Idaho Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in Action: Ruth Schneider, MPH, RDN, LD, FAND

During 2017, the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will be highlighting our members and what they do as the ‘Nutrition Experts’ for our great state of Idaho. Today we are recognizing:

Ruth Schneider, MPH, RDN, LD, FAND

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Coordinator of the Dietetic Internship at the Idaho State University Meridian Health Sciences Center 

As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, what do you do?  

Ruth Schneider works at Idaho State University Meridian Health Sciences Center as the Coordinator of the Dietetic Internship.  To become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, one must complete an undergraduate or graduate program in Food and Nutrition or Dietetics, and also do 1200 hours of supervised practice (the internship) to be able to sit for the registration exam.

As Coordinator, Ruth teaches interns on class days, and coordinates their rotations in hospitals, long term care facilities, health departments, outpatient counseling, diabetes and kidney disease, as well as food service management in a variety of sites (schools, hospitals and non-profits).

Ruth loves my job because she enjoys teaching, and she enjoys interacting with all of the preceptors in the Treasure Valley who work with ISU interns.

What are the benefits you have seen from your services in the Idaho community?

Many interns have stayed in the Treasure Valley and are working as RDNs in places such as school lunch, clinical/hospital dietetics, Idaho Foodbank, Idaho Dairy Council, and WIC.

The ISU Meridian Health Sciences Center has several multi-disciplinary projects, which both help the community and provide learning opportunities for interns.  We are in our seventh year of Community Health Screening clinics, which are provided 6 times a year at various sites.  These screenings target low income populations, and the intent is to screen for problems and refer before problems become emergencies and lead to an ER visit.  

ISU also has a senior refugee home visit grant that is interdisciplinary.  This provides opportunities for interns to work with nursing, nurse practitioner, and pharmacy students to provide follow-up care in homes for refugees.  Cultural competency is a large part of this program, as interpreters are needed at all visits, and refugees come from diverse areas of the world.

Because the ISU internship has a community focus, interns work in the community to improve access to food in a variety of ways, such as working with food pantries to improve the quality of food boxes, and providing food demonstrations on how to use less familiar foods that may be part of a Foodbank box.

How can someone reach you to access your services?

To learn more about the dietetic internship, and all dietetic programs at ISU, please visit www.isu.edu/dietetics. To reach Ruth Schneider at the Meridian center, call 208-373-1729, or e-mail her at schnruth@isu.edu.

 

Thank you Ruth for all that you do for our great state of Idaho!

 

To learn more about the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and how you can join, please visit eatrightidaho.org.

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Idaho Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in Action: Steffanie Sandoval, RD, LD

During 2017, the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will be highlighting our members and what they do as the ‘Nutrition Experts’ for our great state of Idaho. Today we are recognizing:

Steffanie Sandoval, RD, LD

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Program Coordinator for the University of Idaho Extension Program – Eat Smart Idaho in Southern Idaho (District II)

As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, what do you do?  

I am the Program Coordinator for the University of Idaho Extension Program – Eat Smart Idaho in Southern Idaho (District II). Our program offers nutrition education to limited resource individuals (adults and youth) who qualify for food assistance programs such as SNAP, WIC, meet 185% of the federal poverty guidelines, or etc. We also coordinate and assist with a variety of policy, systems, and environmental projects such as Long Live Idaho (healthy messaging campaign), Smarter Lunchrooms, and healthy food pantries. My role is to assist and support nutrition advisors, coordinate direct education activities, build and maintain agency partnerships, and etc. 

What are the benefits you have seen from your services in the Idaho community?

Through our program, we have helped individuals and families utilize and stretch their food dollars to purchase healthful and nutritious foods through planning, budgeting, and identifying low cost food options. We help our participants understand why the different food groups are important, what impacts foods can have on their health, nutrition label reading, and how to make a balanced plate. When teaching youth classes, we do a variety of activities such as food safety and hand washing, think your drink, label reading, and making healthier fast food choices. We encourage youth in our classes to think about the foods they eat and try to get them to find healthier food options for more nutrition as they grow. 

