Get to Know Idaho Dietetic Student: Renee 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:

Renee Jenkins

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

 

How did you become interested in nutrition?

I was having health problems of my own, and I wanted to figure out why.  I started taking health classes to find the answers.  I enjoyed learning about how the body functions, but knew that I didn’t want to become a nurse or a doctor.  Then I discovered the field of dietetics. 

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

My favorite experience so far in the dietetics program has been the hands-on learning. They have a small kitchen on campus and you can use the equipment to get familiar with them and practice your own cooking skills.

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

Once I become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, I might enjoy working for a school district.   I am also interested in clinical dietetics and can see myself working in a hospital clinic.  Regardless of the location, I can definitely see myself teaching nutrition and health classes as part of my job. 

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

Be prepared to do a lot of menu writing!  You will also create many recipes.  In the process of learning about nutrition and dietetics, you will learn a lot of science! 

What is your LinkedIn profile URL?

www.linkedin.com/in/ranee-jenkins-15163967

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

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Happy Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day!

Today is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day. As Idaho’s food and nutrition experts, our Idaho RDNs are committed to improving the health of their patients and community. 

According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day commemorates the dedication of RDNs as advocates for advancing the nutritional status of Americans and people around the world. Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day was created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to increase the awareness of registered dietitian nutritionists as the indispensable providers of food and nutrition services and to recognize RDNs for their commitment to helping people enjoy healthy lives. Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day and National Nutrition Month® promote the Academy and RDNs to the public and the media as the most valuable and credible source of timely, scientifically-based food and nutrition information.

Below is a proclamation from The Office of Idaho’s Governor proclaiming March 14th to be Registered Dietitian Nutritionists Day in Idaho. 

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Who are Registered Dietitian Nutritionists?

  • They are the food and nutrition experts who can translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living.
  • They have degrees in nutrition, dietetics, public health or a related field from well-respected, accredited colleges and universities, completed an internship and passed an examination.
  • They use their nutrition expertise to help individuals make unique, positive lifestyle changes.
  • They work throughout the community in hospitals, schools, public health clinics, nursing homes, fitness centers, food management, food industry, universities, research and private practice.
  • They are advocates for advancing the nutritional status of Americans and people around the world.

Thank you Registered Dietitians Nutritionists for all that you do!

To Find a RDN in your area, check out the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic’s Directory for RDN Services: https://www.eatrightidaho.org/directory-for-rdn-services/

 

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Get to Know Idaho Dietetic Student: Katie Akin

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:

Katie Akin 

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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 the impact of nutrition on the human body when my father had a heart attack in 2012. Our family completely transformed our eating habits and we were excited to watch the steady drop in my father’s blood cholesterol. During my teen years, I became passionate about the role of nutrition in fueling an athlete’s body through my experience as an Irish dancer. When I ate real food (and plenty of it) my dancing was stronger and my mind clearer. I am excited to enter the profession of dietetics because I love to teach and I love to talk to people and learn from their diverse backgrounds. I am excited to expand my knowledge in order to help others improve their health and quality of life, just as I and my family have.

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

My favorite experience from my dietetics program so far was sitting in on a Diabetes Education class at my local hospital. I had learned about diabetes in depth from textbooks, but I had never heard a dietician explain the condition to a newly diagnosed diabetic without any background in science. The patients were often overwhelmed and confused by conflicting nutritional information online. I was so impressed with the way the clinical dietitians simplified the concepts and made new diet programs sound approachable and manageable. After the dietitians broke down the difficult concepts and proposed simple changes to the patient’s eating habits, the patient left the hospital calm, motivated, and confident in the knowledge and tools they had been given.

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

I am excited about most of the potential opportunities that lie before me in the field of dietetics. I would love to work in sports dietetics, especially helping dancers develop a practical and performance-oriented view of body shape and dietary intake. I would also love to work in a clinical setting, especially as a first job. I would love to gain experience with a variety of nutritional conditions and interventions and a hospital would be a fantastic place to help people of all ages and backgrounds. Also, I have recently become interested in working as a NICU dietitian. I love nutritional calculations and I have often been told that I have a very calming personality in stressful situations. I might be a good fit for overwhelmed and emotional parents later on in my career.

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

Learn to love moderation. Don’t enter into the profession of dietetics to fuel an unhealthful obsession with clean eating or exercise. Don’t enter dietetics because you believe that there is only one specific diet that the whole world should follow. Yes, we should encourage a habit of eating real, whole foods. Yes, we should to be passionate about the power of food in the body and the mind. We should be excited to equip people with the knowledge and skills to improve their health. However, we will help no one if we approach our clients and patients from an attitude of pride. An all-or-nothing approach to nutrition is the best way to convince someone that they are not capable of change or improvement. Do not enter this profession in order to wave your nutritional prowess over the heads of the unenlightened. Instead, love people, love life, and love real food. Occasionally, have a bowl of ice cream. Unless you pair it with a side of raw chicken, I promise that it won’t hurt you.

What is your LinkedIn profile URL?

https://www.linkedin.com/in/katie-akin-5a932314a/

 

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

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Don’t Forget a Place to Stay at the Dietitian Annual Meeting Event of the Year!

To secure the Idaho Academy Group Rate in April at the Sun Valley Inn, reservations must be made no later than Monday, March 19, 2018. Be sure to mention you are with the Idaho Academy Annual Meeting when you call!

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Resort Fee Includes:

  • Wireless internet in sleeping rooms
  • Local telephone calls
  • Self-parking
  • Valet parking
  • Use of swimming pools
  • Use of two fitness centers
  • Newspapers
  • Airport shuttles to and from the Sun Valley Airport and Sun Valley Resort for guests flying into Sun Valley Airport

To Reserve:

Guest Reservation Line: 800.786.8259
Online: https://www.sunvalley.com/lodging#/groups/IAND

If the Sun Valley Inn is not for you, check out Sunny Valley’s other options including:

Air BnB: https://goo.gl/7eRh7D

VRBO: https://goo.gl/Lv9h7D

Don’t forget to register for the 70th Annual Meeting —> https://goo.gl/q2Wh3c

 

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Get to Know Idaho Dietetic Student: Patrick Anderson

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:

Patrick Anderson

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

How did you become interested in nutrition?

I became interested in nutrition through exercise. I became passionate about working out, and found that I had a lot of questions about food and nutrition.

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

I really enjoyed the IAND Annual Meeting. I loved listening to what the most current topics are in dietetics, and thinking of how that will affect the ways I practice in the future. 

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

I am still very open to most types of work, but as of now, I feel most drawn to clinical dietetics. I really enjoy the trouble-shooting aspect of reading through charts and identifying pieces of the puzzle.

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

Keep an open mind, and never overlook an opportunity. You never know where you’ll find passion.

What is your LinkedIn profile URL?

https://www.linkedin.com/in/patrick-anderson-549839149/

 

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

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Celebrate Academy Award Winners!

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Join Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics President, Crystal Wilson, and Idaho dietitians from throughout the state to celebrate this year’s award recipients of some of the most prestigious dietetic awards!  In addition to the presentation of awards, you will hear a “State of the Union” address from the Academy President, Donna S. Martin, and an update of what is happening in our state from Crystal. You don’t want to miss it!

Registration is NOW OPEN for 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! Register today at eatrightidaho.org.

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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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