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Anne Lund named Fellow of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Anne Lund
Anne Lund

Anne Lund, a core faculty member in the Nutritional Sciences Program and senior lecturer in epidemiology at the UW School of Public Health, has been named a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (FAND). The designation recognizes Academy members who have distinguished themselves among their colleagues, as well as in their communities, by their service to the dietetics profession and by optimizing the nation’s health through food and nutrition.

According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, being a Fellow signifies not only tenure in the dietetics profession, but also living the Academy’s values of customer focus, integrity, innovation and social responsibility. With over 100,000 credentialed practitioners, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. Members of the Academy play a key role in shaping the public’s food choices, thereby improving its nutritional status, and in treating persons with illnesses or injuries.

“As my 20-year anniversary of earning the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist credential approaches, I am honored to be named as a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Since becoming an RDN, I’ve had opportunities to work in Nepal with mothers’ groups, train child care providers on implementing nutrition, physical activity and screen time reduction policies, studied how state and federal nutrition legislation changes school environments, and have been Director of the UW dietetics program for a decade.

I recently finished serving as the WSAND treasurer and as an ACEND program reviewer where I got to evaluate the curriculum of dietetic programs across the country. I love the profession, and the variety of work available to me as an RDN. ” says Lund.

Lund is program director of the Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics (GCPD), the UW RDN training program, and is director of the Master of Public Health program in the Nutritional Sciences Program.  As GCPD director, she coordinates the curriculum and supervised practice placements necessary for students to become Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) as required by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

In 2015 Lund was awarded the Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award by the Academy’s Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors group, and in 2017 was named Outstanding Dietitian of the Year by the Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Graduate program webinar scheduled for Nov 7

Join us for an hour on November 7 to learn about our graduate-level programs in the Nutritional Sciences Program.  This free, virtual information session is ideal for new or prospective students interested in completing a Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Science (MS) degree, and the RDN training program (Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics) at the University of Washington.

Attend the session to:

  • Meet faculty, staff, and students
  • Learn about our coordinated RDN training and MPH/MS degrees
  • Explore practice experience and traineeships
  • Understand our admission process

When

Thursday, November 7, 2019
3:00 – 4:15 p.m., Pacific Time

RSVP

Register today to reserve your space.

Husky cookbook aims to connect UW community through food storytelling

What food or dish best represents you?  Behind every dish lies a great story.

A new Husky cookbook project launching this month aims to showcase how our identities are shaped by food traditions and culture.  The project, being led by three graduate students in the Nutritional Sciences Program in the UW School of Public Health will promote the cooking and sharing of meals, and encourage dialogue across the University of Washington community to foster a sense of community and connection.

Erin McDonnell, Ivory Loh, Emahlea Jackson
Nutritional Sciences Program graduate students leading the Husky Cookbook project (left to right): Erin McDonnell, Ivory Loh, Emahlea Jackson

“The cookbook is an invitation to the broader University of Washington community to connect around a communal table, “ says Ivory Loh, the organizer leading the project.

Loh is the project visionary who was responsible for securing close to $5k to fund the cookbook by applying for a 2019 Husky Seed Fund Award.  She was one of two students selected to have projects funded this year.

Loh says her approach is to crowd-source recipes and food stories from UW students, faculty, and staff from every campus.

The idea for the project was sparked by an assigned reading and discussion on food and culture in Loh’s NUTR 513 class last year, taught by Jennifer Otten.

“The conversation in the class moved me,” says Loh. “Students shared stories about their lives and it illuminated for me that food is not only a way to break barriers and build relationships, but also a way in which stories of culture and traditions are shared.”

Photo of Ivory Loh
Ivory Loh, project lead of the Husky Cookbook.

Erin McDonnell and Emahlea Jackson, two other graduate students in the Nutritional Sciences Program are co-coordinating the project with Loh.  During the month of October, the team will curate submissions for the cookbook from all corners of the University, with a release planned for spring 2020, coinciding with a campus launch event.

