Get to Know Idaho Dietetic Student: Kanako Fujita

This year the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is celebrating 70 years of our Idaho affiliate! As part of our celebration, we would like to recognize what Idaho Dietetic Interns and Students are doing and where they would like to go after the completion of their dietetic program.

Today, we are recognizing:

Kanako Fujita

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Student in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at the University of Idaho

How did you become interested in nutrition?

I love eating! I grew up in a small town in Japan. My grandmother cultivated rice and vegetables in our garden and I was exposed to so many opportunities to feel close to food. I studied food and nutrition in Japan, however, the experience wasn’t successful. I lost my purpose for pursuing a career in dietetics, because I couldn’t see the perspective of my clients. After experiencing other career and family related health issue, I became passionate about dietetics.  This career truly can contribute to other people’s health and improve lives. 

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

My favorite so far is to be able to obtain in-depth knowledge of dietetics. For example, I knew that diabetes patients need to check their blood glucose level with self-monitoring device, however, I didn’t actually know how to do that and what kind of stress they would feel with the process. Through Advanced Nutrition Lab, I experienced collecting blood, using self-glucometer, and checking my blood glucose level. Now, I can explain how to do it and understand what patients with diabetes are doing. At the same time, through the actual experience, I can explain what can cause elevation of blood glucose level. I feel that I have been experiencing this mastering process, from “knowing” to “being able to explain,” a lot since I started this program.

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

I’d like to help people through medical nutrition therapy as a clinical dietitian.

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

Do what you are really interested in.

Not everything will be fun, however, do your best while you are there.

The passion or goal you want to achieve will help you keep going through your career path.

What is your LinkedIn profile URL?

https://www.linkedin.com/in/kanako-fujita

Thank you Kanako and see you at the Idaho Annual Meeting April 19th – 20th in Sun Valley!

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Don’t Miss the Pre-Conference Event of the Year! Space is Limited!

Space is limited to fifty (50) guests. Register early so you don’t miss this opportunity to connect with food producers in the community and your fellow dietitians!

Click here to register: https://www.eatrightidaho.org/meeting/attend/registration/

 

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Get to Know Idaho Dietetic Student: Haley Jenkins

This year the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is celebrating 70 years of our Idaho affiliate! As part of our celebration, we would like to recognize what Idaho Dietetic Interns and Students are doing and where they would like to go after the completion of their dietetic program.

Today, we are recognizing:

Haley Jenkins 

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Student in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at the University of Idaho

 

How did you become interested in nutrition?

I was employed as a kitchen manager in a low-income daycare and was in charge of creating menus and preparing meals. The loopholes in the CACFP frustrated me: I was instructed to feed infants and toddlers frosted chocolate cake for their 10 am snack because it counted as a carbohydrate. Nutrition had always been an interest of mine, but this was the experience that motivated me to become a dietitian.

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

In my Supervised Practice in Dietetics class, one of our projects was to develop an original holiday recipe in a team. We then presented our recipes to a panel of judges, and the winning recipe went on the holiday card that is sent out to university donors. It was a fun and rewarding experience, and one of many creative projects that we get to work on in the University of Idaho’s dietetics program.

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

At this point in my education, my goal is to work in some manner with mothers and children (perhaps for WIC). I am passionate about developing healthy eating habits at a young age, and the best way to ensure that this happens is to educate mothers. I also plan on becoming a certified lactation consultant after obtaining my RD credential.

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

The scope of opportunities that an RD has access to is so much broader than one might think – it’s a great field to be a part of! Not only is there traditional clinical work in hospitals, but there is a range of opportunities in food service, corporate positions, the military, sports nutrition, or even private practice.

What is your LinkedIn profile URL?

https://www.linkedin.com/in/haley-jenkins-b40a89151/ 

Thank you Haley and see you at the Idaho Annual Meeting April 19th – 20th in Sun Valley!

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For National Nutrition Month: Shop Locally

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February 7, 2018

CHICAGO – Shopping locally can be a great way to add healthful foods to your diet while conserving natural resources. That’s why the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to “Go Further with Food” by choosing foods that are healthful to the environment and their bodies during National Nutrition Month®, celebrated each March.

Food purchased at farmers markets often is more affordable and tastes better than at commercial grocery stores because it is locally grown and naturally ripened. Buying locally grown food also helps conserve natural resources and has a minimal effect on the environment.

“Supporting local farmers markets enables us to produce healthful food today and for generations to come,” says registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy spokesperson Libby Mills.

Plan ahead when you shop locally. Bring a shopping list and purchase foods you know how to prepare.

“Talk to your local farmers about less familiar fruits or vegetables,” encourages Mills. “They’ll usually be able to share how it’s grown, what it tastes like and several ways of preparing and serving the food.”

Be sure to purchase ingredients for salads and produce for side dishes that go well with fish, chicken or meat entrées. To prevent fruit from rotting in the fridge, estimate how many pieces you’ll need for your lunches and snacks for the week.

