by Tambra Stevenson
WASHINGTON, DC—Students snack on scrumptious crème-filled strawberries and oatmeal cookies—a sampling of culinary creations prepared by the Culinary Crew part of the Student Dietetic Association at the University of the District of Columbia. Housed within the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences, SDA hosts this month’s Lunch and Learn with a focus on heart health in celebrating Valentine’s Day. As part of its outreach efforts, SDA posts their program flyers with healthy tips to protect heart health. This month’s flyers shares 14 ways to show yourself some love:
- Learn proper portion size.
- Vary your meals. Do something different today!
- Eat a nourishing breakfast – whole grain, raw nuts, fruits.
- Keep healthy snacks around – veggies, whole fruits, raw nuts.
- Don’t fight stress by eating. Journal, walk or talk it out.
- Drink plenty of fresh water. Reduce plastics.
- Limit sugary & caffeinated beverages – soda, juice & coffee.
- Try to eat fruits and veggies.
- Limit junk food – candy bars, chips, & cookies.
- Make it easy to eat right. Prepare, Plan & Prevent.
- Don’t skip meals. Keep balanced daily energy.
- Indulge every once in a while.
- Take your vitamins and minerals.
- Get help for eating disorders.
Because of its public relations outreach efforts, SDA continues to increase its membership and participation exponentially over the past year. “We want more students to know that careers in nutrition and dietetics are rewarding personally and professionally,” said Seanita Terry, SDA member. “This moment is the best time to launch a career in nutrition, given the need to improve the health of our future—the children.” Open to members and the wider campus community, military veterans-turned-nutrition students representing the Navy and Marine Corps. During the meeting they express their interests in pursuing a career in dietetics. For one member she looks forward to the programming and meeting more new visitors. . In preparing for the Spring semester, SDA member set their program activities which include educating the campus community on careers in nutrition and food issues. “The Lunch and Learn is a great first meeting for the semester,” says Regina Robinson, SDA member and Vice President of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Relates Sciences. “It is nice to get to meet new faces of SDA. I look forward to visiting the USDA nutrition labs, the Symposium on Food & Behavior and the Food and Film Festival.”
Providing an overview of the Spring 2012 calendar, the program line-up included campus and community events:
- February 24 @ 10am: Field Trip to the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center, Beltsville, MD
- March 13 @ 3pm: SDA’s Food Film Fest in CAUSES, Building 44, Room A03
- March 14 @ 6pm: DCMADA’s event at IONA House, 4125 Albemarle Street, Washington, DC 20016
- April TBD: Symposium on Food and Behavior in CAUSES, Building 44, Room A03
- April TBD: SDA Leadership Awards Ceremony in CAUSES, Building 44, Room A03
- May 17 @ 9am: Agricultural Fair for DC Public Schools, Beltsville, MD
During National Nutrition Month, SDA has ongoing projects such as a global seasonal cookbook and a campus-based grassroots campaign to promote careers in nutrition. This year’s theme is “Get Your Plate in Shape,” which more information is available at http://www.eatright.org/nnm.
The Student Dietetic Association at the University of the District of Columbia is a professional student organization working to enhance leadership/professional development opportunities and networking relationships between faculty, staff, local professional organizations, and the dietetic student body. They assist graduating seniors into rewarding internships, graduate degree programs and successful careers within the nutrition and dietetics profession. Dedicated to upholding the legacy of the dietetics profession, SDA is leading a new generation into becoming true professionals in action. The SDA’s Facebook page is www.facebook.com/eatrightUDC.
Tambra Stevenson is the President of the Student Dietetic Association at the University of the District of Columbia where she is refreshing her media skills by taking a web journalism course. You can follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/Tambra or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.