Science; a Graduate Diploma in Dietetics; and a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Promotion, Meek developed more than a solid foundation to become the sought-after performance specialist and sports dietician she is today.
Meek’s passion for healthy eating has led to an incredibly varied and successful 15-year career to date.
She has worked as a sole dietician in rural New South Wales, helped sports organisations from grassroots to the elite level, established Belly Blasters (a fat and waist loss program), started her own business and written two books.
She now spends her time writing and speaking to corporate groups about how to embrace the attitudes of world-class athletes in the business realm.
As her whirlwind career might indicate, Meek is not one to sit still for long. Meek, her husband and three children recently bought an 800-year-old apartment in Tuscany that they plan to slowly renovate.
“I would like to establish speaking work in Italy and Europe in the next couple of years and become bilingual,” she says.
“I feel very passionate about what I do and the difference I can make in people’s lives – that always drives me forward.”
Name: Julie Meek
Studied: Bachelor of Applied Science (Nutrition and Food Sc), Graduate Diploma in Dietetics, Postgraduate Diploma in Health Promotion
Graduated: 1989, 1991, 1997
Area of study: Health Sciences