How can someone reach you to access your services?

Eat Smart Idaho classes are advertised on our webpage at http://www.uidaho.edu/extension/eat-smart-idaho . The webpage shows a current list of classes and topics being offered throughout Idaho. The webpage should be undergoing some updates soon and will include more recipes and videos. People and agencies who are interested in learning more about our program can contact eatsmart.uidaho.edu.

 


Thank you Steffanie for all that you do for our great state of Idaho!

 

To learn more about the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and how you can join, please visit eatrightidaho.org.

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Idaho Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in Action: Monica Perry, RDN, LD

During 2017, the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will be highlighting our members and what they do as the ‘Nutrition Experts’ for our great state of Idaho. Today we are recognizing:

Monica Perry, RDN, LD 

Program Director for the Idaho Nutrition & Foodservice Professional Online Training Program

As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, what do you do?  

This is my 13th year as the Program Director for the Idaho Nutrition & Foodservice Professional Online Training Program (formerly known as the Dietary Manager Course).  This 12 month online distance learning course is designed for students who are looking for a career change or are currently employed in foodservice but aspire to be credentialed as a Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional. (CDM, CFPP).  Graduates may apply to sit for the credentialing exam, active ANFP membership, and upon successfully completing the exam may use the CDM, CFPP credential after their name.

Our course is required for dietary managers working in skilled nursing facilities, in Idaho.  CMS regulations released in November, 2016 now require dietary managers in skilled nursing facilities to be a certified dietary manager, certified food manager or similar national certification for food service management and safety from a national certifying body.

How can someone reach you to access your services?

Information about our program:  http://www.idhca.org/events/idahos-anfp-dietary-manager-online-training-course/

 

Thank you Monica for all that you do for our great state of Idaho!

 

To learn more about the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and how you can join, please visit eatrightidaho.org.

To find a Idaho Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in your area, please click here

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Idaho Registered Dietitian Nutritionists in Action: Sue Stillman Linja, RDN, LD and SeAnne Safaii-Waite, PhD, RDN, LD

During 2017, the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will be highlighting our members and what they do as the ‘Nutrition Experts’ for our great state of Idaho. Today we are recognizing:

Sue Stillman Linja, RDN, LD and SeAnne Safaii-Waite, PhD, RDN, LD

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As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, what do you do?  

Sue Stillman Linja, RDN, LD, is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, specializing in geriatric nutrition.  Sue has spent the past 25 years of her nutrition career working with those living the later years of their lives, both individuals in pursuit of nutritional health and longevity and those at life’s end.  Nutrition and aging is her passion.

Sue graduated from the University of Idaho in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics in 1988 and has spent the majority of her years as a business owner – providing much needed contract nutrition services to a variety of health care entities, most prominently those specializing in geriatrics.  She possesses expertise in nutrition consulting for skilled nursing facilities, senior congregate meal settings, hospitals, psychiatric homes, assisted living, home health, corrections, ICF-DD facilities and physicians’ clinics for outpatient education.  As her business grew, Sue never lost her focus on the effects of food and dining on quality aging.  One of her continued passions has been working with geriatrics in the long term care facilities – in the capacity of nutrition services director, clinical dietitian, health facility surveyor and dietitian consultant.  

In addition to creating and implementing quality nutrition and menu services for her clients, Sue and her business partner also provide contract work for more than 50 dietitians in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Kansas  and Utah.  Sue has been widely sought as a speaker for nutrition and aging seminars in the northwest and has worked on multiple nutrition publications and articles on this topic.  She thoroughly enjoys meeting and working with her clients, especially those living into their 8th, 9th and 10th decades of life.  Sue learns valuable life lessons from every person of age that she is fortunate enough to meet.  