Funds will be applied to printing a limited number of copies, and publishing recipes in a digital format. The team is looking for collaborators who have the infrastructure in place to host the recipes online so the cookbook may grow and be a self-sustaining resource beyond the life of the project.

The project team also includes students from the Evans SchoolSchool of Art + Art History + Design, Foster School of Business, and Department of English who are handling marketing, design and print work. A UW alumna, who now works at Amazon, is also involved in coordinating print publishing of the cookbook.

How to submit to the cookbook

The Husky Cookbook project is now collecting submissions via an online form through November 1.  Individuals who submit a recipe and food story will be entered into a drawing for one of several Amazon gift cards.   Eligibility to submit is open to all UW students, faculty, and staff from all UW campuses.

You may connect with the project team through their Facebook and Instagram channels, or send an email to huskycookbook@uw.edu with questions or information.

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Cookbook project team

University of Washington students involved in the project include:

  • Ivory Loh, a graduate student pursuing an MPH in Nutritional Sciences and RDN training through the Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics (GCPD) with the School of Public Health
  • Emahlea Jackson, a graduate student pursuing an MPH in Nutritional Sciences and RDN training in the GCPD in the School of Public Health
  • Erin McDonnell, a graduate student pursuing an MS in Nutritional Sciences and RDN training in the GCPD in the School of Public Health
  • Elizabeth Shi, a graduate student pursuing an MPA in the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance
  • Katie Chua, an undergraduate student majoring in language & literature in the College of Arts and Sciences, English department, and is also majoring in marketing  in the Michael G. Foster School of Business
  • Sabrina Zhu, an undergraduate student majoring in Interaction Design in the School of Art + Art History + Design
  • Sarah Smith, a UX Visual Designer at Amazon and alumna of UW School of Art + Art History + Design, Master of Design

Anne-Marie Gloster, a core faculty member in the Nutritional Sciences Program and lecturer in epidemiology with the UW School of Public Health is serving as project mentor.

Students honored at program celebration

A day for celebrating

Students pictured left to right: Sam Vinci, Jeani Hunt-Gibbon, Caity Robinson, Samantha Tengs, Jess Wolf, Rochelle Adriano, Madie Delmendo, Tucker Reiley, Mary Heid, Kelsey Schmidt, Casey McCoy, Jenny Goodyear, Lindsay Beck, Imashi Fernando.

On Friday, August 23, we gathered to celebrate the work and achievements of students who will graduate in 2019 from our PhD, master’s, and Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics programs.

Poster sessions were presented by candidates who completed concentrations in Medical Nutrition Therapy or Public Health, and students were also individually recognized by faculty, staff and program advisers for their work.

The event also honored this year’s recipients of the Outstanding Preceptor Award, an honor given by the graduating class to practice partners who have been exemplary educators and mentors to our students.

Congratulations to all of our students and honorees for 2019.

2019 Outstanding Preceptor Awards

  • Cheryl Davis RD, CD, CNSC, Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Hailey Wilson MS, RD, CS, CNSC, University of Washington Medical Center
  • HMC Inpatient Clinical Nutrition Team, Harborview Medical Center
  • Kiersten Israel-Ballard DrPH, PATH
  • Kimberly Mansen MSPH, RDN, PATH
  • Kris Marsh MS, RDN, CD, SNS, Highline Public Schools
  • Lauren Rice MPH, RDN, CD, Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Leah Isaacson MS, RD, University of Washington Medical Center
  • Lisa Johnson MS, RD, SNS, Highline Public Schools
  • Tena Bonilla RD, Eating Recovery Center

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate

Kelsey Schmidt*

Dissertation: The Impact of Low-Fat and Full-Fat Dairy Consumption on Glucose Homeostasis: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Committee: Mario Kratz, Michael Rosenfeld, Sarah Holte, Kristina Utzschneider, and Kerryn Reding

