Posts Tagged With: dietetic intern

Go Red for Women 2013

As a graduate student and a dietetic intern, my responsibilities include schoolwork and the rotation hours. Occasionally we also have the opportunity to gain a few more hours in our internship by attending conferences, meetings, and health fairs.

go red for women

On Saturday, February 2nd, several of the other dietetic interns and I were able to volunteer at the Go Red for Women event at the WVU Heart Institute.  The event offers free screenings (fasting blood glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure), counseling, and risk assessments to women (and men) who attend the event.

Last year there were 300 attendees registered for the event, and this year was just as busy.  We had 2 rooms available to us to discuss meal planning and we were one of the last stations the attendees visited before leaving the event. Attendees that entered the room could get personalized nutrition recommendations based on their lab values, receive answers to any of their nutrition questions, grab a free water bottle and granola bar, and could try a few samples of heart-healthy food we brought – cool cucumber dip & black bean brownies.

I volunteered from 7am-noon and probably gave 1-on-1 counseling to over a dozen individuals. Since heart disease is the #1 cause of death in both women and men, and it was great to be a part of an event that creates awareness and empowers individuals to create positive, healthy, changes in their life.


Snap peas and carrots served with cool cucumber dip

Homemade black bean brownies

Homemade black bean brownies

Handouts on fiber, sodium, and fats, as well as the recipes for the cool cucumber dip and the black bean brownies.

Handouts on fiber, sodium, and fats, as well as the recipes for the cool cucumber dip and the black bean brownies.

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Clinical Case Study

The final project for my 5-week clinical rotation was a case study on a patient of my choosing. I probably saw close to or over 100 patients during this rotation, and the patient I chose was a 5-month old diagnosed with failure to thrive (FTT). The reason I chose this patient because it was in an area I was not so familiar with (pediatric nutrition), and I found the social/environmental cause of it interesting to learn about.  Roanna and I presented our case studies today in front of an audience of 10 Registered Dietitians. I learned a lot from her case study, which was focused on a 25-year old anorexic patient with multiple health issues.  Here is my powerpoint presentation for my case study below.

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What does a dietitian eat? (Part 4 of 4)

Ahh…dietitians….they must cook nice, warm, home-cooked meals all the time. Comfort foods, crock-pot recipes, all that fun stuff.  Well, some of us don’t want to slave over a hot stove after 8 hours of work. Some of us don’t want to spend more than 20 minutes preparing a meal. And then there’s this dietetic intern, who apparently doesn’t want to spend more than 20 seconds preparing a meal, as evidenced by her food choices below. Hey, we have busy lives, what I can I say?

The finale, the last installment in “What does a dietitian (or dietetic intern) eat?” Hopefully this series has answered your question. And if you are still puzzled, the answer is this: the same as what everyone else eats.

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What does a dietitian eat? (Part 3 of 4)

This was perhaps the toughest MyPyramid to make, because this dietetic intern seems to eat a healthy, 98% vegetarian diet, 98% of the time. Her only saving grace is that she has a certain weakness for chocolate, which I personally can respect. 🙂 Although it hasn’t been recorded, I’m pretty sure all of the main dishes she cooks have at least 1 of these food groups in them, which is fine by me because thanks to her, I’ve actually grown to like the taste of squash.

So here you go: the third, true and honest example of what a dietitian eats:

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What does a dietitian eat? (Part 1 of 4)

You may be thinking that since registered dietitians (& dietetic interns!) study nutrition, they also eat healthy 100% of the time. Or you may be realistic and know that can’t be the case! Just like I’m sure not all dentists floss each day, and not all nurses are non-smokers…right?

At a recent get-together, 3 other dietetic interns and I jokingly designed our own versions of the MyPyramid, based off of the foods we eat most often.  It was all in jest and we had a good laugh, but I thought I’d share them because I think it makes an important point. None of us have to eat “healthy” 100% of the time.  Any food can fit into a healthy diet.  It’s my strong belief that there are no “bad foods” just bad dietary patterns.  So if you fret over eating a cupcake or are nervous about the calories in 1/2 cup of turkey gravy for Thanksgiving…or still feeling guilty over eating all the leftover Halloween candy, relax. Nobody is perfect, and you can eat and drink anything you like. Just remember portion size, balance, and make it a priority to stay active with 60 minutes of physical activity per day.

So without further ado, here is the 1st pyramid in the “What does a dietitian eat?” series:

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