SeAnne Safaii, PhD, RDN, LD is an Associate Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Idaho. She is a nutrition communications professional, a registered dietitian and educator. SeAnne joined the University of Idaho faculty in 2008 after nearly 15 years working at the State Department of Education. Since coming to UI, she has served on various committees, including Faculty Senate, University Budget and Finance Committee and Benefits Advisory group for over two years and has written grant proposals collaboratively to fund various nutrition interventions.  She and her team have received one NIH grant for the development of a virtual diabetes world. She currently teaches dietetic students both in Boise and CDA where they learn to use innovative technology in her classes in order to collaborate, teach and provide medical nutrition therapy to a variety of audiences. She also serves on other committees such as Idaho Medical Home Collaborative, Idaho Telemedicine Committee and is past president of the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

SeAnne has published in various research journals and authored textbook chapters. She loves sharing nutrition information in the media, writes for three newspapers, makes appearances on local television networks and has a series on the eHow Network. She is often a sought after nutrition expert for media stories. SeAnne’ s love of technology and nutrition has helped her focus her research on the use of virtual worlds for nutrition and diabetes education. She and her colleagues have developed a virtual world for individuals with diabetes where they can socialize, play games, share recipes and other tips for diabetes management. She has also become a national leader in the use of simulation in teaching Medical Nutrition Therapy to dietetics students and is currently working on integrating nutrition services into primary care. Her most recent endeavor is to study the dietary habits of centenarians from the US, Japan, Italy and Singapore.

This year, Sue and SeAnne are releasing a guide based on their research to prevent Alzheimer’s. 

The Alzheimer’s Prevention Food Guide: A Quick Nutritional Reference to Foods That Nourish and Protect the Brain from Alzheimer’s Disease” (Callisto Publishing, 2017)

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How will this book benefit Idahoans? 

We are hopeful that this book will provide some optimism for those people who have a family history of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) or who are otherwise wishing to minimize their modifiable risk factors for developing Alzheimer’s Disease. There are currently over 25,000 Idahoans with AD and the numbers are growing.  We believe there is a way to lessen the risk through improved diet and this book provides the framework for a brain-healthy diet. 

Here is an excerpt from the book’s Introduction (following some personal stories about the Authors’ moms who have Alzheimer’s Disease):

Our experiences are personal, but unfortunately they are not unique to us. Alzheimer’s disease statistics in the United States are staggering: According to the Alzheimer’s Association, about 5.4 million Americans are living with the disease, and this number is on the rise. Today, one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or dementia, and although deaths from other major diseases have decreased significantly in the last decade, Alzheimer’s deaths have increased by 71 percent. Given that there is not a cure for Alzheimer’s, medical communities are looking to prevention to slow down these alarming increases. Exercise, diet, and brain activities all show great preventive promise. In light of our interests and expertise, this book focuses exclusively on the food, nutrition, and diet component. Although the benefits of brain-healthy eating are important for all types of dementia, this guide focuses on the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.

Food as medicine has been an important doctrine in countries and cultures around the globe for centuries. A nutritious diet can not only help prevent chronic disease, it is also often used as a treatment for disease. We know, too, that unhealthy diets can have devastating effects on the human body. They can exponentially shorten lives and are the root cause of many common diseases in the world today.

This is the first and only detailed food guide written to assist you with making brain-healthy dietary alterations and incorporating mind-nourishing foods into your diet—all without making drastic changes. This guide will modify the way you think about the foods you eat and give you ways to fortify your brain. You will learn:

*Why diet can protect against Alzheimer’s disease

*How healthy and unhealthy foods affect your brain

*Which foods-more than 100 of them-you can incorporate into your diet, and why they are beneficial

*How easy it is to add brain-healthy foods to your daily meal plan. 

As dietitians and researchers, we have spent a great deal of time investigating the links between diet and Alzheimer’s disease. Cutting-edge research continues to explore the fascinating science behind nutrition and cognition, and further exploration will result in even more compelling dietary recommendations. For now, that this guide can be used by those of you who are interested in pro- moting a healthy brain and preventing or delaying cognitive decline as you age. Please join us on our journey to marry nutrition science and optimism in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.