Master of Public Health Candidates

Rochelle Adriano*

Thesis: Physical Activity Levels, Physical Health, and Mental Health in Early Childcare Education (ECE) Providers and Their Relationships to Physical Activity Policy and Practices Within ECE Centers
Committee: Liz Kirk and Pooja Tandon

Lindsay Beck*

Thesis: Low-Income Workers’ Perceptions of Wages, Food Acquisition, and Wellbeing
Committee: Jennifer Otten and Emilee Quinn

Casey McCoy*

Thesis: A Systematic Review Characterizing Farm Direct Marketing Challenges, Strategies, and Opportunities
Committee: Jennifer Otten and Lina Walkinshaw

Caity Robinson*

Capstone: Challenges and Opportunities of School Meal Programs in Five South King County School Districts
Faculty Advisor: Mary Podrabsky
Capstone Mentors: Kate Ortiz and Elizabeth Kimball

Sam Vinci*

Thesis: Associations Between Neighborhood Characteristics and Presence of Food Store Beverage Marketing in Seattle, WA
Committee: Jessica Jones-Smith and Vanessa Oddo

Jess Wolf*

Thesis: Dietary Quality of Providers and Children in Early Childhood Education: A Cross-Sectional Analysis
Committee: Jennifer Otten and Katherine Getts

Alicia Yang

Thesis: Have Inequities in BMI Widened for a Nationally Representative Cohort of Kindergarteners?
Committee: Jessica Jones-Smith and Shirley Beresford

Master of Science Candidates

Madie Delmendo*

Thesis: Exploring the State of U.S. Soil Health Legislation: A Qualitative Policy Analysis
Committee: Jennifer Otten and Yona Sipos

Imashi Fernando*

Thesis: Impact of Dairy Consumption on Symptoms of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Committee: Mario Kratz and Thomas Vaughan

Jenny Goodyear*

Capstone: Methods for Updating and Major Changes to the First Steps Education Modules
Faculty Advisor: Michelle Averill
Capstone Mentor: Beth Ogata

Mary Heid*

Capstone: Prenatal Hand Expression of Breast Milk for Women with Low Risk of Pregnancy Complications
Faculty Advisor: Michelle Averill
Capstone Mentor: Ginna Wall

Jeani Hunt-Gibbon*

Capstone: The Nutrition Care Process for Infertility
Faculty Advisor: Michelle Averill
Capstone Mentor: Judy Simon

Tucker Reiley*

Thesis: An Examination of Healthy Eating Index Scores and Sleep Pattern Characteristics Among Students in a Circadian Biology Class
Committee: Horacio de la Iglesia and Marian Neuhouser

Samantha Tengs*

Thesis: Body Mass Index and Breast Cancer Risk Among Pre- and Postmenopausal BRCA1/2 Mutation Carriers
Committee: Liz Kirk and Kate Ueland

* Completed RD training program

Jennifer Otten joins national committee that will examine food waste in the U.S.

Jennifer Otten, an associate professor in environmental and occupational health sciences and nutritional sciences in the UW School of Public Health has joined a new committee formed by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), which will conduct a systematic review of consumer food waste and reduction efforts in the United States, and form recommendations and strategies for reduction.

The committee, formed by the Board on Environmental Change and Society (BECS), includes members from the social and behavioral sciences, and experts like Otten who study food systems, and the complex issues we face with food security, access and sustainability of the food supply.

Specifically, the committee will review consumer food waste in the United States at the individual consumer level at home and away from home.

“This committee’s focus is important because researchers, policy makers, activists, practitioners, and the general public will read, use, and reference this report in efforts to reduce consumer food waste,” Otten said.

Otten’s area of research tackles many issues facing our food system, often at a local, state, and agency level.  Otten examined local government strategies for helping to manage food waste, working with the City of Seattle. She also recently managed a project aimed at preventing, recovering, and reducing wasted food in school cafeterias in a Washington state school district.


