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:
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 in high school, when I discovered I had some food allergies and was forced to become more aware of food. Plus, I have always loved biology, the human body, and how lifestyle and environment can impact our health.
What has been your favorite experience from your dietetic program and/or internship so far?
One of my favorite experiences in the dietetics program so far has been the Holiday card recipe challenge – we had the opportunity to develop an original recipe, and my partner and I made a chocolate yam soufflé! Other great experiences include an internship with Eat Smart Idaho teaching youth nutrition classes, and taking Advanced Nutrition this semester.
Once you become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, what kind of work would you like to do?
I am still very open to the types of work I would like to pursue as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. I would like to start off in a hospital, possibly in pediatrics, to gain clinical experience. A big goal of mine is to engage with Hispanic/Latino families to improve dietary habits, possibly through adult nutrition classes, WIC, Eat Smart Idaho, or other community-based programs. I love sharing cool, scientific, nutrition-related facts with people, as well as helping foster a positive relationship with food!
What words of wisdom would you share with students who are interested in pursuing Dietetics?
To students who are interested in pursuing Dietetics, I would recommend seizing every opportunity to practice your cooking skills – the Dietetics program at the University of Idaho really emphasizes culinary and recipe skills, so the more experience you bring with you, the better. Also, hold onto the excitement for Nutrition that led you to the program, but also stay open to new ideas and growth. The field of Nutrition and Dietetics is enormous, and there will be opportunities you’ve never even imagined!
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