 

*The book is currently available for pre-sale on Amazon! Click here: www.amazon.com

 

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Highlighting the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2017 Idaho State University Outstanding Dietetic Student Award Winners

The purpose of the Outstanding Dietetics Student Award program is to recognize the emerging leadership and achievement of students in ACEND-accredited and approved dietetics education programs and encourage their participation in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Idaho State University selected three students for this award: one from the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), one from the Dietetic Internship in Pocatello, and one from the Dietetic Internship in Meridian. Faculty, preceptors, and students assisted with the selection.

All students were recognized at the Annual Meeting, April 20th – 21st, 2017

The Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics awards each ODSA a one-year membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Criteria

  • Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Students must be members by January 1st of the year in which they would receive the award. Student enrolled in ACEND-accredited dietetics education program (CP, DI, DPD, DT).
  • Demonstrated academic achievement as documented by letters from program faculty or preceptor.
  • Demonstrated leadership and professional potential; e.g., honors, student dietetic association activities, community service activities, etc.

Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)

Stephanie Fisher 

 

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How did you become interested in nutrition?

I have always wanted to help people, and I love food. Once I learned that my two passions could be combined, that’s when I knew I wanted to become a dietitian.

What has been your favorite experience from your dietetic program so far?

I have really enjoyed the hands-on experiences that we were offered at Idaho State University. We have been lucky to go in large kitchens and work with different pieces of equipment and apply the information we learned in class to real life situations. I also enjoyed being able to go to the hospital and speak with the patients. That opportunity has helped me develop my motivational interviewing skills that I will need in the future.

Once you become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, what kind of work would you like to do?

At this point, I would like to become either a Diabetes Educator or a renal dietitian. I look forward to the internship to see which area I would rather be in each day.

What words of wisdom would you share with students who are interested in pursuing Dietetics?

I would tell people to go out and volunteer in the community. Consider different programs, such as Cooking Matters or Benny’s Pantry, to see if it is rewarding and enjoyable for them. Improving the community and helping others is a large part of dietetics, so they need to make sure it is something they enjoy before dedicating their time to a dietetic program.

Dietetic Internship in Pocatello

Andrea Conley

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How did you become interested in nutrition?

I got interested in Nutrition after switching my major 2 times and struggling to find something that felt right. I always knew that I wanted to be able to help others but I was never sure how I would achieve this goal. After completing my second year of generals and switching majors multiple times, I took a nutrition class at Boise State University and fell in love. I had a great professor who was at the time a pediatric dietitian in Boise who really helped to spark my interest. After that class I knew that I wanted to be a registered dietitian. I applied to Idaho State University and moved to Pocatello the next fall to finish my degree.

What has been your favorite experience from your dietetic program so far?

My favorite experience during my dietetic program and internship has been all the work I’ve got to do with the community such as; health fairs and YEAH! (Youth engaged in healthy activities) pizza night where we made healthy pizzas with the kids in the class. It is so fun and rewarding to get out there and get involved with the community.

Once you become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, what kind of work would you like to do?

Once I become a dietitian I would like to start in a clinical setting while working towards my CDE and possibly work with children and diabetes prevention programs.

What words of wisdom would you share with students who are interested in pursuing Dietetics?

“Stop doubting yourself, work hard, and make it happen”- Author unknown. I believe this quote really sums up what it takes to succeed in anything you pursue.  It’s a lot of hard work but it’s possible and so worth it! You just have to remember that everyone around you, your professors and preceptors are there for you and want you to succeed.

Dietetic Internship in Meridian 

Alyssa Lynott

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How did you become interested in nutrition?

I always like to joke around that dietetics found me. When I first started in my undergrad program at Idaho State University, I did not know much about nutrition or the field of dietetics.  However, as I went further in the coursework and developed an idea of what this field could mean for me as a professional, I fell in love! It took some time for me to decide my career path, but I am so grateful that it brought me here. 

What has been your favorite experience from your dietetic program and/or internship so far?

My favorite part of the internship has been working with the preceptors. I never truly realized just how important they are to the learning process until this internship. Throughout the year, I have met some of the most amazing and motivated dietetic professionals. They each have had an integral part in helping me grow as a dietitian; by offering constructive criticism and various learning experiences. Developing personal relationships, as well as working alongside each preceptor, has been the best part of this crazy year. I would not be at this level without their support and kindness. Knowing their importance to education, I am thrilled to enter the workforce and become a preceptor to support the next generations of dietitians!

Once you become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, what kind of work would you like to do?

This is such a tough question to answer. I have found that I love all the roles dietitians can play in various aspects of a community. However, I felt the strongest connection with outpatient counseling. I felt that I could really make an impact on someone’s life by using motivational interviewing, but also felt that I was actively learning about different cultures and lifestyles. In this area of work I felt that I could make a connection with clients and guide them to a place where they could make lifestyle changes to better their health. I really enjoyed working in this setting, but I think each area of dietetics offers unique and exciting experiences. 

What words of wisdom would you share with students who are interested in pursuing Dietetics?

My advice would be to embrace being out of your comfort zone. There were moments in the internship where I felt unprepared for situations, mainly due to little experience in a majority of the areas. These moments, though terrifying at the time, are what I am most grateful for. I often found in these challenging situations that you have the knowledge tucked away in the corners of your brain; you just did not know it! My advice would be to always embrace new experiences while wearing your biggest smile and positive attitude; it truly is the best way to learn. 

 

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2017 Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Award Winners

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On behalf of the Awards Committee, we appreciate all who submitted letters nominating the following individuals for awards:

Gem Award: Mary Leonard 

The Gem award recognizes a nonmember who is a valued partner of the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Mary Leonard has been a great asset to Idaho dietitians and an enthusiastic advocate of our profession.  She is dedicated to protecting Idaho citizens from potentially harmful medical practices by facilitating the activities of licensure.  She specifically supported us in revising and updating our state dietetics practice act, going above and beyond our expectations to make sure we were well prepared and positioned to get the votes necessary to pass our licensure bill.

 

Award of Merit: Holly Anderson 

The Award of Merit recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to supporting the work of Idaho RDN’s.  Holly Anderson is a team leader at the Idaho Statesman who regularly reaches out to and recognizes the RDN as the nutrition expert when publishing nutrition articles.  Twenty years ago, RDN’s were rarely quoted in local news articles.  Today, we have an Idaho journalist who features us on a weekly basis.  Many of you have had the pleasure of working with her.    We are grateful and honored to have Holly accept this award.

 

Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year: Rachelle Ausman

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This award recognizes dietitians 35 years of age or younger who demonstrate leadership qualities in areas related to their profession.  Nearly three years ago, we received a grant from the Foundation to enhance our social media presence and engagement.  Rachelle Ausman accepted the role of Social Media Chair on the Idaho Academy Board, propelling us forward in this area, recruiting members and students to contribute to our Affiliate’s blog.  She works cooperatively and productively with the Idaho Academy board, membership and the Executive Director.  With her leadership, we continue to highlight and market the RDN as the food and nutrition expert. 

 

Emerging Dietetic Leader: Kimberly Young

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This award acknowledges dietitians at the beginning of their dietetics careers who support the promotion of optimal public health and nutritional status.  Kimberly Young serves on the Idaho Academy Board, is an instructor at the University of Idaho, and directly manages operations in a northern Idaho WIC Clinic.  She has a tremendous understanding of the needs of her community and plans accordingly to Make a Difference Today with Tomorrow in Mind.  Kim recently received a grant to improve community health population-based strategies in northern Idaho with goals of decreasing and preventing chronic disease in mothers and young children and improving access to healthy foods and disease management.

 

Outstanding Dietitian of the Year: Nancy Kure

Each year, the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recognizes an individual to receive the Affiliate’s top member award.  Nancy Kure exemplifies giving back to the future, mentoring next generation Food and Nutrition professionals for years in her work as Food Service Director at Gritman Medical Center.  She is a Past President of the Idaho Dietetic Association and encourages student participation in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  She is a CDE involved in the Diabetes Prevention Program.  Her colleagues refer to her as an excelled educator and group facilitator.

