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N&D hosts RDN Day Event

RDN Panelists

This spring the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics hosted an RDN Day event Food for Thought: What Can Nutrition Do For You? in the Memorial Union.  The purpose of this event was to celebrate the wonderful nutrition professionals working in the Grand Forks area and help attendees to learn that nutrition professionals work in a wide variety of areas.

At the event, a panel of nutrition experts was able to give attendees a sense of what nutrition professionals are doing out there in the “real world.”   Two individuals were nutritionists working in vastly different spaces – Amanda Dingeldein works at WIC as the Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Manager and Madeline Comeau works in a research space as a Biological Science Lab Technician at the USDA HNRC.  The other panelists were registered dietitian nutritionists who also work in varied spaces.  Dustin Frize who, at the time was UND’s Dietitian of Dining Residence and FoodPro Administrator, Karina Knutson working as an Assessment and Accreditation Specialist with Academic Affairs, and Mandy Burbank is a Dietitian and Lactation Counselor with Grand Forks Public Health.

Attendees came away with a sense that the sky’s the limit when it comes to working in the field of nutrition.

Student presentationAn additional component of the event was education booths led by UND student dietitians. Students put forth significant effort to prepare for the event, including selecting a topic relevant to the audience and translating evidence-based information into something meaningful in people’s daily lives.  Attendees had the opportunity to see UND dietetic students in action as they learned something new about nutrition.

Finally, guests could contribute to a National Nutrition Month food drive with items being donated to UND’s Food For Thought Food Pantry.

Thankfully the weather cooperated, and we were able to honor local professionals who graciously shared their time and conveyed their passion for this field.

Author: Erin Laukner, M.S., R.D.N., L.R.D.
Clinical Instructor, Nutrition & Dietetics


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