GAND Awards Nominations

Written by: Samantha Krauss and Ashley Gerken
Thursday November 2, 2017
It is time to vote! The deadline to vote for GAND Awards for your fellow RDs is approaching and we want everyone to have their voice heard in this process. This is a great opportunity to allow those in our profession who are doing an outstanding job to be recognized. Please take a few minutes to review the awards below and fill out the short quiz at to vot...

Prebiotics vs. Probiotics

Written by: Paige Riley
Tuesday May 2, 2017
Within the past couple of years, there has been a huge increase in awareness and publicity of our gut bacteria (gut microbiome to be exact) and how it influences our health. Recent research now tells us those little microbes that live and thrive in our colons may actually be responsible for several different chronic disease states when the “balance” of good and bad bacteria is compromised. We s...

Vitamin D

Written by: Caroline Burkholder
Saturday February 18, 2017
Vitamin D has been the focus of several scientifically prominent studies across the world due to its newfound association with childhood obesity. Children with low blood levels of vitamin D tend to have higher BMIs, higher body adiposity, and tend to experience faster weight gain compared to children with vitamin D levels within recommended range. Furthermore, health professionals have criticiz...

More to Pumpkin than PSL

Written by: Paige Riley
Tuesday November 22, 2016
To most of the world’s delight, that time of the year has arrived again. The cold weather season has not only turned the leaves outside a brilliant orange color, but also every aisle and label in the grocery store. Just in case you are not yet aware or live under a rock, PUMPKIN SPICE EVERYTHING IS BACK. The options are endless- from pumpkin flavored Pringles to pumpkin spice toothpaste (yes th...

Bright Light at the End of the Tunnel

Written by: Erin Boatwright
Tuesday April 12, 2016
I’ve noticed recently there’s been a pep in the steps of my classmates. Maybe it’s the spring weather, or the blooming flowers, but I have a feeling it’s more than that. It’s the not so distant completion of our master’s program coursework and dietetic rotations that have made even the pessimistic turn optimistic. We all recognize the grueling days are almost over and are excited for what’s to ...

Sweet as Honey

Written by: Emma Rose Bryant
Wednesday March 2, 2016
Through one of my recent rotations I was lucky enough to experience a Farm to table source show. While I was there, I was able to learn about the current initiatives being taken to help increase the opportunity for the presence of more nutritious and local foods within the school cafeterias. Many leaders within the agricultural and education sectors were present with exciting products and infor...

New Year's Resolutions Revisited

Written by: Erin Boatwright - GADA Student Liaison
Wednesday February 3, 2016
Happy February! It’s a big month: Valentine’s Day, Ground Hog Day, Super Bowl Sunday, Leap Day. And for some people, this is when those New Year’s Resolutions fall by the wayside. New Year’s Resolutions, those things that most of us define, but seldom keep past February. According to data gathered by the University of Scranton, although 45% of Americans who usually make New Year’s Resolution...

Behind the Scenes of School Foodservice

Written by: Emma Bryant
Monday January 4, 2016
While going through my school foodservice rotation, it has opened my eyes to many things that go on behind the scenes of a foodservice operation. I’ve been finding it very interesting since foodservice is something I’ve never previously learned much about. There is a lot involved in a dietitian’s day to day to make each school’s cafeteria a healthy yet appealing environment. The recent imple...

Does being an RDN mean giving up holiday favorites?

Written by: Erin Boatwright
Monday December 7, 2015
With Thanksgiving over and more holidays coming, I started to wonder, how does a nutrition professional do the holidays? Next year I’ll be a dietitian, so does that mean I’m not supposed to eat the sweet potato soufflé packed with white flour and topped with marshmallows?! Holiday meals, especially in Georgia, are heavy in saturated fats and carbohydrates and even though there are vegetables,...

Reflection on my Dietetic Internship Journey

Written by: Alisa McAleer, Dietetic Intern
Monday April 13, 2015
At this time last year, I was giddy with excitement that I had gotten matched to one of my top choices for an internship. This time has flown by so fast and I have learned so much in this short amount of time that I feel almost like a different person with all this newfound knowledge and experience. I would have to say that my most memorable rotations are not those that were the most fun or eve...

Kraft Singles? Really?

Written by: Joy A. Lee, Graduate Student and Dietetic Intern
Sunday March 15, 2015
I’m sure you’ve heard by now, but just in case, last week, the first “Kids Eat Right” label given by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics went to Kraft Singles. Yep, those individually wrapped slices of processed cheese that for many are a ubiquitous part of childhood. This story has been featured in US News, NY Times, and even Jon Stewart has made fun of us for it. So why does this matt...

The Many Roles of a Dietitian

Written by: Alisa McAleer
Monday November 3, 2014
I don’t think I’m alone in feeling overwhelmed with the amount of information that is presented and to be studied in the dietetics field, especially as an intern. In light of finishing my 11th week of internship, I thought I’d share a few highlights, specifically from the weekly classes we attend. No matter how much I thought I knew as a dietetics graduate, it never ceases to amaze me how vast ...