Jeani Hunt-Gibbon named Outstanding Student in Women’s Health

Jeani Hunt-GibbonJeani Hunt-Gibbon, a graduate student in the Nutritional Sciences Program has been named Outstanding Student in Women’s Health for 2019 by Women’s Health, a Dietetic Practice Group (WH DPG) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The recognition honors Hunt-Gibbon’s work in producing a lecture on nutrition and fertility for her MS Capstone project.  She partnered with WH DPG to promote the online lecture she produced on this emerging women’s health topic, a focus area where few resources exist for dietitians.

Her faculty mentor and Capstone preceptor, Judy Simon encouraged her to submit her name to be considered for the award.  Simon is a core faculty member in the Nutritional Sciences Program and a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified health educator with the University of Washington Medical Center.

Hunt-Gibbon is a University of Washington Top Scholar Award recipient in Nutrition.  She is earning her MS in Nutritional Sciences in combination with our Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics (GCPD) so she may complete coursework and practice experiences necessary to become a registered dietitian while earning her degree.

She is motivated by helping clients overcome barriers to better health, and plans to eventually open her own business dedicated to women’s health after she graduates.

Hunt-Gibbon will accept her award at the upcoming Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE) to be held in Philadelphia this coming October.

Ivory Loh receives Husky Seed Fund for cookbook project

Ivory Loh
MPH student Ivory Loh receives 2019 Husky Seed Fund award to produce a Husky Cookbook

Ivory Loh, a graduate student in the Nutritional Sciences Program has been awarded the 2019 Husky Seed Fund to produce a Husky Cookbook, a collection of recipes gathered from UW students, staff and faculty. The project aims to unite members across the broader UW community through food and their stories told through food.

Loh’s hope for the project goes beyond the recipes.  She envisions the cookbook will showcase the diversity of students, staff, and faculty across all UW campuses, as well as encourage individuals to dialogue and connect around how our identities are shaped by food traditions and culture.  She also hopes the project will promote cooking and sharing of meals.

The Husky Seed Fund supports innovative ideas by students that are inclusive, impactful, and inventive to the UW.

“What drew me to this university and what I ultimately want to leave here with is meaningful connections with the diverse members of our UW community,” says Loh.  “That is ultimately the purpose of the Husky Cookbook.”

Loh is currently forming a project team and expects to begin promoting the project some time in fall 2019.   The cookbook is expected to be available in both print and digital formats in spring 2020.

Ivory Loh is pursuing a Master of Public Health (MPH) with the Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics (GCPD) at the UW School of Public Health (SPH).  Other SPH students connected with the project include: Emahlea Jackson (MPH, GCPD), and Erin McDonnel (MS, GCDP). Anne-Marie Gloster, a core faculty member in the Nutritional Sciences Program and lecturer in epidemiology with the UW School of Public Health is serving as project mentor.

Nutritional sciences student and staff members recognized for excellence

Congratulations to Lindsay Beck, Kristin Elko, and Emahlea Jackson who were honored May 15 at the 2019 School of Public Health Excellence Awards.  Each year, the School recognizes and celebrates the outstanding achievement of students, faculty and staff throughout the School of Public Health departments and programs.

2019 SPH Excellence Award Recipients for Nutritional Sciences

  • Lindsay Beck, Outstanding Master’s Student – Nutritional Sciences
  • Kristin Elko, Outstanding Staff – Interdisciplinary Programs
  • Emahlea Jackson, Outstanding TA
School of Public Health Excellence Award Winners for Nutritional Sciences 2019
From left to right: Lindsay Beck, Kristin Elko, Emahlea Jackson

Lindsay Beck is a graduate student in our Master of Public Health and Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics and was recognized for her work marshalling an impressively large qualitative dataset in a very short timeframe to prepare a manuscript for inclusion in a special food security issue of Translational Behavioral Medicine.