 

June Yerrington Award: Beverly Crabbs 

This Idaho Academy award acknowledges a member’s professional lifetime achievement.  This member made a significant impact in his or her community and gained the respect of the membership.  Beverly Crabbs is recognized as a mentor and teacher for dietitians in her work as a state surveyor and her continued presence at and participation in Idaho Academy meetings.  She has been a member of the National Academy for over 50 years.  Though she is retired, she continues to volunteer her time teaching at the Annual Health Care Association Convention and precepting students through the Idaho Association of Nutrition and Food Service Professionals Online Training Course.  She has been called a life-long dietitian.

Thank you Caroline Keegan for leading the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Awards Committee this year and for writing the above dedications!

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Highlighting the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2017 University of Idaho Outstanding Dietetic Student Winners

The purpose of the Outstanding Dietetics Student Award program is to recognize the emerging leadership and achievement of students in ACEND-accredited and approved dietetics education programs and encourage their participation in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The University of Idaho selected three students from the Coordinated Program (CPD): one junior, one senior from CPD-North and one senior from CPD-South for this program. Nominations were determined by the University of Idaho Dietetic faculty, which included Hydee Becker, Dr. Katie Brown, Dr. Katie Miner, Dr. Samantha Ramsay, and Dr. SeAnne Safaii-Waite.

All students were recognized at the Annual Meeting, April 20th – 21st, 2017The Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics awards each ODSA a one-year membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Criteria

  • Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Students must be members by January 1st of the year in which they would receive the award. Student enrolled in ACEND-accredited dietetics education program (CP, DI, DPD, DT).
  • Demonstrated academic achievement as documented by letters from program faculty or preceptor.
  • Demonstrated leadership and professional potential; e.g., honors, student dietetic association activities, community service activities, etc.

Senior CPD Student – South 

Wesley Bauer 

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How did you become interested in nutrition?

I have a son with type 1 diabetes, so nutrition has played a large part in our lives for the last ten years. I would like to be a certified diabetes educator.

What has been your favorite experience from your dietetic program and/or internship so far?

The clinical experience I have gained from the Southwest Idaho Advanced Care Hospital is priceless.

Once you become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, what kind of work would you like to do?

I definitely want to focus on clinical practice or research that contributes to clinical knowledge. I have a special interest with diabetes and I would like to educate and counsel people on effective strategies in diabetes management.

What words of wisdom would you share with students who are interested in pursuing Dietetics? 

I would say it is a growing field with a lot of opportunity. This program has exceeded my expectations while preparing myself for a career in nutrition. My advice is to pursue nutrition knowledge with an open mind and learn about all the different nutrition philosophies so that you can use your science education to make sound recommendations.

 

Senior CPD Student – North

Annette Anderson 

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Junior CPD Student

Patrick Anderson 

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How did you become interested in nutrition?

I became interested in nutrition indirectly through a passion for physical activity. I found that eating right made a huge difference in not only my performance, but how I felt amid giving my best effort. This, you could say, was the seedling of my curiosity in nutrition.

What has been your favorite experience from your dietetic program and/or internship so far?

It is difficult for me to name any single experience as my favorite. What I can say, is that I have become deeply enthused by the complexity of human metabolism. Advanced Nutrition was my favorite class because it gave me the opportunity to think critically about the digestion, absorption, transport, and use of each nutrient, as well as the interplay of vitamins and minerals.

Once you become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, what kind of work would you like to do?

As I am only a junior and still have much to learn, I am trying to keep my eyes open to all things that spur my interest. I would love to help athletes enhance their performance through means of nutrition, but I would also love to keep learning about other fields in nutrition. In the end, I am seeking work where I will study and troubleshoot my way to answers. I am currently working on a potential research project regarding nutrition for tactical athletes, which I hope will develop into methods of increasing occupational safety by altering dietary intakes.

What words of wisdom would you share with students who are interested in pursuing Dietetics? 

If you’ve read food labels since you were a child, looked up ingredients to find out what they are, and experimented (n = 1) how alterations in your diet affect your performance in any area of life, you need this experience. Dietetics is no easy path, but nothing worth achieving ever is.

Congratulations Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2017 University of Idaho Outstanding Dietetic Student Winners!

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