“Sustainability is about making the best possible choices for your health, the health of the community, the environment and those producing your food,” Mills says. “Sustainable practices build strong communities, diverse ecosystems and healthy individuals.”

As part of National Nutrition Month, the Academy’s website includes articles, recipes, videos and educational resources to spread the message of good nutrition and the importance of an overall healthy lifestyle for people of all ages, genders and backgrounds. Consumers can also follow National Nutrition Month on the Academy’s social media channels including Facebook and Twitter using #NationalNutritionMonth.

As a founding member of Further with Food Center for Food Loss and Waste Solutions, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is committed to cutting food loss and waste in the United States in half by 2030. Visit furtherwithfood.org/resources/ for great tools and resources.

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Get to Know Idaho Dietetic Student: Jenna Bobroski

This year the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is celebrating 70 years of our Idaho affiliate! As part of our celebration, we would like to recognize what Idaho Dietetic Interns and Students are doing and where they would like to go after the completion of their dietetic program.

Today, we are recognizing:

Jenna Bobroski 

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Student in the Didactic Program in Dietetics at Idaho State University

 

How did you become interested in nutrition?

I grew up as a dependent for the United State Air Force and was constantly moving around. My mother put my sisters and I in athletics for quick friends and a way to stay active. When I came to Idaho State University, I was pursuing a Pre-Physical Therapy major due to my fascination with the human body. After completing Anatomy and Physiology, I realized I was more interested in the metabolism and thermic effect of food than how the body moves. Once I realized how important fueling your body is, I switch my major to Dietetics and plan on pursuing a Master of Science degree with an emphasis in Sports Nutrition. 

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

My favorite experience in my program has been the faculty-student relationship I have built with my professors. I moved to Idaho on my own and left my support system in Las Vegas, however, once entering the DPD program at ISU, I felt supported and that my professors wanted to watch me succeed. It has been a truly enlightening experience.

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

I plan on working as a sports dietitian, and hope to work for a professional sports team. I want to help athletes fuel their bodies to push longer, stronger, and achieve overall success. 

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

Once you understand the biochemistry of food, you understand lifestyle and yourself a little better. 

What is your LinkedIn profile URL?

www.linkedin.com/in/jenna-bobroski-27b573bb

 

Thank you Jenna and see you at the Idaho Annual Meeting April 19th – 20th in Sun Valley!

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Celebrities are out in Sun Valley. Come meet the President!

DON’T MISS the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Meeting being held Thursday, April 19th and Friday, April 20th in the popular resort destination, Sun Valley, Idaho!

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics President, Donna S. Martin, is bringing her expertise to the Idaho Annual Meeting!  After delivering her “State of the Union” address at the Business Meeting, Ms. Martin will share her secret to professional success in Friday’s Opening Session.  Come find out how to build “Professional Bridges that will take your career into the next century!”

Register today at eatrightidaho.org.

More information about our celebrity speakers can be found at Annual Meeting Speakers.

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Get to Know Idaho Dietetic Student: Antrim Caskey

This year the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is celebrating 70 years of our Idaho affiliate! As part of our celebration, we would like to recognize what Idaho Dietetic Interns and Students are doing and where they would like to go after the completion of their dietetic program.

Today, we are recognizing:

Antrim Caskey 

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Student in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at the University of Idaho

 

How did you become interested in nutrition?

I first became interested in dietetics after wrapping up an immersive career experience as a freelance photojournalist. I was searching for my next path and when I initially found out about becoming a Registered Dietitian, I was not ready to tackle the academic load of the pre- requisites. A year later, I encountered the prospect of studying dietetics again, reviewed the RD option for a second time, and then I felt ready. I enrolled at University of Idaho just weeks later, in August , 2016.

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

My favorite experience of the dietetics program so far has been the group activities around menu creation and recipe development. I love combining my innate creative spirit with nutrition, cooking and food. I could not have come up with a better plan. Designing our Theme Meal: a historical look at zombies and the holiday recipe challenge, which we just completed, have both been highlights of the program so far.

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

Once I become a Registered Dietitian, the kind of work that I want to do is the kind of work where I am interacting with people and the production and preparation of healthy foods. Part of me wants to work with an institution, like the Ford Foundation or a UN agency, an agency with substantial funding that I can work to put to good use. While I do find community work very appealing, I want to work with a group that already has the funding in place and is in the position to affect positive social change.

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

For students who are interested in pursuing Dietetics I would offer the advice: Brace yourself for a rigorous course of study. And, if you connect with the subject and are successful in your studies and practice, being a RDN will open a lot of doors for you.

What is your LinkedIn profile URL?

https://www.linkedin.com/in/antrimcaskey/

 

Thank you Antrim and see you at the Idaho Annual Meeting April 19th – 20th in Sun Valley!

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