Kristin Elko is the undergraduate adviser for nutritional sciences, providing support for students in our undergraduate programs. Since joining the Nutritional Sciences team in 2014, Elko has made a significant contribution in helping facilitate the growth of our undergraduate programs, including the new major in Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health which began enrolling students earlier this year.

Emahlea Jackson a Master of Public Health student, is a teaching assistant for Anne-Marie Gloster’s course NUTR 241: Culinary Nutrition Science and is recognized for her excellent classroom management skills, proficiency with learning technologies, and for her ability to grade with fairness.

Join us in congratulating Lindsay, Kristin, and Emahlea!

King County small and mid-sized farms could benefit with direct marketing support, according to report

Identifying Direct Market Opportunities and Challenges for King County Farm Businesses: A Strategic Initiative of King Conservation District
Read the full PDF report: Identifying Direct Market Opportunities and Challenges for King County Farm Businesses: A Strategic Initiative of King Conservation District

King County farmers who sell direct to consumers, restaurants, and institutions could benefit by receiving support for direct marketing resources, according to a new report [PDF] published last week by the University of Washington Center for Public Health Nutrition (CPHN).

The study was sponsored by King Conservation District (KCD), a natural resources assistance agency authorized by Washington State, and aimed to understand the current state of King County’s direct market farm economy, and the perceived challenges and areas of opportunities where farmers could use support in relation to direct marketing.

The study found that most King County farmers wanted to expand their direct market customer base and sales and that on-farm sales, farmers markets, and Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) comprised the greatest percent of sales for farmers. Farmers appreciated these markets for the relationships they create between customers, the community, and farmers and because they can return greater profit margins, however farmers felt they could do better with more marketing and advertising support and better consumer education about the value of their products.

Lina Pinero Walkinshaw, a research scientist on the project says, “People who have seen the report thus far have been excited to hear the results, and feel the report resonates with what they’ve experienced and have heard in the community.”  So far, the project team has heard from KCD, representatives at King County, and other farm and agricultural stakeholders.

UW researchers surveyed King County farmers in 2018 as part of this project to determine their specific market needs and challenges and to identify strategies farmers could use to scale up their businesses and establish sustainable business models.

King County farmers who sell directly to consumers include markets such as:  farmers markets, Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs), pick-your-own operations, on-farm sales, and roadside stands. The report also examines King County farmers’ experience selling directly to schools, hospitals, grocery stores, and restaurants.

Jennifer Otten, associate professor and principal investigator for the project, anticipates King County, the City of Seattle, as well as other agricultural stakeholders in the region, including state and local farmers market groups will find this report useful. Otten has also found that there is increased recognition that these markets could help some farmers survive, succeed, and grow in a risky and competitive business environment.

Researchers expect the findings will be used to inform future grant initiatives and strategic initiatives, as well as to support KCD in brainstorming with partners how to best support farmers to grow a strong direct market economy.

Authors contributing to this report include Lina Pinero Walkinshaw, a research scientist with the Center for Public Health Nutrition, Emilee Quinn, a research coordinator with Center for Public Health Nutrition, and Jennifer Otten, a researcher with the University of Washington Center for Public Health Nutrition, and an associate professor in environmental and occupational health sciences and nutritional sciences.

Learn more about the project and read the report

Position opening for assistant professor in Food Systems

The Nutritional Sciences Program within the School of Public Health at the University of Washington (UW) invites applications for one full-time (100% FTE) faculty position at the rank of assistant professor without tenure (WOT) with an anticipated start date of October 2019 or later by negotiation.

This position will be a member of the core instructional team for the Program’s recently launched Bachelor of Arts degree in Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health major. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will teach a required food systems modeling course (NUTR 402) and participate in curriculum development and instruction in research methods or other areas to support the major. At the graduate level, this position is expected to regularly mentor MS and MPH thesis projects and may participate in developing food systems curricula for graduate students.

The successful applicant will be appointed to the faculty in a School of Public Health department, either Epidemiology or Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences.