As part of National Nutrition Month, the Northwest Student Dietetic Association will continue its tradition of Free Fruit Fridays in March.
Fresh apples, oranges and bananas will be served on a first-come, first-served basis by NSDA members.
“The NSDA gives back to its community on and off campus by volunteering its time to educate and support diverse groups and age groups on the importance of nutrition, nutritious foods, food security for all, and food sustainability. “said Karen From, director of the Dietetic Education Program at Northwest.
Events like Free Fruit Friday give NSDA members the opportunity to serve in leadership roles, volunteer, and build camaraderie.
“We started Free Fruit Friday when I first came to campus over 12 years ago to celebrate National Nutrition Month, which happens every March. Last year, the NSDA Board of Trustees decided to expand Free Fruit Friday from the sole administration building to other buildings where students, staff and faculty work and learn,” From said.
As Director, From manages the DPD program to meet or exceed all requirements of the Accreditation Council for Nutrition and Dietetics Education. She constantly collects data, advises all dietetics majors, and ensures that all courses taught in the program meet the rigors for students to excel in the dietetics program and pass the national dietitian exam.
Dietetics students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and are limited to a grade of “C” to graduate with an undergraduate degree. As a director, From is then able to issue them with a verification certificate which gives them the right to apply and accept an invitation to a dietetic internship after graduation.
“The dietetic internship is like a residency,” From said. “During their DI, they will have over 1,100 hours of hands-on experience to complete, rotating through five areas of dietetics, and over fifty skills they must learn before they are allowed to take the exam. National Registered Dietitians.”
Hannah Broockerd, a registered dietitian at Northwest and president of the NSDA, has always been interested in helping people through food. By participating in the NSDA, she is able to volunteer and help people make healthy food decisions.
“Leadership and opportunity is one of the best things about the club,” Broockerd said. “I enjoyed getting to know and working with the people at NSDA. »
Broockerd is also president of Kappa Omicron Nu, an honorary society for health and wellness science majors.
Even students who are not majoring in dietetics have the opportunity to learn about health and wellness from campus dietitians. This month, Northwest welcomed Deanna Bowers, a registered dietitian. As an on-campus catering dietitian, she will provide counseling for those with food allergies, general wellness advice, weight loss advice, and nutrition-related disease information. Students can also call on campus dietitians to help with food-related issues, identify healthier options in the dining hall, and learn about the benefits of specific healthy foods.
“I’m still new, but I see all the opportunities that come with this job,” Bowers said. “Some of my future goals will be to see vending machines and concessions offer fresher, healthier take-out options.”
Bowers said she looks forward to giving students the opportunity to connect with a medical professional on health-related topics.
“As new students come in, I can help them identify the healthier options available at restaurants and the options available to fit their lifestyle,” Bowers said.
Having healthy food options on college campuses is important, Bowers said, because the transition from home to college can be stressful.
“On-campus catering wants to be able to help with a smooth transition for all students,” Bowers said. “Providing healthy options for students is a must to help promote overall wellness.”
The last Free Fruit Friday will take place on March 25 in the administration building.